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Welcome to the Portland State University Center for Japanese Studies ~ポートランド州立大学日本研究センターへようこそ~

The Center for Japanese Studies

The Center for Japanese Studies supports research on Japan and the Japanese American experience. CJS provides a forum for related academic activities and the free exchange of ideas. The Center is committed to preparing PSU students to become leaders in business, government, arts, and the academy by fostering cross-cultural understanding. It seeks to facilitate understanding of Japan as well as the Japanese American experience among students, faculty, and the greater Portland community through a variety of curricular and outreach programs.


Oregon and Beyond

Located in downtown Portland, PSU has the most comprehensive program in Japanese Studies in the greater Portland metropolitan area that includes Vancouver, Washington. Internationally-recognized faculty offer a variety of courses in Japanese language, art, economics, geography, history, international management, literature and theater, and politics.

PSU's special relationship with Waseda University, Japan's preeminent private university located in Tokyo Japan's capital, makes PSU an especially exciting center of Japanese studies. Waseda selected PSU as the location for its American branch. Numerous exchange programs are available for students from both universities. Likewise, faculty of the two universities have a variety of research options available for study outside their home cities.

PSU also maintains a longstanding relationship with Hokkaido University, one of Japan's premier public universities. Hokkaido University is located in Sapporo, a Portland Sister City in Japan. Summer exchange opportunities allow students to not only study Japanese in Japan but also to live with a Japanese host family during their time in Sapporo.

The Center for Japanese Studies facilitates student and faculty exchanges with Waseda University, Hokkaido University, and other Japanese institutions of higher learning through a series of scholarships and grants.