Why Study Japanese Language and Culture?
Here are some Good Questions and Factual Answers for you!
(mainly based on research by the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. in 2012)
Question #1: Is it practical to learn Japanese for a future career in this global economy?
Answer: Yes, because Japan is the world’s 3rd largest economy, and its GDP (Gross Domestic Product to indicate a nation’s economic power) is larger than Germany, France, England, Italy or Spain.
Also, Japan’s PER CAPITA INCOME is larger than the U.S., and 6 times larger than China’s.
Japan is a world leader in -
To support the claim above, here’s just one indication of scientific advancement - the number of NOBEL PRIZES in the last 25 years. Japan won 25 of them. In the past 5 years alone, Japan has won 7 Nobel prizes in science; compared with that, U.K. 4, France 2, Germany 1, and the only other Asian country which won a Nobel prize has been India with 1.
Americans can visit Japan easily, needing just a valid passport but not a Visa (not the credit card ;-).
By comparison, most American visitors need an official permit to visit a foreign country such as Russia or China.
Japan has also been the 2nd largest investor (in Foreign Direct Investment) in the U.S., just after U.K., with $149 billion., compare with that of China’s FDI, $3 billion, over the past 10 years.
Japanese companies own many famous American brands -
Question #2: Are there many world famous people who have been influenced by Japanese culture?
Answer: Absolutely yes. To name a few -
The best way to learn Japanese culture is through learning the language since there will be no need of a translator to appreciate it.
Question #3: Are there many Americans learning Japanese?
Answer: In 2012, there were over 160,000 students at all levels, including 80,000 pre-college level which increased in enrollments 20% between 2009 and 2012.