• 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 in 2014.

English–Japanese Language Partners

The English–Japanese Language Partners program pairs up Western Michigan University students (native speakers of either language) to get together to practice Japanese and English skills 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.