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3 Reasons Why Learning Japanese Is Challenging

The Foreign Services Institute, which trains US diplomats in foreign languages from scratch, classifies Japanese as a “super difficult” language. Their estimate is that it takes 2,200 class hours (not even including separate study hours!) to become fluent in Japanese. They even rank Japanese as the ... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan October 2022

Japan lifts remaining COVID nonessential travel warnings – Nationwide The Japanese government lifted its last remaining warnings against nonessential trips abroad over COVID-19 after downgrading its travel advisories for 76 countries and areas, including Australia and Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry s... READ MORE

Everything You Need To Know About Driving In Japan

Driving in Japan is quite safe and easy. The Japanese are polite drivers, the roads are well maintained and most of the traffic rules in Japan are probably like the traffic rules in your country: you are obligated to wear a seatbelt, always carry your (international) driver’s license and stick to th... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan September 2022

Kishida says Japan will ease COVID border controls from Oct 11 – Nationwide Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said his country will ease COVID-19 border control requirements next month, a key step in fostering a recovery in Japan's tourism sector, which is eager to take advantage of the yen's s... READ MORE

How To Perfect Your Japanese Accent

It’s the dream of all Japanese learners to open their mouths and have beautiful, native-sounding Japanese spill out. There are people who have such perfect accents that even native speakers can’t tell they’re foreign when they speak on the phone. In this guide, I’ll give you some tips about how t... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan August 2022

Japan eases travel alert for 54 countries – Nationwide The Japanese government eased its travel warning over the coronavirus pandemic for 54 countries and a region, including Indonesia and the Philippines, and is no longer requesting that residents in Japan refrain from nonessential trips to those ... READ MORE

3 Essential Tips for Self-Learning Japanese

If you’re passionate about getting fluent in Japanese, the last thing you want is to put all your attention on drills and tests. You need authentic language learning opportunities that’ll get you comfortable having real conversations with native speakers. In this article, we’ll show you three effect... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan July 2022

Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists – Nationwide The number of foreign visitors to Japan in June exceeded 100,000 for the third consecutive month following the easing of border control measures, preliminary government data showed. Arrivals in the month of 120,400 were... READ MORE

All You Need To Know About The MEXT Scholarship

What Is the MEXT Scholarship? For those who want to travel to Japan and study abroad but don’t have the means to do so, this scholarship is an incredible opportunity. The MEXT Scholarship stands for “the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Scholarship” and is also kno... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan June 2022

1,300 apply to come to Japan on guided tours since re-entry rules eased – Nationwide More than 1,300 people have applied to travel to Japan on guided tours since the country restarted visa procedures to accept some leisure visitors from abroad a week ago as worries about the COVID-19 pandemic wane,... READ MORE

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