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
Japanese Politics, Economics, Society and History within International Contexts
Japanese Culture and Literature as World Culture and Literature
Japanese Language Education
April 2020-March 2024
Bachelor of Arts (Language and Area Studies)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Introduction to Japanese Society
Introduction to Japanese History
Introduction to Japanese Literature and Culture
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
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
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)
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 Seminar 1
Research Seminar 2
|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.
For International Students
|Entrance Examination by Using EJU Results (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students)
Enrollment Limit: 20
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)