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The Japanese Studies Center

The Japanese Studies Center was established in 1975 to sponsor Japan-related programs; promote interchange and exchange among scholars, students, and the community; and serve as a resource and information clearinghouse for persons interested in increasing their knowledge and understanding of Japan. It was intended to be an adjunct of the Japanese program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The Directors have been full-time tenure track faculty in the Japanese program.

Center Director: Sachiko Matsunaga
Associate Director: Toshiko Yokota

The Center’s ongoing activities include:

  • Providing scholarships for students with demonstrated interests in Japanese studies
  • Continuing exchange programs with Kagoshima High Tech Institute and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
  • Participating in important regional scholarly and teachers organizations, such as Teachers of Japanese in Southern California
  • Supporting Japan Club activities and sponsoring other events and activities, such as Japanese speech contests and Japanese film nights

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Japan Club

The Japan Club provides opportunities for students of Japanese and others interested in Japan to meet, plan, and participate in social, cultural, recreational, and eductional activities. The past Club activities include organizing a food sale to raise funds for the Club, conducting computer tutoring sessions on the utilization of a Japanese word processing program, showing Japanese films and animations, having off-campus trips (Little Tokyo area), and attending the Japan Expo, Anime Expo, and Japan Film Festival. The Japan Club also promotes social and cultural exchanges with students from Japan.

Japan Club Adviser: Chisato Koike, Assistant Professor in Japanese

Contact: Japan Club-CSULA <>