Our Authentic Legacy
Grounded in Real-World Experience, Thriving Online
"We" is a language school founded in 1996 in Shibuya, Tokyo.
For a quarter of a century, we have accumulated more than 10,000 students and unique language experiences. We Languages has brought this many years of real-world experience directly to life online as the online language school it is today.
We strive to be a top-tier online language school backed by a legacy of expertise and aim to be recognized as the world's leading online language school, reflecting Japan's rich linguistic and cultural heritage.
In the era of imperialism, languages from across the globe vied for dominance.
During this time, "Esperanto," a neutral lingua franca, was conceived in the 19th century.
It was born from the belief that with a universally neutral language, the world could achieve greater peace and freedom.
Over the years, English has emerged as the de facto lingua franca.
Established in Japan in April 1996, We Incorporated introduced the novel concept of "World englishes."
This initiative came about at a time when there remained some resistance to the global adoption of english.
Instead of viewing English in its traditional form, "World englishes" presents it as a neutral language, adaptable to and respectful of diverse cultures and ways of thinking.
Our name, "We," is derived from this idea of "World englishes."
Our aspiration is to cultivate harmony, honoring the unique essence of each language and culture.
Originating from Japan, historically referred to as "Yamato" meaning "great harmony," We Incorporated is steadfast in its mission to foster global harmony.
Our purpose is twofold: to expand the reach of global languages while simultaneously fortifying local ones.
“Expand the Global Language and Enhance the Local Languages.”
This embodies the mission of We.
|Company Name||We Incorporated|
|Location||Tobu Bldg.6F, 6-28-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001|
|CEO||Koji Taruishi | 樽石 幸治 |
Press: Comfort Japan, 31 Jan 2023 [Interview with CEO Who Founded We Japanese Language School to Teach Practical Living Language]
|Business Outline||■ Online language School|
■ Corporate language and intercultural training
■ Language educational materials, APP/software development
■ Translation and language design service
■ Consultation and support for international and intercultural projects
– Our Know-How is to Know Who
“Expand the Global Culture and Enhance the Local Cultures.”
We believe that language is culture. While expanding English as a global language, we also want to value the local languages worldwide. We want to contribute to creating a world where people around the world respect and understand each other's differences and value the various indigenous cultures that exist in the world.
"Creating the world's one and only language school."
Our philosophy is founded upon student-centered learning. We thoroughly seek to understand the students before us. We provide them with the most necessary content and the most efficient and impressive lessons. We will continue to train our people and develop our systems to achieve this.
■10 Core Values
– Be Odd
– Be Real
– Be Honest
– Be Open-minded
– Be Adventurous
– Be Resourceful
– Be Consistent
– Be Authentic
– Be Humble
– Be Happy
|April 1996||Opened school in Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.|
|January 2001||A computerized progress management system launched|
|December 2001||A total renovation of the Shibuya School|
|December 2004||Inter FM "Better English with Catherine" program started.|
|January 2009||Launched "Welife," a cloud service for student class management|
|April 2017||Online Japanese Course|
|October 2018||Hiragana Times Inc. becomes a subsidiary|
|April 2020||All language lesson services to go fully online|