Regarding “Test results show students’ poor English skills” in the Aug. 2 edition, while it may seem a good thing that Japan’s accountable authorities recognize the need to do something about Japanese students’ English-speaking inability, perhaps they are the wrong people to succeed.

Those responsible have been promising to improve the lamentable state of conversation for decades and have made it their life’s work to keep repeating the promises with little or no result, while getting paid handsomely for their failure. The biggest problem is that Japanese schools are more interested in suppressing expression than promoting it.

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