The Japanese Language Department at Tunghai University was established in 1992 and was the first to be established in Central Taiwan.Before the establishment of the department, Japanese language education existed as a unit within Tunghai University’s foreign language department. Japanese courses were the second foreign language to be made available at Tunghai University.

In 2006, with a foundation of over 10 years of experience, the department founded the first Japanese language graduate program in Central Taiwan.The program currently consists of 15 full-time faculty members.

In response to the constant evolution of modern societies, the department added interdisciplinary courses to its solid foundation in Japanese language training. The department now offers interdisciplinary courses in two major areas – language and culture. In order to better reflectthe department’s teaching focus, the Japanese Language Department was officially changed to the Department of Japanese Language and Culture in August of 2012.