DESPITE calls to improve the degrading standard of English in the country, Japan continues to hire English tutors from Fiji to teach English to Japanese students.
Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani said Fijians were one of the best English speakers in the world.
Mr Hanatani said this was why they continued to hire tutors from the country to teach the language to students in Japan.
“I am aware that there are a lot of Fijians who work in Japan as tutors to Japanese students,” he said.
“Fijians are known the world over as some of the best English speakers. In the process a lot of Fijian people get to learn first-hand of the Japanese culture, its language and the customs of its people.”
Mr Hanatani said Fiji needed to have pride in the fact that it was known for speaking a language that had become the main language of communication around the world.
“At the moment we have JICA volunteers from Japan currently working in parts of the country who are also learning about the Fijian way of living and its culture,” he said.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama earlier stressed the need for Fijians to master the English language, it being the global language of commerce and many other areas of human endeavour.
“I realise that for many people, English is not their mother tongue at home,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“But it is our national language used in official communications and medium of teaching, so we need to master it properly.”