Japanese National Honor Society Pre-College Chapter

The Japanese National Honor Society Pre-College Chapter (JNHS) recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in Japanese study by working with teachers and administrators to develop and maintain high standards of Japanese language education and promoting cultural activities.

Students who are nominated for membership receive Certificates of Excellence and a cord (optional). Their schools and instructors are recognized on the AATJ website and in the AATJ Newsletter.

In Spring 2017, 2,041 students from 142 schools in 29 states were honored with induction into the JNHS.

Download the list of JNHS Chapters for 2017.


Schools offering both middle/junior high and senior high school level Japanese language classes may establish both JNHS Junior and JNHS Senior chapters within one school. Each JNHS chapter must operate independently. All accredited public and non-public middle/junior high and senior high schools are eligible to establish a chapter.

Academic criteria for student induction in JNHS are as follows:

  • the student has completed the first term of his/her second-year Japanese language course in middle/junior high or a senior high school;
  • the student has maintained a 3.5 GPA in Japanese courses and an overall 3.0 GPA.

In order to form a JNHS chapter and nominate students for membership and recognition, teachers must be members for the current year of AATJ. Sponsoring teachers then submit an application form together with a list of students and the applicable fee (annual $20 chapter fee; $8 per nominated student; and (optional) $8 each for red & white cords. Shipping and handling charges are included in the fee.

JNHS Honor Cord

The application form comes in two formats:

Once the application and list of names have been received, a packet including certificates and cords for the students who are to be honored, suggested guidelines for a recognition ceremony, and a list of possible activities for the JNHS chapter will be sent to the instructor.

PLEASE NOTE: The AATJ office needs four weeks to process and mail certificates and other materials to participating teachers. Be sure to send in your application AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE YOU PLAN TO HONOR YOUR STUDENTS.

*** PLEASE PLAN AHEAD! IF YOU CANNOT PROVIDE US WITH ENOUGH TIME TO PRODUCE CERTIFICATES, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SUPPLY THEM IN TIME FOR YOUR PLANNED CEREMONY. ***

Applications are due by MAY 1 of each year.


For more information, contact Kathy Ajisaka at jnhs@aatj.org