The Stanford University Scholars Program for Japanese High School Students or “Stanford e-Japan” is a distance-learning course sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) with generous support from the Yanai Tadashi Foundation. First offered in Spring 2015, Stanford e-Japan enrolls exceptional high school students from Japan to engage in an intensive study of U.S. society and culture. The course underscores the importance of U.S.–Japan relations. Ambassadors, top scholars, and experts throughout the United States provide web-based lectures and engage students in live discussion sessions or “virtual classes.” The course is offered in English.
The web-based lectures include historical topics such as the importance of the U.S.–Japan relationship, contemporary topics such as Silicon Valley and entrepreneurship, high schools in the United States, and other topics of interest to Japanese students.
Accepted students will participate in approximately 10–12 “virtual classes” via the Internet. The “virtual classes” will be offered 3–4 times per month on Saturday afternoons (1 PM Japan time). Students should expect to allot 3–4 hours per week to complete the lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments. Since this is a distance-learning course, however, students will be able to structure most of the work around their individual schedules.
The course will culminate in an independent research project. Final research projects will be printed in journal format, and students will also be required to lead one presentation on U.S. society at their schools or in their local communities.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University. Although intensive, Stanford e-Japan will equip Japanese students with a rare degree of expertise about U.S. society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations that may have a significant impact on their choices of study and future careers.
SPICE would like to acknowledge the following individuals (listed alphabetically) for their unwavering support of Stanford e-Japan from its conceptualization to its realization.
- Dr. Caroline Fern Benton, Vice President and Executive Director for Global Affairs, University of Tsukuba
- Mr. Satoshi Hattori, Executive Director, San Francisco Office, Waseda University
- Dr. Toshinori Ishikuma, Professor Emeritus, Former Vice President and Executive Superintendent for Education Bureau of the Laboratory Schools, University of Tsukuba
- Mr. David P. Janes, Chair, Board of Trustees, EngageAsia; former Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President at the United States-Japan Foundation
- Dr. Ryoichi Kuboi, former Executive Director, Osaka University San Francisco Center for Education and Research; Professor Emeritus, Osaka University
- Mr. Tsuyoshi Kudo, Vice Principal, Takatsuki Jr. & Sr. High School
- Mr. Tomio Yamamoto, Teacher, Keio Hiyoshi Senior High School