East Asia Watch: Japan's Olympian struggle with the English language

For an economic giant, it ranks very low in competency in English. The Tokyo Olympics offer a chance to change things.

With just months to go before the start of the Tokyo Olympics in July, much thought and effort have gone into ensuring the success of the Games.

To beat the heat of summer, for instance, the marathon has been shifted to Sapporo in the cooler northern part of Japan. It will also be a "greener" Olympics, with hydrogen-fuel buses and medals forged from recycled mobile phone parts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2020, with the headline 'Japan's Olympian struggle with the English language'. Print Edition | Subscribe