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Department of Japanese Literature and Language

In this department, we strive to make improvements in relevant academic approaches in order to offer a wide range of studies while considering the Japanese culture from an international standpoint.

Presently, there are courses where students can study and do research on Japanese language and Japanese literature respectively. The curriculum is developed for both courses so that you can choose which subjects you wish to study. Students in the Japanese Literature course can study classical literature and modern literature with up-to-date methodology, and students in the Japanese Language course can study modern Japanese vocabulary, grammar and dialects. Each course provides the necessary classes that must be completed for teaching Japanese literature or language librarianship, and other professions.

Through special classes which focus on Japanese expression in addition to reading classes, research classes, seminar classes where composition and oral presentation are necessary, and also through student teaching experiences and the writing of the mandatory graduation thesis, the department takes active steps to enhance each student's Japanese language capacity.

Students are also given the opportunity to take classes offered in other faculties and departments. Furthermore, they can participate in a student teaching program where they can teach Japanese abroad, and foreign exchange students may come to study at Konan University upon taking a transfer admission test. In this way, Konan has designed a variety of programs in order to nurture a true sense of interculturalism.

Faculty member
Name Title Field of Research Subject of Research
HIROKAWA, Akiteru Professor Japanese Ancient Literature Study of Man‘yoshu.
TANAKA, Takako Professor Japanese Literature in middle age Studies of japanese religious literature in middle age, especially on Keiranshuyoshu.
TSUKAMOTO, Akiko Professor Japanese Modern Literature Study of Japanese Modern Literature. Study of Higuchi Ichiyou.
KIMATA, Satoshi Professor Japanese Modern Literature Study of interaction between Literature and Art.
TANAKA, Masashi Professor Comparative Literature Labyrinthine Images in Modern Literature.
TSUZOME, Naoya Professor Sociolinguistics Japanese Dialectology.
NAKAHATA, Takayuki Professor Japanese Language, Japanese Language Teaching Study of grammatical synonyms in modern Japanese.