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WASEDA University Newsletter from WOL No.6 (2010-09-30)

Opinion Weekly Opinion

Reconsidering the Adoption of English as an Official Language: National Discussion on Language Policy Needed

Masakazu Iino
Professor, Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University

In the summer of 2010, news of companies such as Rakuten and Fast Retailing (UNIQLO) promoting the adoption of English as their official language is attracting attention. This is not without precedent: the media widely covered the report of the Commission on Japan's Goals in the 21st Century commissioned by the late Prime Minister Obuchi in December 1999, which noted that adoption of English as the second official language needed to be discussed; and companies such as Nissan Motors, led by a foreign president, started holding their board meetings in English.



What can we do for global environmental literature?
―The aims of the International PEN Congress in Tokyo 2010 Literature Forum

Mr. Shinobu Yoshioka
Author, Representative Director of Japan P.E.N Club, Literature Forum Planning Chief-Secretary

How does literature paint the environment?

If we are asked the above question, we authors are puzzled. Since humans have taken over God as the leading player in the world, literature has concentrated on writing about events made in the world by humans. This earth and natural environment would be ignored if there weren't iron and diamonds, or coal and oil buried in it.

But, in this world where modern literature has been focused on humans for over 200 years, when there were only a few hundred million people, now houses 6.8 billion with the population increasing by 100 million people a year. This enormous population, who work furiously to save money to eat three meals, be clothed, live, excrete and dispose, and then sometimes use the money to move around for a change of surroundings, has made the atmosphere swelter and shaved away at the earth.



Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon Visits Waseda University for Speech on "the Peace and Disarmament" and Dialogue with Students

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon delivered a special speech entitled "Peace and Disarmament" on Aug. 4 at International Conference Center in Waseda University.

In the welcoming address prior to his speech, President Katsuhiko Shirai introduced two of our alumni, Kan'ichi Asakawa and Chiune Sugihara, both of whom have made great contribution to peace and protection of international human rights. He also expressed his hope for students to pursue global and humanitarian activities for peacekeeping, disarmament, and respect for human rights.


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