English in elementary school

I read an article about education of elementary schoolD60_a1770 in Japan. Japanese Government said that Japan is  always late to keep up with the trend of the global competition. One of the reason is that Japanese is not good at speak English.  So government think that elementary school students must study English. Also they have a reason to study English. There is a proof that the country people who have skill of speaking English, the country also have a high GDP(the total value of all goods and services produced in a country). I think this is a good idea because some Japanese people really do not like English and can’t speak. It is difficult to survive in the global time. But some people against this plan because he afraid that children lose the interesting feeling to own Japanese culture. How do you think about this?