1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
We have been operating since 2004. We started our school because we didn't think there were any great Japanese schools for Western students in Japan. We also wanted to show more people how great Fukuoka City is.
2. What is your company's mission?
We aim to provide the most educational and most fun communicational Japanese classes in the world!
3. What does your company specialize in?
We specialize in teaching everyday communicational Japanese, unlike most other Japanese schools. Our students learn to talk and understand daily conversation, and to become confident in using Japanese for life.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Rie Kirby founded M05271 after years of teaching at multiple Japanese schools, and finding all of them lacking in some way. She was trained as a Japanese language teacher, but took the step of opening her own school to promote new teaching methods.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our Japanese Plus Conversation course is our most popular course, offering our core 20 hours of classes every week, plus an additional 5 hours of conversation-focused classes. Students love the small-group classes, giving them lots of time to talk to the teacher.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
A recent student left this comment for us: "GenkiJACS was amazing. I've only been in Japan for two weeks, but those two weeks were the best two weeks in my entire life. I plan on returning to Fukuoka next year. Teachers and students, thank you for the fun time." But I think the best thing a former student ever told us was that he was getting married to someone he met through the school - we really feel we changed his life!
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