Ambassador of Japan to India, Akitaka Saiki, was in Pune on July 26 to celebrate India-Japan ties. He spoke about why Japanese language is nowadays preferred by so many Indian students and the various growth prospects the language is offering.
The ambassador’s visit coincided with India and Japan completing 60 years of relationship and on the occasion, he visited three institutes in the city. He also encouraged students to learn the language. During a visit to city’s Japanese language institute ‘Transjap’, located at Prabhat Road, Saiki appreciated the quality training, translation and interpretation services undertaken by the institute. He also visited Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth and Indo-Japanese Association.
Attending one of the interactive sessions conducted by Transjap faculty for the students, Saiki said, “Students must learn and absorb the most through such interactive sessions since it will help them to develop their skills faster. I am happy with the progress of students and hope they continue to learn further so that they can help in strengthening the bond between both the countries and also make a successful career.”
One of the senior faculty members at Transjap, Varsha Kondivkar, who conducted a lecture session for the Japanese ambassador, said that the purpose of his visit was to know about the Japanese language education held in Pune. “The ambassador wanted to know why people are learning Japanese and what methods are used for teaching. He was interested to know what more can be done to strengthen the Indo-Japanese relationship through the language education in India,” she added.
Established in 1997, Transjap Services in Pune is recognised by Japan Foundation that supports Japanese-language education overseas. The institute conducts trainings for Japanese language proficiency test (JLPT) and offers tailor-made courses suiting the requirement of clients. Its services also include translations and interpretations from Japanese to English and vice versa.