SUN has partnered with the Kyoto City International Foundation to promote “kokoka Online Nihongo,” Japanese language lessons for foreign workers offered by the Foundation.
■Comments from Kyoto City International Foundation
As a result of globalization, it is increasing in importance for Japanese companies to recruit human resources from overseas. Along with the expansion of hiring foreign human resources in Japan, the need to improve the Japanese language skills of foreign employees is increasing. The Law on the Advancement of Japanese Language Education, enforced in 2019, states that companies are responsible for showing efforts to provide Japanese language learning opportunities to their employed foreign employees.
Kyoto City also established the “International City Vision of Kyoto” (March 2021) in order to achieve its vision of an international city. The initiative titled “A city that promotes the incorporation of diversity, and enriches the lives of its citizens” mentions “Create systems for international residents to live safely and with peace of mind” and “Communication support including enhancement of Japanese language education” as directives for the initiative. Showing efforts to provide equal opportunities for Japanese language education to foreign residents is necessary to overcome differences in language, culture, and lifestyle, and to build a society that accepts and respects different values.
Accordingly, the Kyoto City International Foundation has launched an online Nihongo class available to companies and organizations. Experienced Japanese language tutors will deliver courses to improve their Japanese language skills. Smooth communication with foreign employees leads to more efficient work and the recruitment of skilled workers. We hope they will consider taking advantage of our Japanese language study program for people who live and work as residents.
■Outline of kokoka Online Nihongo
Participants: Employees in Japan who want to learn Japanese
Language level: Beginner to early intermediate level
Type: Online remote class
Time/Frequency: 36 lessons of 45 minutes each (2 lessons per week, 18 weeks per term)
Capacity: 3-10 students per class (Minimum of one person to apply)
Fee: 2,500 yen per lesson (tax included) *Special offer: 1750 yen (tax included) until 31st March 2024.
First collaboration with Kyoto City International Foundation Online classes using Japanese language education App
Implemented an online study management system for Kyoto City International Foundation
■Kyoto City International Foundation
The Kyoto City International Foundation is the designated manager of the kokoka Kyoto International Community House in the Okazaki area of Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City. The center provides daily life support and exchange programs, etc. for foreign residents in Kyoto with over 500 volunteers.
■ SUN Co., Ltd
We are an IT company that operates a system integration business, Web design and a foreign resident support business under the corporate philosophy “To become a globally-renowned company based on our mission ‘connect people with people’ “. We actively hire globally, and by connecting people, create new value and deliver innovation to the world.