Wednesday, October 26, 2016

George Washington University conference on Showa Japan

Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography 

Co-sponsored by the Japan Publishing Industry Foundation of Culture and 
the Sigur Center for Asian Studies  

Friday, November 4, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St., NW, State Room, Seventh Floor   
Washington, DC 20052 

The conference will be followed by a reception at 4:00pm.

Why did Showa Japan rush into war? What was the key to its failure? To shed light on these questions 70 years after the war, the recently published book Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan offers new research findings and the most up-to-date results of research on early Showa history in Japan. Four prominent Japanese historians who contributed to this volume will present on the following topics:

Professor Sochi Naraoka of Kyoto University
"World War I and Japan: the Start of a Foreign Policy Based on International Cooperation and the Two-Party System"

Professor Tomoki Takeda of Daito Bunka University
"Japan's Foreign Policy Strategy in the 1930s and Japan-US Negotiations"

Professor Kaoru Iokibe of Tokyo University
"The Early Showa Period within Modern History"

Professor Kiyotada Tsutsui of Teikyo University
"Army, Political Parties, and Public Opinion in the Early Showa Period" 

Discussants will include:

Ronald Spector, Professor of History and International Affairs, GW 

 Daqing Yang, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GW

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

今日の諺 Today's Japanese proverb

目は口ほどにものを言う (めはくちほどにものをいう)

the eyes say as much as the mouth

The eyes express as much meaning as words. / Similar to "the eyes are the windows to the soul."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

今日の諺 Today's Japanese proverb


ten people, ten colors

If you ask ten people their opinions, you will get ten different opinions. / Everyone is different.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Memrise course for Intermediate Japanese

We have created a new Memrise course for the Intermediate Japanese class (JAPN-214). You can access it here:

Please check it out!

今日の諺 Today's Japanese proverb


If you want to understand the sea, think like a fish.

Try to understand how people feel in order to get along with or make friends with them. (Similar to walking a mile in their shoes.)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Online "Virtual Exchange" with Kanto Gakuin University

This year marks the first year of an official online "virtual exchange" between American University and Kanto Gakuin University. After two years of pilot exchanges, the "virtual exchange" has finally become a part of the regular curriculum.

Intermediate level students meet up online once a week with their peers at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, just outside of Tokyo. The students discuss timely topics relevant to what is studied in the classroom as well as current events, interests, and whatever they would like to know about life in each other's countries.

We hope to expand this "virtual exchange" in years to come to include all students who are interested in participating.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ibaraki Christian University in Hitachi, Japan unpaid internship

We are looking for students who are interested in doing an unpaid international internship related to teaching. Specifically, we are looking for interns to help undergraduate English majors in Japan improve their English. Interns will work with students in and outside of the classroom to help them academically and provide opportunities to practice English communication. Interns will also plan and create opportunities for students to use their English in nonacademic settings such as playing games, sports and other extracurricular activities.

Those interested in our program can visit for more information including testimonials from past participants. Please note that the position is ongoing. We welcome all students at American, Australian, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and United Kingdom colleges and universities irrespective of religious faith, culture and nationality.

While applications are welcome at all times, we are especially interested in applicants who would like to intern during our spring semester, between the months of April and July and our fall semester, which starts in late September and runs until the end of January. From this year, we are also changing our internship program to welcome interns for winter terms too. Interns are also welcome for a full academic year. Dates for internships are flexible and can be arranged depending on individual schedules.

October Japanese events at Hillwood (near AU)

Please check out these interesting events being held this month at the Hillwood Museum (just 2 miles from AU).

Nitori International Management Trainee Program

Nitori is a 1-year exclusive RPO project to hire 35 students graduating from universities in the US for full-time positions in Japan.  This is the 3rd consecutive year running the US program for Nitori and it is modeled after the JET Program, in terms of the support students receive in making their transition into life in Japan a smooth one.

The program is designed as a few years training position in Tokyo retail stores or headquarter office followed by a transfer to global offices including US and Japan. This role is a unique chance for students with Japanese and English ability to contribute to the globalization of a popular Japanese brand.

Full information about the company and position are available at:

Watch our 2 minute informational video: (this video was produced in 2015 and we are working new video)