Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture

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Program in Brief

Fosters leaders in the field of Japanese language education

  • Program Director: Vice President, Dean, Professor Mikitaka Masuyama
  • Deputy Director: Professor (special assignment) Masahiro Konno
  • Degrees Offered:
    • Master of Japanese Language and Culture
    • Master of Japanese Language Education
  • Scholarship (for International Students Only) : Japan Foundation
  • Language of Instruction: Japanese
  • Time Schedule:
    • Program Duration… 1 year
    • Enrollment… October
    • Graduation… September
  • Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture’s Website (in Japanese)

The program’s goal is to prepare graduates who will become leaders in the academic world of Japanese language education in their own countries. Launched in 2001, the first of its kind in Japan, this program offers an entirely new and interdisciplinary approach to Japanese language education and Japanese Studies by helping students gain a thorough understanding of Japanese culture and society. GRIPS offers the program in conjunction with the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute (JFJLI), Urawa. JFJLI is a leading educational institution in Japan with a long tradition of excellence in Japanese language education and in teaching Japanese to foreign educators. The curriculum consists of 4 categories;

  1. Japanese Language,
  2. Japanese-Language Education,
  3. Japanese Society, Culture and Region, and
  4. Special Theme Research.

Through the Association of Japanese Language and Culture organized by GRIPS and JFJLI, students will have 2 opportunities a year to make in public about the current Japanese Language education of their home countries and Special Theme Research. For details, please refer to Program Guideline of Japan Foundation (

Target Group

The Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture is designed for foreign teachers of the Japanese language abroad.

Program Design

The courses are divided into three fields: Japanese language; language education; and society, culture, and region studies. Students have the opportunity to return to their home countries to conduct research as well as to take part in internships to improve their teaching methods.

Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture Curriculum 2013/2014

(as of March 2014)
Category Required or Elective Course Name Instructor
I Language Required Courses Academic Japanese Kida, Nagasaka, Tsuboyama, Kitani, Shinozaki
Study of Japanese Language I Kida, Shimizu, Maruyama
Study of Japanese Language II Hamakawa, Maruyama, Kindaichi
Linguistics Ikuta, Shirai, Asahi
II Language Teaching Required Courses Japanese Language Education Kida, Shinozaki, Kitani, Tsuboyama
Methods of Japanese Teaching I Kitani, Furukawa
Research Method in Language Learning Kitani, Ueki
Studies in Teaching Profession Kida, Yanashima
Research on Second Language Acquisition Kubota, Kitani
Elective Courses Methods of Japanese Teaching II Kida, Ikuta, Wang
III Society, Culture and Region Required Courses Education and Culture in Modern Japan Konno
Social System of Modern Japan Hashimoto, et al.
Elective Courses Intercultural Communication Ikuta, Furukawa
Research of Language Education Policy Noyama
Japanese Cultural Education Research Tsuboyama, Yanashima
IV Special Theme Research Required Courses Seminar for Special Theme I TBA
Seminar for Special Theme II TBA
Elective Courses Seminar for Special Theme III TBA
Special Theme Thesis TBA

Career Destinations

Graduates of this program are expected to become leaders in Japanese studies in their respective regions. To list a few of the career paths taken by graduates of this program:

  • Lecturer, Department of Chinese and Japanese Studies, University of Delhi (India, 2002)
  • Senior Japanese Lecturer, Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies (Uzbekistan, 2003)
  • Lecturer, The Japan Foundation Jakarta (Indonesia, 2004)
  • Japanese Lecturer, Ministry of EducationMalaysia, International Languages Teacher Training Institute (Malaysia, 2005)
  • Japanese Lecturer, Translation and Interpretation Section Leader, Department of Japanese Studies, The University of Hanoi (Vietnam, 2006)
  • School Director, Alianca Cultural Brasil-Japao (Brazil, 2007)
  • Lecturer, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Kazakhstan, 2008)
  • Lecturer, Qufu Normal University (China, 2009)
  • Lecturer, Baku State University (Azerbaijan, 2010)
  • Lecturer, Kyrgyz National University (Kyrgyz Republic, 2011)
  • Training manager, Mongolia Darkhan Uul aimag naran 23th school (Mongolia, 2012)
  • Lecturer, Japanese Studies Center, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University (Czech Republic, 2013)
  • Lecturer, University of Phayao (Thailand,  2014)
  • Lecturer, University of Foreign Languages, Mandalay (Myanmar, 2015)
  • Lecturer, Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Vietnum, 2016)
  • Assistant Lecturer, Yangon University of Foreign Languages (Myanmar, 2017)

Origin and Affiliation of Students

(as of October 2017)

Country Typical Affiliation
Azerbaijan Baku National University
Bangladesh University of Dhaka
Brazil Matsunomi Gakuen; Japan Foundation Sao Paulo, Japanese Language Center; Alianca Cultural Brasil-Japao; Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture
China・Hong Kong Chang’an University; Southwest China University; Sichuan Normal University; Pinghu City Vocational Polytechnic Schoo; Shenchen Politechic; Japanese Language Training Center of China Medical University; Qufu Normal University; Fuxin Mongolian County Mongolian High Middle Schoo; Japanese Language Training Center of China Medical University; Shandong Normail University; Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Guangdong Tourism School; The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Cuba University of Havana
Egypt Ain Shams University
Germany The Japanese Culture Institute, Cologne
Hungary Terezvaros Bilingual School; Momiji Japanese Language School
India Delhi University; University of Pune; Indo Japanese Association, Pune; Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
Indonesia North Sumatera University; Yogyakarta Technology University; Japan Foundation Jakarta; Indonesia University of Education (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesi); State University of Jakarta; Riau University
Jordan JICA Jordan Office
Kazakhstan Kazakh Ablai Khan University; Kazakh National University named after Al-farabi
Kenya Kenyatta University
Korea Jeju Tourism Industrial High School; Gwacheon Jungang High School; Ulsan Jungang Girl’s High School
Kyrgyz Republic Arabaev Kyrgyz State University; Institute of Oriental Studies; Kyrgyz National University of Arabaeva; Bishkek Humanities University
Madagascar University of Antananarivo
Malaysia University Technology Malaysia; University Sains Malaysia; Sekolah Menengah Sains Pokok Sena; Kuching Science Secondary School; University of Malaya; Teluk Intan Science School; PPKTJ University Tecnologi Malaysia
Mongolia National University of Mongolia; Mongolian University of Technology and Science; Mongolia Darkhan Uul aimag naran 23th school
Myanmar University of Foreign Languages, Mandalay; Yangon University of Foreign Languages
Paraguay Japanese Association, La Paz
Peru Peruvian Japanese Association
Philippines Nihongo Center Foundation, Inc.; University of Philippines
Russia Siberia and Hokkaido Cultural Center
Sri Lanka Sabaragamuwa University; Vidyakara Girls School
Thailand Prince of Songkla University; Chiang Mai University; Chiang Mai Japanese Language Institute; Rajinibon School; University of Phayao
Ukraine University of Kyiv; Kiev National Linguistic University
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan-Japan Center for Human Development; Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies
Vietnam Thang Long University; Hanoi Foreign Language College; University of Pedagogy; Vietnam National University, Hanoi-University of Languages and International Study; Hanoi University

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