As the globalization of businesses accelerates, Softbank is aiming to improve employees' English proficiency.
Softbank announced that it is giving a cash reward to workers who get top marks in an English-proficiency test for non-native speakers, known as TOEIC, or Test of English for International Communications. A mark above 900 -- on a scale from 10 to 990 -- will make the grade. Those who score 800 or higher will get 300,000 yen.
So far, of the roughly 17,000 group employees, about 4.7% have scored more than 800 points. Softbank wishes to push this up to 17%.
Source: Nihon no Jinjibu© Japan Today