Recently I am active on many websites outside Japan but I rarely see Japanese people other than myself even in places where I see many people from different countries.
Some of the pages are unique pages and I can understand there are not many Japanese people there but I rarely see Japanese people wherever I go. What is happening to people in this country? Everywhere there are so many people from other countries but there are few Japanese people. (Maybe they might be there but they do not speak up) That is part of the reasons they are not understood (well, I dare to use “they” because I strongly feel that I am not one of them!). Ever since I went to home stay when I was 18, I have always been one unique (and to other Japanese people’s eyes, “WEIRD”) Japanese go jump into other English speakers and talk to them, away from Japanese people who always make a secluded group (and in most of the cases speak in Japanese) and look at me like looking at me as the one who goes rogue. (Sorry, I have so many experiences as such!)
I think what Japanese people need is not a better way to teach English but a way to teach them to be a little bit more extrovert people who can talk to those from other countries even if they are alone outside Japan.