Japan language policy and planning in transition

Gottlieb, N. R. (2008) Japan language policy and planning in transition. Current Issues in Language Planning, 9 1: 1-68. doi:10.2167/cilp116.0

Author Gottlieb, N. R.
Title Japan language policy and planning in transition
Journal name Current Issues in Language Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-4208
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.2167/cilp116.0
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 68
Total pages 68
Editor Kaplan, R. B.
Place of publication Clevedon UK
Publisher Multilingual Matters Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
200312 Japanese Language
959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Abstract This monograph discusses the language situation in Japan, with an emphasis on language planning and policy. Japan has long considered itself to be a monoethnic and therefore monolingual society, despite the existence of substantial old-comer ethnic minorities, and this - with the instrumental exception of English - has been reflected in its language planning and policy until quite recently. Increasing immigration (and hence emergent new-comer multilingualism), technological advances affecting the way people write and a perceived need to improve the teaching of English, however, mean that policies have begun to undergo a rethink. This monogoph is divided into three main sections. Under the language profile of Japan I discuss in detail the national language and minority languages; the next section discusses language spread and maintenance through the education system and other means, and I conclude with some thoughts on how language planning and policy might develop in the future. My aim is to give readers a sense of how major language issues in Japan are evolving in such a manner that many of the policies developed during the 20th century may no longer be totally relevant.
Keyword Japan
language Policy
minority languages
language maintenance
future trends
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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