While many people in South Korea have difficulties in finding a job today, Japanese companies, suffering from serious labor shortage, require superior, overseas talent. This situation led Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to come up with a 『Educational Institution Guide for Business Japanese-Language Education for International Students』, focusing on business Japanese-language education in university.
This study aims to figure out what Japanese companies require from overseas talent, and Business Japanese Language needs of undergraduate students and Japanese companies' office workers, by conducting a survey.
As a result, it was found that needs of undergraduate students were to be proficient in business terms, business conversation, Japanese corporate culture, business manner, and honorific expressions. And Japanese companies' office workers regarded proficient business conversation, corporate culture, business manner, and specialized professionalism by fields as the most important factors in business. What Japanese companies want was also overseas talent with great ability in business Japanese conversation, Japanese corporate culture and business manner, as well as basic skills as a member of society.
For these reasons, this study intends to make a proposal about “Contents Required for Business Japanese Language” in order to improve Japanese language skill in university and foster talented persons whom companies ideally want.