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  1. Learning a foreign language becomes easy with new Japanese technology

Learning a foreign language becomes easy with new Japanese technology

With the cooperation of the Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute, a school with over forty years of Japanese language education experience, NTT Communications has developed a cutting-edge e-learning Japanese language program called "Visual Learning Japanese (VLJ)" for corporations that use cloud services.

By: | Published: September 2, 2015 6:29 PM

With the cooperation of the Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute, a school with over forty years of Japanese language education experience, NTT Communications has developed a cutting-edge e-learning Japanese language program called “Visual Learning Japanese (VLJ)” for corporations that use cloud services.

In this language school, along with real classes’, students use Visual Learning Japanese.

With smartphone and tablet apps, it is accessible anytime to maximize exposure to the language, which is essential for language learning.

It’s easy to understand Japanese grammar. VLJ prepares many different contents and Video Lesson is one of them

“The apps are pretty easy to use. It’s simple, it’s convenient to use,” said one student.

Another student said, “Even in my house I start using VLJ. And through this one I can easily catch up and even the station you can use the VLJ. If you don’t know the meaning you type and it easily appears.”

Go Akimoto, Director, Application Taskforce, Applications and Content, NTT Communications Corporation, said, “Learning Japanese is to understand Japanese culture. Through this understanding of Japanese language and culture we want to increase more Japanese fans all over the world. Then we want those people to play as a bridge between Japan and the world.”

In modern days, many people prefer to carry prepaid card for shopping.

Prepaid card is different from credit cards or debit cards, where the money is deposit with an external account maintained by a financial institution.

Japanese international payment card brand, JCB sees Prepaid card has potential in a wide range of fields.

Prepaid card offers convenient, assessment-free payment methods for everyone especially who don’t have personal bank account.

It provides a safe settlement method for young students or senior citizens, because with its limited stored-value.

Hideto Sakakibara of the JCB Co., Ltd., said, “Many retailers in Japan have customer loyalty program. Recently, more companies start to combine their reward points card and prepaid cards, in order to extend user convenience and promote their loyalty program. JCB expands prepaid cards by the tie-ups with the companies that issues reward points card and is providing more convenience for many customers.”

Prepaid card also offers useful benefit for the gift-giving purpose. For example, JCB tied-up with Osaka City government, to issue the prepaid card for the citizens.

Sakakibara further said, “This prepaid card is issued by the local government to deliver money through their life support services. The local government can save workloads of the bank transactions and transfer cost. Users will receive wide range of benefits at numbers of our member locations. Visitors from Asia and overseas are rapidly increasing now in Japan, it is estimated that the number will continue to grow by the year 2020. We are planning a new prepaid card for the international customers, which will give much convenience while they are visiting Japan. JCB has established alliances with numbers of partner companies in Japan. Through our strong alliances of the tie-up with the companies that holds numerous customers, JCB will continue to promote and expand our prepaid card services.”

The market size of prepaid card issued by credit card brand is estimated to be 30 billion yen in 2013, which is 200 percent increase from the previous year.

It is expected the Prepaid card transaction in Japan will increase about 50 times more, it will expand to 1 trillion 450 billion yen by the fiscal year 2020.

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