TOP 5 REASONS TO LEARN JAPANESE
Language and culture are the integral part of any country’s consciousness. Nihongo – as the Japanese language is called – is practised by 120 million citizens of Japan. What makes Nihongo so mystifying, yet a fun-filling ride, which unlocks power of ancient wisdom, success, humility and perfection? Let us explore.
Here are the 5 advantages of learning Japanese
1. Nihongo – the language of the future
McKinsey & Company, a worldwide American consulting firm, mentioned on July 2019 that Asia is on track to top 50% of global GDP by 2040. Nikkei Asian Review published on May 2019 says that Asia is already home to 50% of world’s fastest companies. An indication that Asia will become the future powerhouse of global economy and Nihongo, one of the most popular languages in the continent. Linguistically, Japan shares its language with both China and South Korea. In future, Japanese firms would require professionals to inter-operate amongst major Asian countries for various project implementations. This expands horizon for enthusiasts who wish to learn Nihongo.
2. Key to unlock global career with enviable work ethics
There are more than 200 Japanese companies in Forbes Global 2000, with combined market value of over $3 trillion. There are more than 1000 companies who are working in collaboration and partner with local companies in all the continents. Traditionally, Japanese companies are very supportive of their employees with respect to human relations, dignity, training and motivation. It is not uncommon to find employees serving for decades in Japanese companies. Japanese companies are known to pay well and take good care of their employees.
3. Inculcating respect for human values
Nihongo as a language is inter-twined with Japan’s ancient history. Nihongo relates to understanding the richness of Japan’s culture with respect to values, chivalry, trust, and respect for everyone. For example Japanese use the word ‘San’ to address people and objects around them as mark of respect. Students undergoing Nihongo training experience keen sense of respect for everyday chores like eating, behaving in public place, speaking softly and respectfully etc. Learning Nihongo gradually helps learners to become positive and yet expressive.
4. Developing cognitive skills
Learning any new language boosts our cognitive skills, more so ever if the language is Nihongo. Amongst the three scripts of Nihongo – Hiragana, Katagana and Kanji – there are more than 2000 pictoral alphabets in Kanji alone. Learners of Nihongo gradually experience strong retention of information in terms of remembering the scripts of Hiragana, Katagana and Kanji, and use it to create a cohesive structure of sentences and expressions. This kind of thought process starts positively affecting the spatial ability, i.e an ability to think in terms of object visualization.
5. Opportunity to avail Permanent Residency (PR) status in Japan
In order to invite high end professionals to Japan, the Japanese government has relaxed the norms to avail Permanent Residency (PR) for foreigners. Initially, foreigners had to work in Japan for 3 years to avail PR, but since 2016, PR is granted after working in Japan for one year. Japanese PR leads to availing Japanese Passport, which is rated amongst the most powerful passport in the world.