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  • Locations: Hikone, Japan
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Program Sponsor: Japan Center for Michigan Universities 
  • Budget Sheets: May Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2021 02/12/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:


Length: 3 weeks, May (see Academic Calendar)
Credits: 3
Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Housing: JCMU Residence Hall
Eligibility: Minimum 2.5 GPA, open to students of all majors
Program fees: Criminal Justice in Japan budget sheet
Tuition discounts: Students attending a JCMU Consortium school pay a discounted rate


Japan is routinely recognized as one of the safest countries in the world. This course will explore both the criminal justice system and the culture of Japan that contribute to that recognition. Students will learn about Japanese culture and history in a classroom setting as well as through cultural events and field trips to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima. Local trips will include Hikone Castle, Omihachiman (the sister city of Grand Rapids), and a boat ride on Lake Biwa.

Visits to various criminal justice entities (subject to availability), including policing organizations, courts, a prison, and a juvenile detention center will allow students a first-hand glimpse of the Japanese system. The class will also visit an elementary school to explore the Japanese education system and its relation to social control and culture.


Naoki Kanaboshi (
Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice
Grand Valley State University

John Walsh (
Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice
Grand Valley State University

Temple festivalWith younger Japanese studentsIn front of Hikone CastleBusy Japanese shopping center