The Japanese language is spoken by some 125 million inhabitants of Japan and outside Japan there are some 1.5 million Japanese immigrants and descendents in Brazil, 1.2 million in the United Sates (notably California, where 1.2% of the population has Japanese ancestry). Approximately 12% of the population of Hawaii speak Japanese. Japanese emigrants can also be found in Peru, Argentina, Australia (especially in the eastern states), Canada (especially in Vancouver where 1.4% of the population has Japanese ancestry), and the Philippines.
Just like English, words have no gender. Knowing Japanese will help learn Korean as the grammar is similar, although Chinese is very different.
Why Learn Japanese ?
- Japan is the second largest economy in the world with massive exports especially in the eighties of consumer electronics and transport. You will undoubtably heard of Sony, Minolta, Honda, Toyota, Hitachi, Kyocera, Toshiba or Canon. You may be involved in selling their products so being able to communicate with suppliers will be a great help
- In 2011 some $66.2 billion or 4.5% of overall US exports went to Japan. In order to continue to win business from this important trading partner and being able to communicate in Japanese is a must, in addition to getting a view of the culture. Getting it wrong could mean lost sales
- Japan is a geographically isolated nation that is densely populated and poor in natural resources (for example there is no oil reserves). In order to have seen such economic explosive growth the Japanese have relied on innovation particularly in the fields of optical media, semiconductor manufacturing, industrial robotics and fermentation processes. They submit approximately 420,000 patent filings every year. Therefore a new technology of the future may well have its origin in Japan, its culture and knowing the language will allow you to tap that innovation
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