Beijing Center for Japanese Studies was established in 1985 under the negotiation between the Japan Foundation and the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the Government of the People's Republic of China, succeeding the "Training Center for Japanese Language Teachers," commonly called "Ohira School," established in 1980, based on the 1979 agreement between then Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira and then President Hua Guofeng, with the aim of fostering human resources to promote Japanese language and Japanese studies in China as well as cultural exchange. Currently, the center is operated at two sites: Beijing Foreign Studies University and Peking University.
The Japan Foundation has been supporting the operation of the center by dispatching experts in Japanese studies and Japanese language education, and inviting people including graduate students to Japan. The Japan Foundation has also been supporting to facilitate research and educational environment of the center by funding the operational expense, to produce different types of publications, and to donate educational materials, research materials and equipment.
The center consists of six Master's degree courses: Japanese linguistics, Japanese language education, Japanese literature, Japanese culture, Japanese society and Japanese economy. (There used to be five courses of Japanese linguistics, Japanese language education, Japanese literature, Japanese culture, and Japanese society and economy until September 2011 enrollment.) The Japan Foundation provides the opportunities for Master's and Ph.D. students to come to Japan for collecting information and searching publications on their dissertations to be written under the Japanese dissertation supervisor. The number of students who have been educated at the center is as follows (as of September 2013):
The Japan Foundation has been dispatching 591 experts in total to the center for educational support of this project (as of 2013 Spring Semester).
The staff report on 2011 Graduate students' visit to Japan (Master's degree course) is posted.
Mr. Yue Yuankun, who started his Ph.D. work at the Beijing Center for Japanese Studies in 2009, won the 18th Noma Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 2011.
This course was established in 1990 for young executives of the Chinese public offices and private sectors and the Japanese studies experts in China, aiming to research the current status and institutions of Japanese economy, administration, industry and society, and to research the policy making process mainly in government and industrial community, in order to foster Chinese experts on Japan with an appropriate knowledge and professional perception of Japan today. The course has been providing lectures on the theories and political practice. Such lectures had also been given to the students of Master's degree and Ph.D. courses in Social Science department of Peking University since 2000 when the course was extended to them. In 2006, however, this course was designed exclusively for Ph.D. students in Social Science department of Peking University to change the curriculum aiming for more advanced education and research results.
The lectures at the center are presented by approximately 10 Japanese lecturers (intellectuals such as university professors and administrative officials) dispatched by the Japan Foundation and Chinese faculty members mainly from Peking University. Graduates of the course are active in a wide variety of areas in China, including the public sectors, the private sectors and the world of academia. For students at the Peking University graduate school, 6 units of Peking University are credited by completing this course.
So far, 476 students in total of working people and graduate students of Peking University have taken this course (as of October 2013). In addition, the Japan Foundation has dispatched 246 experts (professors) in total for lecturing at the course.