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Educational Philosophy

Based on mutual understanding and trust among students, guardians and teachers, we strive for warmhearted education through interpersonal relationships.

Educational Policy

Along with teaching Japanese as a second language, provide a broad introduction to Japanese culture which forms the background for the language. Draw out the joy of learning, the desire to learn through easy-to-understand lessons.

Education Objectives

We want to nurture students into balanced, international people who can speak fluently the living Japanese language and have a deep understanding of Japanese culture.

Educational Philosophy

Based on mutual understanding and trust among students, guardians and teachers, we strive for warmhearted education through interpersonal relationships.

Educational Policy

Along with teaching Japanese as a second language, provide a broad introduction to Japanese culture which forms the background for the language. Draw out the joy of learning, the desire to learn through easy-to-understand lessons.

Education Objectives

We want to nurture students into balanced, international people who can speak fluently the living Japanese language and have a deep understanding of Japanese culture.

The Japanese Language School Unified System celebrates its 107th year since establishment this year.
Founded by the Rafu Nihonjinkai in 1911, Yuhei Shimano was greeted as the principal until the start of World War II.

The school was closed as soon as the war started, however, it opened its doors in 1948 welcoming Professor Yaemitsu Sugimachi as the new principal. In February of that year, Rafu Chuo Gakuen School opened in October, followed by Valley Gakuen, gradually becoming a total of 7 schools.

The headquarters has an adult education department and a liberal arts section, and offer classes to learn about Japanese culture such as Japanese calligraphy, Ikebana, Japanese tea ceremony and kimekomi dolls. Sports events and speech contests are held and once every 2 years offer opportunities to visit various parts of Japan and exchange speeches with Japanese students. The invitation to the Imperial Palace, to present a speech in front of the Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince and Princess Masako must have been a very memorable experience. This event was held ten times more through Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Both of my children enrolled in the Japanese Language School Unified System in 1975 where they made lifelong friends. Being able to speak Japanese broadened their horizons and gave them countless opportunities.
My older child went to the school for 15 years, and my younger child went for 13 years and they are still very close to many of the people they met in school.
I believe the first graduates of the school should be about 80 years old now.
In recent years, the number of children per household has decreased and the Japanese people no longer live close together creating communities like they once did so it has become difficult to find new students to enroll.
However, no matter how small the opportunity, the Japanese Language School Unified System will continue to create an environment that teaches the importance of speaking Japanese and reach out to motivate the students to study more and help deepen their skills and knowledge.
We humbly ask for your continued support of the Japanese Language School Unified System as we continue to strive to develop better opportunities for our students.

Japanese Language School Unified System Board Chairman
Masako Kobayashi

I started my job as Principal of the Japanese Language School Unified System (JLSUS) in July of 2018 as the successor to Mr. Tanaka. Since JLSUS was established in 1911, the main objective of our school system was to teach Japanese and Japanese culture to children of Japanese and Japanese American people and we played the vital role in the Japanese community of Los Angeles for many years. The number of graduates and students have been expanded to a few thousand and they are working not only in Los Angeles but also many other cities.

At the same time, for more than the past 10 years our school system has been teaching not only to children of Japanese and Japanese American, but also to American children with wide range of backgrounds reflecting diversified America. This is partly because Japanese cars and electrical products have obtained good reputation but also because Japanese cartoons and anime have been very popular among young Americans. Recently at our annual speech contest there was an American high school student who made an impressive speech about the anime world of movie Director Hayao Miyazaki.

The role of our school is to continue to teach Japanese and Japanese culture to children of the same group, but also to expand to teach anybody who want to learn Japanese and Japanese culture in the Los Angeles community. It is not easy to learn foreign language and culture, as it requires every day effort. But through your efforts, you can also have enjoyment to expand your world by learning different words and cultures. We would like to provide various help to you to learn Japanese and Japanese cultures with enjoyment through our school system.

Japanese Language School Unified System Principal
Kiyoshi Murakata

Historical Outline

Sep. 1911 Rafu Daiichi Gakuen is established.
Dec. 1941 Rafu Daicihi Gakuen is closed because of the onset of World War II.
Feb. 1948 Rafu Daiichi Gakuen is re-established and becomes the start of the Japanese Language School Unified System.
Oct. 1948 Saturday Division of Rafu Daiichi Gakuen is established at the Chuo Gakuen.
Aug. 1949 Valley Gakuen is established.
Oct. 1951 Rafu Chuo Gakuen Daily Division joins Daiichi Gakuen Cooperative System, which is renamed as the Japanese Language School Unified System (JLSUS).
Sep. 1952 Hollywood Gakuen is reopened and becomes a member of JUSUS.
Nov. 1955 Pasadena Gakuen becomes a member of JLSUS.
Dec. 1955 The former Red Cross Headquarters Building at 1218 Menlo Ave is purchased for the Junior High School Division
Feb. 1956 Administration Office of JLSUS is established at 1218 Menlo Ave.
Jul. 1957 The High School Division is established at the Junior High School Building.
Sep. 1958 The 10th Anniversary of JUSUS is celebrated.
Oct. 1967 The 20th Anniversary of JUSUS is cerebrated.
Sep. 1977 The 30th Anniversary of JUSUS is cerebrated.
Nov. 1988 The 40th Anniversary of JUSUS is cerebrated.
Nov. 1998 The 50th Anniversary of JUSUS is cerebrated.
Oct. 2008 The 60th Anniversary of JUSUS is cerebrated with children’s songs concert.
Jul. 2011 Daiichi Gakuen Irvine School is established.
Nov. 2011 The 100th Anniversary of Rafu Daiichi Gakuen is cerebrated.