(Japan Today) To brush up their English skills and get experiences useful for building up a career, more and more Japanese are looking to study in the Philippines, which is much cheaper for studying than the United States or Britain.
Not only individuals but many Japanese corporations are encouraging their employees to study in the Philippines, where English is one of the official languages.
Since five years ago, a manufacturer of automotive parts in Gunma Prefecture has sent 10 to 15 of its employees to the Philippines every year to join a three-month language study program.
Mitsuba Corp. has expanded its production bases to overseas and English is now one of the skills that the firm’s workers need to acquire.
“We used to send our employees to the United States, but school expenses and living costs are high,” said Yasutaka Iio, manager at the company’s personnel division.