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JBPP - Japanese for Business and Professional Purposes

What is JBPP?

Knowledge and Training to Help Master Practical, Useful Business Japanese!

JBPP class The JBPP course is designed to help students develop the comprehensive ability to handle real business situations, communicate effectively, and carry out work smoothly in a Japanese business environment. This course particularly emphasizes learning to actually use the business appropriate expressions and etiquette being taught in practical situations, so classes involve a considerable amount of training to help students master and be able to reliably use business Japanese. Many former students who participated in this course have gone on to work successfully at a variety of businesses, including large Japanese companies. The JBPP course is recommended for those who would like to work in Japan or Japanese companies abroad and those who are already working in Japan.

Key Features

Learning Business Terms, Expressions, and Etiquette Necessary for the Workplace

Students will learn not only the business conversation necessary in a Japanese workplace, but also practical skills such as reading and writing business emails. Students will also learn about Japanese culture, business culture, and business etiquette.

Extensive Training to Help Master and Be Able to Reliably Use Business Japanese

JBPP class The first step in class is to learn fundamental business conversation, business manners, how to write business emails, and so on, and the course will be centered on training those skills. Then, as time passes the class will gradually move into higher level content and expressions, and hands-on training will increase. Classes will be conducted using various multimedia, such as PCs, projectors, video recordings, the internet, and so on.

Efficient Classes That Make Effective Use of Information Technology

JBPP class In class, after learning expressions for business conversations and business manners, students will be video recorded doing role plays using the studied material. Students will watch their performances in the recordings and be able to learn how to better use the business expressions. Also, students will conduct face-to-face interviews with Japanese people as part of the class. They will then create presentations based on the interviews using PCs and gain experience giving presentations in class. In this way, the JBPP course helps students master business appropriate Japanese that they will be able to use in the workplace.

Internships at businesses affiliated with YAMASA

JBPP class YAMASA offers the rare chance to gain valuable experience working at a Japanese company. YAMASA is affiliated with the Hattori Group, which includes manufacturing companies, media businesses, food and beverage companies, a kindergarten, and educational institutions. Interested students can gain practical experience working at one of these businesses as an intern.

Student Voice

I studied in the JBPP Business Japanese course for 6 months, and it's been a wonderful experience. Before coming to YAMASA, I'd studied business Japanese and keigo a bit, but this course and the JBPP teachers really helped me become able to use them naturally and correctly. In class, we learned a variety of business expressions and conversations and practiced them thoroughly enough that now I feel like appropriate phrases roll off my tongue without me having to even think about it. I'm now able to do business phone calls, Japanese interviews, and write a Japanese résumé as well, so it’s been incredibly useful. I think that this kind of course is essential for anyone who wants to work in Japan.
Amanda, USA


Two different types of the JBPP course are offered.

  • JBPP class 1) Type A
    Anyone can participate in this type. The course starts 4 times a year and runs for 4 weeks. Classes are Mondays through Fridays with 5 lessons per day, a total of 100 lessons. The course is divided into 2 parts: JBPP 1-2 (2 weeks) and JBPP 3-4 (2 weeks). These 2 parts can be taken either separately or consecutively. This allows people with busier schedules to study for only 2 weeks at a time. Students can also take additional private lessons and apply for an internship, which would take place after completing the course.

  • JBPP class 2) Type B
    This type allows students in the AIJP, AJSP, or SILAC programs to take the course. The content from the Type A course is condensed into 45 intensive lessons. Classes will take place on Mondays through Thursdays in the 7th class period and on Fridays in the 5th class period, after the various other courses are finished for the day. This course will start 4 times a year, corresponding with the AIJP and AJSP courses, and will last for 9 weeks.
Enrollment criteria Participants in this course will need to fulfill one of the following requirements:

1) Passing the JLPT N4 or above
2) Scoring 75% or above on the online test
Start dates Type A and Type B

2018: January 22, April 16, July 16, October 15
2019: January 21, April 22, July 15, October 21
2020: January 20

*Students in Type A taking only JBPP 3,4 will start on the 3rd week in, after the 2 week JBPP 1,2 course has finished.
Study period and class days
Type Part/Note Duration Total
Days of Week
A JBPP 1-2 2 weeks 50 Mon-Fri
JBPP 3-4 2 weeks 50 Mon-Fri
JBPP 1-4 4 weeks 100 Mon-Fri
B AIJP, AJSP, or SILAC students only. 9 weeks 45 Mon-Fri
Option Note Duration Time Days of Week
Type A students only. 2 weeks Around 8:30–17:00 (including break) Mon-Fri
*The times may change depending on the internship location.
Class length 50 minutes
Class size No more than 6 students per class. (Classes will be held when there are 2 students or more.)
Visa Students can take the course while on a 90-day short-term Tourist Visa or a Working Holiday Visa.


Type A

Period Mon - Fri
1 9:00 – 9:50 Lesson
2 10:00 - 10:50 Lesson
3 11:00 – 11:50 Lesson
11:50 – 12:40 Lunch Break
4 12:40 – 13:30 Lesson
5 13:40 – 14:30 Lesson

Type B

Period Mon - Thu Fri
5 13:40 – 14:30 Lesson
7 15:40 – 16:30 Lesson

Tuition Fees

Type A

JBPP 1-2 JBPP 3-4
¥125,000 ¥125,000

*Students of JBPP Type A with a Working Holiday Visa or a JET Programme Visa are able to receive a 10% discount on their initial payment of fees.

Type B

9 Weeks

Internship Program

2 Weeks

Private Lessons

Private lessons need to be requested separately.

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Start Dates

Start dates Type A and Type B

2018: January 22, April 16, July 16, October 15
2019: January 21, April 22, July 15, October 21
2020: January 20

*Students in Type A taking only JBPP 3,4 will start on the 3rd week in, after the 2 week JBPP 1,2 course has finished.

Visa Information

You may be able to enter the country on a short term visa if you are coming from overseas or on a working holiday visa. Please note that your length of stay will be determined largely by the passport that you hold (See note below).
Student visas are only issued for courses that run for more than a prescribed total of 6 months and due to the fact that the length of this course can be subject to change, it is not possible to apply for a student visa to enroll initially enroll in this course on an exclusive basis.
Note: In 2014, the Japanese government granted exemptions to a group of 67 countries in regards to applying for short term visas; meaning that residents of these countries are better able to enter Japan.
For further information regarding whether or not you qualify for any of the two visas listed above or if you currently hold or will apply for a different type of visa to those listed above, please contact the admissions department at YAMASA via e-mail at admissions@yamasa.org or via telephone at 81 (0)564-55-8111.


Congratulations! By choosing to study at YAMASA, you have taken the first step towards improving your Japanese language skills!
The next step that you will need to take is to start the application process.


Please feel free to contact us via e-mail at admissions@yamasa.org or to call us on +81 (0)564-55-8111.
We aim to reply to all inquiries within 24 hours (excluding Japanese Public Holidays).