Learning Japanese in Japan

Learning Japanese in Japan

If you learn Japanese you can communicate with nearly 200 million people in the world.
Japan has been recognized by the international community as an advanced economic superpower, when you learn Japanese you have opportunities to study in one of the most important and technological countries in the world.

Japanese Facts

  • Japanese is spoken by more than 200 million people in the world.
  • Japanese is considered a difficult language to learn. This is true for native speakers of European languages, because Japanese is basically different from European languages.
  • Japanese is spoken as a second language by the Chinese and the Korean people who lived under Japanese occupation earlier this century.

Economic Indicators

  • The economy saw in 2005. GDP growth for the year was 2.8%, with a fourth quarter expansion of 5.5%, surpassing the growth rate of the US and European Union during the same period.
  • The major economic global power is Japan. Government-industry cooperation, a strong work ethic, mastery of high technology, emphasis on education, and a comparatively small defense allocation have helped Japan advance with extraordinary speed to become the second largest economy in the world.
  • Robotics constitutes a key long-term economic strength with Japan possessing 410,000 of the world's 720,000 'working robots.'
  • In the 21st century there are some 2,350,000 people in 127 countries and regions around the world studying Japanese.
  • The world's largest maker of machine tools is Japan, much of the output of which is exported to countries such as the US and South Korea.

Cultural indicators

  • Actors: Takakura Ken, Matsushima Nanako, Watanabe Ken, Miyazawa Rie, Fujiwara Norika...
  • Music: Masanori Takahashi(Kitaro), Kitajima Saburo , Fukuyama Masaharu , Morning Musume, Komuro Tetsuya...
  • Painters: Sesshu Toyo, Kano Motonobu, Tawaraya Sotatsu ,Ogata Korin, Maruyama Okyo, Mori Sosen, Shibata Zeshin...
  • Architecture: Fujiwara Yorimichi, Yoshimitsu, Kobori Enshu...
  • Literature: Murasaki Shikibu, Kokin-wakashu, Abe Kobo, Hearn Lafcadio, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Michitsuna no haha, Danzai Osamu...
  • Cinema: Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasujiro, Oshima Nagisa, Mizoguchi Kenji...
  • Sports: Sergio Jumbo Ozaki, Matsuzaka Daisuke, Nakata Hidetoshi, Suzuki Ichiro, Shinjo Tsuyoshi, Nomo Hideo, Takahashi Naoko, Inamoto Junichi...
The importance of Japan in the global and Asian contexts means that the knowledge of Japanese language and culture benefits not only those learners who will eventually become Japan experts but also those involved in a variety of different fields such as tourists, journalism, science, technology, humanities and social sciences. A growing awareness of this fact has led to a great increase in the numbers and backgrounds of students of Japanese and a broadening of their goals during the last 15-20 years.

Japanese courses

The best option is to enroll in a Japanese language course to learn the language. Between local universities offering language programs and specific language schools; there are many different options on offer.

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