This article discusses the reasons why Filipino university students are learning Japanese as a foreign language. Two motivational orientations were used to study their motivation to learn the language. Two learning strategies were also used to identify their learning strategies. Respondents of this study include students from seven universities in Metro Manila enrolled during the school year 1996-97. A survey questionnaire was utilized to gather the data. Results show that Filipino learners of the Japanese language are instrumentally motivated and they use direct strategies in learning the language. Some implications to foreign language learning are suggested.