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Filipino Studies

About Us

The Philippine Studies Program was set up as part of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies curriculum in April 1992. The program aims to introduce the Philippines and its people through the study of Filipino, which is the national language, culture and other related fields. The program also aims to help students improve their proficiency in English, which is another official language of the country. With proficiency in both Filipino and English, the students will be able to have better communication tools and skills, at the same time, will enable them to have more opportunity in their selection of a future career. Some students have gone on to pursue graduate studies, not only in the Philippines but also in countries that use English as medium of instruction, such as Singapore, the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom.
As an extra-curricular activity of the majors of the program, some students voluntarily participate as members of the Cultural Dance Troupe, which showcases authentic Filipino folk dances and songs. Being members of the dance troupe will enhance and accelerate the students’ understanding of the country, its language and its culture through performances here in Japan and abroad, and through interaction with the local people.
The program welcomes students who have a genuine interest in Asia and who wish to contribute to a better understanding and cooperation between Japan and Asia.


Characteristics of the Curriculum

Program Curriculum
All the language courses are semestral and are credited 1 unit each. There are courses in basic and advanced grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills. Textbooks and a simple Japanese-Filipino dictionary have been prepared by the faculty for exclusive use of the students. A Filipino-Japanese dictionary is being compiled in the meantime. Movies, TV programs and news programs related to and pertaining to the Philippines are also used as part of the course. Learning materials through the internet, which have been prepared by the faculty, are also available.

Careers After Graduation

Profile of Graduates
The first set of graduates obtained their degree in March 1996. Since then, the program has produced about 100 graduates. Out of 100 graduates, 5 have gone on to graduate schools in Japan, while 15 have pursued graduate studies overseas to major in international relations, architecture, urban planning, economics, etc. Those who have already received their Ph.D, M.A. and M.B.A.degrees are already employed as instructors, researchers, financial analysts, etc. in Japanese universities, Japanese embassies overseas, and multinational companies. Those who finished their undergraduate degrees have found employment in broadcasting, insurance, airlines, hotel, steel, transport industries etc.


There are 2 regular Japanese professors, 1 visiting faculty member and a number of lecturers in the program. Professor Hidefumi Ogawa is an archeologist and teaches Philippine Affairs and Philippine Archeology. Prof. Michiko Yamashita is a specialist in Philippine linguistics and teaches the language, culture and literature, together with the visiting faculty member, Prof.MINESHITA, Rocel.