Reporter Clarissa Ward: “This is the Obama workshop at the Kaplan English School in Japan. Every week, as many as 200 students attend....They learn the President’s speeches line by line, reciting them to their teacher, Makoto Ishiwata....Ishiwata has also used speeches by Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy for his classes, but he says his students are particularly inspired by the message of Mr. Obama....Ishiwata knows almost all of Mr. Obama’s speeches by heart, down to the cadence and hand gestures.”
Makoto Ishiwata: “‘To win the war, secure the peace and earn the respect of the world.’ At the time when I first heard this, I almost cried.”
Ward, clapping: “I just have to give you an applause there.”