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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 25 Through the process, the Japanese know more about Japan and come to have a stronger identification with the nation. Karasawa (male; company executive; 45 year-old) who supports the proposal, makes a similar statement: The Japanese people are often said to have a low degree of self-identity. To be conscious of being Japanese is possible when there are other people that we compare with. Identity as Japanese becomes clearer if more Japanese people gain a means of international communication—the English language. By learning English and interacting with people outside of Japan, the Japanese become more aware of being Japanese. The English language is necessary for Japanese people to become Japanese. It makes it possible for the Japanese to communicate with not only native English speakers but also people who learn English as a second or foreign language. English provides more opportunities for the Japanese to differentiate themselves from others and to develop strong national identity. English Proficiency—a Way to Get Ahead in the World People can express their national identity by defining a high English proficiency as a way for Japan to get ahead in the world. Katsu (male; student; 23 year-old) who does not clarify his position on the proposal, writes that “it is apparent that English is necessary for the incoming era. I think that it is beneficial for Japan if the majority of Japanese nationals are able to speak English fluently.” A high English proficiency is beneficial for Japan and thus learning English is good for the nation. Kaneda (male; student; 36 year-old) is more explicit. He argues, “I do not discuss whether English should become an official language of Japan or not. What I believe is that it is definitely imperative for ordinary Japanese people to be able to speak English in order to prevent Japan from falling into a third-class nation.” Iketani (male; office worker; 42 year-old) who supports the proposal claims that “[The proposal] is a very good thing. It is indispensable to

Authors: Kawai, Yuko.
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English as the second official language 25
Through the process, the Japanese know more about Japan and come to have a stronger
identification with the nation. Karasawa (male; company executive; 45 year-old) who supports
the proposal, makes a similar statement:
The Japanese people are often said to have a low degree of self-identity. To be conscious
of being Japanese is possible when there are other people that we compare with. Identity
as Japanese becomes clearer if more Japanese people gain a means of international
communication—the English language.
By learning English and interacting with people outside of Japan, the Japanese become more
aware of being Japanese. The English language is necessary for Japanese people to become
Japanese. It makes it possible for the Japanese to communicate with not only native English
speakers but also people who learn English as a second or foreign language. English provides
more opportunities for the Japanese to differentiate themselves from others and to develop strong
national identity.
English Proficiency—a Way to Get Ahead in the World
People can express their national identity by defining a high English proficiency as a
way for Japan to get ahead in the world. Katsu (male; student; 23 year-old) who does not clarify
his position on the proposal, writes that “it is apparent that English is necessary for the incoming
era. I think that it is beneficial for Japan if the majority of Japanese nationals are able to speak
English fluently.” A high English proficiency is beneficial for Japan and thus learning English is
good for the nation. Kaneda (male; student; 36 year-old) is more explicit. He argues, “I do not
discuss whether English should become an official language of Japan or not. What I believe is
that it is definitely imperative for ordinary Japanese people to be able to speak English in order
to prevent Japan from falling into a third-class nation.” Iketani (male; office worker; 42 year-old)
who supports the proposal claims that “[The proposal] is a very good thing. It is indispensable to


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