Even though a majority of Asians study Japanese language in order to enter Japanese universities, many Westerners’ main intention is to experience Japan itself, often without particular strong plans for the future.
One thing in common among most Japanese learners in Japan from both Asian and Western countries is adoration of Japan stemming from the manga and anime they watched in their childhoods. In recent decades, Japanese manga and anime have been quite popular all over the world and it is often one’s first introduction to Japan. However, since Japan is so far away, not many people actually come to study the language when they grow up.
For a lot of young Westerners, coming to Japan to study Japanese is a dream since it’s very far away both in distance and culture. It’s often a dream-come-true just to come study in Japan. But after learning the language and experiencing the culture, many of them come to think they don’t want to leave but to stay longer or even find a full-time job.
Our students are often surprised at how comfortable living in Japan is. And they are even more amazed that it’s much more reasonable than they anticipated. Tokyo is famously known as a huge and expensive city, but actually it’s quite possible to live reasonably and the decreasing strength of the yen is making now a perfect time to study in Japan. In addition, those holding a student visa are allowed to work part-time up to 28 hours a week to support their studies, and it is often not too difficult to get a full-time job after learning the language.
These days, more and more students come to Japan to study Japanese because it’s sometimes tough to find a decent job in their home countries. As Japan is currently easing the visa restriction for skilled foreign workers, there are excellent job opportunities to take advantage of.
In fact, we have graduates who have been hired by big name Japanese companies including Sony, Amazon Japan, and Rakuten after completing their language study.As you can easily imagine, these students never dreamed they would have the chance to work at these well-known corporations. One male student came to Japan because he was really interested in Japanese computer games and music. In the end, he got a job as a game sound designer here in Tokyo.