311 Project

The Inter-University Center, in collaboration with and funding from the US-Japan Foundation, has developed new theme-focused materials for teaching Japanese language, taking the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 (311) as the centripetal point. New course materials were developed for use at the IUC as well as in advanced level Japanese language courses at the high school level. Students who use the 311 focused materials will increase their facility in the language, and will also become acquainted with current issues that are of the first magnitude of importance for the future of Japan. Students will arrive at a deeper understanding not only of Japanese society and culture but also of the myriad ways in which Japan and the U.S. are interdependent. The ultimate objective is to create future American experts on Japan, an historic mission of the IUC.

The IUC is pleased to present these new Japanese teaching materials for the advanced high school level, themed around the disasters of March 11, 2011. The materials which use manga are available for FREE here.

Special thanks to the U.S.-Japan Foundation and Norman Masuda for making this project possible.

Texts and Software

For IUC Texts, please see our list of publications (PDF)
Available for purchase through Bonjinsha/Japan.

Software and IKIC
For IUC Software and IKIC information, please see

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