On March 25, Bizmates Inc, which owns online business English learning service Bizmates and employment agency for IT skilled foreign workers G Talent made an announcement that they will start an online Japanese learning service called Zipan in late May this year. This service is intended to offer an extensive one-on-one learning experience for its users to help them take an active role in Japanese society, ranging from Japanese language skills, complex Japanese corporate culture and etiquette.
Zipan is targeted towards foreign workers who have attained a level of N4 or higher on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which proves that the worker can handle everyday conversation in Japanese. They provide original materials that cover common business situations such as exchanging business cards, offering smooth customer support, and making effective apologies. Users will learn all these necessary expressions and related Japanese business culture in a role-play style. There are more than 100 types of video materials that users can use as self-learning resources. Moreover, their Japanese language teachers are also presently employed at Japanese companies, ensuring that users learn practical Japanese communication that is frequently used in business settings.
To use their service, you first need to have the Skype app on your computer or your smartphone. There are no entrance fees or class material fees, you just pay 12,500 yen (excluding tax) for 5 lessons per month. If you wish to take more than 5 classes a month, you can purchase extra lessons tickets at 1,800 yen each.
Since its founding in 2012, Bizmates Inc has been operating Bizmates as a popular online English lesson service targeted towards Japanese office workers. They have a branch in Manila, Philippines, and about 1,000 Filipino instructors with extensive business experience teaching English. More than 400 companies in Japan have incorporated their service into their employees’ training program, and many office workers are utilizing the service to learn conversational English, business etiquette, and how to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds.
If you wish to keep moving your career forward in the Japanese business world, it is important to become familiar with Japanese corporate culture and complex business etiquette, as well as becoming fluent in Japanese. Therefore, this service might be helpful for those who seek to master these skills.