List of materials for business Japanese by level

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We’re often asked about recommended learning materials for business Japanese. This time, 32 textbooks for business Japanese (12 publishers) are collected.

The following table shows several useful learning materials listed by 10 levels of Japanese language proficiency. Please refer to the table and choose the one that matches your level.

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What is the level standards?

We divide the levels of Japanese language proficiency based on our 10-level table. Please refer to the table below.





Introduction of level-specific materials

Below are learning materials for business Japanese according to the degree of difficulty.
*Level 1 and Level 2 are the fundamental levels for those who are learning basic Japanese or survival Japanese, so there are no learning materials for business Japanese that can be recommended.
*Level 10 is a super-advanced level, and it is judged that there are few cases to use commercially available learning materials as they are, so here are also "Not Applicable". We suggest you use original learning materials or utilizing the materials that have been introduced to you up to level 9.



To manage this level of learning materials, at least an equivalent knowledge of JLPT-N4 required.
Fundamental level of Japanese language should be a priority, but if you have to use business Japanese, the following learning materials are recommended.

styleclass ■Title : わかるビジネス日本語 BJTビジネス日本語能力テスト入門
■Price : 1,620Yen
■ISBN : 978-4872176810
■Publisher : アスク出版
■Level : under business level
■Estimated Time Required : 24h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : 11th Aug 2008
■Author : 島田 めぐみ、澁川 晶、小川 茂夫
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Strategy for the Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT). In commonly encountered business conversations, business practices and function words for such as discussing and talking can be learnt. With English commentary. It is intended for beginner and intermediate levels learners. The Japanese-English contrast index is also useful as a dictionary. With CD.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
For those beginners who have started learning businese Japanese. With easy-to-understand commentary, basic phrases used in business situations are selected. It's good to learn on purpose to drum the minimum phrases into your head.



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To manage this level of learning materials, at least an equivalent knowledge of JLPT-N3 required.
Fundamental level of Japanese language should be a priority, but if you have to use business Japanese, the following learning materials are recommended.
styleclass ■Title : 初級が終わったら始めよう 新・にほんご敬語トレーニング
■Price : 2,160Yen
■ISBN : 978-4872178562
■Publisher : アスク出版
■Level : Business Basic
■Estimated Time Required : 28h
■Commentary : Japanese・English・Chinese・Korean
■Launch Date : 22nd Mar, 2014
■Author : 金子 広幸
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
It is an super-effective textbook to improve communication skills in the real world. Focus mainly on conversations according to 18 scenes and topics, a wide range of example sentences and expressions can be learnt while using CD. It is designed for quick learning of honorific expressions.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
The main character, Alex, works at a Japanese firm. You can gain simulated relocation experience through visiting manager's home and self-introduction in company. Basic presentation skills, interview tips and honorific language in business email can also be learnt.



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To manage this level of learning materials, at least an equivalent knowledge of JLPT-N3 required.
The following learning materials are recommended for those who have completed beginner level, or for those who can use basic honorific expressions.
styleclass ■Title : にほんごで働く!ビジネス日本語30時間
■Price : 2,700Yen
■ISBN : 978-4883194902
■Publisher : スリーエーネットワーク
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 30h
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : Mar, 2009
■Author : 宮崎道子・郷司幸子 著
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
You will acquire the fundamental things (such as honorific expressions and business manners) necessary for Japanese business in a short period of time. All chapters are organized by function, it helps to master business Japanese that can be used according to each business setting.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Basic phrases used in various business situations such as introductions, greeting and telephoning can be learnt. There are illustrations along the scenes of each section, so it is easy to imagine the situation. There is many practical materials including grammar drills, summary of vocabulary and role-playing exercises, that is kindly organized for those who are not familiar with basic grammar.

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styleclass ■Title : しごとの日本語 IT 業務編
■Price : 2,592Yen
■ISBN : 978-4757414778
■Publisher : アルク
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 12h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : 16th Oct 2008
■Author : 村上吉文
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : NO
■General description(formal information) :
The main target level of this textbook is intermediate level of Japanese language. Learners who have completed the first half of beginner level, and mastered basic grammar items such as uses of verb forms, can use it in tandem with comprehensive textbooks. Chapter 1 "Warm-up": review basic grammer items with a story that two foreign engineers plan to work at Japan after seeing job posters in China and India respectively. Chapter 2 "Learning by scene": along with systems development process, conversations often used in their project team are reproduced. They overcome various difficulties with Japanese bosses and colleagues to complete the system. Chapter 3 "Reading specification": while referring to the flowchart showing the system function, you will acquire reading comprehension and vocabulary skills to understand Japanese specifications which are vital for engineers. Useful expressions are acquired for each business stage. A large number of IT terminology are included. You can read specifications in Japanese.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
This textbook is intended for IT professionals, including various practical Japanese skills such as Japanese for job-hunting, Japanese in company, and Japanese used in specifications. With detailed, plain English descriptions, it is easy for English users to understand.


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styleclass ■Title : しごとの日本語 ビジネスマナー編
■Price : 2,160Yen
■ISBN : 978-4757414679
■Publisher : アルク
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 20h
■Commentary : English・Chinese
■Launch Date : 9th Oct 2008
■Author : 釜渕優子
■CD/DVD Attached : NO
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Basic manners should be done at work or in various business settings in Japan are explained in concrete terms. Modular format. With English and Chinese explanations. From greeting, personal appearance to common phone usage, "Japanese common sense" can be understood. Besides, "business common sense" including customer service, visits, frequent reporting, touching base and discussing (Japanese term "hourensou") can also be learnt.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
Basic elements of business etiquette can be learnt. Detailed explanation is easy to read and understand. But some people might be dissatisfied with an insufficient amount of contents. "YES/NO questions exercises" at the end of the textbook is useful.


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styleclass ■Title : しごとの日本語 電話応対基礎編
■Price : 2,376Yen
■ISBN : 978-4757413313
■Publisher : アルク
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 18h
■Commentary : English, Chinese and Korean for vocabs only
■Launch Date : 12th Jan 2008
■Author :  奥村真希、釜渕優子
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
This textbook is designed for practical learning of basic Japanese telephone skills. It is intended for those Japanese learners who have troubles in handling a phone call in Japanese. With the composition of 30 minutes/unit × 35 Unit, you will master business telephone answering and well-matched vocabulary and phrases.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
This textbook as written above consists of 30 minutes/unit × 35 Unit, each unit is not so difficult. With role-playing exercises, it is a quick, affordable way to learn basic Japanese telephone skills.



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styleclass ■Title : しごとの日本語 メールの書き方編
■Price : 2,160Yen
■ISBN : 978-4757413689
■Publisher : アルク
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 20h
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : 29th Mar 2008
■Author :  奥村真希、釜渕優子
■CD/DVD Attached : NO
■Illustration : NO
■General description(formal information) :
Basic email expressions often used at work are listed in 17 categories with 35 cases. Train practical skills that can be used at actual business settings through email writing exercises. At the beginning of the textbook, commentaries on Japanese business email common sense and manners, as well as honorific language are written in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English. Business email writing skills, business manner and frequently used words can be learnt through 17 categories by function.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
After understanding sample emails, you can practice email writing with similar topics, while referring to model sentences. As the content of each email is not complicated with little number of characters, it is suitable for learners who have certain knowledge of Japanese language and started learning email writing skill, or for those who want to learn about fixed phrases.

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styleclass ■Title : CRASH COURSE JAPANESE FOR BUSINESS ビジネス日本語速習コース
■Price : 2,592Yen
■ISBN : 978-4757413184
■Publisher : アルク
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 40h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : 30th Nov 2007
■Author : 清ルミ
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Only useful expressions that help you to build and maintain great business relationships are selected with practical and appropriate situations. Grammar explanation shall be kept to a minimum and priority is given to acquiring communication skills. It emphasizes visual effects, and helps you to remember sentence patterns by keeping illustrations in mind.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Expressions in the second half of the textbook are surprisingly difficult. Scene settings specified at any time by illustrations are easy to understand. This textbook is recommended for those who want to become able to speak Japanese written on the textbook, but doesn't recommend for those who want to learn grammar.


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styleclass ■Title : 日本語でビジネス会話 初級編:生活とビジネス
■Price : 2,624Yen
■ISBN : 978-4893581310
■Publisher : 凡人社
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 5h * 46 Chapter=230h
■Commentary : English in separate volume
■Launch Date : Sep, 1989
■Author : 日米会話学院
■CD/DVD Attached : NO
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Elementary textbook for adults including business people who want to study Japanese language from basic level. While learning grammar items, you are able to understand these items used in what kind of situations and scenes (study hours 300H).
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
It's really an enormous amount of contents, that consists of a textbook, an English book (Japanese dialogue with English translation and grammar commentary), and an exercise book. The vocabulary of "Conversation Section" in the first half of the textbook is relatively difficult to beginners. With many exercises, people who want to study properly have to ensure necessary time. This textbook is intended for beginners. A sister-product of "Nihongo de bijinesu kaiwa : ch?ky? hen".

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styleclass ■Title : 改訂版 日本企業への就職 ビジネスマナーと基本のことば
■Price : 1,620Yen
■ISBN : 978-4872176957
■Publisher : アスク出版
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : ?
■Commentary : Chinese
■Launch Date : 3rd Mar 2009
■Author : 岩澤みどり、海老原恭子
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Must-have item for Chinese who want to work at Japanese companies, or for leaders of Chinese trainees. Useful knowledge such as business manners and basic expressions, business writing skills can be learnt through plain explanation and samples. The know-how of job hunting activities is also introduced. With full translation in Chinese.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
Overall the textbook gives learners an in-depth explanation, and the contents are easy to understand. It is good for people who do business in Japan and to know basic etiquette. Even just "Personal appearance of business people" may find out the difference with your home country.

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styleclass ■Title : NIHONGO Breakthrough From survival to communication in Japanese
■Price : 2,052Yen
■ISBN : 978-4872176926
■Publisher : アスク出版
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 3h * 10 Chapter=30h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : Feb, 2009
■Author : JALアカデミー
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Improve conversation skills in 30 hours! It is intended for learners who need to use Japanese language immediately. Well selected "Grammar and vocabulary necessary for life", and Stage 1: Survival helps you to learn practical Japanese right away. Stage 2: Ice Breaking requires you to talk to people around you positively and communicate in simple Japanese. It is devised to help you understand what Japanese words and phrases are necessary for the everyday life conversations. Items are written in Roman characters, giving "to be able to speak immediately" first priority.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Since Roman characters are attached, those who cannot read hiragana and katakana, or even those who are absolute beginners, can start learning Japanese language immediately. Many grammar drills dealt with in conversation examples are available. In a separate volume attached to the textbook, you can practice role playing while watching illustrations. It is useful for review.

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styleclass ■Title : Basic Japanese for Expats[Book1]
■Price : 2,808Yen
■ISBN : 978-4789013345
■Publisher : ジャパンタイムズ
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 5h * 10 Chapter=50h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : 20th Nov 2009
■Author : 大手町ランゲージグループ
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
・ Completed the beginner and basic levels with 3 books including Book 2 and Book 3.
・ Book 1 consists of 10 sections, covering entry level for beginners.
・ With a functional syllabus that emphasize the usability of sentence patterns and vocabulary, it responds to the needs of business people who are often under time pressure.
・ Many drills that emphasize operability are available. Listening tasks are also included.

styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Three kinds of letters: hiragana, Roman characters and English are used in Dialogue. The difficulty level of vocabulary from Chapter 1 is relatively high, and conversation examples are a bit longer. Textbook intended for challengers. The Appendix at the end of this textbook is well-organized. Book 1 to Book 3 are available.


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styleclass ■Title : Basic Japanese for Expats[Book2]
■Price : 2,808Yen
■ISBN : 978-4789014083
■Publisher : ジャパンタイムズ
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 5h * 10 Chapter=50h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : 5th Jun 2011
■Author : 大手町ランゲージグループ
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Not only just understanding Japanese language, but also mastering it. Communication-oriented basic level textbook for business Japanese
Features of this learning material are:
・ Intended for business people
・ Volume 2 of basic level Japanese textbook series. (Completed beginner level with 3 books in total.)
・ Book 2 consists of 10 sections, covering the first half of beginner level.
・ With a functional syllabus that emphasize the usability of sentence patterns and vocabulary, it responds to the needs of business people who are often under time pressure.
・ Many drills that emphasize operability are available. Listening tasks are also included.

styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Three kinds of letters: hiragana, Roman characters and English are used in Dialogue. It starts from Section 11 as a continuation of Book 1. The difficulty level of vocabulary is relatively high, and conversation examples are a bit longer. Textbook intended for challengers. Book 1 to Book 3 are available.


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styleclass ■Title : Basic Japanese for Expats[Book3]
■Price : 2,808Yen
■ISBN : 978-4789015141
■Publisher : ジャパンタイムズ
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 5h * 10 Chapter=50h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : 30th Nov 2012
■Author : 大手町ランゲージグループ
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Not only just understanding Japanese language, but also mastering it. Communication-oriented basic level textbook for business Japanese
Features of this learning material are:
・ Basic level learning material intended for business people who are often under time pressure.
・ Volume 3 followed by Book 1 and Book 2. (series completion)
・ Book 3 consists of 10 sections, covering the second half of beginner level. Assumed about 50 study hours.
・ Text mainly written in Roman characters, with English commentaries.
・ To develop practical abilities for immediate use through task-centric exercises and a functional syllabus that focus on the usability and function of sentence patterns and vocabulary.

styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Three kinds of letters: hiragana, Roman characters and English are used in Dialogue. It starts from Section 21 as a continuation of Book 2. The difficulty level of vocabulary is relatively high, and conversation examples are a bit longer. Textbook intended for challengers. Book 1 to Book 3 are available.


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styleclass ■Title : Let’s Work It Out!Office Japanese For Beginners
■Price : 2,700Yen
■ISBN : 978-4883195206
■Publisher : スリーエーネットワーク
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 40h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : Apr, 2010
■Author : 宮崎道子・郷司幸子・栗田奈美・稲垣由子・植松真由美
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Basic level learning materials for those business people who "want to talk with colleagues in Japanese". The goal is for learners to become able to say what they want with colleagues early on through dialogue-centric exercises. Basic grammar can also be learnt at the same time. With English translation.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Three kinds of letters: hiragana, Roman characters and English are used in Conversation. In Vocabulary, pitch accents are marked with an asterisk, to promote a clearer understanding of intonation, and make it easier to learn. There are grammar explanation, but only few drills.


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styleclass ■Title : ビジネス日本語Drills
■Price : 3,024Yen
■ISBN : 978-4896894615
■Publisher : ユニコム
■Level : Business Beginner
■Estimated Time Required : 50h
■Commentary : English・Chinese
■Launch Date : Sep, 2007
■Author : 松本節子・長友恵美子・佐久間良子
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : NO
■General description(formal information) :
From "Japanese honorifics in business settings" to "visiting company", textbook intended for foreigners.
Japanese textbook intended for those who want to acquire business Japanese and business etiquette, or for those who have studied business Japanese but lack practical skills. Since example sentences are expressions often used in actual business settings, you can acquire business communication skills by solving problems. There are katakana associated with all kanji characters. With English and Chinese explanations, so it's easy for those who are not good at reading to understand.
Contents:
1 Greeting (first meeting / coming to work/ leaving seat / going out / returning / leaving / application for leave / application for leave early / after leave / during work / apology / with business partner) /
2 Visiting (at the reception / in the reception room of business partner / business card exchange / small talk / getting on to business / end of the meeting) /
3 Telephone answering (Basic edition - how to receive a phone call/ Advanced edition - various scenes) /
4 Japanese honorifics (fundamental usage of honorifics / modified way of expressions / fundamental usage of business honorifics) /
5 Manners (business card exchange / introductions / seating order / in-house / visitors / reporting ・ touching base ・ discussing / after-5 / giving responses / dating / wedding or funeral ceremonial occasions)
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Using vocabulary with low difficulty and short conversations in each scene, it is easy to read and remember. Text are written in a conversational style, it's more beneficial to pair with someone than to study alone. With 135 practice questions.



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styleclass ■Title : Working in Japan
■Price : 1,404Yen
■ISBN : 978-4872170689
■Publisher : アスク出版
■Level : Business Beginner - Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 6h
■Commentary : All is written in English
■Launch Date : 30th Apr 2001
■Author : Bruce Rutledge 
■CD/DVD Attached : NO
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Practical English textbook for foreigners working in Japan. Answer various questions that foreigners get frustrated when working in a Japanese company, and also explain the changing situation of Japanese companies. With simple maps of office areas of Tokyo and Osaka.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
24 units in total. It's good for foreigners who are working or want to work in Japan as basic knowledge. Some of the major concerns in working in Japan might be eliminated after reading the contents such as routines and things foreigners should do before visiting Japan. It is intended for people who want to know the life of Japanese business people. One book of Getting Closer to Japan series.


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styleclass ■Title : Getting Along with the Japanese
■Price : 1,404Yen
■ISBN : 978-4872170658
■Publisher : アスク出版
■Level : Business Beginner - Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 6h
■Commentary : All is written in English
■Launch Date : 1st Mar 2001
■Author : KATE ELWOOD
■CD/DVD Attached : NO
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
"Relationships with Japanese" edition. In-depth explanation of keywords to understand the strange things of Japanese seen from foreigners, and tips to build a postive relationships with Japanese. Easy-to-carry handy size textbook. In conjunction with "Nihonjin o shiru - sugu ni hanaseru nihongo GETTING CLOSER TO JAPAN" to acquire practical Japanese conversation skills.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
20 units in total. Book intended for those who have no knowledge of Japan. People who want to know more about customs and climates unique to Japan, such as "stated principles and actual intentions" and "inside and outside in Japanese self", can acquire basic knowledge. With simple and plain explanation. It's good for foreigners who want to know Japan in general. One book of Getting Closer to Japan series.

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To manage this level of learning materials, at least an equivalent knowledge of JLPT-N2 required.
The following learning materials are recommended for those who have completed basic grammar and start to learn business Japanese, or for those who know about basic business manners.
styleclass ■Title : 新装版 ビジネスのための日本語
■Price : 3,024Yen
■ISBN : 978-4883194018
■Publisher : スリーエーネットワーク
■Level : Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 4h×8課=32h
■Commentary : 一部English
■Launch Date : Sep, 2006
■Author : 米田隆介・藤井和子・重野美枝・池田広子 共著
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : NO
■General description(formal information) :
This textbook is intended for those who have completed beginner level. It aims to master conversational expressions that are useful immediately in various business settings. Sections are organized by function, and each section is divided into 'internal' and 'external' for each STAGE to practice.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Basic phrases used in different business settings such as introductions, greeting, permission and requesting can be learnt. As in the subtitle of "Getting Down to Business", it's an introductory textbook for business Japanese. It is intended for beginners who have finished learning basic grammar and are willing to challenge new vocabulary. With role-playing exercises. "Sh?dan no tame no Nihongo" is the sister-product, "Bijinesu no Tame no Nihongo (Getting Down to Business: Japanese for Business People)" has a relatively low degree of difficulty as it is positioned as a business basic edition.

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styleclass ■Title : 新装版 実用ビジネス日本語
■Price : 3,024Yen
■ISBN : 978-4757410619
■Publisher : アルク
■Level : Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 40h
■Commentary : 一部English
■Launch Date : 15th Sep 2006
■Author : TOPランゲージ
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Textbook aims to master Japanese and business terms used in-house for foreigners who use Japanese at work. It corresponds to various business settlings. It is intended for people who have already mastered beginner level, and want to improve their Japanese language for business. An useful business glossary is attached in Appendix.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
Representatios such as "usual phrases when you call him/her late" or "usual phrases when you do not have a business card" used in this textbook are quite detailed. So, there are a huge number of expressions. It's a useful learning material to understand syntactic and lexical meanings rather than memorize everything.


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styleclass ■Title : 日本語でビジネス会話 中級編
■Price : 5,400Yen
■ISBN : 978-4893580764
■Publisher : 凡人社
■Level : Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 6h * 20 Chapter=120h
■Commentary : English in separate volume
■Launch Date : Jun, 1996
■Author : 日米会話学院
■CD/DVD Attached : NO
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Innovative intermediate conversation textbook by the setting of "spoken discourse style". Expressions such as requesting, refusing, greeting and telephone answering, business people can learn more natural and communicative way of speaking approaching from various directions.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
It's really an enormous amount of contents, that consists of a textbook, an English book (Japanese dialogue with English translation and grammar commentary), and an exercise book. The vocabulary of "Conversation Section" is relatively difficult. With many exercises, people who want to study properly have to ensure necessary time. This textbook is intended for intermediate level learners. A sister-product of "Nihongo de bijinesu kaiwa : shoky?-hen".

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styleclass ■Title : 日本企業への就職 ビジネス会話トレーニング
■Price : 1,944Yen
■ISBN : 978-4872175998
■Publisher : アスク出版
■Level : Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 3h * 8 Chapter = 24h
■Commentary : Chinese
■Launch Date : 31st Jul 2006
■Author : 岩澤みどり、寺田則子
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
Aim for improvement of conversation skills in various business settings. There are 8 sections including making an appointment and requesting, with plenty of conversation practices. In addition, it picks up many misuse which is often used by native Chinese with in-depth explanation. Appendices such as columns for cross-cultural understanding and business glossary are available.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
Well organized composition with detailed instructions. Instead of role-playing with free-minded ideas, it is a learning material to memorize given model conversations. The composition is organized for repeated study, so it is intended for those who want to learn and review business Japanese repeatedly.

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styleclass ■Title : BJT 模試と対策
■Price : 1,836Yen
■ISBN : 978-4872176100
■Publisher : JALアカデミー
■Level : Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 20H
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : 25th Junl 2006
■Author : JALアカデミー
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : Pictures and Charts available
■General description(formal information) :
・ Strategy for the Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT)
・ Full version the BJT practice test which help you to understand the question format and answers.
・ Full script of listening and comprehension with in-depth explanation
・ Help to organize main points of business Japanese by the materials in Appendix.
There are two tests, (1) the Listening and Reading Comprehension Test (JLRT) to measure listening and reading comprehension ability, and (2) the Japanese Oral Communication Test (JOCT) to measure oral communication ability. This question collection is for the JLRT.

styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
It's a practice test of "Listening Comprehension" and "Listening and Reading Comprehension", it ends in 120 minutes if only answering the questions. Full script and detailed explanation are attached after the test. It may seem a bit easy for advanced learners, but it's a good textbook to start challenging the BJT. There are 100 questions.


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styleclass ■Title : BJTビジネス日本語能力テスト 体験テストと解説 改訂版(CD付)
■Price : 1,944Yen
■ISBN : 978-4890961863
■Publisher : 日本漢字能力検定協会
■Level : Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 20H
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : 3rd Mar 2009
■Author : 加藤 清方
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : Charts available
■General description(formal information) :
A learning material that enables you to experience the Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT) just like the actual test. It is designed in the same format as the formal test consisting of reading comprehension / listening comprehension / listening and reading comprehension. A score guide is also available. With complete explanation and practical advice.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
It's a mock test as its title proclaims. Like an actual test, you have to finish the test in 120 minutes, and then mark by yourself. The composition is same as "BJT bijinesu nihongo nouriyoku tesuto moshi to taisaku", but this one is a bit more difficult.


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styleclass ■Title : BJT ビジネス日本語能力テスト 読解実力養成問題集
■Price : 1,296Yen
■ISBN : 978-4883194223
■Publisher : スリーエーネットワーク
■Level : Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 10h
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : May, 2007
■Author : 宮崎道子(監修)・瀬川由美
■CD/DVD Attached : NO
■Illustration : NO
■General description(formal information) :
BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test (JLRT) skill improvement workbook. Learners are able to practice various question patterns based on all aspects of this test, particularly for the purpose of acquiring Part 3 "Reading Comrehension". It is more effective to read the question analysis before answering the questions. It helps to improve your skills of business Japanese by getting used to internal business documents and emails as well as Japanese articles. In addition, please refer to "BJT Bijinesu Nihongo Nouryoku Tesuto Choukai Choudokkai Jitsuryoku Yousei Mondaishu (BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test Skill Improvement Workbook, Listening Comprehension, Combined Listening And Reading Comrehension)", for the JLRT Part 1 "Listening Comprehension" and Part 2 "Combined Listening And Reading Comrehension".
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
There are 90 questions on reading comprehension. Like an actual test, the textbook consists of three parts: "grammar and vocabulary", "expression ability" and "short reading comprehension". Answers and plain explanation are given in the latter part of the book, so it's good for learners who have certain knowledge of Japanese language. A sister product of "BJT bijinesu Nihongo nouryoku tesuto choukai choudokkai jitsuryoku yousei mondaishu (BJT business Japanese proficiency test skill improvement workbook, listening comprehension, combined listening and reading comrehension)".

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styleclass ■Title : BJT ビジネス日本語能力テスト 聴解・聴読解実力養成問題集
■Price : 2,700Yen
■ISBN : 978-4883194216
■Publisher : スリーエーネットワーク
■Level : Business Intermediate
■Estimated Time Required : 10h
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : May, 2007
■Author : 宮崎道子(監修)・瀬川由美・北村貞幸・植松真由美
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : Charts available
■General description(formal information) :
BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test (JLRT) skill improvement workbook. Learners are able to practice various question patterns based on all aspects of this test, particularly for the purpose of acquiring Part 1 "Listening Comprehension" and Part 2 "Combined Listening And Reading Comrehension". It is more effective to read the question analysis before answering the questions. It helps to improve your skills of business Japanese with a honorific language list and useful business expressions glossary (separate volume). In addition, please refer to "BJT Bijinesu Nihongo Nouryoku Tesuto Dokkai Jitsuryoku Yousei Mondaishu (BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test Skill Improvement Workbook, Reading Comprehension)", for the JLRT Part 3 "Reading Comprehension".
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
There are 127 questions in total: 51 questions for "Listening Comprehension" and 76 questions for "Combined Listening And Reading Comrehension". It is intended for those who want to practice more sample questions. Script, answers and plain explanation are given in the latter part of the book. A sister product of "BJT Bijinesu Nihongo Nouryoku Tesuto Dokkai Jitsuryoku Yousei Mondaishu (BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test Skill Improvement Workbook, Reading Comprehension)".

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To manage this level of learning materials, at least an equivalent knowledge of JLPT-N2 required.
The following learning materials are recommended for those who have acquired business Japanese communication skills to some extent, or for those who can mostly use proper expressions in all contexts both inside and outside the office.
styleclass ■Title : 新装版 商談のための日本語
■Price : 3,024Yen
■ISBN : 978-4883194025
■Publisher : スリーエーネットワーク
■Level : Business Advanced
■Estimated Time Required : 4h * 8 Chapter = 32h
■Commentary : English(partially)
■Launch Date : Sep, 2006
■Author : 米田隆介・藤井和子・重野美枝・池田広子 共著
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : NO
■General description(formal information) :
Business Japanese textbook focused on negotiation skills. Each section is organized by function, and edited to help you acquire practical knowledge and application skills of presentation. In addition, in order to learn useful business Japanese phrases in a formulaic manner, exercises on comparing expressions "inside" and "outside" the office are given.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
Phrases often used in negotiations or meeting with clients such as explaining, advising, approving and opposing can be learnt. The final section is "Presentation". It is intended for those who have acquired business Japanese communication skills to some extent. With role-playing execrises. As in the subtitle of "We Mean Business", it is a perfect book for people who truly want to master business Japanese. "Bijinesu no Tame no Nihongo (Getting Down to Business: Japanese for Business People)" is the sister-product, "Shoudan no tame no Nihongo" has a relatively high degree of difficulty as it is positioned as a business advanced edition.

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To manage this level of learning materials, at least an equivalent knowledge of JLPT-N1 required.
The following learning materials are recommended for "those who can state his/her own opinions in Japanese at the meeting", or for "those who have acquired Japanese business manners to some extent".
styleclass ■Title : 人を動かす!実戦ビジネス日本語会話
■Price : 3,024Yen
■ISBN : 978-4883194704
■Publisher : スリーエーネットワーク
■Level : Business Advanced
■Estimated Time Required : 4h * 11 Chapter=44h
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : Jul, 2008
■Author : 宮崎道子 監修 瀬川由美・紙谷幸子・北村貞幸 著
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : NO
■General description(formal information) :
Textbook for acquising practical conversation skills for advanced level learners who are doing business in Japanese. It helps you to acquire most commonly used business Japanese idioms and phrases through oral practices and role-playing exercises, and finally develop a natural conversation ability by yourself.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
It is positioned as advanced edition of business Japanese textbook. Its composition helps to measure the achievement level of your ability, to see whether you can speak Japanese similar to the examples of Japanese conversations after studying the contents and expressions of example conversations hard enough. Ultimately, the goal is to be able to speak fluent business Japanese like the examples of conversations.

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styleclass ■Title : ロールプレイで学ぶビジネス日本語
■Price : 2,160Yen
■ISBN : 978-4883195954
■Publisher : スリーエーネットワーク
■Level : Business Advanced
■Estimated Time Required : 3h * 15 Chapter=45h
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : 23rd May 2012
■Author : 村野節子・山辺真理子・向山陽子 著
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
The textbook consists of 15 sections, and is intended for people who want to work in Japan or at Japanese companies. In the first half of each section, with a story that a new employee how to be trusted to carry out important tasks, Japanese conversations for practical use and basic workflows can be learnt. In the second half, it helps to understand different cultures through tasks related to Japanese business culture, and cultivate the ability of problem solving. In both the first half and the second half, you can perform activities close to actual business situations through role-playing practices.
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
It focuses not only on practical conversation in Japanese but also on cross-cultural understanding, which is a challenge for foreign employees. Since the part of cross-cultural understanding is in module type, you can learn from interesting items.


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styleclass ■Title : ビジネスケースで学ぶ日本語 
■Price : 2,592Yen
■ISBN : 978-4789015677
■Publisher : ジャパンタイムズ
■Level : Business Advanced
■Estimated Time Required : 4h * 5 Chapter=20h
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : 5th Jun 2014
■Author : 高見智子・筒井通雄(editorial supervisor)
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : Pictures available
■General description(formal information) :
Textbook for intermediate and advanced learners, applying the method of case study conducted at business school to improve comprehensive Japanese skills useful for work. Focus on five real Japanese and American global businesses, it aims to improve your Japanese language skills from intermeidate to advanced level through reading, thinking and talking about various case studies such as new product development, business strategy and corporate philosophy.
・ Unit 1 Coca-Cola Japan ...... Localization in Japan
・ Unit 2 Nintendo ... Challenge to game industry
・ Unit 3 Coach ...... Success as an accessible luxury brand
・ Unit 4 Walmart ...... Basic strategy and business in Japan
・ Unit 5 Toyota ...... Philosophy of manufacturing and human resources, and global expansion
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
The themes of each unit differ from each other, such as foreign companies entering the Japanese market, overseas expansion of Japanese companies, Japanese companies that have entered under overseas companies. The textbook is organized to consider what kind of business strategy is good based on these cases. Intermediate level learners may need sufficient time to understand vocabulary and grammar.

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styleclass ■Title :  Japanese for Professionals (ビジネスマンのための実践日本語) 
■Price : 3,780Yen
■ISBN : 978-4770020383
■Publisher : 講談社インターナショナル
■Level : Business Advanced
■Estimated Time Required : 70h
■Commentary : English
■Launch Date : Aug, 1998
■Author : 国際日本語普及協会
■CD/DVD Attached : NO
■Illustration : NO
■General description(formal information) :
The comprehensive course is designed for foreigners who use Japanese in various business settings. Given a real business setting and practical conversation examples, 165 essential Japanese phrases are classified by function, and useful Japanese customs for business are explained.
styleclass ■Comments from Manager of this site :
Not only horizontal writing but also vertical writing are introduced. OPENING DIALOGUE has a high degree of difficulty from Chapter 1 (Self-introduction). It is an extremely difficult hurdle even for learners who have finished learning intermediate-level textbooks.



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To manage this level of learning materials, at least an equivalent knowledge of JLPT-N1 required.
The following learning materials are recommended for those who already have experienced in making plans or presentations, or for those who are accustomed to read newspaper articles of about 500 words, or for those with an equivalent knowledge as listed on the left.
styleclass ■Title : 課題達成のプロセスで学ぶビジネスコミュニケーション
■Price : 2,700Yen
■ISBN : 978-4899912637
■Publisher : 近藤研究室
■Level : Business Superior - Native Level
■Estimated Time Required : 60h
■Commentary : Japanese
■Launch Date : Aug, 2012
■Author : 近藤 彩, 金 孝卿, 内海 美也子, 品田 潤子
■CD/DVD Attached : YES
■Illustration : YES
■General description(formal information) :
This is the first business communication textbook using Can-do statements that visualize what you learn. It can also be used as a textbook for business communication education for Japanese people. The main contents are "to know the type of human resource company requires", "making a plan", "communicating in a pub", "concretizing a project", "making a presentation", "information gathering from newspaper articles: acquisition", "information gathering from newspaper articles: strategy", "information gathering from newspaper articles: achievements". The contents of CD-ROM are "Listening task (Audio)", "Presentation materials for Lesson 5 (PowerPoint)" and "Expressions practice (Word)".
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■Comments from Manager of this site :
All color pages with clear pictures. You can practice reading, listening, talking and writing in a well-balanced manner. Short conversations less than 5 minutes are used in listening comprehension, but vocabulary with a high degree of difficulty is used. In presentation section, you have to prepare materials in practice. Not CD but CD-ROM is attached that both audio data and grammar have been well organized.

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