Learn Japanese and a New World Opens Project

日本語を知る。世界が広がる。

The Monash Japanese Language Education Centre is committed to supporting Japanese language education at all levels in a variety of ways including Advocacy. Our latest endeavour to encourage students to take up and /or continue their Japanese language studies is the ‘Learn Japanese and a new world opens’ project. This project will showcase a number of easily accessible short videos of people who have used or are using Japanese language as part of their career, job, life or experiences. We aim to showcase a diverse group of people who have interacted with Japanese language in a range of ways.

Please share these with your students and the school community. If you know someone who would be suitable to be interviewed please email Anne de Kretser:  Anne.Dekretser@monash.edu

Our list of interviewees:

Interview Series Snapshot

The Series Snapshot video features quotes and information about the value of Japanese  language education from all 15 interviews featured above. Watch the video here.

Individual videos can be seen below.


Mat Bowtell - Engineer and Prosthetic Limb Innovator

Meri Joyce - Coordinator for Peace Boat

Alex Yu - Consular Officer - Australian Embassy, Tokyo

Kiri Falls - Newspaper Editor, Tokyo

Jesse Tucek - New Colombo Plan Scholarship recipient

Mark Cubit - Philanthropist

Mark Lucas - General Manager JAL Aust & NZ

Marty Friedman - Musician / Celebrity

Alex McLeish - Lawyer

Emerald King - University Lecturer

Dr Cathy Sell - Research Assistant, Teaching Associate, Translator

Sol Dasika - Graduate of a Tokyo University

Levi Durbidge - Graduate Student

Catriona McKenzie - Senior Publisher

Kyle Koo - Senior Consultant - Accounting Firm, Tokyo