Organization and Funding


Inter-University Center is governed by an Inter-University Governing Board of scholars representing universities with strong, established graduate programs in Japanese studies. The Governing Board's chairmanship rotates among Board members; its Executive Director is Dr. Indra Levy, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University. The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University handles the committee's administrative affairs.

The Inter-University Governing Board meets annually to act on policy questions, appoint or reappoint the director, review the annual budget, and consider other questions of importance to the proper functioning of the Center.

Inter-University Center Governing Board for :

The Center's Resident Director is Dr. Bruce L. Batten. The teaching staff includes nine full-time, experienced Japanese teachers who have prepared the Center's teaching materials and developed innovative methods of language instruction, and several part-time instructors. Three administrative office staff members handle practical affairs.

Inter-University Center Staff
Resident Director: Dr. Bruce L. Batten
Teaching Staff: Soichi Aoki (Associate Director)  Tomotaro Akizawa (Program Coordinator)  Tsukasa Sato (Instructional Coordinator)  Yoshiko Hashimoto  Takuto Ito  Yoko Kato  Makiko Ohashi  Ari Sato  Akiyo Senda  Saori Yuki
Office Staff: Junko Tanaka (Office Manager)  Tomoko Kenmochi (Finance and Administration)  Shoko Kubo (Student Coordinator)


The Inter-University Center meets its operational costs from . The Yokohama municipal government generously provides space, services and other support.

Student fellowship funds are provided .

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