They are afraid of losing face. That explains it. Then how do you explain how companies like Sony, Toyota, Nintendo, TDK, Nissan and dozens of other Japanese companies that have offices all over the world manage to operate on such a high level for decades? The success of Japanese companies abroad proves that not lack of English ability is NOT an obstacle to doing business abroad. Obviously there are enough Japanese who do speak English quite well. Sony owns one of the biggest movie studios and record labels in the United States. I wonder how they managed to do that with such poor English ability?
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I've heard that French people are extremely impressed with the way American tourists speak French. Unlike Japanese tourists in the USA, American tourists in France are highly respected by the locals because of their excellent command of the language. The average American tourist in Paris is able to walk into any restaurant or cafe and order a meal in fluent French. They wouldn't dream of ordering in English. Perhaps this is why there are so many American English teachers in Japan. Americans are simply better than most at learning foreign languages.
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After six years of study...98% of Americans can speak flawless Spanish, 97% of people in the UK can speak fluent French and 99% of Australians can speak and write proficient Japanese. Yet most Japanese are bad at English. There must be some logical explanation.
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They just adopt the methods of the USA and the UK. Everyone knows that Americans and British people are multi-lingual and can master a foreign language without much effort. I've never met an American or Brit who couldn't speak at least 3-4 languages. Unlike those lazy Europeans who don't even try to learn a foreign language.
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