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English as a global languageIn November 2010, Mr. Hiroshi Mikitani, President of the japanese company Rakuten®, announced that by the year 2012, all operations at their headquarters in Tokyo will be done in English¹. To some, this news was a welcoming change, while to many others it spelled heartache. According to Mr. Mikitani, in order to survive in the global market place, English was ?essential?, as the company expands into more regions . This move by Mr. Mikitani and others like him brings to light the importance of English as it secures its place as the global language of choice. A global language or lingua franca is a tool that is used to bridge the communication gaps that occur when people from different cultural backgrounds meet (Huntington 1996:61). According to the author Samuel Huntington, people pursue a second language for the purpose of trade, that is, for goods, services or information² (Huntington 1996:63). Since the main reason people trade is to make a profit (or to acquire benefits), it would make sense to do what is necessary to maximize one?s chances; learning the lingua franca, would give this necessary edge. It is for this reason that a japanese