Application period closed
The Spring 2023 application period has ended. Applicants will be notified of their status by January 25, 2023.
The Stanford University Scholars Program for Japanese High School Students or “Stanford e-Japan” is a distance-learning course sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) with generous support from the Yanai Tadashi Foundation. First offered in Spring 2015, Stanford e-Japan enrolls exceptional high school students from Japan to engage in an intensive study of U.S. society and culture. The course underscores the importance of U.S.–Japan relations. Ambassadors, top scholars, and experts throughout the United States provide web-based lectures and engage students in live discussion sessions or “virtual classes.” The course is offered in English.
The web-based lectures include historical topics such as the importance of the U.S.–Japan relationship, contemporary topics such as Silicon Valley and entrepreneurship, high schools in the United States, and other topics of interest to Japanese students.
The Spring session will begin on February 12, 2023. Accepted students will participate in approximately 10–12 “virtual classes” via the Internet. The “virtual classes” will be offered 3–4 times per month on Saturday afternoons (1 PM Japan time). Students should expect to allot 3–4 hours per week to complete the lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments. Since this is a distance-learning course, however, students will be able to structure most of the work around their individual schedules. The application for the Fall 2023 session will be from June 30 to August 12, 2023.
The course will culminate in an independent research project. Final research projects will be printed in journal format, and students will also be required to lead one presentation on U.S. society at their schools or in their local communities.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University. Although intensive, Stanford e-Japan will equip Japanese students with a rare degree of expertise about U.S. society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations that may have a significant impact on their choices of study and future careers.
SPICE would like to acknowledge the following individuals (listed alphabetically) for their unwavering support of Stanford e-Japan from its conceptualization to its realization.
- Dr. Caroline Fern Benton, Vice President and Executive Director for Global Affairs, University of Tsukuba
- Mr. Satoshi Hattori, Executive Director, San Francisco Office, Waseda University
- Dr. Toshinori Ishikuma, Professor Emeritus, Former Vice President and Executive Superintendent for Education Bureau of the Laboratory Schools, University of Tsukuba
- Mr. David P. Janes, Chair, Board of Trustees, EngageAsia; former Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President at the United States-Japan Foundation
- Dr. Ryoichi Kuboi, former Executive Director, Osaka University San Francisco Center for Education and Research; Professor Emeritus, Osaka University
- Mr. Tsuyoshi Kudo, Vice Principal, Takatsuki Jr. & Sr. High School
- Mr. Tomio Yamamoto, Teacher, Keio Hiyoshi Senior High School
If you have a question that isn't answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page, please send questions to Stanford e-Japan Manager and Instructor Waka Takahashi Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fall session instructor Meiko Kotani at email@example.com.
Stanford e-Japan in the News
- "Japan Day: Recognizing Top Students in Stanford e-Japan and the Reischauer Scholars Program." August 17, 2021.
- "SPICE Recognizes Top Students in Stanford e-Japan and the Reischauer Scholars Program." April 13, 2021.
- "Ambassador John Roos and the Importance of Student-to-Student Exchange." December 1, 2020.
- "Stanford e-Japan: A Turning Point in My Life." November 17, 2020.
- "スタンフォード大主催の教育講座にて最優秀賞受賞/Won in the Stanford e-Japan Award." Gunma Kokusai Academy. October 27, 2020.
- "スタンフォード大学「Stanford e-Japan」で最優秀賞を受賞した県立高校生が鍵本県教育長を表敬訪問." Okayama Prefecture website. August 7, 2020.
- "Stanford e-Japan プログラムで優秀賞受賞." Rikkyo Ikebukuro High School website. July 9, 2020.
- "Stanford e-Japanプログラムで最優秀生徒賞受賞！！" Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba website. December 24, 2019.
- "Stanford e-Japan: My Window to the Wider World." December 2, 2019.
- "The Yanai Tadashi Foundation and Stanford e-Japan: Cultivating Future Leaders in Japan." November 19, 2019.
- "Honoring High School Students from Japan and the United States: A Glow for Global Peace." September 9, 2019.
- "SPICE’s Waka Takahashi Brown Receives 2019 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award." August 20, 2019.
- "【日米問題を知ろう】Stanford e-Japan ~超名門大によるオンラインプログラム~." 高校生プログラム大全. April 23, 2019.
- "Winners Announced for the Spring 2018 Stanford e-Japan Award." January 8, 2019.
- "「東大王」鈴木光が書いた「私が考える、これからの教養のかたち」." Bunshun Online. December 4, 2018.
- "長南君が、スタンフォード大学Stanford e-Japanプログラムで最優秀賞を受賞 －2年連続で本校生徒が選ばれました." Waseda University Senior High School website. September 28, 2018.
- "Teach English Now!" American View. U.S. Embassy Japan. September 11, 2018.
- "Japan Day 2018: Recognizing Future Leaders in the U.S.–Japan Relationship." August 22, 2018.
- "遠隔教育課程「Stanford e-Japan 」日本の高校生が教授と議論交わす スタンフォード大が提供." Kyōiku Shimbun. May 17, 2018. (2018-05-17_kyoiku_shimbun_e-japan_feature.pdf)
- "Winners Announced for the Fall 2017 Stanford e-Japan Award." March 7, 2018.
- "Japan Day 2017: Recognizing High School Students in Japan and the United States." September 13, 2017.
- "Honoring High School Students from Both Sides of the Pacific." September 2, 2016.
- "Honoring High School Students from Japan." December 17, 2015.