Based on the success of our head school in Korien, Osaka, Modern English expanded via franchises. The most enjoyable way to earn a good salary and have job satisfaction is to be self-employed. The English language industry in Japan has relatively high rates of return and any owner-operator who employs no other teaching staff except themselves will maximise this return.

We believe, in terms of price and appeal, Modern English cannot be beaten anywhere in Japan — from the point of view of both the student and the franchisee. We are established, stable and experienced.

Our first franchise opened in April 2003. We now have schools across Japan. Our sign-up fee is JPY 1,100,000 including tax.

The market has changed significantly since we stated in 1998. More modern, technologically-equipped schools are now needed to meet market demands than when we first started. Please contact us for a simulation of set-up costs and revenue.


To build student numbers, a high level of commitment is required. It should also be noted that while we operate a proven system, there is no 100% guarantee of success. Anyone looking to make a quick and easy fortune should look elsewhere.

We actively encourage enquiries from potential franchisees who are no longer prepared to work for an hourly wage, but would prefer some control over their professional and financial life. We have prime locations waiting. Please call to discuss your geographic exclusivity.

We also help existing schools streamline, become more efficient and more profitable. We encourage existing owners to get in touch.

Please take your time and look carefully at this site and consider the commitment required. Then please contact me directly by telephone or email so we can discuss how we proceed in building your school.

I look forward to welcoming you to our fast-growing team.

Kind regards,
Simon Moran

Simon Moran arrived in Japan in late 1995 and began working at a small English school. He established Modern English in 1998. A contributing writer and editor to the now-defunct Kansai Time Out since 1998, Simon published his first book, We are Nippon, through S. U. Press in 2002. An article Simon wrote on the teaching industry in Japan was published on the Guardian Unlimited website. His blog is here.

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