Japanese is a key world language used in cultural and economic pursuits, research and government interaction. In Australia, in Japan and in the wider Asia-Pacific region there are considerable opportunities to use Japanese to engage with Japanese speakers for professional purposes and leisure. Japan is also a major trading partner of Australia and there is a high level of social interaction between community and interest groups in Australia and Japan.

Students with wide interests and from a broad range of academic disciplines study Japanese at UQ with a view to using the language in their local communities, in Japan and in wider global forums for professional or personal reasons.