OSAKA -- Kokuyo will next month begin selling in Vietnam practice notebooks geared toward students studying Japanese, the company said Monday.
Pages in the notebooks will include squares divided into four sections by dotted lines, with space for writing the Chinese characters and a column in which to write the Vietnamese translation.
The notebooks were developed based on the tendencies of Vietnamese students of Japanese as researched jointly with Kansai University. They will be sold by subsidiary Kokuyo Vietnam Trading for the equivalent of 60 yen (54 cents) apiece, making them 10% more expensive than other study notebooks popular in Vietnam. Sales of 20,000 units are targeted.
With some 47,000 students each year sitting for exams that test their Japanese abilities, Vietnam trails only China, Taiwan and South Korea in terms of the language's popularity. Kokuyo anticipates demand from the growing ranks of Japanese-language students.