Japanese language learning in Southeast Asia

Kyodo News reports that Southeast Asians are embracing the study of Japanese:

About 3.85 million people studied Japanese at a record 18,604 institutions overseas in fiscal 2018, with the number of institutions soaring in Asia, according to a survey released this week.
The number of Japanese language institutions jumped 3.7-fold to 818 in Vietnam from the previous survey in fiscal 2015 and nearly tripled to 400 in Myanmar, said the survey by the Japan Foundation, a government-backed organization conducting international cultural exchange programs.

Kyodo News

As I often say, it isn’t just about learning English anymore.

As intraregional trade increases, you’ll see more and more people learning the languages of their regional trading partners.

And in many cases, that won’t be English. To the average Pole, living in Poland, Russian and German are far more useful languages than English is. 

Here we see yet another example of why foreign language learning is still very relevant, even in the 21st century. Especially in the 21st century.