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Japan — an island nation of approximately 127 million people – holds a strong role in global commerce and economics. It’s also recognized as a prominent player in the field of science, particularly in technology, machinery and biomedical research. At the College of Charleston, we attempt to provide our students with important context for those realities by offering one of the most comprehensive Japanese programs in the state of South Carolina. In addition to satisfying the two-year language requirement, it offers third and fourth year courses for students who wish to study the language further. Along with the language courses, literature courses in English translation are offered for students who do not speak Japanese but are Interested in Japanese culture. The College has an exchange program with Kansai Gaidai University of Foreign Studies in Osaka, Japan, through which students can study for a semester or a year. 



Yoshiki Chikuma (Program Director, Japanese):