Japan is a prosperous country and has the most diverse economy in Asia. Japan's economy is 2nd only to that of the U.S. The leading Japanese companies are among the largest, most efficiently run, and most well-known firms in the world. Familiar names like Sony, Toshiba, Sanyo, Casio, Canon, Minolta, Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and many others have infiltrated the world market in a variety of sectors. The Japanese make up the third largest language community on the Internet, after only English and Chinese speakers.
Japan is Australia's biggest trading partner. Learning Japanese helps you to do business with Japanese people or with Japanese multinational companies. Knowledge of Japanese equips you for a job in Japan. Learning Japanese will enrich your life. It gives insight into people with a long history and a complex culture.