In Japan, English education will start next year from the third grade at elementary school. It has been said that Japanese people are less proficient in English than people in other countries, so the Japanese government decided to improve their nations' English skills.
However, some people say that we should improve our mother language during elementary school days instead of spending the time to study English, because the mother language is the most important language that should be improved and is a fundamental part of our identity as a Japanese. They say that people who don't learn their mother language well will struggle to learn English as a second language and that it is not too late to study English after being a junior high school student. What do you think about early English education?