History

History of TIJ Tokyo Institute of Japanese

September 18, 1991 Founder’s meeting held
September 18, 1991

Prospectus for the establishment of TIJ Tokyo Institute of Japanese drawn up

October 1, 1991

Opening of TIJ Tokyo Institute of Japanese

Chairman of Directors          Shinji Tokura
Honorary Principal           Kazuo Takayanagi
Principal                      Kazuko Takayanagi
Vice Chairman of Directors  Kyoko Tokura 

January 1992 First Japanese language teacher’s training course starts
January 1992 First corporate Japanese course starts
February 14, 1992 Opening ceremony
October 1, 1992 Accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education
October 1992 First students enter
April 1992 Student dormitory “Seiun Ryo” is established
September 1992 Community Japanese volunteer training course starts
November 1993 The 1st student guarantor’s meeting held
March 1994 The 1st graduation ceremony held
1996-1997 Designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as an institute for research on course materials, etc. and development/research 
Research topic: “Preparing Japanese Language Textbooks for Working Adults in the Community”
May 1997 TIJ Japanese Language Education Research Group established
August 1997 TIJ Japanese Language Education Research Group Correspondence 1st issue published
1998 Designated by the  research on course materials, etc. and development/research 
Research topic: “Preparing Japanese Reading and Writing Teaching Materials for Working Adults in the Community”
1998 The Japanese Language Teacher’s Training Course changes its name to the Japanese Language Practice Teaching Course
October 2000 First general class (current Daily Life Japanese Course) starts
April 2004 Shunichi Tokura is appointed Vice Chairman of Directors
May 2004 TIJ Association for graduates “Shitoku Kai” is formed
2004 Designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as an institute for subsidiary enterprise (research on course materials, etc. and development/research)
Research topic: “Developing Textbooks for Beginners to Acquire Practical Language Skills”
February 2006 The 1st TIJ Spring (Cultural) Festival held
2007 Designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as an institute for subsidiary enterprise (research on course materials, etc. and development/research)
Research topic: “Preparing Intermediate-level Reading Comprehension Teaching Materials focused on the Initiative of the Learner”
April 2008 Kazuko Takayanagi is appointed Honorary Principal, Mariko Hirose is appointed Principal
June 2012 Shinji Tokura is appointed Honorary Chairman of Directors, Shunichi Tokura is appointed Chairman of Directors

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