0920 GMT January 19, 2022
Hossein Divsalar, Iran’s cultural attaché in Japan, wrote an op-ed, noting that since the Japanese people are known as diligent and punctual, people who try to learn other languages, universities in Japan hold courses to encourage students to learn a second language, IRNA reported.
In the op-ed, Divsalar, who has a doctorate in political sociology, tries to focus on Japan-Iran cognitive communications, Iranology, and the teaching of the Persian language during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Japanese people seek to learn the Persian language in order to become familiar with the Iranian culture and civilization, Islam, as well as the West Asia region. They also attach importance to establish contact with the Iranian media and organizations.”
“Some universities have established Persian courses. Many graduates continued their studies and are now professors at their academies. Osaka University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies teach the Persian language. Japanese researchers have wrote several books and articles on Iranology, Islamology and Persian literature.
“The outbreak of the COVID-19 disease throughout the world affected people and changed their lifestyles. World nations, including the Japanese and Iranian people, have resorted to cyberspace in order to keep in touch with others.
“Cultural counseling of Iran’s Embassy in Japan used cyberspace to hold virtual educational courses, increasing the number of students from 50 to 100.
“Japanese students regularly take part in Persian language classes. They succeeded in communicating with Iranian students in Iran, who are studying the Japanese language, sending messages of empathy during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Unlike in the past, several people from northern and southern parts of Japan have enrolled in the third virtual course of Persian language to be held by the Iranian Embassy. The Iranian representatives in Tokyo hope that such courses will pave the ground for increasing cultural ties between both countries and help people of the two friendly states become more acquainted with Persian language and literature as well as Islam.”