What is an official language? An official language is a language with which people live civil lives
Two types of countries: multi-cultural countries vs. unicultural countries Examples of multi-cultural countries: USA, India, Australia, Canada Examples of unicultural countries: Japan, Korea
How to select an official language? In multicultural countries: selection is difficult In unicultural countries: selection is not difficult, but ･･･
A plan to adopt English as an official second language in Japan A plan to improve English skills of Japanese people Is this plan a precise response to globalization or destruction of our culture?
Opposite views (1) Cultural reason: destruct our culture and tradition (2) Nationalistic reason: swallowe up by the English speaking countries (3) Practical reason: insufficient translators/interpreters (4) Languistic reason: possibility to impair Japanese language skills (5) Fundamental reason: unlikely to improve English skills of Japanese