Japanese has been identified as one of the priority languages from the Asia-Pacific region to be taught in Australian schools. This acknowledges the close economic and cultural ties between the two countries.
Studies of the Japanese language provide access to the rich cultural tradition of Japan and contribute to an understanding of different attitudes and values within the wider Australian community and beyond.
The study of Japanese also contributes to education on more broadly, particularly in the areas of communication, cross-cultural understanding, literacy and general knowledge.
The ability to communicate in Japanese may, in conjunction with other skills, increase students' vocational opportunities in areas such as trade, tourism, banking, technology and education.