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Browse course samples and faculty profiles for Japanese Studies.

Sample Courses in Japanese Studies

Aspects of Japanese Society

Develops advanced Japanese language skills through reading articles and discussing topics on contemporary Japan in the areas of international relations, foreign policies, politics, economy, etc.

Business Japanese

Having oral communication as the main goal of the course aims to enable students to understand and use Japanese in a wide variety of business-related situations. Familiarizes them with customary expressions and frequently used terms in business/formal dialogues, documents, and articles.

Current Issues in Japanese Media

Studies Japanese newspapers and TV news. Familiarizes students with textual features of Japanese media through developing skills for scanning, skimming, summarizing, presenting, etc.

Special Topics

Examples include International Gender Issues: Japan, Contemporary Japanese Short Fiction, Japan in the Period of Transition, Security Issues of Current-Day Japan, etc.


Naoko Matsuo

Assistant Professor; Program Coordinator, Japanese Language Studies

Email: nmatsuo@miis.edu
Tel: (831) 647-3512
Office: McCone Building M222

Miyuki Takeuchi

Adjunct Faculty (Anson)

Email: mtakeuchi@miis.edu
Tel: (831) 647-3571
Office: McGowan Building