A Symposium on "Research on Literacy of Immigrants in Japan": A Collaborative Research Project of the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)
"From “Literacy In School” to “Literacy as a Social Practice”: Case Studies of Returnees From China and Sakhalin"

March 12, 2023 (10:00-16:00)
Room 301, Bldg. 6, Waseda Campus, Waseda University

1-6 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Campus Map

Hosted by
  • "Applied Research on Japanese Language Use by Non-Native Speakers Based on Diverse Language Resources" Project
    -"Research on the Literacy of Immigrants in Japan" Subproject
  • "A Multifaceted Study of Language Problems in Multilingual and Multicultural Japan" Project
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People of foreign origin who work, study, raise children, and live in Japan for a long period of time (foreign residents) must read and write Japanese in various situations in their daily lives even though they have few opportunities to learn Japanese. How do they cope with these situations? Their “literacy as a social practice” has seldom not been the focus of much attention as a subject of research on Japanese language education and that efforts to assist them have lagged behind those in other countries. Our project will focus on literacy as a social practice in the daily lives of foreign residents, and it seeks to understand their views, strategies to become literate in Japanese, their awareness of issues, and their social participation. Our project also attempts to identify various issues inherent in conventional “literacy in school,” to update views on literacy in Japanese, and to propose new forms of literacy assistance. This symposium will start by describing trends of studies in English-speaking countries. Next, a panel discussion will further discuss the practice of literacy based on case studies of returnees from China and Sakhalin, China.


  • 9:30
  • Start registration
  • 10:00-10:15
  • Opening remarks and an explanation of the day’s events
Part 1 : Lecture
  • 10:20-12:00
  • "Immigrants’ Strategies of Literacy: Based on Developments of New Literacy Studies in English-speaking Countries"
  • SUMI Tomoyuki (Tenri University)
Part 2 : Panel Discussion

"The Practice of Literacy based on Case Studies of Returnees from China and Sakhalin"

  • 13:15-13:25
  • An explanation of the day’s events
    • 13:30-13:50
    • "The Significance of Communication through Writing: A Case Study of Japanese Literacy among Returnees from Chin"
    • IKEGAMI Makiko (Waseda University)
    • 13:55-14:25
    • "A life of housing complex ('Danchi’) and Japanese literacy practice among foreign residents: based on the narrative of three generations of returnees from China"
    • KO Minjeong (Chiba University)
    • 14:30-14:50
    • "Sakhalin returnees - different mother tongues depending on generations and learning the Japanese language after "return" to Japan"
    • Svetlana PAICHADZE (Hokkaido University)
  • 14:55-15:40
  • Discussant
  • MURAOKA Hidehiro (Chiba University)
  • 16:00
  • Symposium concludes (Room closed)

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