RAKUTEN CEO Speaks Up on Englishization

You won’t find the word "Englishization" in the dictionary, but Google it and your search will lead you to links discussing imposed multilingualism and the loss of Japan’s indigenous culture.

Hiroshi Mikitani sees nothing wrong with the word, incorporating it easily into our discussion about Japan’s future. The internet entrepreneur and CEO of Rakuten Inc, Japan’s largest e-commerce site, intends to change his country from the inside out.

"And Englishization is a part of it," he says bluntly.

With 6,000 employees and sales topping $3 billion a year, Mikitani intends Rakuten to keep growing into a global player. The goal: be as common a household name as Google in 10 years

Read the rest of the story: How to boost corporate Japan: Stop speaking Japanese.

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