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Showa Boston: Bridging Japan and America for nearly 30 years

By Karl Cryer
-    Dec 07, 2015
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Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture, one of the few Japanese schools that operate in the city, has formed partnerships with several colleges and universities in the United States to assist its students in Japan looking to improve their English and experience the American way of life.

Set up in 1988 as a satellite campus for English majors from Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, Showa Boston has seen a steady rise in enrolment the past few years ever since the inauguration of the Global Business Department in its main campus in Setagaya. To date, the university has more than 7,400 students and 700 faculty members.

“I hope that we can multiply the sources of students who can come here. We need to make this campus an attractive place for students at our home campus and other sources,” said Showa Boston President Frank Schwartz.

Spread out over 40 acres, Showa Boston’s campus is located in an area that supports outdoor activities and features a wide range of indoor facilities that can accommodate sports activities, academic events, and cultural programs all year round.

The school also has nine residential wings, each housing between 30 and 40 students and two resident assistants, whose job includes acquainting overseas students with their new school and surroundings.

“It would be nice to have students from other schools and other countries. Showa has arrangements with a variety of students around the world, including a number of campuses from Korea and China,” Schwartz said.

Showa balances the culture between America and Japan for its students, as well as promotes global awareness, international understanding, and intercultural dialogue, while giving them an appreciation of Boston.

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