Japanese Program Information

Welcome to the Japanese Program at Western Washington University. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers four years of Japanese language courses. We offer both a major and a minor in Japanese.

Major & Minor Advising

Massimiliano Tomasi

Professor of Japanese (1997), Japanese Major & Minor Advisor, East Asian Studies Program Director

Massimiliano Tomasi
Office: Miller Hall 222C
Phone: 360.650.3339

Ph.D., Nagoya University, Japan

Prof. Tomasi's areas of expertise include modern Japanese literature and rhetoric. He is the author of Rhetoric in Modern Japan: Western Influences on the Development of Narrative and Oratorical Style (University of Hawaii Press, 2004), The Literary Theory of Shimamura Hōgetsu (1871-1918) and the Development of Feminist Discourse in Modern Japan (Mellen, 2008),  and The Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature: Metaphors of Christianity (Routledge, 2018). He is also the editor of Religion and Spirituality in Japanese Literature (PAJLS 16, 2015).


Study Abroad Advising

Masanori Deguchi

Associate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics, Section Coordinator, Study Abroad Advisor

Office: Miller Hall 217E
Phone: 360.650.4155

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington.

Areas of Expertise: Theoretical linguistics: syntax, semantics, syntax-phonology interface, Japanese linguistics


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