When you try to use English for some transaction or negotiation with foreign counterparts, you may often feel hesitant or frustrated because you cannot effectively state your case or rebut their assertions, let alone persuade them. As a voluntary organization, The English Speaking Union of Japan (ESUJ) sees its mission in helping Japanese with international aspirations overcome these barriers.
     Parliamentary (impromptu) debate is a most effective means to foster the communication skills necessary for “dialogue”, “negotiation” and “persuasion” in business, government, academia and other circles. For the past two decades, ESUJ has played a trail-blazing role in promoting parliamentary
debate, in tandem with ESU United Kingdom, through hosting university as well as adult debate competitions. Parliamentary debate has firmly taken its root in Japan today, and ESUJ is now shifting its focus to those with the greatest needs and potential, namely the young, especially high school students. We are thus looking forward to co-hosting as from FY 2018 the High School Parliamentary Debate Union (HPDU) Competition.

     ESUJ also provides a place for learning and interaction. People across generations and professions get together for lectures, the “Roudoku (Reading Aloud) Club”, outings and embassy visits, and talk salons on various aspects of Japanese culture including Haiku, outings and embassy visits, etc., and  “enjoy” communicating in English.

    We are also proactively disseminating a variety of opinions that exist within Japan through our column “Japan In Their Own Words” (JITOW) on the ESUJ website . This helps our readers abroad gain insights into the state of debate in Japan on contemporary political, security, economic, social and other issues.
    We sincerely hope that you agree with our objectives and join ESUJ.

Sadaaki Numata