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Message from the President

Division of Japanese Language and Literature Education


Professors and Lecturers in Charge

Professor: ENDO Hitoshi (Japanese philology)

Professor: KOJIMA Yukiko (classical literature)

Professor: KODAMA Tadashi (Japanese education)

Professor: NAKACHI Aya (children's literature)

Associate Professor: ODA Miwako (classical Chinese)

Associate Professor: TSUDA Satoshi (Japanese philology)

Associate Professor: SANO Miki (Japanese education)

Appointed Associate Professor: MUSHIAKE Miki

Course Description

The objectives of this division are to cultivate academic skills desired as a Japanese teacher in secondary education as well as practical teaching abilities to accommodate students during this special time period of entering adolescence. In order to accomplish these objectives, the division is staffed with specialists in various areas of Japanese education such as Japanese education, Japanese philology, Japanese literature (modern and contemporary literature, classical literature, and children's literature), classical Chinese, and calligraphy. The division also provides opportunities for on-site learning so that prospective teachers will be equipped with practical skills and abilities to accommodate numerous problems that secondary education is faced with.


In the first year, as core subjects, students learn "Japanese seminar (secondary)," "Japanese basic reading," (first year), and "calligraphy training" (first to second year). From the second year on, students take survey of and lectures and training in Japanese philology, Japanese literature, and classical Chinese (second year and second to fourth years, respectively), calligraphy (second to fourth years), and "Japanese education training" (third to fourth years). As practice teach related subjects, students also take "Japanese education practical training (secondary)" (first year) and "Japanese education practical research" (second to third years) to prepare for "practice teach" in the third and fourth years. In the fourth year, students write their graduation theses.

Licenses and Certificates

Junior High School Teacher's License: Category 1 (Japanese) can be obtained with the completion of graduation requirements. Also, High School Teacher's License: Category 1 (Japanese) and Elementary School Teacher's License: Category 1 can be obtained with the completion of other courses.

Employment Situation and Career Opportunities

Teachers: Miyagi and other prefectures in Tohoku, Tokyo, Yokohama, etc.
Government employees: Miyagi Prefectural Police Department, Natori city, Japan Post, university officials.
Private enterprises: Tohoku Ricoh, Nippon Seiki, Mitsubishi-related companies, Aoyama Trading Corporation, cram school teachers.
Continuation of education: Tohoku University Graduate School, Perugia International University (Italy), and Miyagi University of Education Postgraduate Study Course).