Today, English has become the lingua franca of the world in the true sense of the word, used not only in traditional English-speaking countries but also in non-English-speaking countries. For example, those of you who have foreign business contacts may be feeling the need to use English for a variety of reasons, such as daily communications through E-mails, faxes and business letters, or group opportunities including parties, meetings and presentations. In the course of business transactions with your counterparts from different cultures, you may often feel frustrated, because you cannot effectively rebut their assertions and conduct the exchange at your own pace. What you need is not just the four skills of "reading", "writing", "listening" and "speaking" English. You also need the ability to "think and persuade" in dialogues and negotiations in English.
As a voluntary organization, The English Speaking Union of Japan (ESUJ) aims to familiarize the Japanese people with English as a tool for international communication. Its University English Debating Competition, held for the past 18 years for the purpose of fostering global communicators, has become the most authoritative parliamentary debating competition in Japan, and has produced a number of debaters who can vie on a par with their international counterparts. The Adult (Shakaijin) Competition, held 15 times so far, has served to heighten the interest in debating and public speaking among those who actually engage in international work in their careers. The circle of English debating has now widened to high school students and teachers. In addition, we conduct on the average at least two programs per month designed to enable people to enjoy using English. Our proactive dissemination of a variety of opinions that exist within Japan to our readers across the world, through our column on the website, has been appreciated at home and abroad, especially the active projection of the debate in Japan triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011and the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII in August 2015.

We sincerely hope that you agree with our objectives and join ESUJ.
Sadaaki Numata