Linguistic and cultural competence is essential to the establishment and maintenance of contact across borders. English may still be the main common vehicle of communication between Norwegians and Japanese, but during the last 20 years, the number of Norwegians who have chosen to learn Japanese has increased immensely. As a consequence, a large group of Japanese proficient Norwegians has emerged. These language learning processes are time-consuming, and also involve a great amount of cultural learning of great value.
In Norway, Japanese language and culture is taught at four separate institutions of higher education: University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Norwegian School of Economics. The academic staffs are involved in a wide range of Japan-related research, mainly in the humanities and social sciences. Among the research areas we find:
- Japanese linguistics, language teaching and intercultural communication
- Japanese politics, history and religion
- Japanese literature, film and popular culture
While Norwegian is a rather minor language globally speaking, increased student mobility has contributed to a growth in the number of Japanese who embark on learning Norwegian. In Japan, the Nordic Department at Tokai University offers Norwegian language and culture as a specialization. Several other institutions have academic staff with Norwegian society as their main area of expertise, and various kinds of research collaborations exist.
Japans ambassade i Norge tar nå imot søknader til studier i japansk språk og kultur på bachelornivå ved et universitet i Japan, fra Det japanske utdanningsdepartementet (MEXT). Stipendet løper i ett år og går til studier i japansk språk og kultur på bachelornivå ved et universitet i Japan. Søknaden skal sendes til Japans ambassade i(…)
International conference at UiO: “Every Picture Tells A Story – The Visualization of Japanese History”
How has the images and interpretations of the most outstanding periods and personages in Japanese history changed during the modern periods? At the 10th and 11th of March, the University of Oslo hosts the international conference “Every Picture Tells A Story – The Visualization of Japanese History” where this is the central question. Titles of(…)
European (and more) researchers based in Japan: Let your voice be heard! Participate to the EURAXESS Survey of European Researchers in Japan! This survey which intends to draw a precise picture of the community of European researchers based in Japan through a series of questions focused on the your current professional situation and expectations for(…)