What is global talent?
It has been almost ten years since the word “global” has entered daily vocabulary. Has Japan witnessed an increase in global talent?
To answer the question, we would first need to define “global talent.” I propose that it stands for someone who can think logically, assert oneself, and make presentations in English.
It is undoubtedly a serious challenge for the Japanese. Why? It is because they grow up speaking a language that can be ambiguous, while the globalized age requires that they speak logically. Furthermore, they were never trained to express their opinions, but the contemporary world necessitates an ability to make presentations in English. In addition, the Japanese are by nature uncomfortable to flatly say no, and yet they must be assertive in English because being silent may be construed as a sign of lack of intelligence.
On the critical importance of English
I knew all this implicitly. But I recall being shocked all anew when I freshly returned from Australia after a year and a half of living there. There was hardly anyone who could communicate in English despite the fact that Japan is a highly educated society where English is compulsory through the second year of college.
I was further stunned to observe that people in the 20s and 30s do not seem under pressure to learn English earnestly. This is against the glaring backdrop that Japanese population keeps shrinking. Whereas fertility rate needs to be 2.1 to sustain the current population, the statistic has been below critical 2.1 since 1997. Such reality leaves the Japanese with no choice but to rely on immigrants and non-Japanese workers for their nation to survive and prosper in the future. However, the Japanese had better not assume all these immigrants and laborers to be fluent in Japanese. English communication skills, therefore, are indispensable for the Japanese.
English proficiency not only enables you to communicate with non-Japanese people on a grass-roots level but it also empowers you to expand your horizon and potential. I believe that the young generation should have the wherewithal to creatively envision multiple life options, such as to work for a foreign capital firm or to pursue one’s dream abroad.
AT Globe’s Mission
Our company name—AT Global—stands for Around the Globe. It expresses our commitment to train and develop global talent who can rise to the challenge anywhere in this increasingly borderless world.
We renew our commitment daily so as to make our contribution to producing global talent. Such is the mission of AT Globe, which runs Sejinjuku（Global Talent School） to develop global talent so as to inspire, empower and invigorate our country by training more people to be able to think logically, assert themselves, and make presentations in English.