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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 technology 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
  • Working in the Japanese game industry
  • Bilingual localization associate for multinational corporations
  • Working in the Japanese tech industry such as Fujitus or Microsoft Japan

  • Translator & interpreter
  • Japanese-English customer service representative 
  • Working in the travel industry
  • Teaching English in Japan

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.

Please go to our Faculty Website for more information on our program. 

Please also check out our Japanese Program Homeroom and club activities (Japanese Culture Club & Anime Club) on Facebook! 

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.   We also offer JAPN 192 (Community Service Learning, 1 unit) for those who want to keep their volunteer work record for UC/CSU transfers.

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



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Please Contact Me!

Ikuko Tomita Rakow, Department Chair


Office 6601, Main Campus

Division Office Contacts

Valerie Fong, Interm Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7135
To meet with the dean, contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
Language Arts Division


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