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]>> This is the front-line of a new movement in Japan today, mastering the art of coding. Silicon Valley transplant Kani Munidasa, runs this 12 week software boot camp. He's worried that while Japanese businesses may know how to make cars and copiers and cameras, They're falling behind when it comes to software.
>> Japanese corporations do not write a lot of their code today. It's all outsourced. And in worst situations, it's outsourced multiple layers. So if you wanna change something red, you had to pass that message on, multiple layers down, and then you get it in red, and a week later, maybe month later, three days later, I don't know.
>> Munadasa's big goal is to make Japanese companies more competitive with the likes of Silicon Valley. By bringing software development in-house. Reuters' Chang-Ran Kim visited the Code Chrysalis boot camp to learn more.>> So the students who come to this boot camp, they're basically learning how to become full stack engineers.
And that means they're able to develop everything from the back end, server side programming to front end. Which is quite a rare skill especially in Japan.>> They're also working on soft skills like fitness, getting voice training from an opera singer, learning to make a presentation or do a job interview, and picking up language skills.
>> Another thing that I kept hearing is that education is lacking. And that includes English education which is very textbook base and very practical and communications bases. And all the coding is done in English. There's so much information and there, modern tools that people have to be able to use.
And English is essential for that.>> Only a dozen students have graduated from Code Chrysalis in the 11 months its been running, but some companies are starting to take notice. Like IT giant NTT Data. It's brought Code Chrysalis in for training and is sending engineers to work out their software muscles at the bootcamp.