The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is an international, non-profit, non-political organization of teachers, scholars, and
students of Japanese language, literature, and linguistics, which works to promote study of the Japanese language at all levels of instruction
in the field and to broaden and deepen knowledge and appreciation of Japan and its culture.
In recent years, with the importance of Japan in the world economy and the worldwide influence of its media and popular
culture, the importance of study of Japanese language, literature, and culture has been
increasingly recognized. As more schools, colleges, and universities offer programs of study in
these areas, the AATJ has assumed an increasingly important role through its conventions, its
services and activities in public affairs, its involvement in policy decisions, and its advocacy at the national, state, and local level.
AATJ sponsors two conferences each year: an annual spring conference in
conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS)and serves as the Japanese-language co-sponsor of the annual November convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
It publishes the internationally recognized research journal Japanese Language and Literature twice each year and the AATJ Newsletter four times annually.
There are at present
more than 1400 members of AATJ,
representing every state as well as Canada, Australia, Europe, and Japan, and every level of
instruction and area of study. Members have opportunities to be involved not only at the national level but also at the local level through membership in the regional or state affiliate of their choice. To find out about becoming a member, click here. For more information on local affiliates, click here.
AATJ's ongoing projects include professional development for teachers, research and discussion of Japanese-language teaching
methods and materials, support for the AP Japanese Language and Culture Program and other new initiatives for students, and
evaluating textbooks and other teaching materials.
To find out about new initiatives for teachers, including annual Teacher Awards and the JOINT Online program of courses and webinars for in-service teachers, go to Professional Development.
AATJ sponsors a number of activities for students, including the Japanese National Honor Society for both college and high school students; the Annual Nengajo Contest -- soon to be extended to college students; and the National Japanese Exam for high school and middle school students.
As part of a multi-organizational effort to encourage more students to study in Japan during
their college years, AATJ has established a clearinghouse to collect and distribute information on
study-abroad programs in North America and international student programs at Japanese
universities. It also administers the Bridging Scholarship program, which has supported more than 1,200 students studying abroad in Japan since 1999. For more information on this project, click on Study Abroad.
Teachers of Japanese will want to visit AATJ's Jobline, with
up-to-date announcements of positions in the Japan studies field.
For information on some of AATJ's partners and sponsors, go to Japan Information.
Please click here to view the IRS Letter of Determination that AATJ is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization.