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Amy Chavez’s May 25 column, “English education and English sheepdogs,” gives a clear-cut reason why Japanese people usually have a lot of difficulties speaking English.

As she points out, common Japanese people have few opportunities to speak and use English in their daily life. On the other hand, only a few people — “few” considering Japan’s economic power — who work for certain divisions of multinational companies, or for very exceptional companies such as Fast Retailing or Rakuten, are proficient in English.

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