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Japan's attempt at English fluency falls flat, with new tests scrapped

Tokyo cancels exams that include speaking and writing for college admissions

Roughly 60% of Japanese universities had planned to factor the private English exams into admissions decisions. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

TOKYO -- Japan's all-out effort to improve the population's ability to write and speak English has been lost in translation.

The government decided Friday to scrap plans to introduce English examinations from six private-sector organizations, including the widely used Eiken proficiency test, into standardized tests for university admissions.

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