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Re: Where is Japan?

Thanks, Frank!

I know back in the 70's-80's English was a second language for the majority 
in Japan.
Oh course, times change and education these days seems to be poor in public 
schools in the USA! Graduates from high school that can't fill out a job 
application or balance a checkbook!
Pretty SAD :(

One would think out of 130,000 Japanese HAMS there would be more activity! 
Say 1% read or speak English. Say .025% are even interested in packet on 
ISS, one would see a few more?

Look at HF.. Here on the west coast working Japan is like shooting fish in a 
barrel! Good JA ops everywhere!

73, Scott

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A10382" <a10382@snet.net>
To: "Scott Avery WA6LIE" <wa6lie@msn.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 1:13 PM
Subject: Re: [sarex] Where is Japan?

> My 'dos centavos' -- based on experience through the early 90s.
> Could it be at least partially caused by a language barrier ??
> Despite having a very long association with the 'West',  a lot of Japanese
> do not speak English very well.  At least not enough to hold 
> conversations.
> I spent quite a few years working in Asia.  In China (PRC), Taiwan, Korea,
> Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, we were able to deal
> effectively with the local staffs in English,  Seems that almost everyone
> who graduated from High School in tending to go to college in those
> countries took English as a second language,
> It was only in Japan that we frequently needed interpreters for meetings,
> discussion groups, and training classes.  It appeared, at least to me, 
> that
> a lot of those who did take English in grade schools never became able to
> converse effectively with an English only speaker. I suspected it was at
> least partially due to some left over animosity on the part of government,
> business. and education leaders there toward the West from WWII.  During 
> the
> war, it was my understanding that school teachers in Japan were not 
> expected
> to enter military service -- in fact, life was 'almost normal' for the
> Japanese citizens until late 1944 and early 1945.  The current crop of
> school teachers (as well as business and government leaders) in Japan are
> those who became adults after 1945... so that may be changing.
> Even the traditional animosity between the Japanese and Chinese seems to 
> be
> waning... probably due to an almost 100% turnover of gov't leaders since
> ======
> 73, Frank
>  ._._.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Scott Avery WA6LIE" <wa6lie@msn.com>
> To: "sarex listserve" <sarex@AMSAT.Org>
> Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 3:17 AM
> Subject: [sarex] Where is Japan?
> > Hello All...
> >
> > Has anyone ever noticed the lack of JA operators via ISS?
> > They have the band plan and frequencies!
> > http://www.jarl.or.jp/English/6_Band_Plan/A-6-2.htm
> >
> > Japan has double the number of US operators!
> > http://www.qsl.net/vu2msy/HAMPOP.htm
> >
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