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Companies to speak English

In a bid to make their companies more competitive in the global marketplace, a number of business are requiring their staff to speak English at work. 

The latest is Sharp Corporation, whose headquarters are in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The electronics company, which is a subsidiary of iPhone assembler Hon Hai, has plans to expand abroad and its chief executive is quoted as saying it wants to “transform the Sharp brand from one that is Japan-centric to a global brand”.

Other Japanese companies who have made English their company’s official language include Rakuten Inc, the e-commerce giant, and Fast Retailing Company, which runs clothing brand Uniqlo.

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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