Business Japanese Test to be scrapped, JLPT left standing


For those of you studying Japanese, you've probably come across the Business Japanese Test (BJT) once or twice. It's something separate and apart from the well-known JLPT, but has a similar function -- it was meant to test your level of Japanese, specifically aimed at those wishing to work for a Japanese company.

The numbers for 2008 broke previous records, drawing in 9,300 test takers. A pittance compared to the JLPT's 559,000 in the same year. The test wasn't profitable for the Japanese government and was handed over to a private company in 2009, and it's been decided that they can't manage it either. So, they're closing the doors after this year.

What does that mean? Not too much, really. The JLPT has been going strong for years, and with the new redesign, brings a few more people into the yearly fold.

I'm successfully registered for the level 2 JLPT this winter, and am slowly freaking out about how I have no way of passing it. Somehow, though, I'm going to. Is anyone else taking the test? How are you preparing for it?

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