Japan is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and it also prominently features, among the top 5 largest economies in the world. This is mainly due to the technological prowess and manufacturing capabilities of the country. Japan is also one of the leading source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in many growing economies around the world including India. Most of the leading Japanese MNCs (especially in Electronics and automobile sectors) have a presence in India through joint ventures or local subsidiaries in the country. Sustained presence, growth and popularity of Japanese brands have made learning Japanese language a very common phenomenon across the country. There is a persistent demand for workers as well as qualified professionals who possess working knowledge of Japanese. This trend has prompted many leading universities and foreign language training institutes to offer degrees and diplomas in Japanese Language. Fluency in Japanese language can not only help an individual in securing a career opportunity as a translator with foreign embassies or corporate but also in something as creative as writing.
Any individual who wishes to master Japanese must clear the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). This exam is conducted by Japanese Government all over the world on first Sunday of July and December every year. It tests the proficiency of disciples over the language at 5 levels – N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5; where N5 is the basic level while N1 is the most advanced level of exam. An individual can take the exam based on their level of learning and kind of career opportunities each level can provide. N5 level proficiency means that a person has language skills and they can communicate or respond to Japanese words and greetings. This kind of proficiency can come handy in jobs which require basic interaction with people in the language like in tourism industry. This level assumes that the disciple would know approximately 800 words of vocabulary and 100 number of kanji. While N1 level assumes that individual has advanced Japanese language courses and skills and he/she can communicate fluently in the language. N1 level expects the disciple to know at least 10,000 words in vocabulary and 2000 number of Kanji. This level of proficiency would help a person in securing translation based high profile jobs with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) or Embassies. Such profiles would require a person to speak or write in Japanese in real time with utmost amount of accuracy and a JPLT certificate of N1 level tests and ensures the same.
Symbiosis Institute of Indian and Foreign Languages (SIFIL) provides exhaustive courses in Japanese language with proficient faculty, advanced curriculum and updated course material. Any individual who wishes to develop command over Japanese to pursue a fulfilling career can avail these courses. These courses are well equipped to train a person for all 5 levels of the JLPT. SIFIL is part of renowned Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune and it offers a wide range of courses in Indian as well as foreign languages at its Pune campus.