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(Asian Studies)
Section Head, 2014-15: Rika Ito (Asian Studies), Japanese language and linguistics

Faculty, 2014-15: Hiroe Akimoto (Asian Studies), Japanese language; William H. Bridges, IV (Asian Studies), Japanese language and literature

Learning Japanese introduces you to a dynamic nation of 120 million people at the hub of technological innovation, trade, and diplomatic relations in the world’s fastest-growing market: the Pacific Rim. It introduces you to a modern country that has maintained a distinct cultural identity; to a society that still emphasizes the individual’s responsibilities to family and group; and to an economy with distinctive solutions to problems of productivity, management, and motivation in the work place. It introduces you to the earliest non-Western nation to become a modern world power.

St. Olaf teaches four full years of Japanese language and sends language students to three different campuses in Japan. Study programs in Japan are available at Waseda University in Tokyo through the ACM, Nagoya University in Nagoya, and Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo.


For information about Japanese language courses, the Japan studies concentration, and the Asian studies major, see ASIAN STUDIES.