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'English as the Second Official Language of Japan?': Globalization, Hegemony of English, and Japanese National Identity
Unformatted Document Text:  English as the second official language 2 Student “English as the Second Official Language of Japan?”: Globalization, Hegemony of English, and Japanese National Identity Abstract Globalization cannot be discussed without dealing with the notions of nation, culture, and identity. Globalization both homogenizes and heterogenizes the world. The hegemony of the English language is tightly connected with the globalization process and creates tension, intensification, and modification in people’s national identity. In January 2000, an advisory commission to the late Japanese Prime Minister Obuchi published a report in which they suggested that English be adopted as the second official language of Japan. The proposal triggered heated debates among Japanese people. Using a critical discourse analysis approach, the present paper explores how Japanese people express their national identity through an examination of the opinions posted on a Japanese national newspaper’s website.

Authors: Kawai, Yuko.
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English as the second official language 2
Student
English as the Second Official Language of Japan?”: Globalization, Hegemony of English,
and Japanese National Identity
Abstract
Globalization cannot be discussed without dealing with the notions of nation, culture,
and identity. Globalization both homogenizes and heterogenizes the world. The hegemony of the
English language is tightly connected with the globalization process and creates tension,
intensification, and modification in people’s national identity. In January 2000, an advisory
commission to the late Japanese Prime Minister Obuchi published a report in which they
suggested that English be adopted as the second official language of Japan. The proposal
triggered heated debates among Japanese people. Using a critical discourse analysis approach,
the present paper explores how Japanese people express their national identity through an
examination of the opinions posted on a Japanese national newspaper’s website.


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