- Japanese cultural exports are exploding — anime and manga, Nintendo games, karaoke, bonsai, and origami have universal appeal around the world.
- The Japanese are innovators and are known as high tech leaders.
- Speaking Japanese can enhance your future career and business opportunities, and it will set you apart from the crowd.
- Japan is a gateway to other Asian cultures, and Japanese is a stepping stone to learning other Asian languages.
- Japan is an ideal study abroad destination. It is one of the safest countries in the world and there are many academic opportunities for UAB students.
Why Study Japanese?
When you study Japanese you are not just learning a new alphabet or words. You will explore a country with an ancient and rich culture that has one of the largest economies in the world. Japan is a center of technological and cultural innovation, and Japanese speakers are the Internet’s third largest language group. Need other reasons? Here are a few: