Accessing English Internet Needed
In general, Japanese people access "Japanese Internet" only. You think this may usual for Japanese, but it is waste in fact. To make the most of the Internet, you should access not only "Japanese Internet", also "English Internet". These two, English and the Internet, are reciprocal in various meanings. Accessing "English Internet" has three big benefits for Japanese users.
One of the greatest merits of joining English Internet is that we can communicate with people all over the world. Japanese Internet, I mean the Internet in which Japanese are used, applies to just Japanese society. On the contrary, English Internet is far more enormous network because English is now practically official language on the Internet. For the number of accessing people, Japanese one is also nothing to English. Besides, more and more people, including whose mother tongue is not English, are sending information to the web by using English. This is typically illustrated by the number of people using SNS(Social Networking Service). The number of users of "mixi", the biggest SNS in Japan, is at most ten million. But that of "MySpace", the biggest one in the world, is more than one hundred million, ten times as mixi.(cf.wiki about MySpace and mixi) It cannot be doubted that the importance of English Internet as a tool of communication is increasing.
Accessibility to large amount of resources would be another merit when we use the Internet in English. There are huge quantities of information or data on the web.
Once upon a time, information from the Internet had been said to be unreliable, because anyone can upload data to the web. But in these days, those on the web is becoming very reliable. For example, we can search scholarly literature by Google Scholar. Well-known "world's largest collection" of information, LexisNexis, is widely used on the Internet. A point of note is that most of these information are written in English.
That is to say, an ability to use English is really related to the effective use of the Internet.
Against this opinion, some people claim that using English Internet will lead to playing up to American hegemony. True the main origin of English Internet is United States, however, it does not always lead to the conclusion that American people are the most advanced in the world of the Internet. I mean, we, Japanese usually access to Japanese Internet, which is one of the largest Internet in the world except for English one. If we can add English Internet into our accessibility, that means we will be able to access largest area on the web compared with other nation's people, for example, an American who can read only English. What I'd like to emphasize here is my opinion is not playing up to the hegemony, but making most of that.
In conclusion, to access English Internet is very beneficial for Japanese users.
It can make you communicate with so many people in various countries, and provide you a lot of information you need. And of course, English Internet itself has great merit, but using it with Japanese one will make more advantage. Try to join English Internet and change your world.