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Regarding Ai Shiinoki’s Jan. 6 letter, “Using Twitter to learn English“: Frankly, I feel disgusted when I hear the argument that English education in Japan is rather useless or that English-language textbooks contain expressions that are too old and so on.

When I was a high school student, I, too, was obsessed with that notion. But the more I read The Japan Times, the more I realized that it contained the same expressions that were in my high school English textbooks. This is my 50th year of subscribing to The Japan Times. In that time, about 130 of my letters have been accepted for the Readers in Council page. This is due chiefly to textbook English.

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