Japan Societies/Club Activities
There is an active Japanese Society which organises social activities for home students and Japanese Exchange students.
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JMU would ideally like Business Studies with Japanese students to split their year in Japan into the first semester studying Japanese language and the second semester on a work placement. However, the present visa system does not allow students to train in a work environment. At the same time, the cost of the year abroad can be prohibitive and deters a number of well-qualified applicants, while administrative procedures and regulations regarding aspects of the year abroad that may change every year also hinder and discourage the teaching/learning process.
In 1989, the DTI provided funding which was used to set up the original BA in International Studies (Japanese) which has since been modified and extended. The BA in Modern Language Studies, the elective Japanese provision and more recently, the BA (Hons) in Asia Pacific Studies, (validated in 2001) and the BA (Hons) in Japanese and TESOL are all new initiatives which were not part of the original DTI programme.