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Department of Japanese Language and Literature

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Learn Japanese language and literature from various historical periods, and discover the profoundness and spirit of Japan.

The Department of Japanese Language and Literature not only takes Japanese language and literature as subjects for educational research, but also Chinese classical literature. The programs encourage students to investigate issues concerning language and literature, through the various historical and regional varieties of Japanese that have existed.

As the full-time lecturers specialize in different aspects of the discipline, covering from ancient times to the present day, the department is able to fulfill an arrangement whereby the subject can be covered in all its perspectives, evenly.

Furthermore, the small tutorial group system, which is an educational feature of this school, allows students to receive attentive instruction, forming a mutual relationship, from the members of staff.

The curriculum is organized so that students can acquire a specialized understanding of Japanese language and literature while learning about Chinese literature, at the same time. It is also possible for students on this course, to obtain a certificate in teaching.

The department aims to provide students with the opportunity to acquire a deep understanding, along with the ability to express ideas, especially in regard to language and literature, through the specialist study of Japanese.

With these accomplishments, past graduates have been recruited into various professions, where their abilities will be further developed - such as high school and junior high school Japanese teachers, careers in the media and journalism, public servants, librarians, administrative staff in private companies, and some who enter into research.

Degree Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature

Message from a Current Student

Department of Japanese Language and Literature

Yusuke Terada

“There was no surprise. It was just as I had heard from a university upperclassman when I was in high school.”

The class schedule is something you create as a student at the University. It isn't decided by others. That’s why it would be easier to get advice and create your schedule if you have an upperclassman friend in the same department. I also recommend making friends among classmates and upperclassmen in other general studies departments, since these are common subjects regardless of their faculties and departments. It may also be good to join any clubs or teams that interest you. There will also be spare time between classes. This is when I go to the cafeteria and chat with friends, or to the library for study and research.

Regarding your schedule, I recommend taking all the requirements and completing the general studies--especially the physical education classes--at an early stage. Right now I'm struggling because I had only taken one physical education class. Also, as I mentioned earlier, asking upperclassmen about the classes you want to take can be very helpful. You may also need to balance your studies with a part-time job, so it’s important to consider your schedule very carefully. At first, there are many things you won’t understand, so to a certain extent it may be helpful to take the same classes as a friend who is also a classmate. You should also think carefully before joining clubs. I recommend that you check beforehand if the club is meaningful, such as whether it's just to meet people, if it just gets together to have parties or whether it's too religious.

I hope you will all optimize your university experience. If you’d like, I’d be happy to give advice, so feel free to talk to me if you see me at the cafeteria or in class.

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