[Japan] 2/3 of Japanese White Collars Don’t Want to Go Abroad
I haven’t written too much about Japan on this blog yet but I was shocked to see this post from the WSJ today. As the title states, “Please Don’t Send Me Abroad. Ever”; this is kind of sad. We all know that globalization is inevitable. Every developing country that I have been to is implementing policies and using their resources to create a much more global state to compete with each other. Here in Beijing, and from my summer teaching experiences, every student dreams or already have gone abroad to say the least. The article states “According to a survey released today, a shocking two-thirds of the country’s white-collar workers said they didn’t want to work abroad…ever”. The reason for this is being that they are not confident with their English abilities and also they don’t think that foreign countries are safe. Being Japanese, I can completely see where this is coming from.
In Japan, students usually start studying Japanese at Jr High School level from ages 12 to 13. In neighboring countries such as China and Korea, the age at they start is much earlier. It’s recently that Japan’s Ministry of Education decided that Japan needed to conduct its’ English classes in English instead of in Japanese.
There’s been a dark cloud over Japan economically and politically these days as the country of the rising sun continues to decline as neighbors like China continue to progress.
I hope that major media sources in Japan cover this statistic so that people in Japan start to feel some sense of urgency to start becoming more global or the future will continue to be dark and Japan’s galapagosization from the international society is going to get worse.
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