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Japanese Speakers and the Internet

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Author(s): Helen Gerrard | Sachiko Nakamura

Journal: International Journal of Multicultural Societies
ISSN 1817-4574

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 173;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Japanese speakers and Internet | language diversity | multilingualism in Internet | Japanese on Internet

ABSTRACT
This case study consists of a survey of 530 students at university in Japan and was carried out with the same tools as used in the main UNESCO survey reported in this volume. The survey, which finds a fairly low level of English language use on the Internet, is discussed within a short review of Japanese history and with reference in particular to the legacy that current foreign language learners inherit in terms of attitude towards foreign language competence. The survey is supplemented by further research on the pen-pal phenomenon, an activity which has grown exponentially in the recent past and which may be countering some of the other variables in the Japanese equation.

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