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Honda made English the official language of global meetings as the Japanese carmaker shifts decision-making power to regional units.

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LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) -- Honda Motor Co. made English the official language of global meetings as the Japanese carmaker shifts decision-making power to regional units.

CEO Takanobu Ito informed global employees of the change in April, John Mendel, executive vice president of the company's U.S. sales unit, said in an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Mendel was promoted to Honda's North American management committee in 2012, in an earlier move by Ito to localize business decisions.

The carmaker's move follows language conversions by Japanese companies including Fast Retailing Co., Asia's biggest apparel seller and Rakuten Inc., the country's biggest Internet mall. Honda's new rule applies to in-person meetings and video conferences, raising the chances top executives will use interpreters, as Fast Retailing President Tadashi Yanai and Ito himself have done in media interviews.

"Imagine the shock sent through the operation," Mendel said in an interview Thursday. "The CEO stands up and says, 'All discussions about global operations will be conducted in English and oh, by the way, if you don't understand it, get an interpreter.'"

English only

Rakuten announced its shift to English as the company's official language in 2010 and phased in the language's use over two years. The online retailer's billionaire President Hiroshi Mikitani, Japan's third-richest person, earned an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1993.

Yanai implemented English as Fast Retailing's official language last year, while tiremaker Bridgestone Corp. decided last month to gradually implement the English requirement.

For Honda, change comes as the Japanese automaker revamps its Honda and Acura lines to hold off improving Asian and European competitors and the best vehicles from U.S. automakers in a generation. Honda this week announced further modifications to its Civic, the best-selling small car in the U.S., to stay ahead of Toyota Motor Corp.'s new Corolla, Hyundai Motor Co.'s Elantra and Ford Motor Co.'s Focus.



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Notes Taker's curator insight, November 23, 2013 12:38 PM

Does it translate into increased or decreased interpreting service?