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Shiseido adopting English as official language next year

Japanese group moves to smooth communication with global operations

TOKYO -- Japan's Shiseido plans to make English the official company language at its head offices around October next year, a step necessitated by the growth into a global enterprise.

The personal care group is moving toward having Japanese employees write out internal documents and conduct meetings in English, President Masahiko Uotani said Monday. Conversations outside of meetings would be held in Japanese.

Shiseido in 2015 reorganized its operations around regional headquarters overseeing Japan, China, Asia-Pacific, the Americas and other areas. Because Japan serves as the company's global headquarters, it is expected to support business activities in other locations. Designating English as the lingua franca would ensure smooth communications to that end.


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