Businesses are where the entrepreneurs need to build relationships for their survival. The ability to speak the same language as your co-workers and customers could create a better form of communication that would lead to strong relationships. Learning to understand English facilitates the entrepreneurs for better networking of individuals. They won't be able to cope up with the communication at international level and will fail to grow their businesses as a part of globalization, in case if they are unable to communicate in English (Internet Billboards, 2015). These days, English is mandating and becoming the most common language in the world (EF English Live, 2015). English for business communication aims to develop English language skills specific to the professional working environment. This essay will discuss the modern corporate idea of English the single language for business in Japan. To do so, this essay outlines the advantages and disadvantages of working in English compulsory organisation in Japan such as Rakuten and Uniqlo.
Companies in Japan are popular for their most technological products with high edge qualities and they are loved by the customers in other countries. Japanese countries have been frequently focusing on growing with a global approach and serving the customers of foreign too. This couldn't have been possible if Japan had not accepted English as a communicational tool to connect with the governments and leading firms in various counties. Nowadays, English have been formalized as the official language in certain multi-national companies in Japan and now other companies have been involved in similar discussions in accepting this step for their global growth. The organizationally accepted language, English, have been not only a part of communication at international level but the companies have been discussing on making English the language of internal communication too (Oulu Business School, 2014).
Hiroshi Mikitani, the CEO of Rakuten, Japan's largest online marketplace also announced English as the official language of his organization in front of the media. According to the article, Mikitani is aiming for his Internet Service Company to become the world number one. In addition, he believes that the new policy, which would affect 7100 employees in Japan, are chasing the dreams of achievement of the company's growth and plans of expansion on a global basis, mostly out of Japan. He realized the responsibility of contribution of growth and development of his own country in serving other nations' customers to satisfy their needs. (Harvard Business Review, 2012).
The advantages of mandating English in business in Japan are numerous and evident. One of the advantages of having English as the single organisational language is that employees could talk with each other in a common language. An employee would not need either translations or interpreters; they could understand each other fast. In addition, they could understand detail nuance such as metaphor. This also represents a potential in decrease misunderstandings between customers and employees, although if customers and employees talk the same language, we often still get the wrong impression (Lang-8, 2012).
Making English the single business language could make both customers and employees feel more confident and change their attitudes towards business. People in a workplace tend to ignore the more complicated internal dimension that confidence suggests. This is where human becomes inspired, opening the door to enthusiasm for more dynamic forms of learning (Real Life, 2017). Not just practising, but also learning and gaining confidence is a great opportunity for learning about the world, widening their horizons and increasing social development as an employee could interact with co-workers and customers working in business, and not just to communicate more easily with people in business, but also co-workers and customers could understand each other better. Speaking more than one language will give best practice of benefits in today’s globalized world (The English Language Centre, 2016).
Even though English is mandating in almost all in some business in Japan, there are couple of disadvantages that would need to be discuss. It is assumed that , within the next decade, the population of the non-native English speakers is expected to reach 3 billion, and will be exceeding the population of those native English speaker, whose speak English as their mother tongue. As the native English speakers and the ones who learned it from the years of struggles in order to improve their performance, there is a basic and major gap which is based on the intercultural variations amongst the English speaker who use different English. These variations could create some major gap that could lead to certain negative effects on the organizations at global levels (Relocation Source, 2016).
There have been several debates on the topic of English and its state in Japan. Mikitani made it sure that all of his employees would be able to perform their major tasks in the business by 2012. Rakuten have been successful in making many major international deals including the acquisition of the online major seller Ebay and a partnership with the Chinese search engine Baidu in order to set up an online retail site. The Fast Retailing, an operator of Uniglo discount stores of clothing, has also made it compulsory to include at least one native English speaker in their meetings, who could organize all meetings in English (Mutantfrog, 2010).
Employees in Rakuten are going to be forced to speak in English even in the most silly and unofficial matters in the organization will be eventually proved to be a failure for most of the Mikitani workers. As a matter of daily practices, a major portion of the Japanese population won't be able to speak in English in the case of local businesses. Until or unless, the Japanese education system implies the language of English to be a mandatory subject, they natives won't just be able to deliver the standard in language (MutantFrog, 2010).
As an individual experiences the level of employment , education or living abroad, the feel they are tend to be provided at a workplace makes them confident and able to use the opportunities they are given to create new paths in order to learn new skills. Rakuten has been sending their senior level executive officers to United Kingdom and United States for their full language immersion training. Language training programs are allotted to employees in Philippines which would stretch up to a week (Harvard Business Review, 2012). As on the job training is considered to be a significant part to improve the employees' skills and knowledge, similarly the learning to speak English is also an important part of the profession to grow the organization globally. Even though all of the Japanese businessmen would be able to catch up with the language, but the workplaces that wishes to progress does definitely have a grip on the globally accepted language. Japan has to officially offer the acceptance of English as an organizational language in case of their development and growth is a goal (Mutantfrog, 2010).
Focussing on the advantages and disadvantages of English being an organizationally accepted language all over Japan, so that they could grow over the globe and prosper their services. As the language has been a part of the global communication system, where the nations are communicating with each others in English. It is necessary for the business giants in Japan to adapt English as an official language within their organizations firstly, so that they could be able to learn the language for the betterment of the business to grow out of their home country to expand out to international boundaries. The main drawback for Japanese in accepting English as the official language for organizational purposes is that usage of an alien language in the country is considered to be a disappointment for their national culture and heritage, same ways as it is in China. But there is no other way to progress in the global business sector without the usage of English, as it is spoken all around the world.