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Spring Semester in Japan | TUJ Facilities and Services

The Law Program is part of Temple University Japan (TUJ), founded in 1982 as a branch campus of Temple University. TUJ is the oldest and largest American university in Japan, with over 3,000 students.

TUJ has two academic buildings, within a ten-minute walk of one another, in the Minami Azabu/Mita section of south central Tokyo.  The district is especially known for the number of embassies located there. The centrally located campus is within easy reach of a number of interesting Tokyo neighborhoods including Shibuya, an entertainment area popular with young adults, and Roppongi, a famous night-life district. The Imperial Palace, where the Emperor resides, the Diet Building, and the shopping districts of Ginza and Shinjuku are all less than 3 miles/5 kilometers from TUJ. A number of convenient shops and small Japanese eateries are located around the campus.

Mita Hall houses the Law Program, certain other TUJ programs, including the Fox School of Business and Management, and the counseling office. It also houses the Law Program's administration and faculty offices, student mailboxes, smart classrooms, a computer lab with Internet and Lexis/Westlaw access, quiet and group study areas, and student lounges. Azabu Hall house TUJ administration, the library, undergraduate program and faculty offices, as well as classrooms, computer labs, a writing center, an audio/video center, a language lab, and a student lounge. Law students can take advantage of the resources in both Mita Hall and Azabu Hall. All buildings have wireless internet capability.

TUJ's campus is accessible by public transportation from every part of the Tokyo metropolitan area. Both Mita Hall and Azabu Hall are within walking distance of several subway and JR train stations. Mita Hall is a five-minute walk from Shirokane Takanawa Station on the Namboku and Toei subway lines; a ten-minute walk from Mita on the Asakusa and Mita subway lines, a ten-minute walk from Tamachi Station on the JR train line; and a fifteen-minute walk from Azabu Juban Station on the Namboku and Oedo subway lines.

Library

Located in Azabu Hall, the TUJ Library houses over 55,000 books and periodical titles. While most journals are now accessed through on-line systems, the library maintains a browsing collection of about 200 magazine, journal and newspaper titles.  Students can access the TUJ library holdings online and have access to over 600 databases, 40,000 full text on-line journals, and thousands of e-books.

The law holdings of the TUJ library are selected to provide support for the courses offered at the Japan campus and to serve as an introduction to the Japanese and U.S. legal systems. The library attempts to acquire all book materials published in English relating to Japanese law as well as general materials related to our curriculum. The TUJ library staff can also access the holdings of the Law School Library in Philadelphia when student or faculty members need additional material for their research.

The library’s general collection provides law users with a full range of materials related to Japanese language and culture, history, psychology, art, religion, and business. A video and DVD collection of several thousand documentary and feature films contains several hundred Japanese language films with English subtitles. Besides providing general reference services to visiting students, a multi-cultural, bilingual staff of librarians can facilitate inter-library loans within Japan and provide letters of introduction to other law-related libraries in the Tokyo area.

Library Hours

Mon.-Th. 8:30-8:00

Fri. 8:30-6:00

Sat. 11:30-6:00

Closed: Sunday & National Holidays

Technology - Computer Center

TUJ has two Computer Centers: one in Azabu Hall and one in Mita Hall.

The Computer Centers are generally open from 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. Hours may be extended towards the end of the semester. There is a charge for printing in the computer lab. TUJ offers laptop rentals at a cost of 500 yen per day.

Smart Rooms & Wireless Internet

TUJ has several "smart rooms" equipped with laptop plug-ins and wireless Internet connections. When possible, law courses are held in these smart classrooms. Also, wireless Internet access is available in all buildings.

Access to Facilities for Persons with Disabilities

If you have special needs and are in the U.S., please consult the International Programs Office at intllaw@temple.edu. If you are in Tokyo, please consult the Director of the Law Program at mccarthy@temple.edu. We will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests.