This program seeks candidates who wish to understand the world as it undergoes complex changes, and who wish to be active and embrace an international perspective by becoming not only familiar with their own country's culture but other cultures as well.
This program covers not only Japanese culture but comparative studies of cultures from different regions in Asia, Europe and North America. Regardless of the chosen area and field of specialization, students can learn about Japanese culture and other cultures by being exposed to, confronting and engaging in cultural exchanges. In addition, the program features a variety of general courses to build a foundation for research, links different areas of studies and also matches the fieldwork activities with the needs of the graduate student.
Students must not only engage in literary research but also complete field investigation when possible in order to complete their master's theses, which is a culmination of their masters course work. During their course work, students do not just uncover theoretical findings but gain a specific appreciation of various cultures and develop a skill set that enables them to practically approach to the coexistence of a multicultural environment.