Japan & Europe


English, German, French and Dutch are extremely important languages for Japanese professionals to access. For a start, acquiring knowledge of these European languages and cultures will help you as a professional to communicate effectively with European organisations, corporations and governments.

Here are some of the reasons why:-

In Japan, the world’s third largest economy, communications with Europe play a key role in Japan’s international trade and relations The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan speak inspiringly of foreign communications between Japan and Europe. In short: as globalisation is on the increase, so is multi-lingual communication.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) confirms that “Europe and Asia are the main providers of commercial services.” Interesting to note are the following statistics, provided to Interpreter’s Island by the WTO on the subject of the need for foreign language communications: “World travel receipts totalled US$ 940 billion in 2010, accounting for a quarter of world exports of commercial services. With US$ 385 billion, Europe accounted for 41.1% of total exports (a decline of almost 8 percentage points compared with 2005). Exports of transportation services accounted for 21.3% of global exports of commercial services in 2010, compared with an average share of 22-23 per cent in the last decade. Most exports came from European countries (US$ 374 billion), Asia (US$ 226 billion) and North America (US$ 84 billion). World exports of “other commercial services” totalled US$ 1,970 billion in 2010, accounting for 53.3% of global exports of commercial services. Half of these exports originated from Europe, largely from the European Union. Asia’s share of other commercial services exports increased to 25.4%. North America’s share was 18.2%.”

The WTO further states that since 2010 “trade in services is bouncing back”, which is great news for the global communications industry: increased and effective communications are particularly vital in ensuring positive client relations and continued economic recovery across all industries; and for those sectors still receding in growth such as construction and the finance.

EU travel exports totalled US $ 332 billion in 2010. Aside from the travel and transport industries, Europe’s share in world exports of other commercial services accounted for half of the world’s exports alone. In real terms, this covers communications services such as telecoms, construction, insurance services, financial services, computer and information services, royalties and licence fees, other business services and personal, cultural and recreational services, including audiovisual services.


English in Japan

French in Japan

German in Japan

Dutch in Japan