Glenn Newman rehashes the issue of poor Japanese English proficiency under the guise of a popular theme during these trying times of government lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic in his May 16 piece “Bad English in Japan: A conspiracy theory.

Newman proverbially shoots himself in the foot from the starting block. First he informs readers that Japan ranks 53rd in the English First (EF) 2019 English Proficiency Index (EPI) — behind even Albania. We’re told next that Japan comes in 44th of 48 in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) 2018 ranking of countries. Had he looked into the matter a little more closely, Newman would have found that Japan ranks above Albania in TOEIC scores.

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