It seems most English study groups in Japan are driven by their ideology. Spreading specific ideas than promoting learning English. Good mixing will benefit learners but often it ends up with a new cult group whose organizer is spreading its not-so-hidden agenda.
Many Japanese lament poor English skill of their compatriots. But this is not particularly new. And they should know the grass is greener over the fence: many of non-native speakers suck in English but their peers have never corrected their errors since they all make the same errors. Or many Japanese do not just even notice the errors others are making.
I see some folks advocating nomadic life: this anti-authority free rolling life movement is similar to Tea party movement. they are detached from the establishment and they have no stake in the system. They just lament and criticise the system just like couch potato athletes in front of a TV. But these folk abandoned TV set and adopted internet as their mode of communication.
Their ideal world is perfect without any commitment. They swarm around their alpha blogers and twitters and make an alternative colony where their create their own rules of conducts. They pat each other and congratulate themselves over some novel ideas, which they come up with to justify their ideology and thought.
But this might be a healthy new generation in developed countries which face inevitable relative decline against lively emerging economic countries. Instead of trying clinging onto the slipping economic prestige they once enjoyed, they simply accept the inevitable decline and change their priority, transforming the life paradigm to make themselves happy in the evolving reality which they have little control.
People who need to read this will not read this so let me finish this rant for now.
Now I am back. Is Japan doomed? My answer is it does not matter. I have legs to move around. And there are many doomed placed around the world where despair and poverty are norm not exception.