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Japanese Studies Program
Established in 1966, the Japanese Studies Program is the first Japanese Studies Program in Southeast Asia, and the first among the International Studies Programs of the Ateneo.

Initially, it was the university's response to the felt need to deepen understanding of Japan with which the Philippines has had long historical ties. As bilateral relations developed, the program has sought to expand mutual understanding. Today, the Philippines and Japan endeavor to locate themselves in the milieu of globalization, and the Japanese Studies Program carries on the tradition of contributing to a scholarly approach to the problems and issues concomitant with world developments.

The Japanese Studies Program offers:

a) Minor in Japanese Studies for the undergraduate level

b) Master of Arts in Japanese Studies, with the following areas of specialization: Economics, History, Political Science, and Sociology

With its language and Japan-related courses open to degree and non-degree students from different disciplines, the Japanese Studies Program aims to develop graduates who have a global outlook, imbued with a keen understanding and appreciation of his/her own culture and of others', especially those with which his/her culture interfaces. Students who go through the courses of the Japanese Studies Program are highly competitive, uniquely advantaged, and relevant in work areas of diplomacy, trade and management, research and teaching, development studies, economics, and politics.

Requirements for Minor in Japanese Studies

Japanese Language and Culture (JSP 1) 3 units
Asian History (Hi 16) 3 units
Japan-related courses 12 units
(6 units may be higher language courses, i.e., JSP 103 and JSP 104)

Total: 18 units

Courses (Also open as Free Electives to students majoring in any course)

JSP 1 Japanese Language and Culture
JSP 103 Intermediate Japanese
JSP 104 Advanced Japanese
JSP 105 Seminar on Japanese Language and Culture
JSP 111 Japanese Culture I
JSP 112 Japanese Culture II
JSP 113/Hi 149.1 Comparative Culture: Philippines and Japan
JSP 120 History of Japan’s Foreign Relations
JSP 121 Philippines-Japan Relations
JSP 122 The Japanese in the Philippines
JSP 151/Pos 196.2 Government and Politics of Japan
JSP 154/Eco 185.38 Economic History of Modern Japan
JSP 155 Economic Planning
JSP 156/LS 73 X Japanese Business Management and Labor
JSP 160/PoS 180.7 Modernization of Japan
JSP 161 Continuity and Change in Japanese Society
JSP 162 Intellectuals and Society in Japan
JSP 170/Eco 185.20 Japan: Contemporary Issues
JSP 171.1 Japanese Folklore
JSP 171.2 Japanese Women
JSP 171.3/IS 131.5 Japanese Music
JSP 171.4/IS 142.7 Japanese Literature
JSP 171.5/IS 124.3 Japanese Arts
JSP 171.6/Com 115.10 Japanese Films
JSP 171.7/Hi 16.7 Introduction to Japanese History
JSP 171.8 Religion in Modern Japan

JSP Library Collection

- More than 2,000 volumes in Japanese, including Japanese language books
- Almost 900 volumes in English

Exchange Programs with Japanese Universities (under the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Office)
- International Christian University, Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Kobe University, Nanzan University, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Rikkyo University, Sophia University

MA in Japanese Studies
This graduate degree program offered by the Japanese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University is designed to provide a broad understanding of the Japanese people, their culture, historical development and contemporary problems.

The program is designed to interact with discipline-based programs of the graduate school, namely, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology. The program has the following objectives:

  • To contribute to the deepening of scholarly knowledge about Japan
  • To form specialists on Japan with a high level of practical and intellectual competence needed in the economy, public service, media and education and who can address the growing economic and political importance of the Asia-Pacific region
  • To create a tradition of Japanese Studies in the country of the highest quality
Scholarships are available to highly qualified students:
  1. The Japan Foundation Graduate Scholarship
  2. 50% tuition discount for teachers outside of the Ateneo de Manila University
  3. Graduate study grants for faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University
  4. Tuition scholarship of the Ateneo Scholarship Fund (ASF)

1. Required Courses (18 units)
JSP 200 Foundations of Japanese Studies
JSP 203 Japanese History
JSP 204 Japanese Politics
JSP 205 Japanese Society
JSP 206 Japanese Economy
JSP 207 Modernization of Japan

2. Area of Specialization (12 units)
  • Economics
    • JSP 201E Statistics for Economists
    • JSP 202E Research Methods in Economics
    • JSP 220E Macroeconomic Theory
    • JSP 221E Microeconomic Theory

  • History
    • JSP 201H Statistics for Historians
    • JSP 202H Research Methods in History
    • JSP 240H Historiography
    • JSP 241H Research Projects in Japanese History

  • Political Science
    • JSP 201P Statistics for Political Scientists
    • JSP 202P Research Methods in Political Science
    • JSP 230P Theory and Practice of Policy Studies
    • JSP 231P Dynamics of Philippines-Japan Relations

  • Sociology
    • JSP 201S Statistics for Sociologists
    • JSP 202S Research Methods in Sociology
    • JSP 210S Sociological Theory
    • JSP 211S Strategies of Research

3. Comprehensive Examination

4. Thesis Writing (6 units)

5. Japanese Language Proficiency Requirement

The student may show proof of his proficiency in the Japanese language by passing a written and oral examination to be given by the Japanese Studies Program twice a year or by showing a certificate of proficiency (at least level 4) from the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ).

The Japanese Studies Program submits to the Registrar a certificate of the Japanese Language Proficiency of the student based on:
(a) the results of the written and oral examination, or
(b) the AIEJ certification presented by the student.

To qualify for admission to the degree program, the applicant must have:
  1. a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college of good standing
  2. a general average of 85 percent, “B“ or 2
  3. acceptable scores in the entrance tests administered by the Center for Psychological and Educational Assessment of Ateneo de Manila University
  4. an interview with the Japanese Studies Program Director.

Applicants who fail to meet some of the above requirements may still be admitted on a non-degree basis, upon the university’s discretion.

Foreign students must satisfy the requirements established by the Office of Student Services of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Bureau of Immigration.

All courses are offered at the Loyola Heights campus. Most classes are scheduled in the late afternoon, early evening or on Saturdays.


The Japanese Studies Program consists of highly skilled and competent faculty specializing in different areas of the social sciences: Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology-Anthropology, and Business. Our undergraduate program provides students with a broad understanding of the Japanese people, their culture and language, historical development and contemporary challenges. Through our graduate program, we form specialists on Japan with high levels of practical and intellectual competence needed to address the growing economic and political importance of the Asia-Pacific region. We actively involve ourselves in research and organize conferences and seminars with the aim of creating an original and substantial academic tradition of Japanese Studies in the Philippines.

Contact Information

SS Room 310, 3/F Social Sciences Building
Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City Philippines

Dr. Hiroko N. Yabut
Program Director

Tel No. : (632) 426-6001 loc. 5248
Fax No. : 426-6001 Local 5248
E-mail Address:

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