Useful Tips To Indians Visiting Japan – From Akash San!

[caption id="attachment_1606" align="alignleft" width="300"]LEARNING JAPANESE JN BANGALORE With Rapt Attention![/caption] [su_pullquote][su_highlight]Akash San [/su_highlight](an IITian & an SNRC student) works for large Japanese MNC in Bangalore. He has spent a good amount of time working for his parent company in Japan. Akash San was kind enough to share, with SNRC students, some of his very exciting experiences while in Japan. Lots of useful tips for those planning a trip to Japan on work or otherwise.[/su_pullquote] [su_spacer] [su_highlight background="#fff153"]Country| Food| Culture [/su_highlight]
  • Apart from learning Japanese language, learn about Japan , its geography & culture. We must also know very well about our own country. They are very curious about Indians. Why do we have an edge when it comes to Mathematics? Why do Indians speak English? How many languages does India speak? How many religions? How many live in Japan? Where did Buddhism start (Buddhism is a link between Japan & India)? Etc etc!
  • Even simple  things like using ATMs can be a huge challenge if one is not familiar!
  • While in Japan your behavior is analyzed very closely. Come out of the “shell” & interact with locals. Fall in love with Japanese food & get used to eating it to win over friends . Also plan tea coffee sessions with them to get to know them better.
  • Eating Rice with chopstick …you must learn. Eat Rice & Dal separately
[su_highlight background="#fff153"] Speaking Japanese![/su_highlight]
  • Indian have an advantage when they frame the sentence in their minds in their native tongue & then translate it to Japanese! One very important aspect that new comers to Japan need to remember is to be polite all the time.
  • For example: Politeness.
  1. Who are you addressing? It does matter in Japanese communication. The moment you are humble, the small mistakes you make are ignored by the other person. In English, we might say "it's nice". But in Japanese, even a positive answer is given as "I think it's nice; how do you think it is?"
  2. In English if somebody asks me for my name I say "Akash". In Japanese we have to make a full sentence "watashiwa Akash desu" Even more polite is "watashiwa Akash to moshimasu". This is exactly politeness.
  3. In English we feel this is unnecessary. Where did this politeness come from? Japanese Culture.
  4. Do not use L if speaking with Japanese. Change to R. Make the tone softer. Speak slowly.

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 Time To Choose A Lucrative Career Path!

No this is not one of those persuasions to push a college program to a +2 pass out!

LEARNING JAPANESEThis article is based on solid evidence & goes to prove how learning Japanese is increasingly being adopted as a main stream & lucrative career. If you are at  cross roads of deciding on a “non mainstream career” (viz, outside of engg, law, medicine etc), here is some solid fodder! Learning Japanese involves getting certified by Japan foundation across five levels. These levels start from JLPT N5 (entry) to JLPT N1 (highest). It is instructive to remember that in India most of the Japanese related job opportunities start at the JLPT N3 level. With an JLPT N2 certification things begin to further look attractive in terms of role, designation & of course (Rs) !learning japaneseAn analysis of Japanese CVs# reveal some very interesting data. The table below provides a brief analysis
Streams % Across all JLPT Levels % of L3* & N3 % of L2* & N2
ARTS & COMMERCE (Includes BBA & MBA) 54 48 54
PURE SCIENCE & COMP SC(Includes BCS & MCA) 16 22 11
ENGG 25 16 23
Others 5 14 12
*L3 & L2 were part of the previous level classification given by Japan Foundation. For this analysis they have been clubbed with N3 & N2 respectively. # These CVs are part of our own bilingual database of employed candidates.
Inferences:learning japanese
  1. Over half of the candidates at the JLPT N2/L2 level are Arts & Commerce graduates.
  2. Nearly half of  the candidates at the JLPT N3/L3 level are Arts & Commerce graduates.
  • So those dithering on pursuing an Arts & Commerce graduation program should seriously consider this data.
  1. Learning Japanese is immensely benefitting Pure Science graduates too. A JLPT N3/N2 certification takes a pure science graduate to a completely different career plane.
  2. Very interesting to note that nearly a fourth of the JLPT N2 level candidates are engineers. This means learning Japanese is adding more punch to their technical careers.
Thus the obvious take away for students, especially the + 2 pass outs is this. Today there are very strong reasons to pursue non mainstream courses. Learning Japanese gives such candidates a fantastic career that has immense flexibility, opportunities & of course a lot of money.  To learn Japanese reach us  Tel  8904390300 +918023464677,  | Email: info@snrc.co.in

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 Free Japanese Language Training – Approx 600 Hours!

[caption id="attachment_3" align="alignleft" width="110"]Japanese Classes at Sakuraa Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre[/caption]

CSR Initiative:

Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts (TKAP) & Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre (SNRC) Bangalore:

[su_highlight background="#f2fb05"]Free Japanese Language Training: JLPT N3 - for Underprivileged & Unemployed youth:[/su_highlight] [su_divider]Introduction:  Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts (TKAP), is a very reputed auto parts manufacturing company based at Bidadi near Bangalore, India, established in 2002 is a joint venture amongst,
  • Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan
  • Toyota Industries Corporation, Japan
  • Kirloskar Systems Limited, India
TKAP manufactures,
  • Axles & Shafts
  • Transmissions
  • Engines
and supplies to TOYOTA companies locally & globally. Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre (SNRC) is a premier Japanese Language service provider since the year 2000 (www.snrc.co.in  www.learnjapanesewell.com  www.japanesetoenglish.org www.japaneselanguagejobs.com ) TKAP & SNRC are happy to announce the launch of a CSR initiative targeted at the underprivileged & unemployed youth (Indian Citizens). Details of which are as below. Initiative Details: -        We plan to provide [su_highlight background="#f3f14f"]free of cost[/su_highlight], full time JLPT N3 level training to a few youths who meet the criteria mentioned below. JLPT – N3 is a qualification obtained by clearing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test examination (N3 Level) conducted by the Japan foundation every year. For details regarding JLPT examinations etc pls click here . -        JLPT certification is valid GLOBALLY & can open up excellent career opportunities for those  who would like to make a career in this line. -        Clarifications on Why learn Japanese // What salary can one expect (to start with) etc have been provided in detail in our blog. The same may be viewed by clicking on the respective links here (in green colour). [su_highlight background="#d5ff99"] - Most importantly, JLPT training can normally be a very expensive & can take anywhere between 1.5 to 2 years. [/su_highlight] [su_highlight background="#d5ff99"]- Thus, this CSR initiative compresses the entire training to a full time intensive one to complete in about 3 months (approx), which is extremely beneficial to the selected candidate.[/su_highlight] - Selected  candidates  would therefore get a very substantial benefit in speed launching their Japanese Language career completely free of cost#.  Qualification Criteria (all to be met): - Indian citizen. - Age as on application date, not over 25 years. - Not employed anywhere (full time or part time). - Min educational qualification: PUC & above. - Expertise (read & write & speak) in any Indian mother tongue AND working knowledge of English is a must. - Dependent on parents. - Parents combined annual salary to not exceed Rs Two Lakhs per annum. - Must be continuously available for a full time training program starting 1st Sept to 1st week Dec 2014. - Must be fully committed to writing the JLPT Examination in December 2014. - Selected candidates must sign an engagement letter with us as a pre-requisite to join the program.  Application Process: -        Detailed Résumé to be emailed along with a simple application to info@snrc.co.in OR couriered to reach Ms Rama (Ops In charge) 2nd Floor, No 1, 18th Cross, Malleswaram, Bangalore 560055. Please provide all contact details for us to get in touch with the shortlisted candidate. -        Document copies to be attached with the Résumé
  • Relevant academic qualification AND
  • Credible proof of meeting the economic criteria AND
  • Date of Birth proof
-        Resume + documents to be sent only by e-mail or courier. -        Mail subject/ Courier envelop superscription MUST state APPLICATION FOR TKAP – SNRC – CSR Initiative. -        [su_highlight background="#f6f940"]Last date for receipt of application – 27th Aug 2014[/su_highlight] [su_divider] # Selected Candidates must make their own arrangement for boarding/ lodging/ travel to & fro to our office in Malleswaram, Bangalore during the entire tenure of the training program & also pay the JLPT examination fees. ~ This is only a training program initiative & makes no job guarantees/ offer of any nature either with TKAP OR SNRC.

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 Learning Japanese- Whats the JLPT Level to qualify for jobs?

Learning Japanese & Japanese language Jobs

[su_highlight background="#f7f458"]Whats the JLPT - starting - level to get into the job race![/su_highlight]

  [su_quote]"..At what JLPT Level will I be considered for a Job?.." "...Can I hope to get a job after finishing JLPT N4..." "..How long must I study before getting a Japanese language job.." [/su_quote] Good questions!  Japanese language learners- beginners- are curious to get answers for these queries. So here are the responses!! Team SNRC

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 Japanese Language Jobs!

Japanese Language Jobs.

  Lets say, 1. You are a qualified Japanese language professional (with experience or even a fresher) If you contemplate a change from your current position. OR 2. You are a hiring manager looking to hire Japanese language bilinguals for your company. YOU NEED A SPECIALIST ..Not a general recruiting agency. Not convinced?? Check this out http://www.japaneselanguagejobs.com/ Team SNRC

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 Learning Japanese – What’s in it for home makers ?

Apologies for the long gap! Any way, lets us now get back to the next topic on hand. This is about Learning Japanese – for our “Home Makers”. [caption id="attachment_3" align="alignleft" width="110"]Learn Japanese translation Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre[/caption] “Home Makers “ - Honestly I think this is a nice expression, which however falls short in terms of precisely conveying the immense contribution they make to each home & collectively to the country. Well there are “men” homemakers too (though rare!!) These intelligent folks who are very creative & responsible, nurture every home & silently carry the burden of running households. There comes a time in their life when they start feeling that they are missing out on their career. This inexplicable feeling could stem out of a variety of factors, including peer pressure from the neighborhood (you know what I mean!). Many of them have good education (may not be professional degrees) & know they are good at work but are somehow caught in this pincer of striking a balance between the home & a prospective job (which can be very demanding). I will not dwell into regular job options, since that is not the focus here. In any case I am sure no one enjoys picking up their bags in the morning & travelling a few hours & then repeating the same on the return & ending up dead tired in the evening. Of course there is the question of how much energy would one have at the end of this to attend to other chores. So what can be a good career plan that our home makers can look at? Wouldn’t it be good if they can spend a few hours every day , which might not be difficult to spare, pick up solid skills over a period of time. Qualify & equip oneself progressively over time. Then as things stabilize at home (e.g. child /children go to regular school full time) they can choose to leverage these skills either from home or part time. Most importantly this could also get them the comfort of good "moolah" on hand (without which all of this is meaning less!) . As matters pan out further in life they have the great option of considering a full time job , if they wish, without seeming like they have compromised or had a major break in career! ..to be continued..on 4th Sept 2013 In the meanwhile watch these videos of homemakers (click on the Learn Japanese link at the end). Three eminent home makers one is is an architect by qualification, the other an engineer & the third one a commerce graduate. As home makers what must have weighed in their minds when they decided to Learn Japanese at Sakuraa Nihongo resource Centre? They  may inspire you to  Learn Japanese  Best Wishes SAM

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 Learn Japanese.. Why???!!

Learn Japanese.. Why???!!

learn japaneseThis is the foremost question in the mind of any one who has ever toyed with this idea of learning Japanese.

So.. why learn Japanese?

Well it depends upon how you look at it! There could be many aspects to learning any foreign language, including learning Japanese. Given that most of us are looking at career opportunities, specifically, unique, distinguished & those with long term advantages, here are some very interesting facts that one must look at. What generates this need to learn Japanese, in India? Well it clearly is the heightened economic activity between Japan & India which presents excellent career opportunities for our folks , especially the youngsters. Here is why one needs to seriously consider learning Japanese? 1. India’s “look east “ policy as an instrument of over all progress & power. 2. Japan’s view that India is certainly a strong trade & business opportunity that must not be missed. Here are some interesting facts for you to look at (Source: Embassy of Japan – India). a. As of Nov 2012, 1804 Japanese business were operating in India. This reprsents nearly a 30% increase over the previous year. This is despite the general worldwide negative economic trend b. Of this South India has a substantial share of 489 companies, Karnataka has about 228 companies (this excludes the 489). 3. Here is a piece of information about how things are progressing on the Japanese investment front . Source – Embassy of Japan – India : “The growth rate of the Japanese companies newly entering India is as high as average years, and what is more remarkable is that the growth rates of its establishments are at a much higher level, which indicates that the Japanese companies which have already entered India are steadily expanding their business in India.” So the key component that generates the need to learn Japanese comes from the fact that there is robust economic activity in terms of Japanese businesses in india. This gives a huge impetus to learn Japanese. The China Angle!: As an opportunity, China has always been a favorite destination for Japanese investment. However the latest spurt in Japan-China turmoil which stems from the conflict over the islands of Senkaku has changed things substantially. The particular surge in anti-Japanese emotion in China is nothing fresh. Anti-Japanese emotion flared up in China due to the new Japanese text books, which allegedly gloss over Japanese wartime offenses in China. Key Factors which can bridle China’s attractiveness in the context of Japanese investments are : rise in salaries; high cost of economic growth turning less environmental friendly; an aging society as a result of one-child system and the levels of financial savings and imbalances involving the investment pertaining to State-Owned Enterprises. India's rise has thus come timely for Japanese investment & these are borne out by facts mentioned above. Thus it needs no seer to confirm that there is a significant opportunity for those who have Japanese skills. In the context of Learning Japanese, the above article establishes the basic reason, the trade & economic triggers. Going forward, in a series of articles we will look at opportunities for higher learning in Japan (for students) , how to learn Japanese & most importantly what’s the intrinsic advantages we as Indian’s have? SAM

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