Japan firms see importance of speaking in tongues
News On Japan via Deutsche Welle -- Jan 23
With the domestic market stagnant, Japanese firms are increasingly looking to raise their profiles abroad. To help achieve that, proactive corporations have realized the importance of employees who have mastered English.
The company has purchased a 70-percent stake in the US cellular phone firm Sprint Nextel as part of its strategy of embedding itself more deeply in overseas markets, but management in Tokyo has decided the firm needs to bridge the language divide if the new venture is to prosper.
SoftBank has introduced an incentive scheme that will pay 1 million yen (8,408 euros) to staff who score 900 points on the international Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), which has a maximum score of 990 points.
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