Fluency in English is high on the agenda for Japan's education policy of fostering individuals who can play an active role internationally.
But a survey has found that more than 40 percent of the country's high school students predict they will rarely use English in their future life.
A private sector organization, the Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, conducted a survey in March. About 6,300 junior and senior high school students responded.
It asked to what extent they think English would be needed in society when they become adults.
The largest percentage of both junior high and senior high students expected that English will be used at work although not constantly. 54 percent of junior high children and 58 percent of senior high schoolers picked that answer.
A little over 20 percent of both junior high and senior high students predict English will be used in daily lives to converse with foreigners.
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The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part time after retirement because they had in the past refused to stand and sing the national anthem. (Japan Times)
Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will study at the University of Leeds in Britain from September this year to June next year as an exchange student, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. (Japan Today)
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