In Japan, like many Asian countries, the ability to access a good education determines life chances. This is a country obsessed by self-improvement - from young school kids studying cram school after work and at weekends, to 80 year olds studying English, to salarymen practising to be the next Tiger Woods. It is a powerful driving force behind Japan's economic success.
In a business context, Japan needs to develop people who can be globally competent as Japanese corporate activities focus more on overseas markets.
This necessity is creating opportunities in the corporate training sector and in English education ranging from toddlers to adults.
There are opportunities in English language teaching (ELT), corporate training, the internationalisation of universities, internship programmes and education ICT.