Survey on Foreign Managers in Japan: Overview of Their Educational Background and Proficiency in Japanese

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Regarding foreign managers in Japan, I will provide an overview based on the 2021 survey by the Japan Finance Corporation.


The last educational background of managers

56% of them graduated from universities and short-term universities, while 30% have postgraduate degrees, indicating a high level of education.


Proficiency in spoken Japanese

About 9% speak at a native level, 54% are fluent, and 22% can handle business conversations comfortably. Many of them graduated from Japanese educational institutions, and approximately 90% have lived in Japan for over ten years. Therefore, it seems that most of them have no difficulty communicating in Japanese in daily work situations.




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