The MIT Japan Program was established in 1981 with a small number of MIT students in science, engineering, and, later management. After spending two years learning the Japanese language these students were placed as interns in Japanese organizations: most of them stayed there for at least a year. From that small group, we grew. Up to now, over seven hundred young people went to Japan through the MIT Japan Program. Nearly half of these “alums” continue to work in Japan related positions.
Additionally, we have taught thousands of American business people and government employees about Japanese science and technology and how that science and technology is managed through workshops, symposia and working papers.
Today, the program is the largest and most comprehensive center of applied Japanese studies in the country.