Taith Fasnach i Japan Hydref 2023 | Trade Mission to Japan October 2023

Llywodraeth Cymru Rhyngwladol | Welsh Government International 

SaySomethingin participated in the recent trade mission to Tokyo, Japan, organised by the Welsh Government.

We wanted to investigate potential uses for the SSi English facility we plan to build for Japanese speakers in 2024.

Working closely with Welsh Government representatives that are based in the British Embassy, meetings were held with officials of Japanese Prefectures, trade associations, educational experts, and language entrepreneurs.

We are extremely excited about the possibility of helping enhance spoken English for a range of Japanese audiences, and we will be closely monitoring this in the New Year since there appears to be a genuine need for this kind of service.

One unexpected initiative that surfaced while in Japan was a sincere, if modest, wish for a Welsh-to-Japanese module as well.

This extended to an association that oversees all cultural matters for the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido who identified several connections between Ainu and Welsh history and culture, before commenting they would love to connect languages as well.

Who would have guessed that a strong desire to learn Welsh could exist so far away!?

Nick Prichard