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Japanese language and culture instruction for Nikkeijins in the Philippines

A six-month Nihongo language and culture course is being offered to Nikkeijins, or people of Japanese descent, in the Philippines by the Japan Foundation in Manila.

The project will be introduced by the foundation and the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Rengokai the following week.

From Davao, General Santos, Cotabato, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod, Palawan, and Metro Manila, at least 21 Nikkeijins were chosen.

The course will offer online Japanese language and cultural lessons twice a week for a period of six months, beginning in September 2022 and ending in March 2023, according to a statement from the Japan Foundation on Saturday. “With the goals of enhancing employment opportunities in and outside the Philippines and strengthening the network of Nikkeijin communities across the country, the course will provide,” it added.

Kazuhiko Koshikawa, the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines, and Ines Yamanouchi Mallari, the president of the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Rengokai, will both be present at the inauguration ceremony on September 6.

The descendants of Japanese nationals who came to the Philippines before World War II for employment or business purposes and subsequently settled there are known as Nikkeijins.

The beginning of the Nikkeijin community in Davao dates back to 1903 when Japanese Suda Ryosuke brought the first group of Japanese citizens to the province to work in the abaca industry.

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