9 Negrosanons Complete Japanese Language Proficiency Education

Nine professionals have successfully completed the prescribed requirements of the Japanese Language Proficiency Education Nihonggo in a six-month training in reading, writing and conversation; and learning the culture and traditions of Japanese, for a total of 520 hours at the Japanese Language Proficiency Tutorial Center at Mayfair Building, Bacolod City recently.

Marrion Aburido, Kristine Joy Albutra, Rodalyn Bodios, Michael Valdez Lingga, Sheena Mae Desaca, Klowei Anne Jonota, Leizel Agravante, Yushitaka Koda, Mizuho Okoda and many others receive their Certificates of Japanese Language Proficiency from Wennona Ballares Sakate with Directress Eve Mendoza of Japanese Language Proficiency Tutorial Center (JLPTC) with Jun de los Reyes, Michael Dan Salvilla and Sensie Clarence Brillantes.*(JDR/NDB photo)

Those who completed the training are Kristine Joy Albutra, Rodalyn Bodios, Marrion Aburido, Michael Valdez Lingga, Sheena Mae Desaca, Kowei Ann Jonota, Leizel Agravante, Yushitaka Koda an Mizuho Okoda.

They will take up the Japanese Language Proficiency Test starting starting July 3 and December 3 conducted by the Japan Foundation Inc., for their ready evaluation of their comprehension and understanding of Japanese. They will be categorized and rated as N5= equivalent of basic learning Japanese like a Kindergarten; N4- which is equivalent of Elementary Learning; and N3 which is equivalent of Secondary Learning or High School; N2 equivalent to Intermediate or College; and N1 equivalent of Masteral of Japanese Language.

In passing the Japanese Language Proficiency of N4 equivalent to elementary, one will have a great opportunity and advantage to land a job in Japan after applying at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

Wennona Ballares Sakate, owner of Hoshi, a Japanese Restaurant and Video Bar, guest of honor and speaker in her inspirational message said that “working in Japan you have to adjust, learn and understand their cultural values and traditions. Follow their rules and regulations and there will be no problem. Filipinos have good record in Japan compared to other countries. Language is our only barrier. You have to learn and have experience.” She likewise shared her work experience since 1978 as a cultural dancer in Japan. How she married a Japanese, owned a restaurant and how she learned Japanese language by herself.

Directress Eve Mendoza said that “to learn is an investment and a sacrifice. This will gain you big profits in the future. We will support you in all your undertakings,” she encouraged the graduates.

Owner Emilda Hachiya together with husband Masahiro Hachiya- Chief Director, General C.E.O- Japan International Care Aid Organization NPO also congratulated the graduates of the Japanese Language Tutorial Center.

Japanese student Marrion Aburido likewise happily shared her experiences and excitement to work in Japan applying at POEA.

In Japanese, Japan is called Nihon and the Japanese language is called Nihongo (-go means language). Sometimes, the words Nippon and Nippongo are also used, but today these words are thought of as more nationalist, while Nihon is a more neutral word. The kanji characters of the word mean “sun-origin.”*


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