Japanese

Why learn Japanese?

Japanese is spoken by over 129.5 million people and there are 3.6 million Japanese people living abroad, with large communities in Brazil and America. Since 1984 the number of learners of Japanese has increased by 6 times.

Great for work placement programs

There are lots of work placement programs for Japanese learners and graduates such as JET, JASSO and MEXT.

An industry of opportunities

The anime industry is valued at 17.7 billion dollars and is always searching for upcoming talent abroad. Having Japanese gives artists a huge edge.

 

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A fascinating culture

Japanese culture is so well preserved and is an integral part of learning the language which can be a fascinating experience. The Japanese are always open to showing foreigners the ins and outs of their customs

Car manufacturing and racing leader

The language of car manufacturing and racing, Japan has been in the top three of the countries with most cars manufactured since the 1960s, surpassing Germany. Odaiba’s yearly Tokyo Drift is one of the sport’s biggest events and regularly attracts massive crowds. By far the most famous and prestigious race in the country is the F1 at Suzuka. First held in 1963, the race has seen many of Formula One’s greats take the checkered flag.

Fashion capital

Tokyo is one of the fashion capitals of the world, attracting thousands of designers to Fashion week every year. The industry is worth 143 billion dollars and welcomes foreign designers, models, bloggers and critics from all over.

Amazing landscapes

Explore the diverse landscapes of the different prefectures from Mt. Fuji, to Kinkakuji (the golden temple) in Kyoto, to the cities of Osaka and Tokyo and the beaches of Okinawa.

Life science research pioneer

Japan excels in the life science industry and takes advantage of its aging population by loosening several key policies, regulations, and laws to open the door for foreign investment. Also,  in food science the search for taste launched Japan as a food science pioneer. Now it leads a global drive to create functional foods, and opportunities abound for career-hungry researchers.

High tech leader

Japanese is one of the most important languages in the world of gaming development with such companies as Nintendo, Miyamoto, Sega and Sony.

In the world of electronics and photography Japan holds the most prestige with Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Toshiba and Panasonic.

 

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Did you
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Only 6.5%
of the world’s population are native English speakers