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Aug 6, 2009

English E-Learning Leader, Eleutian Technology, Partners With Sumitomo Corporation to Develop Service in Japan

TEN SLEEP, Wyo., Aug 05, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Eleutian Technology (Headquarters: Ten Sleep, Wyoming: CEO: Kent Holiday) announced today a cooperation initiative with Sumitomo Corporation (Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo: CEO: Susumu Kato) to jointly bring Eleutian's Internet-based English education service featuring conversation lessons with native English speakers to the Japanese market.


Eleutian provides evidence-based English teaching curriculum and live, video-conference tutoring sessions with certified U.S. school teachers. With hundreds of Wyoming-based teachers who are trained to teach English as a second language, students can schedule tutoring sessions at any time of the day . As the only service provider of its kind, Eleutian's offerings are used by a range of customers, from executives at top global companies to public elementary school classrooms throughout the world.


Although the foreign language education market has stagnated recently in Japan due to recent recessionary cutbacks, many company employees are faced with an increasing number of business situations in English, including presentations, meetings, and overseas trips. Accordingly, more corporations are requiring advanced language ability for job advancement, which has led to an increase in demand for business-related language education services. Furthermore, as evident in the new national education policy announced in March 2008, English education will be introduced into 5th and 6th grades starting in 2011. Many agree that demand among preschools and kindergartens for Internet-based English lessons by native speakers will continue to expand.


With world-class telecommunication infrastructure, Japan offers an environment where smooth bi-directional live Internet video is readily possible.  Internet-based conversation lessons can be conveniently offered at a reasonable price, unrestricted by time of day or location. Sumitomo and Eleutian will work to address the market segments of growing foreign language education needs by developing Internet-based conversation lessons designed for the Japanese market, and providing this service to corporations, schools, and individuals.


Nobutaka Kanaji, GM of Sumitomo's Mobile and Internet Department commented, "English education in Japan has a history of focusing on improving test scores, but this has too often led to a neglect of actual communication skills. Eleutian enables customers to address this problem through frequent and short live interactions that were otherwise not feasible with traditional models. There is no doubt that this service fills a significant void in the market." For Eleutian, entry into Japan represents the next phase in an expanding international presence. "The Japanese market is an immediate opportunity for Eleutian to address rapidly growing English education needs," remarked Eleutian CEO & Founder Kent Holiday. "We are extremely excited to work with Sumitomo Corporation and leverage their expertise and customer network to expand our business."


About Eleutian Technology, LLC: Eleutian is the premier global provider of online language teaching and tutoring. The company's vast teaching staff is comprised of U.S. State Certified School Teachers who are trained to deliver evidence-based English education via video-conference. Eleutian's customers include global businesses and government entities as well as public and private schools. The company is headquartered in Ten Sleep, Wyoming and operates an office in Seoul, Korea. http://www.eleutian.com.


About Sumitomo Corporation: Sumitomo Corporation is a Tokyo-based trading and investment firm which operates business on a global scale across multiple sectors including information technology, media, metals, machinery, electronics, energy, natural resources, chemicals, textiles, foodstuffs, and consumer goods. The Mobile and Internet Department has extensive experience in investment, service creation, and operational management in the Internet service sector, and whose affiliations include Biglobe, Sokai Drug, GPlan, and Wamnet, among others.  http://www.sumitomocorp.co.jp/


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