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  • Kumi Obayashi-Ward

    Kumi Obayashi-Ward

    Program Coordinator & Academic Advisor

    Welcome to the Japanese Studies Program! I look forward to assisting you with any questions you may have. 

    Japanese Studies major/minor requirements, 4 year/2 year academic plans, JAPN course enrollment, online placement test, proficiency exam, study abroad programs, OSD accommodations, degree audit, course petitions, concurrent enrollment, cross enrollment, Japanese National Honors Society College Chapter, Teaching Assistant & Non-Student Tutor positions, Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowship in Japanese Studies, etc. 

    UC San Diego undergraduate students:

    Submit all your inquries via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  Do not send us any questions via email as your email will not be answered.

    To schedule a one-on-one Zoom advising appointment, email at with your name, PID, available days and times, and reason for an appointment.

    Virtual academic advising hours:
    Monday through Friday, 9:00-11:00am (PST)

    All others: 

    Email at with your full name and I will respond to you within 3 business days.