Japanese Language

Scope of Japanese language

With Indian companies emerging as global players and Indian market being eyed by multinational companies, it becomes essential that there is no dearth of professionals who can overcome language barriers and facilitate smooth communication for proper business transactions. Foreign language experts with a good understanding of cultures are in great demand in the corporate world. The scope of foreign languages as career is stupendous and candidates willing to explore it have multitude of job opportunities in various multinational companies and multilateral organisations. Moreover, language skills are essential attribute in most professions and help in the advancement of career.

Why to learn Japanese ?

In last few years, Indo-Japanese Relations have increased many fold. Both Governments are looking forward to enhance business, trade relations, cultural Exchanges and Educational opportunities. Currently there are 15,000 Japanese Knowing professionals are working in India, but this demand will be doubled as in next few years around 30,000 Japanese companies would be entering in India. These companies will definitely prefer Japanese Knowing professionals in all fields like Automobile, Pharmaceuticals, IT, Marketing, Finance, Chemical, Biotechnology etc. So knowledge of Japanese language and culture will play dominant role in job opportunities.

Pune has grown to become a major centre of Japanese language education in India, surpassing larger cities such as Mumbai and Kolkata despite their late start relative to the rest of the country. The first Japanese language teachers came to the city in the 1970s; the University of Pune established a Japanese language course in 1977 and upgraded it to a full department in 1978. As such, the city was well-positioned to begin capturing Japanese business when India's information technology boom began. As early as 2004, software exports to Japan made up 12% of Pune's then-US$1 billion software industry. As of 2007, 70 Japanese teachers are estimated to work in the city; it is also the home of the country's branch of the Japanese Language Teachers' Association. The similarity between Japanese grammar and that of Marathi is mentioned as a factor by some Pune residents in easing their study of the language.

To anyone who has a misinterpretation that learning Japanese is a waste of time, youths in the city will say that they really don’t know about its wide scope”. Nowadays a lot of companies from Japan are focusing on India to develop their international business. So, a lot of opportunities are available in various fields and now this is a golden opportunity for the young generation in India to make a novel contour in their career.

Interesting facts about Japanese language

  • Japan is nicknamed the “Land of the Rising Sun.”
  • Raw horse meat is a popular entree in Japan. Sliced thinly and eaten raw it is called basashi – it is pictured above.
  • Over 70% of Japan consists of mountains. The country also has over 200 volcanoes.
  • A musk melon (similar to a cantaloupe) can sell for over 31,473 yen ($300.00).
  • The literacy rate in Japan is almost 100%.
  • There are vending machines in Japan that dispense beer!
  • Japan’s unemployment rate is less than 4%.
  • Japan consists of over 6,800 islands.
  • Animated Japanese films and television shows (.i.e.: Anime) account for 60% of the world’s animation-based entertainment. So successful is animation in Japan, that there are almost 130 voice-acting schools in the country.
  • 21% of the Japanese population is elderly, the highest proportion in the world.
  • Slurping your food is a sign that the food is delicious and is considered a compliment to the cook.
  • People wear masks in Japan, and they’re sold everywhere in various sizes. You can find masks in any color, with Hello Kitty, flowers, hearts on a leopard print, or with a lemon or orange smell. If you’re sick, you wear a mask so you don’t spread your sickness.
  • Japan has around 5.5 million vending machines. You can find them on almost every block.
  • Japan has the world’s third-largest economy, behind the US and China.
  • There are over 1,500 earthquakes in Japan each year, though most of them are very minor.
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