Based on the success of our head school in Korien, Osaka, Modern English expanded via franchises.

Our first franchise opened in April 2003.

The English language industry in Japan continues to enjoy good returns.

We believe, in terms of price and appeal, Modern English franchises cannot be beaten in Japan. We are established, stable and experienced.

Our sign-up fee is JPY 1,000,000 excluding tax.

The market has changed significantly since we stated in 1998. More modern, technologically-equipped schools are now needed to meet market demands.

Please contact us for a simulation of set-up costs and revenue.


To build a franchise, a high level of commitment is required. Please note: 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 want their own school, but know they need assistance.

We have prime locations waiting. Please contact us 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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