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Japanese for Business & Professional Purposes (JBPP)

  • Start Dates: Available in intensive or part-time sessions, or in conjunction with AIJP/AJSP/SILAC/JLCP/Private, or on-demand.
  • Classes: Lower intermediate to Advanced. Maximum class size is 6 students. Private lessons are possible.
  • Description: Practical, seminar based program with excellent instructional technologies.
  • Tuition:
Program fees include all tuition, textbooks & learning materials.

Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

Introduction:To succeed in Japanese business and in professional networks, the ability to speak and understand spoken Japanese is not enough, regardless of whether you have attained Level 1/N1 of the JLPT or not. Similarly, the acquisition alone of the specialized vocabulary of your profession is not enough.

Designed to help you learn appropriate Japanese for a wide range of negotiation and management situations, give you full command of keigo, both in terms of face-to-face and telephone skills, and through intensive role playing exercises give you the confidence you need to operate successfully in a professional Japanese language speaking workplace or environment. All lessons are conducted entirely in Japanese, with a specifically designed preparation curriculum (known as the "yobi course") available for those who need extra review.

The maximum class size is 6, the program fee includes all tuition, learning materials, seminars and field trips. All interview exercises are video recorded to improve feedback and review. All participants in the program receive individual attention from instructors.

The classrooms are modern. Participants in the program are advised to bring a computer with them. Some business experience (either in Japan or in your own or a 3rd country) is helpful, but is not a pre-requisite for participation in the JBPP.

Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

Outline:The curriculum is available in 3 formats:

Format 1 - JBPP Intensive: Designed to bring about the greatest possible improvement in proficiency as quickly as possible, this is a very intensive, full-time format involving 25 class per week modules. Maximum class size is 6 (for private lessons, please refer to Format 3). You can choose the length of study. The minimum length of study is 2 weeks, and in this format, the maximum is 6 weeks. It is possible to complete the curriculum in 6 weeks, and if you successfully complete the 150 hours of instruction (not including time for preparation, homework, assignments and review) you will have almost no linguistic difficulties operating in a Japanese language speaking business or other professional environment in Japan. Before each start date, there is a 2 week preparation course available, and regardless of your current level, we do recommend taking this additional module.

Format 3 - JBPP/AIJP/AJSP/SILAC/JLCP: This option is available quarterly, and is designed to provide students in the AIJP/AJSP/SILAC/JLCP programs with the opportunity to study business Japanese while making use of the student visa. It is also possible to enroll in this option for 1 quarter (3 months) only using a temporary visitor or other suitable visa. The format includes 20 group based lessons in the normal AIJP/AJSP/SILAC/JLCP curriculum, with an additional 5 classes per week of JBPP, taken instead of the usual elective classes. This is less intensive than the Format 1 JBPP Intensive format, however it is still not recommended for anyone who needs to continue working during the program.

Format 4 - JBPP On Demand: From Spring 2013, the entire JBPP curriculum will be available on-demand. You may start whenever you choose, and take the course on site at Yamasa's Aichi Center in Okazaki, or have the program provided on the site of your choice - initially this option will be limited to locations in Osaka, Kyoto, Mie, Aichi, Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba or Ibaraki prefectures. The fee for off-campus delivery is available on a quotation basis. The fee for delivery on-campus is fixed and assumes private lessons. If your company or organization wishes to enroll more than 1 customer, then a lower unit fee can be provided via quotation.

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Program Dates & Holidays:There are 4 quarters (terms) per year. The JBPP commences in January, April, July and October. Please ensure that you also read through the visa information carefully. Please also check and keep a record of all Holiday Dates (below).

Format 1 - JBPP Intensive 25 classes per week, 5 per day, from 9am to 2:30pm (09:00-09:50, 10:00-10:50, 11:00-11:50, 12:40-13:30, 13:40-14:30). The program begins on Thursdays. Accommodation check in is usually between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Wednesday.

a) With "Yobi Course" (special preparation and review option for 2 weeks/50 classes prior to commencing JBPP curriculum)

Start Date
4 weeks to
6 weeks to

b) Without "Yobi Course".

Start Date
2 weeks to
4 weeks to

Format 2 - JBPP/AIJP/AJSP: 5 classes per week, 1 per day, in addition to the AIJP/AJSP group classes. This option usually replaces the 4 elective classes included in the AIJP/AJSP.

Start Date
Finish Date

10 weeks
95,000 Yen

Notes regarding holidays: The JBPP is an intensive program. Even so, you do get to take a break from the books every now and then. There are no weekend classes scheduled. Longer term students can also enjoy the term (quarter) breaks and the Obon break.

For Format 1 students

  • Breaks between Quarters & Obon Festival Break:

  • Spring Break 2014:  MAR/22-APR/1
    Summer Break 2014: JUN/18-JUL/09
    Obon Festival 2014: AUG/11-15
    Autumn Break 2014: SEP/27-OCT/09
    Winter Break 2014-15: DEC/24-JAN/14
    Spring Break 2015: MAR/28-APR/09
Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

Fees and Costs:All fees are denominated in Japanese Yen. Program fees include all tuition, textbooks & learning materials. The program fee does not include: apartment or accommodation fees, transport from airport to Yamasa, transport between accommodation and Yamasa, travel insurance, air fares to/from Japan etc. An itemized invoice and receipt is issued to all customers. Completion of fee payment is due no later than 35 days prior to commencement. There is a late fee of 10500 yen for payments made less than 35 days prior to commencement.

Format 1 - JBPP Intensive

WithoutYobi Course:
2 Weeks
4 Weeks

25 lessons/week



With2 week Yobi Course:
4 Weeks
6 Weeks

25 lessons/week


Contents - Introduction, Outline, Dates, Costs, Levels, Entry Requirements, Visas, Applications, Deadlines

Levels:You will learn expressions and basic information through a custom designed original textbook series using small group seminar style lessons, followed by practice sessions using various resources. As you advance through the curriculum, the materials covered in the lessons become progressively more advanced.

Module 1
  • The review of Keigo - Honorific language
  • Keigo - Honorific language (visiting other companies and short greetings)
  • Etiquette in conversation (how to talk and listen)
  • Introductions in various situations and business card exchange
  • Greetings
  • Understanding Japanese culture - uchi/soto (inside/outside)
  • How to write Japanese resume - your personal history
  • Pronunciation 1
  • Business telephone practice 1
  • Business email 1
Module 2
  • Keigo - Honorific language (invitation, requests, time expression, refusal)
  • How to use IME in order to read Kanji properly
  • Writing name and address on Japanese stationery
  • Filler
  • Understanding Japanese culture - Japanese Group-minded, vertical relationship, horizontal relationship
  • How to write Japanese resume - work history
  • Pronunciation 2
  • Business telephone practice 2
  • Business email 2
Module 3
  • Keigo - Honorific language (opinion, proposal, offer, making apologies)
  • Proverbs
  • "Cushion Kotoba"
  • Understanding Japanese culture - body language & kamiza-simoza
  • Self-analysis for showing off yourself in job interview
  • Pronunciation 3
  • Business telephone practice 3
  • Business email 3
Module 4
  • Keigo - Honorific language (Leaving messages, confirmation, consulting, making an appointment)
  • Understanding Japanese corporate culture - Honne and tatemae, read between the lines, Hou-Ren-Sou, report-communicate-consult, timing, "en" (destiny or chance meeting)
  • Presentation in Japanese 1
  • Job interview
  • Pronunciation 4
  • Business telephone practice 4
  • Business email 4
Entry Requirements:This course specializes in the language used in Japanese business and professional environments, and participants will need to have a high level of motivation. The program is aimed at learners who are interested in working in Japanese companies or organizations, or in working in environments with Japanese speaking people.

As an absolute minimum:

1) All participants should be aged 18 years and over at time of commencement. Applicants under the age of 18 will not be accepted. For Format 1, priority will be given to applicants with a degree and/or those with some business experience or background.

2) This is course specifically designed for learners who are at intermediate level and above.

a) All participants should have finished learning the equivalent of the Minna no Nihongo 1 & 2 series texts. This means the participants should have already learned Keigo (Honorific language), and have passed or be at the equivalent level of Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4 (old Level 3) or higher.

b) It is necessary to pass Yamasa's online test and online listening test for the JBPP.

Online Test (opens new window)

Online Listening Test (opens new window)

As a minimum, you need a score of 75% correct or higher for JBPP entry. If your score is between 60% and 74%, we recommend that you to take the preparation & review class (called the yobi course) to revise and review your beginner level grammar and keigo quickly. After taking the online tests, you will be emailed advice from the JBPP instructors.

3) Level check test is conducted the day before the commencement of class. Applicants who are unable to make the grade would be able to transfer into alternative programs.

4) It is not a pre-requisite but it is helpful if you have some experience of using computers and the internet. You do not need to bring a computer with you, but may find it useful to do so.

5) Citizens of certain countries will need to find guarantors. Please check the Visa Requirements section to see if this applies to you.

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Visas:Unless you have a Japanese passport, you will need a valid visa.

Participants who are not residents of Japan may enroll in the program using a tourist (tanki-taizai) visa. For many nationalities, a 90 day landing permit will be granted automatically upon arrival in Japan. This is called an exemption agreement. For other nationalities, you may need to apply for the visa. Please see the visa requirements section for details. Please note that for most nationalities the maximum period of stay for a short-stay (tourist) visa is 90 days/3 months.

Other Visas

If you have a ryugakusei visa and would like to study at Yamasa during your summer holiday for example it is no problem to study in this program. However, if you have a student visa issued from Yamasa, then you are only able to study in Format 3, while also enrolled in the AIJP/AJSP programs.

Other visa possibilities include the working holiday visa, students with Japanese ancestry, cultural activities visa, work visas, family visa etc. If you have a student visa or any visa other than the standard Tourist/Short Stay (tanki-taizai) Visa, please inform the Admissions Office as soon as possible.

Citizens of certain countries will need to find guarantors. The visa requirements section has further detail and appropriate links to the relevant Ministry of Foreign Affairs sites.

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Applications:All applications can be completed online. The enrolment procedure differs slightly depending on whether you require a guarantor. If at any stage you do not know what to do next, or if you have any questions concerning either the enrollment process or the Institute and its programs, please contact Admissions.

How to enroll:

1. Check visa requirements, especially the information regarding guarantors.
2. Complete the Online Application form. Print/save the confirmation page.
3. Send your photographs.
4. Confirm your position in the program via program fee transfer (as provided via invoice)
5. Yamasa will send you your Letter of Acceptance and additional documents.
6. If you need to apply for a visa, contact your nearest Japanese diplomatic office.
7. Purchase a return ticket to Japan and inform Yamasa of the arrival details. (Pickup service is available for Nagoya Airport only)

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Deadlines:Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, with applications closing either when the program is fully subscribed, or at the close of business hours 35 days prior to commencement. If program space is available after the 35 day deadline, a maximum of 4 further applications may be accepted with a late fee of 10500 yen. After you complete the Online Application, you will need to submit 1 passport photograph (by email attachment). Once your application and photos have been received and confirmed, Yamasa will require you to confirm your place by transferring the program fee. If you need to apply for a visa, please note that the Letter of Acceptance cannot be issued until receipt of Program Fees has been confirmed. This is the letter that you show Embassy/Consular staff when applying for the visa. If you do not need to apply for the visa, then it is the document you show Immigration as you enter the country.

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