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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 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 ( ) 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 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 – Some typical concerns!

  [caption id="attachment_3" align="alignleft" width="110"]Japanese Classes at Sakuraa Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre[/caption] Learning Japanese - As one embarks on this journey, here are some typical doubts that keep coming up in the learner's mind. 1. Is Learning Japanese tough ? 2. Will I be able to carry through Japanese learning fully? 3.  How about the classes, what if the teaching methodology is boring? 4. My memory isn't great, can I pick up the scripts? If these are some of the "fears" you have, please do not worry! There are so many Sakuraa students who are eager to share their Japanese learning experience with you.  These are students who have started as fresher’s & gone up to JLPT N3 in matter of months. [su_quote]It would be instructive & motivating to watch them share their learning experience at Sakuraa . Most crucially, the teaching institution plays a very significant role in nursing the learning ambitions of students. Thus the methodology & experience are very crucial.[/su_quote] [youtube width="200" height="200"][/youtube] [youtube width="200" height="200"][/youtube] [youtube width="200" height="200"][/youtube]      



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 Online Japanese @ Sakuraa – Learn Japanese in the ambience of your house!

Online Japanese Classes

[su_column size="1/1"][su_quote]How often have you left yourselves disappointed!You would like to learn Japanese, but cant see to make it.[/su_quote] [/su_column]   [caption id="attachment_3" align="alignleft" width="110"]Online Japanese at Sakuraa Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre[/caption] Week days are busy with your ever expanding routine chores. Travelling seems a nightmare anyway. Or you possibly are located in a place with no access to quality Japanese tutors. So here is a solution for you! "OJaS" - Online Japanese at Sakuraa has been designed exclusively for people like you. This gives you the comfort of learning Japanese from the leader in Japanese training , without the hassles of travelling & wasting time! So what are you waiting for ? Check this out & give us a call right away.



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 Japanese Emperor’s Visit – What does it mean to Japanese learners?

Learning Japanese & Japanese Job Opportunities

[caption id="attachment_3" align="alignleft" width="110"]Learn Japanese translation Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Centre[/caption] We have repeatedly emphasized that Learning Japanese can be an excellent career option. Please check out the archives of Jul, Aug & October. Here is some great news which further reinforces our view & significantly opens up opportunities for Japanese skilled personnel. The level of economic cooperation between the our two countries is clearly on the rise. [su_highlight background="#fdf914"]The recent visit of Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko - at the recommendation of the cabinet - is proof of this. [/su_highlight] Learning Japanese - Emperor of Japan Can the visit of the emperor, holding a non executive head of state position, impact economic ties? In this case, yes it can & that’s the precedence set. Also India regards this visit as a historic milestone & has accorded it the highest level of diplomatic significance possible.[su_frame] Its noteworthy that the Emperor last visited India - as the crown prince- when Babu Rajendra Prasad was the president , Sarvapalli Radhakrishan the Vice President & Jawaharlal Nehru the PM![/su_frame] Japan, under the leadership of PM Shnizo Abe, is clearly using this visit to indicate their genuine interest in escalating the level of economic & trade cooperation with India. In a sense this is unprecedented. Sample this. [su_list icon="icon: check" icon_color="#61fdef"]
  • The civil nuclear cooperation negotiation is resuming
  • Bilateral currency swap of 50 Billion $
  • Possibility of introducing high speed railway
  • Delhi Mumbai Freight Corridor is progressing
  • Delhi Mumbai Industrial corridor
  • Chennai Bangalore industrial corridor
  • Cooperation w.r.t to counter terrorism & defence
[/su_list]This apart there is a significant interest evinced by Japanese companies in investing in Indian companies in the recent past , especially the PE & VC funds. [su_highlight background="#e9f80a"]Learning Japanese is turning out to be an excellent career option for those who are ready! The above are expected to clearly translate into significant opportunities for those who are familiar with Japanese language. Make no mistake! [/su_highlight] Team 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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 Learning Japanese – A fresher’s perspective!

learn japaneseLearn Japanese! – We have always emphasized on the need to Learn Japanese in a “well rounded manner” apart from just the classes. This is important to ensure that the learning stays! When it comes to classes the Japanese learning environment needs to be flexible, encouraging & committed, in terms of its overall presence & specifically the teachers.

As a fresher to Japanese one needs to get exposure to a total “Japanese environment”. The Japanese language  institution must have a good library to encourage the avid learners to explore more. We need to make the learning of Kanji’s as interesting as possible. New learners would have inhibitions in “trying out” their language. What better option than actually interacting with natives! The above is not a wish list of attributes of a desirable Japanese language institute! This is about Sakuraa Nihongo Resource Center. It’s a reflection of our ability to adapt & fine tune Japanese learning for Indians, which is very crucial to a successful learning process. Not convinced?? Hear it from two very young (click on the respective hyperlinks below) , energetic students whose professional qualifications are as diverse as an MBA (Ms Varuni) & Biotechnology (Ms Deepika)! Call us for further details. 080 23464677 Email - Team SNRC

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 Learn Japanese – Would you like to go on a two-week FREE study cum cultural exchange ?

Learn Japanese - Free two week trip to Japan!!

We have been discussing career opportunities for those who Learn Japanese. Here are some added incentives! Japanese Speech Contests are organized at regional levels every year. can talk your way to Japan (free that is!). Four students won the 2013 contest, which includes Higher Secondary School students ! Thats what we have been saying all along. So start your Japanese Language career early & reap significant benefits in your career & also such incidental benefits! "Puratchi Tamil, a class XII student of Chennai Girls Higher Secondary School, Saidapet was selected among the 50 students of Government higher secondary schools in the contest in Tamil while H Lokesh of St Mary’s AI Higher Secondary School, Chennai was selected in a contest for higher secondary schools. Similarly, C Sai Prasanth of Misrimal Navajee Munoth Jain Engineering College emerged a winner in the English speech contest while N Monika of Japanese Language School of ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI, Tamil Nadu was declared winner in the Japanese speech contest." [caption id="attachment_1123" align="alignleft" width="460"]Learn Japanese in Bangalore Consul-General of Japan Masanori Nakano presenting an award to one of the winners[/caption]  

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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! 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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 Learning Japanese – How relevant is it to our graduates? What salary can one expect??

Learning Japanese - For Graduates?

In the previous blog (4th Jul 2013), we saw that learning Japanese has compulsions grounded in career opportunities. Why else would schools boards such as CBSE introduce (very basic Japanese) at school level! Now lets get a little specific.

Learning Japanese - How is it relevant to our graduates?

  1. What exactly are these opportunities?
  2. Learning Japanese - What’s in it for home makers ?
  3. Higher studies?
So lets consider taking them one by one & analyze them. Learning Japanese - What salary can one expect??  There is typically science, arts, medicine, engineering, legal,  business administration & teaching streams. Though there are others, these typically are what one would call as the formal mainstream.

The first and the most important point to note is that, learning Japanese & acquiring good skills in the language is complimentary to these programs. ThLearn Japaneseus learning Japanese reinforces & substantially opens up new avenues for our graduates.

So lets say you are a plain, non professional stream, graduate..what are your career options in terms of jobs? Civil services, “Sarkaari Naukri”, BPO, Sales etc.  To make it a little complex, lets say that you are graduate in a “non English medium” stream (would you be reading this :{ ) or you are at a PUC/ (+2) level & could not pursue further studies. Honestly there aren’t many compelling job options other than clerical stuff. By the way I don’t mean to demean clerical jobs. Any set up needs dedicated & competent clerical cadre to excel overall as an entity. My point is about those who got into it out of compulsion. I am excluding civil services. As regards BPO, well..its fine.. but it does not leave you , over a period of time, with any professional skills that you can "keep" as yours & leverage. If! That’s assuming that you have a natural flair for sales & you have not taken to sales as a last resort. Today, opportunities that come by learning Japanese language are staring at those who have the burning desire to excel, but some how got trapped into, what I described as, clerical roles for whatever reason. Job options ,with a good Japanese skills, for such individuals are many. They could choose amongst the following (typically).
  1. Japanese language Trainer
  2. Japanese language Interpreter
  3. Japanese language Translator
To this, domain specific skill will only enhance the value. In terms of a permanent job, a typical starting salary for a regular graduate with a good Japanese skill would be upwards of Rs 23,000/= PM. Remember, this is just the starting rate for a graduate with a non professional degree! Compare this with the usual job options that a graduates get. Factor in the strong insurance that learning Japanese gives provides for your future. It would be crystal clear that learning Japanese is such a fantastic thing that you can do to add zing (masala i.e.!) to your job opportunity. A word for those who are not from English medium. They are worried about their English skills & therefore have this big worry about learning Japanese. Welcome to Japanese! In our many years of Japanese language training we have figured out that there is such a strong similarity between Indian mother tongues & Japanese. Thus many students who have learnt Japanese & who came from rural and non English medium environment truly excelled. Some went onsite to Japan very quickly. You may want to also watch this video  on the similarity in the structure of Japanese & Kannada, just as a sample! So not knowing English is no big deal! Indians have a great advantage when it comes to learning what are you waiting for !!!?? In then next blog we will address what these opportunities are and also dwell on the superb opportunities for home makers. Best Wishes SAM

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