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October 24, 2017
Take Your Career To A Higher Level With Japanese Language Program At Reitaku University

Seonhye Hwang, a graduate of Reitaku University Japanese Language Program, works all over Asia developing cutting-edge TV programs. She is an international television producer who has over 100 documentary titles credited to her, including programs on NHK. The Japan Cable TV Program Grand Prix and the Sky Perfect TV Awards are just a few of the many award organizations that have recognized her excellent works. Please click here for details.

September 20, 2017
Role played by knowledge will change decisively: Message from Ono Hiroya: Vice President of Reitaku University

He uses numbers to easily unravel a variety of societal problems that regular people don't even see. Please click here for details.

June 12, 2017
New dormitory charge for 2018 is released

Reitaku University released a new plan for global dormitory charges. Please see the details HERE

April 20, 2017
Application schedule for 2018 is released

On April 20, 2017, Japanese Language Program released dates and schedules for the acedemic year of 2018. Please see the details HERE

April 6, 2017
Japanese Teacher Training Seminar was held at Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City

On March 22-24, 2017, a Japanese Teacher Training Seminar was held at Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (University of Social Sciences and Humanities), jointly organized by Reitaku University and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Study of the Japanese language is becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam, so Reitaku University initiated this event with the aim of raising the standard of Japanese language education in that country. This was the second time the seminar was held, after the first one in 2015 (June 24-26).

The training was conducted by Professor Suzuka Masamune and Associate Professor Shoko Ieda from Reitaku University on the theme of "For More Effective Classes -- Listening." The training participants included lecturers from Vietnamese universities, teachers at Japanese language schools, and Japanese language teachers employed by companies.

Comparing this seminar against the way they have run their own classes to date, the participants considered how to plan higher quality lessons. All 35 participants were very enthusiastic, which made for a very lively training seminar. They praised the event highly, with many of them saying that they planned to put what they learned into action in their own classes the very next day. The 30 participants who completed all three days of the seminar were presented with a certificate of completion signed by the Presidents of both universities (35 participants in total).

At the closing ceremony held at the end of the seminar, Professor Masamune told the participants, "As teachers of the Japanese language in Vietnam, you are all a very important presence. I am delighted that, thanks to your efforts, more and more Vietnamese people are becoming interested in Japan. As fellow Japanese teachers, let's all keep up the good work."

In the hope of continuing to act as a bridge between Japan and Vietnam in the area of Japanese language education, Reitaku University will work to further enhance these kinds of training events and other initiatives.

February 7, 2017
Blockchain can be a technology that will have a major impact on the banking industry in emerging nations.: Prof. Masashi Nakajima Encourages Foreign Students

There have been an increasing number of international students who enter undergraduate programs and graduate programs at Reitaku University, after completing the Japanese Language Program on the same campus, to get a higher education in economics or other fields. The most sought-after professor among such international students these days is Professor Masashi Nakajima, who had a long career at the Bank of Japan and is teaching at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration.

After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, Professor Nakajima joined the Bank of Japan in 1981 and held various senior positions in the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, International Department, and other departments, as well as being engaged in policy decision making at an international organization called the Bank for International Settlement (BIS), during his successful 25-year career at the bank. Professor Nakajima has been teaching practical financial theory and economics, etc. at Reitaku University since 2006.

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September 20, 2016
Neutrinos Have Mass: Nobel Laureate Professor Takaaki Kajita Delivers Special Lecture

On September 20, 2016, Reitaku University commemorated the 150th birthday of its founder Chikuro Hiroike, as well as the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Reitaku Open Campus (ROCK) program. To celebrate the occasion, 2015 Nobel laureate physicist Takaaki Kajita (professor emeritus at Tokyo University and director of the Center for Cosmic Neutrinos at the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research) was invited to give a special lecture at the Reitaku University Gymnasium.

In 1996, working at the Super Kamiokande neutrino observatory in Kamioka town, Gifu Prefecture (part of present-day Hida City), Professor Kajita's team found that the observed amount of neutrinos was far below the theoretical predictions, leading to the first ever observation of neutrino oscillation and to the proof that neutrinos have mass.

In his lecture, Prof. Kajita touched on how the day after presenting his thesis, the then-president of the United States of America Bill Clinton mentioned it during his commencement address at the graduation ceremony of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, saying: "These kinds of findings have implications that are not limited to the laboratory. They affect the whole of society -- not only our economy, but our very view of life, our understanding of our relations with others, and our place in time." Prof. Kajita further spoke of the miniscule elementary particles known as neutrinos pervading all of space, the massive paradigm shift in human knowledge as a result of their discovery, and how a single young scientist’s curiosity can lead to discoveries that can shake the entire world.

Heeding Prof. Kajita's words, Reitaku University will continue to foster the curiosity and diverse perspectives in our students, so that they may use them as launching points for their research.

July 6, 2016
International Understanding Lies Beyond Cultural Differences: Former NHK Producer Delivers Special Lecture

On July 6, 2016, to mark the 40th anniversary of its Japanese Language Program, Reitaku University invited a former NHK producer, Mr. Yukihiko Amagi (currently Chairperson of Tokyo TV Forum and Chairperson of the Tokyo Docs Steering Committee), maker of numerous international joint productions such as Silk Road, to deliver a special commemorative lecture. The large lecture theater was filled with international students studying Japanese in the Program and Japanese students majoring in cross-cultural communications and other similar fields.

In his lecture, titled "International Understanding and Television Documentaries -- How to Overcome Differences," Mr. Amagi described the process by which producers from various countries worked together to produce multiple television documentaries as international joint productions in the face of cultural and ethnical differences. He cited a number of international joint documentary productions to illustrate his points. For example, a science program for children featured an "Experiment Ranger," who was dressed in an outlandish costume designed not to give children the impression of any particular cultural characteristics. This made it possible to broadcast the program in various countries. Another example he gave concerned "Beyond the Wave," a documentary about residents who had to evacuate their homes after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The documentary's focus on the unusual "perspectives" of the people directly affected by the disaster meant that it could be broadcast in countries with a range of cultural backgrounds.

When working on these international joint productions, documentary producers from various countries take several months to thoroughly debate their respective ideas about perspectives and composition, ultimately putting the program's contents together from different perspectives to produce a program for broadcast in their respective countries.

For the international students and local undergraduate students who are in the very process of overcoming cultural differences as they study various international joint projects as research topics, Mr. Amagi's description of these processes no doubt gave them the courage to engage in multicultural exchange, and provided them with various hints and lessons for their own research.

Reitaku University will continue to provide even more multifaceted educational support for our undergraduate and international students so that they can value their own "perspectives" and contribute creative input to the international arena and projects in the future, as described by Mr. Amagi in his lecture.

June 8, 2016
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May 31, 2016
Application form for 2017 is available. (Application Guidelines' version is still 2016, but you can use the enclosed application form) Please Download the application from the green button on the right.

May 2, 2016
Schedule for 2017 admissions is now released. Please check here for details.

October 8, 2015
Faculty page is opened. Please check here for details. (Sorry, Japanese only.)

August 21, 2015
Official Japanese Homepage is now released. Please check here for review.

June 14, 2015
Application form for 2016 admissions is now released. Please check here for download.

May 8, 2015
Schedule for 2016 admissions is now released. Please check here for details.

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June 3, 2016
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June 1, 2016
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August 21, 2015
Official Japanese Homepage is now released.

November 22, 2014
Minor updates in Schedule page.

November 12, 2014
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July 11, 2014
Photos are added to Global Dormitory. Click here to view photobook.

July 9, 2014
Chinese version of 2015 application form is uploaded.

July 6, 2014
Japanese version of 2015 application form is uploaded.

June 5, 2014
English version of application form for 2015 is uploaded. Information of program fees and payment schedules for 2015 are also available.

May 31, 2014
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April 18, 2014
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April 14, 2014
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