Why study Japanese?
There are many reasons.
Japanese is spoken around the world by Japanese nationals and other speakers of Japanese engaged in economic pursuits, government, the media, education, research, artistic fields, sports, tourism and studentship.
In addition to the 127 million residents of Japan itself, expatriate Japanese and communities of Japanese emigrant heritage use the Japanese language in their daily lives in their local areas as well as in their global connections with other speakers of Japanese. In Australia there are many long and short term Japanese residents who are involved in local communities through their work and leisure.
Opportunities to use the Japanese language to engage with Japanese speakers both in and outside of Japan are therefore considerable, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
Furthermore, in the current and future environments in which global communication is so readily accessible, the possibilities for using Japanese to communicate are not limited by one’s ability to travel.
Someone who learns Japanese as a foreign language therefore has many opportunities to engage with other users of the language in a diverse range of pursuits for many different reasons. Students who pursue the study and use of the Japanese language tend to have a deep appreciation of different ways of thinking, of history and traditions and are willing to challenge themselves, which also benefits their studies in other disciplines.
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Exchange Opportunity for Students of Japanese
KOMSTUDY is a short, annual study program to Komazawa University, Tokyo. See here for more information.