2020 Japanese seminar 10: Japanese companies and industries 4QA

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Japanese language and culture courses
Ebara Mika 
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Course description and aims

The aim of this course is to learn key competencies in their workplaces when they work in Japan. Students are expected to express reasons for applying to Japanese companies and think about their own career path. This course also introduces some aspects of Japanese cultures and traditions through reading and discussion.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) gather information about Japanese companies;
2) consider working and developing own careers in Japan;
3) effectively express their motivations for the company they are applying to in Japanese.


Japanese, intermediate level, job hunting, Japanese companies, key competencies

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students are expected to read course materials in advance and come to class well prepared to share their ideas and knowledge. Discussion, presentation and writing assignment will be conducted in each lesson. Students are required to attend every class and to take the final exam.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Reason for applying Know the purpose of this class Introduction to the reason for applying
Class 2 Lesson 3 Self-improvement and "sunao" mind: from the philosophy of Konosuke Matsushita(1) Discuss the motivation when they work in the Japanese company
Class 3 Lesson 3 Self-improvement and "sunao" mind: from the philosophy of Konosuke Matsushita(2) Present what the Japanese companies want them to show in the workplace
Class 4 Lesson 4 Ability to persuade(1) Discuss and role play how decisions are made
Class 5 Lesson 4 Ability to persuade(2) Present the reason for applying in a group
Class 6 Presentation(1) Present the reason for applying
Class 7 Presentation(2) and interview Present the reason for applying

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified. Handouts will be given in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be conducted based on students' attendance, quiz, presentation, final interview, and assignment.

Related courses

  • LAJ.T447 : Japanese seminar 7: Career development
  • LAJ.T448 : Japanese seminar 8: Career development
  • LAJ.T449 : Japanese seminar 9: Japanese companies and industries

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Only for international students who have completed Intermediate Japanese 6 or the equivalent level.


You must reserve your place in the class in advance using Japanese class online system (http://js.ila.titech.ac.jp/~web). You will not be allowed to attend the class without reservation.

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