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Takushoku University

Takushoku University

Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan

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Japan’s capital and the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo began as the small fishing village Edo, named for the estuary on which it sat, approximately 3,000 BCE.  Edo flourished for more than 250 years after being selected as the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate in the early 1600s and became the de facto capital of Japan and the world’s largest city even then. Edo became the official capital and was renamed Tokyo (“eastern capital”) during the Meiji period after imperial forces defeated the shogunate and the emperor moved to the city from Kyoto. Modern Tokyo is a global economic giant, with approximately 50 of the world’s top 500 companies calling it home, including such household names as Mitsubishi, Honda, Canon, and Sony.

Takushoku University was founded in 1900 as the Taiwan Association School, with the intention of producing graduates to assist in the administration and development of Taiwan, then a Japanese colony. Its current name was adopted in 1918. Today, the university is comprised of five faculties: Commerce, Political Science and Economics, Foreign Languages, International Studies, and Engineering. Takushoku University is also well-known for its karate club, which was founded in 1924 and has produced a number of prominent instructors and athletes.

Terms Available

  • Academic Year

Program Type

  • Exchange

Language of Instruction

  • Japanese

Available Fields of Study

  • Asian/Pacific Studies
  • Japanese Language & Culture

Minimum Language Proficiency

  • Two years university-level Japanese instruction
  • Score of 100 on J-CAT exam

The majority of Takushoku’s international students are from China and South Korea, and the natures of their languages making learning Japanese somewhat easier for them than for native English-speakers. Thus, they require instructor geared to a higher proficiency level. While the above criteria are the minimum, past CWU students have recommended having started, if not completed, the third-year sequence of Japanese at CWU.

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