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About the Program

Foothill College is one of the few community colleges in the United States to offer a major in Japanese language.

The study of Japanese is an excellent choice for students in the Bay Area since much business and trade is carried on with Japan by California industries.

The electronics industry is especially interested in employing people who know Japanese. It is an excellent major or minor for those who plan to work in international business.


What you can do with a degree in Japanese

  • Language instructor
  • Risk Investigator with Japanese Language Skills
  • Bilingual Localization Associate
  • Translator
  • Japanese Banking Relationship Manager
  • Japanese-English Customer Service Representative 

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our Japanese program. For program requirements, view Degrees and Certificates.

Associate in Arts Degree

  • Japanese


Foothill offers first year (JAPN 1, 2, 3) and second year (JAPN 4, 5, 6) Japanese as well as intermediate and advanced Japanese conversation (JAPN 13A, 13B, 14A, 14B).

In these courses, students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as knowledge of the Japanese culture.

In "Advanced Composition & Reading" courses (JAPN 25A, 25B), students expand their vocabulary and develop reading skills by reading various authentic materials.

We also offer a course on Japanese culture and calligraphy (JAPN 33), which focuses on Japanese philosophy, literature, culture and the Japanese "way of brush (shodo)."

We have a daytime/evening program on our main campus and at the Sunnyvale Center.

Credit by Exam

Students with some prior knowledge of Japanese can get credit by examination for one quarter of Japanese.

Become a Tutor

Japanese community volunteers support our Japanese Program as in-class tutors.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact the Japanese Program Chair, Ikuko Tomita Radkow, Ph.D. at



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Questions?Please Contact Me!

Ikuko Tomita Rakow, Department Chair


Office 6601, Main Campus

Division Office Contacts

Office: Building 6400, Room 6406
Paul Starer, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7250
Melia Arken
Division Administrative Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7250
Office Hours
M-Th 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
F 7:30 a.m.-1.30 p.m.
Language Arts Division


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