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Anne McNulty (Class of 2020) was selected to be 2018 JET

Ryan McHugh ’20 Heads for Japan as Part of Prestigious Amgen Scholars Program

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Past Events

JCSB Essay competition Award ceremony

April 15, 2018 at the Wang Center


April 19, 2018, 4 pm-5 pm, Wang Center Room 201

L2 Pragmatic Research in the Era of Globalization: The Role of Intercultural Competence in Pragmatic Development

by Professor Naoko Taguchi (Carnegie Mellon University). 

Organized by the MIC; Co-sponsored with FAHSS, The JCSB and the Pre-College Japanese Program

Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)

May 6th, 2018 (Sunday) at the Wang Center

LNew Year's gala

January 13th, 2018 at Benten Japanese Restaurant


Shinnenkai 2018


Troubled Bodies: How to Read Japanese Myths by Prof. David B. Lurie, Columbia University (Nov. 6, 2017)

  Lecture D Lurie

Commendation from the Consulate General of Japan


The Japan Center received “Commendation” from the Consul General of Japan New York in 2016. At the conferment ceremony, Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi presents Commendation to recognize the Japan Center’s seminal contributions to promote awareness of Japan, Japanese culture and their relevance to the US in Long Island and greater New York metropolitan area. The Japan Center was established in 2003, and has been organizing annual essay competition, annual cherry blossom festival, weekend pre-college Japanese program and  lecture series for over 13 years at Stony Brook University. In addition, the Japan Center has greatly contributed to the campus-wide relief effort for the victims of 2011 earthquake and Tsunami. The Japan Center’s leadership in working with prominent leaders in education, industry, and foreign affairs to serve for the local community through rich outreach programs creatively using the university resources is recognized by this prestigious commendation.

In Memoriam:










Dr. Satoshi Ozaki, a world-renowned physicist, passed away on July 22, 2017, at the age of 88. He was a Senior Scientist Emeritus at Brookhaven Lab and a key driver of international collaborations in high-energy and nuclear physics. He served as a JCSB Board Member since 2003. He participated in all and each Shinnenkai (New Year's Gala) organized by the Japan Center and proposed a toast each year to wish everyone's health and happiness in the community. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

For more details about Dr. Ozaki, see:


Kudos for our Students:

Congratulations, Joyce Lee, Karla Mae Bohaty, Sayaka Uoyama, Paul Bennett, Nancy Hong, Emily Kostich, Brandon Moore, Ken Yu, and Karen Matsumoto for graduating with the Minor in Japanese Studies in 2017!

Congratulations, Chris Saunders '17, for being selected for an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher)  for the  JET (Japan Exchange Teaching) program!

Past Events in This Year

Sakura Matsuri 

May 7, 2017 (Sun)

Sakura 2017










Photo credit: Frank Fumelli


JCSB Annual Meeting & JCSB Essay Competition Award Ceremony & Reception

April 22, 2017 (Sat)


Shinnenkai at Benten ( Photos)

Jan. 14, 2017

Shinnenkai 2017

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