Here comes an anti-English book, guess what, written by a French lover.
英語を学べばバカになる グローバル思考という妄想 (光文社新書)
Interestingly the author turned out to be a climate change denier, but I thought these people only exist in some part of the USA. Where is this guy getting his idea? — American media, for sure, since there are not so many climate deniers in France. So learning French as well as reading bad science can make people dumb… To be fair to France, he is just a Japanese idiot who can write well to fool others without content: he is an excellent example of idiots who can learn other languages but cannot understand science. Depressing. French people would be disgusted to know he can speak French…
In general, idiocy comes before learning English not other way around. The author of 英語を学べばバカになる グローバル思考という妄想 (光文社新書) did not even finish his PhD, and he is now a professor of a university: that sadly manifests the level of the university. Too many useless books are around.
“英語を学べばバカになる — グローバル思考という妄想”: I would agree if he wants to say that English becomes “an indulgence” (贖宥状) for losers in Japan: a tool for cherry-picking facts that fit their opinions around the world. People must weigh multiple opinions on given issues to extract most optimal solutions. Equally idiotic is that Japanese who does not understand the world claim that Japan is a heaven since other countries have so many problems.
This is really an important piece of information no media or people talk about. Media often blast that basically Japanese youths do not have global ambitions. But the decline in Japanese students in American universities stems from more complicated reasons. Many people involved this issue should be aware of these statistical frauds, otherwise they are as incompetent as the very youths they are targeting.
This is a fairly old prediction but it looks as if he had written this yesterday. Is Japan undergoing latent structural revolution or just making itself fermented sushi to obscurity? Make it happen! We will know it soon. But it seems, many political systems around the world are collapsing. (or we just feel the sky is falling all the time in history. This hyper-cautious behavior might have been the source of success of our species… “paranoia”.)
Japan’s uncertain future: Key trends and scenarios.
By Staley, David J.
Publication: The Futurist
Date: Friday, March 1 2002
Four Scenarios for Japan in 2025
1 ENTREPRENEURIAL JAPAN
The government encourages individual initiative and entrepreneurship instead of state-sponsored corporatism. Corporations create an “intrapreneurial” structure that harnesses their creative and risk taking workers within the existing corporate system. Alternatively, Japan imports American-style entrepreneurship: The young risk takers inject new energy into Japan’s economy. A cult of the entrepreneur takes hold in the country, eventually producing “Japanese Bill Gateses.”
2 JAPAN AS NUMBER TWO
Japanese entrepreneurs fail to restore Japan to its past status as the world’s dominant economy. Instead, Japan settles into a second-tier economic status. Like Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries, Japan delivers relatively high levels of health, wealth, and literacy to its people, but does not become a global economic leader.
3 AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY
As Japan’s population ages and its birthrate declines, many women enter the workforce to fill the need for both skilled and unskilled labor. Japan also addresses its labor shortage by hiring more immigrants to fill job vacancies. Over time, these foreigners are fully welcomed into Japanese society.
4 CULTURAL RETRENCHMENT AND ISOLATION
Demographic pressures induce a conservative social reaction. Japan resists gender equality and multiculturalism. Women are encourage to apply their “traditional” skills to care for an aging Japanese population. Alarmed at falling birthrates, the government adopts an official policy that encourages couples to have many children.
David J. Staley
This entry is just a collection of information about immigration issues in Japan found on the web to find out its possibility. Immigration models used in USA, Canada or New worlds are not likely applicable nor feasible to Japan without significant modification because of their histories are totally different. More realistic models that Japan can adapt are probably European models: British or Swedish models might work. (Most likely none of the models are suitable.) But there is no perfect solution on this in any country. Probably Canada is one of most successful countries as for immigration because it only borders with USA and the Antarctic ocean. It has vast resources and lands, but Japan does not have neither unfortunately.
But who want to come to Japan? Actually probably a lot of people like to come, including highly skilled workers as well as non-skilled. Main problem is how Japanese accept these people and accept multicultural society, instead of totally transforming them into Japanese. But many Japanese likely want to convert them into Japanese completely. I am not sure how many immigrants will put up with such assimilation pressure.
Finding Home: Immigrant Life in Japan
By Sharon Noguchi
How to immigrate to Japan
Freshly overtaken by China, Japan now seems to stand at the vanguard of a new downsizing movement, leading the way for countries bound sooner or later to follow in its wake. In a world whose limits are increasingly apparent, Japan and its youths, old beyond their years, may well reveal what it is like to outgrow growth.
A decent comment, though people might be disagree. Japan should become a country to which people like to come to live and visit and which establishes its own universal value. Unique cultural value does not have to be xenophobic nor self-denying. That is, xenophobic is another form of self-denial.
A stupid program. I am more scared with these sensationalists in the program who probably did not study seriously in the past than the presumably alarming facts.
Why do not they include the number of graduate students? Obviously these number probably increased or are stable. As far as I know there are quite many people are in PhD programs in other countries. That is what matters most in the US education. No need to watch this crap. Superficial stats do not solve any things.
The author has commented my entries. He has extensive first hand experience in EFL in Japan. Any one interested in this topic will find it insightful. He pointed out 10 reasons why English learning in Japan fail. I mostly copied his short version of them. You can just go straight to his web page.
TEN REASONS WHY ENGLISH LEARNING IN JAPAN FAILS
Charles Jannuzi, University of Fukui, Japan
1. Japan is linguistically and culturally self: self-sufficient language
2. Japanese is not closely related to English: linguistic-separation
3. Japanese is not written with an alphabet– alphabetical-difference
4. Learning Japanese requires too much effort — no energy left for another language5. Lack of effective national policy on foreign language education
6. The situation at universities–negative washback from entrance exams and the preparation for them at the senior highs.
7. The situation at universities regarding teacher-student relations, backgrounds, goals: incompatible expectations at universities
8. A lack of EFL programs, specialties, majors, minors, concentrations. There is plenty of ‘General English’. Indeed, that is one of the bitter irony of teaching EFL in Japan. Many of us have jobs because English is required, but we end up wasting far too much time and effort trying to teach students who are in class only because they have to be or have a vague idea that they want to study English with a foreigner.
9. The foreign language teaching and learning ‘culture’. That is, the overall approach to teaching and learning EFL (and these are collaborative activities) that is specific to Japan. Japanese EFL teachers tend towards ‘yaku-doku’, which could be called a version of ‘grammar-translation’. Meanwhile, foreign teachers are drawn to mostly production activities–conversational pair practice–for which there is little or no accountability in terms of evaluation.
10. The language teaching ‘profession’ in Japan. There is a lack of serious and useful teacher training and professional development. In higher education, those who are most often designated to teach EFL courses have backgrounds in literature, linguistics, and teacher training, not actual EFL teaching. If asked, many will even say that they are not EFL teachers and are not interested in teaching EFL.
These points can hinder English learning of Japanese. Any one however can overcome these obstacles if they have strong will or they face with urgent necessity. A nation, Schools nor teachers are not the ones that determine the fate of individuals. It is Individuals who ultimately defines their own fate. (But this cannot be the national policy since a nation has to elevate its people in principle.)
Some highlights from “Higher Education in Japan Higher Education in JapanHigher Education” They should be able to write better English, though that is not the point of the report.
“Outline of measures for “300,000 International Students Plan”
1. To invite international students to study in Japan
>Motivation for studying in Japan and expansion of the one-stop service>
$ To actively provide information about studying in Japan.
$ To strengthen the consultative function for students willing to study in Japan.
$ To enrich overseas Japanese language education and other measures.
2. To improve entrances including entrance examination and admission to university and Japan
>To facilitate studying in Japan>
$ To strengthen universities’ abilities to provide information
$ To promote admission before students’ arrival in Japan.
$ To promote the settlement of various procedures before students’ arrival in Japan.
$ To have universities strictly manage their registrations and simplify immigration inspection etc. and other measures.
3. To promote the globalization of universities etc.
>To make universities more attractive>
$ To predominantly develop Universities as centers for Internationalization (30).
$ To increase courses conducted only in English.
$ To promote double degree programs, short-term overseas study programs and others.
$ To strengthen specialized organizational systems including universities etc. and other measures.
4. To create an acceptance environment
>Efforts to create an environment where students can feel at ease to concentrate on their study.
$ To make it possible to provide students with accommodation for a year or less after their arrival in Japan.
$ To improve and utilize the Japanese government scholarship student system etc.
$ To support and promote exchange activities with local communities, businesses, etc.
$ To enrich Japanese language education in Japan.
$ To give livelihood support to international students etc. and other measures.
5. To promote the social acceptance of students after graduation/completion.
>Globalization of the Japanese society>
$ Industry, government and academia cooperate to support students in seeking jobs or starting enterprises.
$ To consider clarification of the visa status and reworking of students’ permitted period of residence.
$ To enrich follow-up activities after students return to their own countries and other measures.
$ “Outline of measures for “300,000 International Students Plan”
The number of graduate students more than doubled in the past 20 years while the population of that age group decreased significantly. The older generation might question of the qualification and quality of these students. While younger generations argue that they are working harder and smarter, and the advance of technologies gives them greater advantage over their previous generations. This type of generational conflicts probably existed even before human started using fire if they lived long enough. All the generations think they are living in a special moment.
The number of Japanese who study abroad is not decreasing when the number of students is factored into the equation. Over all people are now studying many different places as the price of education in developed countries become prohibitively high. Despite constant political hostility between Asian neighbors, many Japanese find opportunities in these countries.
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