Minor in Japanese

Japanese characters bowing

The Deeper the bow, The Deeper the respect

In Japanese culture, there is a high level of value on etiquette during business affairs.  When first meeting, it is important to honor the Japanese traditions by bowing. When bowing, you should have your back straight with your hands at the sides. Do not maintain eye contact. It is common that women hold their hands clasped in front of them. The longer and deeper the bow is, the more respect is shown.

Why Study Japanese?

Japan has the 3rd largest economy in the world, and has strong business and political ties to the U.S. Leading Japanese companies are among the largest, most well-known and efficiently run firms in the world. Familiar names such as Sony, Toshiba, Canon, Toyota, Mitsubishi, among many others, have been penetrated international markets in a variety of sectors. The strength of the Japanese economy is rooted in its creativity, craftsmanship, technological progress and scientific know-how to succeed not only economically but also in ecologically-efficient ways.

Row of Lanterns in Japan


Coordinator: Professor Amaya



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Makiko Amaya

From anime to sushi, karaoke to manga, bonsai to origami, Japanese culture has become part of the global culture. Knowledge of the Japanese language and culture gives you direct access to Japanese movies, animation, video games, and comic books, and helps you understand the Japanese mindset and gives you a deeper appreciation of its arts, values, literature, history, and music.

Being able to communicate in Japanese unlocks a key to thrive in the business world, and gives you a profound insider view into the Japanese culture.  The Minor in Japanese and the Certificate in Japanese Language and Culture provide the student a broad knowledge about Japan through its diverse courses and study abroad opportunities, and prepares the student for a career in international business or in a variety of fields that require translating and interpreting skills

Japanese Chime

Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day) Event Success

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 60 people gathered to celebrate Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day). They enjoyed traditional Japanese snacks, drinks and fun festivities.  Thanks to the API Center and the American X Japanese Cross Cultural Club (AxJ) for organizing the event.

Students at Happy Girls Day Table

JET Program 

JET Program USA
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is sponsored by the Japanese government.

The JET Program is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange. Participants work in Japan as full-time English teaching assistants or as coordinators for international relations.

JET Program Information Session and Application Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time: 6:20 P.M. - 7:20 P.M. (JET Pprogram Information Session)
          7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (Application Workshop)

Location: UH-106

All majors are welcome! No Japanese language skills are required!

For more information about the JET Program, please visit JET Program USA.

If you have any questions on the JET Program, please contact:
JET Desk, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
jet@ls.mofa.go.jp / 213-617-6700

If you have any questions on this information session, please contact:

Makiko Amaya
Department of World Languages and Literatures
(909) 537-7132