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Practising Japanese Studies


Admission requirements

Passing the following BA2 courses is required in order to participate in this course: – At least two BA2 seminars (not lectures) – BA2 Productie IIb – BA2 Studieverblijf Japan or BA2 Productie IIc


The course consists of two components – six sessions of two hours each. Students should not expect any connection between the two, they are two separate entities that merely operate under the same umbrella.

Component I (in block 1): ‘Business Japanese’ Students are introduced to the specific type of vocabulary and expressions that are customarily used in Japanese companies. This will include, but will not be limited to, self-introduction in the business situations, communication via telephone, and writing professional e-mails.

Component II (in block 2): ‘Introduction to Working Environments’ Students are introduced to a variety of different working environments by guest speakers from the world of business, government, cultural industries etc. After each session students will be given a practical assignment.

Course objectives

The main objective of this course is to provide students with a hands-on introduction to the working environments that they might encounter in their future careers. The ‘Business Japanese’ component builds on the acquired language proficiency, but offers an additional benefits, which may prove important on the job market.

Component II ,in particular, is unlike any other class within the BA Japanstudies curriculum. To begin with, it provides students with hardly any new knowledge, but instead forces them to start thinking about what they would like to do after graduation. Guest speakers present different perspectives on the directions the future career of a Japanstudies graduate may develop. Like in the real world, these views may contradict each other, and might at times be unclear and confusing. It is up to each student to assess which piece of information is useful and which is not. Not every assignment is equally relevant for everyone, and this is why there is a choice (3 out of 5). They are helpful in making students realize that their own initiative and creative thinking is necessary to make the knowledge that they had acquired so far become applicable in a real life situation.


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Assessment method

  1. Participation (5%)
  2. 3 assignments after each guest appearance session (45%)
  3. Business Japanese final exam (50%)

All 3 elements must be passed to receive a passing grade for the course. Elements 1 and 2 will be graded on a pass/fail basis, which means that the grade of the Element 3 will determine the final grade.


  1. There is no resit possibility for the ‘participation’ element. Students who will attend less than 4 sessions OF EACH COMPONENT will fail the course.
  2. Students who will fail to submit 3 assignments before the set deadline will be able ‘resit’ this element by submitting a 2000 word paper on a topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor. The deadline for submitting the paper is 31 January 2021.
  3. Resit final exam Business Japanese will be scheduled.

Debriefing exam:
Students may make an individual appointment with the instructor within 30 days of the announcement of the exam grades in order to view their exam.

Reading list

Study material will be made available via Brightspace


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Component 1: Dhr. T Suzuki
Component 2: Prof. Dr. K.J. Cwiertka


BrightSpace will be used extensively during this course