Soga Japan Center

  • Photo of WMU students.

    Fostering student success: The Soga Japan Center supports students pursuing Japanese studies, those interested in studying in Japan, and recruitment of students from Japan.

  • 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.

The Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University commits itself to advancing knowledge of Japanese history, culture, business, science and technology. The center does this by:

  • Enriching the understanding of Japanese history, language and culture by hosing and organizing Japanese-related lectures, readings, festivals, films and performances.
  • Supporting exchange students from Japan as well as WMU students who want to pursue Japanese studies or study abroad in Japan.
  • Organizing outreach activities that promote Japanese culture, society and language in local community settings.
  • Promoting and disseminating faculty and student research on Japan.
  • Facilitating effective learning experiences, instructional strategies and scholarly inquiries.
  • Fostering exchange between the United States and Japan.

Announcements

Japanese Language Lessons for Teens

Beginner Japanese language lessons for teens are now available through the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University.The program is open to middle school and high school students. The fee is $40 for four lessons, which will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on four consecutive Fridays, beginning September 26, in 2045 Brown Hall on WMU's main campus.

Registration form (pdf)

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.

Register now

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

A research and outreach center of the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.