MANY people will be amazed that pupils at a Huddersfield school are learning Japanese.
After all, most people think back to their school days and remember the choices being French or German.
Pupils at some schools still have very little choice over what languages they can learn, but are we forward-thinking enough about these subjects?
Is it perhaps time for us to look beyond the traditional and think which languages will be best suited for our youngsters who will eventually venture out into the world economy?
Japanese, which is being taught at Netherthong Primary School, is certainly different but doubtless crucial in the ever expanding borders of the business community.
It is surely time we concentrated on teaching our children languages which have a worldwide significance.
And those must continue to include Spanish and Chinese.