8 comments on “Factors affecting English proficiency

  1. >>Japan did not interacted too much with other nations due to its geographical isolation. <<

    It seems to have interacted intensively with Korea and China. Interaction post-war has been mostly with the US, but once industrial development was achieved, as an exporter of capital, Japan has developed extensive ties with E. and S.E. Asia.

  2. We cannot talk about Philippines since the country is so fragmented that it does not matter what they speak. If they do not speak English as well as they do, their situation is much worse. It has never been a major cultural and economical power so it is useless to talk about Philippines here. Philippines is a good place for its own sake but it is too different from developed nations. If only English matters to economy, then there should be no economic variation in the US, Canada, AU nor UK. Mississippi should be doing as well as NY.

  3. I am talking economic, social and cultural closeness of European countries compared to Japanese relationship with other nations. They have been physically living right next to each other and the borderlines are artificial. Their elite classes mixed among others and most of the royal families of these countries in the past and present are mostly related: the Japanese imperial family may be related to a Korean linage but that is fairly long time ago. At that time Koreans were forming an elite class, I assume.

    >It seems to have interacted intensively with Korea and China. Interaction post-war has been mostly with the US, but once industrial development was achieved, as an exporter of capital, Japan has developed extensive ties with E. and S.E. Asia.

    In Japan, you will never be able to go to other countries on foot nor by bike or car, unless you define Japanese consulates or embassies in foreign soil as an independent Japanese sanctuary. That is what geological isolation means. I did not say economical isolation.

  4. I really think Japan’s further integration with E. Asia and S.E. Asia depends on whether or not it can break free from the hegemon, the US. From 1945 to now, the country has almost no real foreign policy. Everything is done with US approval or US neglect.

  5. The US is a complex society including the worst and the best of the world. Japan, if left alone, is a happy primitive society — primitive here means its diplomatic interaction with other countries is naive. Most of its history its diplomatic relationship is similar to extremely a primitive society. Having no land border with other countries means normal Japanese will not see them daily…
    Any case, once it hits the bottom it will bounce back to its proper position. Japan does not have much resources but it has plenty of water and its climate is mild. So it will not suffer from sever famine.
    In some sense, Japan must for the first time come up with its own diplomatic policy since the global society is changing so rapid that it does not have a Mother Duck directing its path without depending on its militarism like before the WWI-II.

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