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he Department of Japanese (DJ)

As a foreign language department as old as the university itself, DJ is one of the first to have offered the Japanese language program in China. After an initial focus on the training of the prospective foreign diplomats, for the sixty odd years except during the interruption of the Cultural Revolution, it has dedicated its bachelor’s program, later joined in by its Master’s program in 1979, to educating talents specialized in the Japanese language and professionals skilled in Japanese.

The DJ runs a yearly enrollment of two bachelor classes, one in Japanese Translation and the other, Japanese Culture, and that of three Master’s classes, one in Japanese Language and Literature, and two in Japanese Translation (Written Translation and Oral Translation). The Bachelor’s program is designed to offer the following courses: Japanese Intensive Reading, Japanese Listening, Spoken Japanese, Writing in Japanese, Japanese Grammar, Japanese Society, Japanese Literature, Japanese-Chinese Translation, Chinese-Japanese Translation, Oral Translation in Japanese, Japanese Mass Media, Readings from Japanese Press, etc. Targeted at the whole-person education of its students, DJ is committed to fostering talents with fine qualities of professional practical skills and high adaptability to different working environments as well as competence in the Japanese language.

So far, the undergraduate and postgraduate students from the DJ have been recruited by national and local government organizations and enterprises nationwide, and accepted by domestic and foreign institutions for further academic pursuits.

The DJ has established friendly relations with quite a number of university in Japan, including Ibaraki University, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima City University and exchanged students with them on a long-term basis.

Of its 13 faculty members, 69.2% are full or associate professors, and 46.2% hold Ph. D degrees, comprising a most vibrant academic community with much optimized structure both in research fields and age distribution.

Deeply committed to both pedagogical and academic research, the DJ staff has so far produced more than 50 monographic, translated and edited works, participated in the compilation of Eleventh Five-Year Plan State-level textbooks, and headed or contributed to a number of ministerial-level academic projects.

In a bid to further improve the strength of the entire teaching staff and its disciplinary distinction, the DJ, according to the design of its blueprint, will be working hard at reinforcing the teamwork of its faculty members, expanding its fields of academic research, and strengthening its disciplinary and cross-disciplinary cooperation with schools both home and abroad.