Two groups have jointly launched a Japanese conversation class in Tar Han ward of the Sagaing Region town of Kalay.
The Yangon-based Thein Tun Thitsa company and the Rih Region Multi Development Society are behind the initiative, which costs 30,000 kyats (US$20) per month. Students can register for the course this week.
There are five official levels of Japanese language study—from N5, the most basic, to N1, highly proficient. This class will be offered at the two beginning levels, According to one of the course organizers, those who pass N5 and N4 could be eligible to undergo further language testing in Yangon and later seek work in Japan.
Han San Diam, the teacher, told Khonumthung that a Japanese company had expressed interest in the possible employment scheme.
The Tar Han course will be offered three times per day—from 9 a.m. until noon, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Around 40 people are expected to participate.
In order to study the levels from N3 to N1, students must attend classes in Yangon.