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INTRODUCTION – Changing one’s world view: the potentially transformative power of Asian language(s) and culture(s)

  • Dr Jun Ohashi,

Learning an Asian language can serve as a bulwark against rising nationalism and xenophobia.

Australia would be a better regional neighbour if it were better at Asian languages

  • Dr Rowena Ward,

Enrolments in Asian language programs in Australia are too low. A look at why Japanese has been so successful may help.

Fitting in at last? Learners of Japanese as community language in search of belonging and legitimacy

  • Dr Kaya Oriyama & Dr Naomi Kurata,

JCL learners need to be recognised not as problems but assets with the potential to become a bridge between Japan and Australia.

What motivates Japanese language learners in Australia and beyond?

  • Hiroko Ohashi & Dr Jun Ohashi,

The common promotional discourses of ‘employability’ and ‘international trade’ related to Japanese language learning do not reflect learners’ motivations.

Issues for working women as debated in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly

  • Dr Hiroko Levy and Dr Emma Dalton,

What do female politicians in Japan raise as crucial issues for gender equality?