Jun 28, 2017
Public Relation in Japan
I want to know if I can move to Japan and pursue my career in Public Relations, will Japanese language be a barrier if I do so?
Considering the nature of the job has to do with a lot of networking and socializing, I can't see how someone can do the job effectively in Japan without a good handle on the language. I agree with Jim about the JLPT, and I would say that the N2 will be the entry barrier to APPLY, with N1 being the real deal they want. Being PR you are partially the face of the company afterall, they wouldn't want someone speaking on their behalf who can't use polite forms properly, for example. So beyond the language, the mannerisms will be another barrier to keep in mind.
Good question. Without actually knowing the answer I would speculate that language could well be a barrier. It certainly sounds like a field that would require the ability to communicate in Japanese, at least to some degree. The standard requirement for working in a Japanese environment in which Japanese is the primary language used is probably JLPT N2 although more and more we're seeing N1 as desired. Anyway, I don't know for sure. I work in a fairly international office over here and there are plenty of people here whose Japanese isn't great. Maybe you need to hit the recruitment / listing sites to get a feel for the market and requirement here in Japan.
My husband was working in government relations work and definitely needed a requirement for Japanese. Some employers will have weekly Japanese language lessons and so forth incorporated into your work structure (which is nice!!) but generally speaking the people that I have met in roles like those have already got Japanese language skills as the foundation for moving here for work in that field.
I disagree with the other answers that are saying that you do need Japanese. Japan has a huge range of international companies, including PR agencies. There's quite a few here that you could start looking into - http://bit.ly/2sOhAcQ. Having said that, to maximize opportunities, and to have a better experience in Japan, ability in Japanese is important.