• Photo of Japanese study exercise.

    Stimulating scholarly activity

    The Soga Japan Center promotes and disseminates faculty and student research on Japan, and facilitates effective learning experiences, instructional strategies and scholarly inquiries.

  • Photo of outreach event.

    Organizing outreach activities

    The Soga Japan Center promotes Japanese culture, society and language in local community settings.

  • Two students at WMU's Japan Festival.

    Enriching the understanding of Japanese history, language and culture

    The Soga Japan Center regularly brings scholars and artists to campus to give Japan-related lectures and readings. The center also hosts festivals, films and performances related to Japanese culture.

  • Study abroad group in Japan.

    Building international ties

    The Soga Japan Center helps foster exchange between the United States and Japan.

English–Japanese Language Partners

The English–Japanese Language Partners program is for Western Michigan University students (native speakers of either language), offering an opportunity for them to practice Japanese and English outside of the classroom. Language partners meet in public at least once or twice a week for one hour of conversation. Partners are required to make time for speaking both languages at every meeting.

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The Soga Japan Center facilitates this program and provides assistance, as needed. For more information, please contact Michiko Yoshimoto.