Top 5 Business Japanese Language Courses in Tokyo

By Daniel Rhys Coleman | Updated February 22, 2020

This article is part of our guides on finding the right Japanese language school in Tokyo.

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It goes without saying that to be able to work at a Japanese company in Japan, requires some serious mastery of the language. Handling 3 different writing systems, particularly the 2500 kanji that you have to remember, having an in-depth understanding of Japanese culture and business culture, and knowing when to change your speech level when you are talking to your boss, colleague or a client is without a doubt very challenging. 

It may seem impossible, however, there are plenty of ways to achieve a native level of the language, especially in the business environment. One of the many ways you can achieve that is by attending a language school in Tokyo. 

Not sure which one to go to? Here’s a list of the top 5 business Japanese language courses you can apply for in Tokyo.

Editor's Choice : Coto Japanese Academy 4.7/5 on Google Reviews

Coto Academy is our pick for the best business focused school in Tokyo. (They also have a Yokohama location and a sister branch in Azabu-Juban)  Coto Academy has a course designed specifically for teaching Japanese communication to working professionals.

Since their establishment in 2000, they have over 20 years of experience in teaching expats and foreign workers on the "expat" end of the spectrum in Tokyo. With their small class sizes and personalized instruction - Coto is an excellent choice. 

If your schedule conflicts with their business course - they also offer evening part-time lessons designed to focus on communication skills for business, in addition to private lessons that you can book.  If you are a corporate employee and your organization is in need of a service provider they also have the capability to scale for any need.  We recommend them because they have great strength in their self-developed learning curriculum which is currently used by many schools.  They also have a service oriented mindset with the mission of "Your Growth is our Goal" - If you have any questions about learning Japanese for business - get in touch with them!"

Good Choice For : COTO is a great choice for foreign residents who are working full-time in Japan who are looking for business lessons in the evening and they can even send a teacher to your office depending on the situation. Also a good choice for someone looking for online private business lessons and small class sizes.

2. ARC Academy Japanese Language School - 3.5/5 on Google Reviews

The second school on our list in ARC Academy Japanese Language School. Located in Shinjuku, ARC has been offering lessons to people from all corners of the world since 1986. They pride themselves on having a diverse environment at their school as they accommodate students from over 30 countries with different backgrounds and different learning objectives.

Their business language curriculum is aimed at those who carry a JLPT N2 level and at those who want to work in Japan or in a Japanese company back home. During the first term of the course, you would focus on how to find a job in Japan. For example, you would have classes such as how to write a resume, business email, or Japanese business situation. In the second term, you would then focus on working skills for a Japanese company. Business Conversation, or Business Manners is one of the classes that they offer during that term.

Throughout the whole course, you would also focus on JLPT N1 preparation, as it is required from companies that involve speaking with clients. You would also register onto a job database service so that you have a job ready after completing the course.

3. Shinjuku Language Institute - 3.9/5 on Google Reviews

Apart from being one of the oldest and most famous schools in all of Tokyo, Shinjuku Language Institute (Shinjuku Nihon Gakko or SNG) stands out from a lot of the other language schools. Their call to fame is their teaching method called Ezoe Teaching Method which has been developed for over 40 years, and has been proven to be effective in improving international students level in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

SNG offers two unique business courses. First one, and one of the most popular courses at their disposal, is Tourism Business Japanese. It is perfect for those who have a JLPT N3 level, and those who wish to study the proper way of speaking, and learn Japanese mannerisms that are essential to interact  both politely and professionally in the service industry such as restaurants, shops, hotels and more. 

The second course offered by SNG is Business Japanese. Another popular course, it’s an intensive, advanced course focusing on Japanese business communication. This is suited for students who achieved JLPT N2 and would like to work at a Japanese company in the country or back home. They focus a lot of business situation role-play, understanding current business and economic topics with newspapers, and also train students to be able to speak at meetings and give presentations in Japanese.

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4. Akamonkai Japanese Language School - 4.0/5 on Google Reviews

A popular school amongst students for offering high-intensive courses at a low price is Akamonkai. Located in a quieter and more residential area of Tokyo, Akamonkai has educated over 20,000 students from more than 80 countries. With its access to Nippori Station, this school is perfect for those who want easily explore key downtown areas and sightseeing spots in Tokyo or go to Narita airport to travel beyond Tokyo.

Akamonkai has two unique business courses that will help you to better prepare yourself when job hunting and when working at a company in Japan. Internship & Job Support Class is one of the two courses that they offer and it is the perfect course to get you started in gaining work experience in Japan. Those around N2 level are eligible for this course and the learning content focuses on Business Japanese, Business I.T., Work Experience, and Finding Employment Support.

The second course is called Business Employment Class and this is a bit more advanced than the course mentioned before. This is the right course for those who have a slightly higher level than N2, and are aiming for a job in a Japanese company either in Japan or back in their home countries. Those who have graduated from a 4-year degree are able to attend this course. This program reinforces the learning content from the previous course, and aims students to achieve N1 level proficiency level as well as preparing them for the Japanese business scene.

5. Tokyo Galaxy Japanese Language School - 4.0/5 on Google Reviews

Tokyo Galaxy Japanese Language School is the next one in our list. They’re very popular for letting students design their own study path to let them reach their own goals and interests. Their Business Japanese Class is one of the top courses in all of Japan and guarantees you becoming a corporate and regional expert in the Japanese market. 

Their curriculum consists of rigorous conversation drills every morning from Monday to Friday so that students acquire the practical conversation skills needed for any business situation in Japan. For example, they focus on greetings and introduction at work, communicating with colleagues, conducting business presentations and more. In the afternoons, you have a wide variety of electives to choose, from Business Project Work to Business Debate and Discussion. 

Another feature is their Special lessons. Students gain huge benefits from this program as it will help them stand out from other applicants when job hunting in Japan. You would do activities such as Marketing Debate where you would research and debate on a merchandise selection. You would also have field trips in corporations in Tokyo so that you get the chance to meet people and expand your network. 

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6. Kai Japanese Language School - 4.1/5 on Google Reviews

Offering Japanese lessons since 1987, Kai Japanese Language School is a popular school amongst students from Western countries. This allowed the school to gain lots of experience in how to teach students with completely different mother tongues that struggle more with learning Japanese than students from Asian countries.

Depending on your level of Japanese and your objectives, Kai has two courses that may suit your needs. The first one is called NBJ Business Japanese Program which is a complementary course for those who are at the advanced level on the General Course. Their main textbook, guides students to overcome the language and cultural barrier and to gain enough communication skills to accomplish business tasks and to become capable workers in and outside of Japan. 

The other course that they offer is Business Japanese Training for Corporate Clients and this is aimed at those who are working at a Japanese company. Kai has plenty of experience in teaching business areas such marketing or engineering. It aims to create a training program that helps students build up their Japanese language abilities required by company and communication skills which create interpersonal relationships within the company. 

Choose the Right Japanese Language School

This article is part of our guides on finding the right Japanese language school in Tokyo. We have create a directory of around 15 - 20 schools and we give you the details on who is the right person for that school and feature reviews from students as well.

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