School of Japan Studies


School of Japan Studies

The School of Japan Studies offers the opportunity to study and discover Japan comprehensively and from international perspectives. Sharing ideas and learning together with Japanese and international students makes this program unique. Students can learn and design innovative problem-solving skills for diversified and expanding needs in Japan and the world.


Academic Field in SJS

Field 1

Japanese Politics, Economics, Society and History within International Contexts

Field 2

Japanese Culture and Literature as World Culture and Literature

Field 3

Japanese Linguistics

Field 4

Japanese Language Education

Program Outline

Study Period

April 2020-March 2024

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts (Language and Area Studies)

Graduation Requirements

125 credits (including graduation thesis)

Language of Instruction

English and Japanese


Features of SJS

1- Studying Japan Comprehensively


This program offers interdisciplinary approaches to study Japan. Class room lectures will be combined with various field work activities for hands-on experiences.

2-Learning and Communicating in English and Japanese


In this program, Japanese and international students learn together, using both English and Japanese as media of communication.

3-Engaging Education through Active Learning


This program utilises active learning for students to acquire skills and methods for self-development and problem-solving.


Four Years in Learning

School of Japanese Studies (SJS) is designed for students of diverse backgrounds from across the world and Japan who will get an opportunity to actively learn and communicate their ideas in both English and Japanese. At SJS, students will study comprehensively about Japan as field, and moreover strengthen their skills and linguistic competencies in general. Besides Japan as a field, there are also opportunities for fascinating short-term and long-term programs to study abroad.

First Year
In School of Japanese Studies(SJS), all students are required to take "Collaboration Project" courses where students will learn and experience how to effectively team up for finding and resolving issues.

In the introductory class, students will learn about Japanese society, Japanese history, Japanese literature and culture, and Japanese linguistics in English.

The language courses will improve English and Japanese competency of students.

Moreover, students can opt topics of their interests from a wide range of common "Global Liberal Arts Program" of 3 schools. In the SJS's special designed "General Courses on Japan", students will learn about Japan together with international students from partner universities from across the world.

There are also opportunities for participating in "Short-term overseas study programs" in Summer and Winter quarter.


Second Year
In the second year, there are team activities of "Fieldworks in Local Community" and "Community Outreach Project" and "Language Teaching Assistance in Community " which will broaden the horizon beyond the classroom and provide first-hand experience of how to get information and learn more, new and different by collaborating with other students.

The introductory and survey class of SJS will provide in-depth knowledge and information on Japan in both Japanese and English.

The language courses will continue to enhance the English and Japanese ability of students. On the other hand, students are also encouraged to opt for other foreign languages from the courses of common language provided by 3 schools.

Third year
In the third year, SJS encourages students to further enhance their knowledge by studying abroad where they get exposure of world cultures and opportunity to compare various field with Japan. As a result, many students would participate in long-term and short-term exchange program for studying overseas, internship in overseas companies, and other programs for studying in overseas universities and schools.

In the elective courses, students will take lecture classes along with the seminar classes. Especially, courses of "Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice" and "Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice (seminar)" are anticipated to gain a lot of attention. In the former course, multiple fields of SJS will be taught through relay lectures, and in the latter course, Japanese and international students will create a team and jointly make efforts to resolve the issues around them.

In SJS, it is mandatory to take seminar courses of 2 or more fields to understand Japan dynamically. Students should consult their supervisor for a balanced learning comprising both wide range of knowledge and specialization in a particular area.

Fourth Year
The fourth year would be dedicated for graduation projects based on the learnings, study and research accomplished during past years. There will be a supervisor guiding through the process of project and thesis writing for each student. Students must consolidate the research outcome in 2 languages i.e. write in either English or Japanese and append it with a long abstract in another language.

The fourth year is also crucial for deciding the future path of students after graduation. TUFS has a dedicated Global Carrier Center which provide full assistance to SJS students through the job hunting process.



List of Subjects

Project-based Courses: Collaborative Projects
Collaboration Project 1
Collaboration Project 2

Project-based Courses: Community Linkage Projects
Fieldworks in Local Community
Community Outreach Project
Language Teaching Assistance in Community

Introductory Courses
Introduction to Japanese Society
Introduction to Japanese History
Introduction to Japanese Literature and Culture
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

Survey Courses
Survey of Japanese Politics and Economy
Survey of Japanese Diplomacy and International Relations
Survey of Japanese History and Society
Survey of Japanese Literature and Culture 1
Survey of Japanese Literature and Culture 2
Survey of Japanese Linguistics 1
Survey of Japanese Linguistics 2
Survey of Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 1
Survey of Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 2

Elective Courses
Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice 1
Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice 2
Theories of Multicultural Society 1
Theories of Multicultural Society 2
Japanese Politics and Economy 1
Japanese Politics and Economy 2
Japanese Diplomacy and International Relations 1
Japanese Diplomacy and International Relations 2
Japanese History 1
Japanese History 2
Japanese Intellectual History 1
Japanese Intellectual History 2
Japanese Culture 1
Japanese Culture 2
Japanese Classical Literature 1
Japanese Classical Literature 2
Japanese Modern Literature 1
Japanese Modern Literature 2
Japanese Linguistics 1
Japanese Linguistics 2
Classical Japanese Grammar 1
Classical Japanese Grammar 2
Second Language Acquisition 1
Second Language Acquisition 2
Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 1
Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 2
Kanbun-gaku (Chinese Literacy)

Elective Seminars
Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice 1 (Seminar)
Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice 2 (Seminar)
Theories of Multicultural Society 1 (Seminar)
Theories of Multicultural Society 2 (Seminar)
Japanese Society 1 (Seminar)
Japanese Society 2 (Seminar)
Japanese Literature and Culture 1 (Seminar)
Japanese Literature and Culture 2 (Seminar)
Japanese Linguistics 1 (Seminar)
Japanese Linguistics 2 (Seminar)
Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 1 (Seminar)
Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 2 (Seminar)

Research Seminars
Research Seminar 1
Research Seminar 2
Graduation Project


Faculty Members


ABE Shin Japanese Language Education, Sociolinguistics, Dialectology, Phonetics
ARAKAWA Yohey International Linguistics Audit, Applied Cognitive Linguistics
DATE Hiroko Japanese Language Education, Development of OJAD (Online Japanese Accent and Intonation Dictionary)
FUJIMORI Hiroko Japanese Language Education, Applied Linguistics (Second Language Acquisition)
FUJIMURA Tomoko Japanese Language Learning, Discourse Analysis, e-Learning
HANAZONO Satoru Japanese Linguistics
HARUNA Nobuo International Politics, Political and Diplomatic History of Japan
HAUKAMP, Iris Film Studies
HAYATSU Emiko Japanese Linguistics
IJUIN Ikuko Japanese Education, Discourse Analysis
ISHIZAWA Toru Teaching Japanese as a Second Language (TJSL)
ITO Katsuhiro Japanese Language Education
KAWAMURA Futoshi Grammar and Lexicon of Japanese Language, Grammatical Theory, The History of Japanese Language
KIMURA Masami International Relations
KOMATSU Yumi Intercultural Communication, Health Psychology, Victim Assistance
KUDO Kanako Japanese Language Education
KUSUMOTO Tetsuya TJSL, Japanese Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
LIN Chunchen Educational Technology, e-Learning Environment, Long Distance Education
MIYAGI Toru Intercultural Psychology, Intercultural Education
MOTAI Takahiro Mathematics, Mathematics Education
MURAO Seiichi Classical Japanese Literature
NAKAI Yoko Conversation Analysis
NAKAMURA Akira Japanese Language Education, Linguistics
OTSU Tomomi Japanese Linguistics
PORTER, John Patrick History of Japan
SEATON, Philip Modern Japanese History
SEN Raj Lakhi Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature, Japanese Culture
SHIBATA Shoji Japanese Modern Literature, Theatre
SUGANAGA Rie Japanese Language and Culture
SUZUKI Mika Japanese Language Education, Educational Technology
SUZUKI Tomomi Japanese Semantics, Japanese Language Education
TANIGUCHI Ryuko Linguistics Pragmatics
TOMOTSUNE Tsutomu Japanese Intellectual History, Modern History of Buraku, Religion and Traditional Performances
UMINO Tae Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Japanese as a Second Language (TJSL).
YUKIMATSU Hanae Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Language Education, Modern Grammar


Types of Entrance Examinations and Enrollment Limits

★TypeA and B are Entrance Examination for international students.

Type A
For International Students
Entrance Examination by Using EJU Results (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students)

Enrollment Limit: 20
Type B
For International Students
Entrance Examination by High School Recommendation for International Students

Enrollment Limit: 10
Type C General Entrance Examination (Zenki Nittei)

Enrollment Limit: 35
Type D Entrance Examination by High School Recommendation for Japanese High Schools Students

Enrollment Limit: 10
Type E Entrance Examination by High School Recommendation for Japanese Returnees

Enrollment Limit: A few


Global Admissions Office (GAO) of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS)