Shigoto no Nihongo (Module 2)
    How to function effectively in the workplace

    Be more than a bit player at work!

    Shigoto no Nihongo Module 2 of Shigoto no Nihongo is an incredibly useful course that will allow you to attain the kind of workplace language and basic knowledge about Japanese business customs and etiquette that will allow you to thrive in your chosen profession. Both of these skills are very important to know, regardless of the field that you choose to work in.

    On occasion, some second language Japanese speakers can struggle when dealing with workplace related lingo from either customers or bosses. Additionally, (if it is their first posting in a Japanese company) they may also be unfamiliar with general business etiquette. This can often lead to misunderstandings in the workplace. The aim of this course is to help students to decrease the incidences of workplace related stress caused by breakdowns in communication as well as to allow them to become active contributors in the work place. This has been accomplished by collaborating with MBA holders and business consultants who are familiar with how Japanese workplaces function during the course design process. Students will be able to learn the type of effective workplace language and business related knowledge that will help them succeed in a Japanese workplace. As such, this is the perfect course for those with a long term view to advance their career in Japan.


    Enrollment dates: 1st Saturday in February, May, August and November
    Days classes are run: Every proceeding Saturday for the next 8 weeks
    Class start times: 9:00 (Classes run until 12:00)
    The first days classes will start at 8:30 due to course orientation.
    Course length: Roughly 2 months (8 weeks)
    Number of lessons: 3 classes per day x 8 days = 24 classes
    Class length: 50 minutes
    Minimum class size: 5 students
    Entry requirements: Students should have the ability to converse using everyday Japanese.


    1. Mastering workplace greetings and etiquette, Understanding Japanese workplace culture

    1) Various workplace greetings A look at what is most expected in terms of etiquette in Japanese society.

    2) Telephone etiquette/taking telephone messages Basic telephone dialogue and techniques to insure that mistakes are not made during phone calls.

    3) Expressing thanks and/or appreciation Taking the first step towards maintaining communication by skillfully expressing appreciation and/or apologies

    4) Conventions concerning seating order、work gatherings and eating with colleagues. Understanding the basics of mainstream Japanese cultural conventions.

    2. Regularly used expressions and basic customs found outside conventional Japanese companies

    Shigoto no Nihongo 1) Language used in sales Taking appointments, visiting customers, introducing your company, explaining products.

    2) Language used in the service industry Receiving customers, basic greetings, engaging customers, recommending a service or product, settling accounts, bidding customers farewell.

    3) Language used in manufacturing Purchasing, explaining the manufacturing process, requesting work from a partner/colleague, discussing specifications, discussing trouble with machinery.

    4) Language used in meetings Meeting notifications, starting meetings, making, agreeing with and politely rejecting suggestions, expressing agreement with opinions, making requests, asking questions, confirming meanings/definitions, asking permission, closing meetings etc.

    5) Language used within the office environment Requesting confirmation/gaining acknowledgement and/or approval

    3. Fundamental business expressions and knowledge

    Shigoto no Nihongo 1) Important words used in business transactions.
    2) Regularly used words and units of measurement used in manufacturing.
    3) Important language used in office.
    4) PR/Advertising campaigns and language used in the creative process.
    5) Information concerning workplace conditions, benefits and contractual obligations and language used in these areas.

    4. Writing various types of documents and emails at work

    1) Writing reports
    2) Thank you letters/Expressions of appreciation


    Every Saturday.

    8:30 – 9:00 Orientation (First day only)
    9:00 – 9:50 1st period
    10:00 – 10:50 2st period
    11:00 – 11:50 3rd period

    Tuition Fees

    Tuition Fees (¥)
    Study Duration Fees (¥)
    24 classes (8 days) 41,500

    ※Fees include all materials used during the course of the 24 classes.


    Start Dates

    Year Course First Lesson Proceeding Lessons
    2018 February 3 February 10, 17, 24 March 3, 10, 17, 24
    May 12 May 12, 19, 26 June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    August 4 August 11, 18, 25 September 1, 8, 15, 22
    2019 November 3 November 10, 17, 24 December 1, 8, 15, 22

    Visa Information (for overseas applicants only)

    As this course runs on principle for a maximum of 8 weeks, you may be able to enter the country on a short term 90 day 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 have or will apply for a different type of visa to those listed above, please contact the admissions department at YAMASA via e-mail at 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!
    If you are applying within Japan, you can apply and pay your tuition in person at the YAMASA Institute or via bank transfer.
    The next step that you will need to take is to start the application process.




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