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Russian Studies

About Us

The Russian Major in the Russian and East European Studies is the oldest educational research institution in Japan devoted to the research of Russian and Russian Studies (it started out as one of the five departments at the Tokyo School of Foreign Languages founded in 1873). Although there are also other universities which have Russian language and literature departments, our department organizationally includes Area Studies, thus making it the best institution in the country to carry out truly comprehensive research on Russia.

Russia is Japan’s closest neighbor, yet mutual understanding is still lacking. Therefore, finding ways to improve relations is necessary.

Today there is a demand for fresh talents who are not only proficient users of the language, but who also have good knowledge of Russian society and culture and can contribute to deepening mutual understanding and exchanges in a variety of situations. We welcome motivated students to join us.

Statue of Pushkin in Pushkin Square, Moscow

Characteristics of the Curriculum

The objective of the curriculum is to nurture insights into the Modern world through deepening a mutual understanding between Japan and Russia and undertaking a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to Russian research.

During the first two years, students spend a lot of time and energy learning the language. We want our students to be able to use the language fluently while not forgetting their own interests in their individual fields. In the third and fourth years, there are three courses for students to choose from to carry out their own research based on their field of interest. We train our students to look at a wide range of other problems even after they have chosen their particular research field. For example, it would be impossible to carry out an in-depth analysis about a particular piece of literature without learning about the society in which the writer lived.

Besides, a great many students study abroad at various universities in Russia. Equally important are the lessons our students learn from their interactions with Russians and from their daily lives in Russia.

Careers After Graduation

After graduation, our students move on to various fields -- government ministries (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs), embassies, international organizations and NGOs; media companies such as newspapers, television, publishing; trading, manufacturing and banking industries; Russian-specialist companies; simultaneous interpretation and translation services; and to Japanese and overseas graduate schools and educational institutions.

In recent years, a large number of our graduates can be seen working actively at the frontlines in various parts of the former Soviet Union, not to speak of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Their activities are the good fruits of long years' experience and strength of the Major. Whether your work in the future is directly related to Russia or not doesn't much matter; what is more important is to make use of what you have learnt and cultivated during your years at the University.

Young people in St. Petersburg


NAKAZAWA, Hidehiko Professor Russian linguistics
HIKITA, Go Associate Professor Russian linguistics
TAKAHASHI, Seiji Professor Russian history
SUZUKI, Yoshikazu Professor Modern Russian economy, Comparative economic history
NUMANO, Kyoko Professor Russian culture and literature
MAEDA, Izumi Associate Professor Russian culture and literature
DAVKOVA, Irina Visiting Associate Professor  
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