Factors contributing to low levels of intercultural interaction between Japanese and international students in Japan

Liang Morita (1)
(1) Faculty of Communication Nagoya University of Commerce and Business , Japan


This paper is a continuation of the discussion of the results of a series of studies (n=465) in which low levels of intercultural interaction between Japanese and international students were observed. While the analysis of the data in the studies was conducted at a micro level and has been completed, the perspective of the current paper is at a macro level. The low levels of intercultural interaction is a matter of great concern because young Japanese need the experience to function in intercultural contexts. Within Japan, the population is declining and aging rapidly and immigrants are expected to supplement the workforce. Current methods of English language teaching also render the standards of spoken English insufficient for it to function as lingua franca.

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Liang Morita, Faculty of Communication Nagoya University of Commerce and Business

Liang Morita was trained in sociolinguistics in Singapore and Britain before taking up a position in Thailand teaching and researching the Thai Chinese. She taught in Nagoya University for 10 years and in 2014 was appointed Professor at the Faculty of Communication at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business.

Morita, L. (2014). Factors contributing to low levels of intercultural interaction between Japanese and international students in Japan. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 14(3), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v14i3.681

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