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02 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

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Whether you have artistic talent or not, the My Lockdown gallery contest is not only a great way for anyone to get involved with LUJ, but also to express what this time period of social distancing meant to you.  This event is brought to you by Charles, your school librarian, and professor Tompkins, who would love to see the diverse array of skill sets harbored amongst our very talented student, staff, faculty, and alumni body.  We hope to see many submissions from all of you.  Submit your photo, short video (under 1 minute) or any other art work by June 30.  A vote will determine the winners and all works will be shown on Gallery 5712's website. Prizes will be awarded for the best work in each category.
-Student Affairs
02 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

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LUJ students,

It looks like the LUJ Book Club is at it again this semester with yet another intriguing as well as timely book selection.  Take a look at the following message from Dr. Tompkins for more information on how to get involved:


Hi everyone,

Please consider joining the LUJ Book Club this semester. The club started over the April break and it was a really enjoyable experience. Students and faculty participated in the club and I think we all agree that the discussions about the story and contemporary parallels proved to be one of the high points of every week. We have another promising book, Human Acts, lined up for the summer semester. It was written by the award-winning South Korean author Han Kang.

Human Acts (book description)

Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend’s corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalized country searches for a voice. Through interconnected chapters the victims and people in mourning encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness, and the echoing agony of the original trauma.

With the tumultuous developments in the world today, this book will likely generate plenty of opportunity for comparison and a rich discussion. The reading will be divided into several parts so that it will be easy to balance with your coursework.

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. At least the first five students to join will receive a free copy of the book.

If you are interested, please contact: Adam Tompkins (), Charles Laurier (), or Ryan Rashotte ().

-Student Affairs

29 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear LUJ students,

This is an update regarding the Japanese Government’s financial support documentation titled “Emergency Student Support Handout” (”学生支援緊急給給付金”). We have sent an email to all students providing instructions and the application form.

Please carefully read the guidelines attached to the email. If you are eligible for the application, fill out the application form and submit it (in PDF format) to along with any necessary supporting documents. No applications will be accepted after June 10th (however, supporting documents will be accepted if submitted by June15th in the event it is difficult for you to submit them by the due date).  

Incomplete or insufficient submissions will be automatically rejected due to time constraints. In addition, please be aware that the funding we are assigned is limited, and therefore it is not guaranteed that you will receive funding even if you satisfy the eligibility criteria. 

Please also note that applicants may be contacted for interviews between June 15th and 16th if found necessary.

Student Affairs




メールに添付されているガイドラインの内容をよく読み、該当される方は、申請書に記入の上、PDF形式にて添付書類とともに6月10日までに にお送りください。6月10日を過ぎて送信された申請は受け付けできません。(ただし、添付書類が間に合わない場合は、15日まで受付が可能です。) 




28 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Students, 

Welcome to the summer semester at LUJ! 

We hope the first week of the summer semester is going well for all of you. As you probably know, the Japanese government has begun lifting the state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan. While this is encouraging news, you need to be patient and expect LUJ summer classes to continue online for the foreseeable future in order to ensure your health and safety and that of the faculty, and staff. 

At this point, we still do not know exactly when we can return to live classroom teaching and learning, but the LUJ administration is continuing to monitor the situation closely and planning the appropriate timing and measures that will help us to safely re-open the campus. 

We will notify you directly by email, as well as through the LUJ blog, when we decide to re-open the campus.  The reopening will most likely be in stages and perhaps for targeted groups of students to ensure that there is adequate and safe personal space in the classrooms and public areas. As you know, social distancing is still crucial to prevent you and others from suffering from the coronavirus in a new wave of infection.

For those of you currently residing outside of Tokyo, we understand you may need additional time to relocate and secure your housing before you are able to attend classes. We will do our utmost to support you in relocating.  We know this will require us to be flexible to ensure your return to Tokyo and LUJ classes is as worry-free and as smooth as possible. 

We wish to thank you for your patience and understanding during this pandemic and your willingness to adapt to the changes in the traditional learning environment. We are amazed at how adaptable you have become and how responsible and mature you have grown. Still, we understand that with growth and adaptability comes a great deal of stress. Do not feel you have to bear this stress alone. The staff members in the Student Affairs office are eager to help you, and you can make appointments with our professional counselor, Dr. Kawanishi, to discuss the anxiety, stress and personal problems that are troubling you. Don’t hesitate to use the support services LUJ is offering.

You can also get personal one-on-one assistance with your academic or language classes from the tutors through the online Learning Center. The tutors can help answer those questions about the subject you are taking that you feel too embarrassed or timid to ask your instructor. Make an appointment, and let a tutor help ease your worries and concerns.

Although the conditions of the pandemic have improved here in Tokyo, we feel it is important to continue monitoring and assessing the best way to re-open the campus for you to safely return to the campus.. We wish you the best in these early weeks of the summer semester, and please remember we are here for you.

Thank you for your patience, continue the great work in your classes and keep up your laudable spirit.



Alan Brender


Lakeland University Japan

25 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

To All LUJ Students,


Welcome to the new semester!  The state of emergency is continuing for a while, but we hope circumstances will change for the better very soon.


This is to inform you that the Japanese Government is offering financial support called “「学びの継続」のための『学生支援緊急給付金』” to students (Japanese and non-Japanese) in higher education who have suffered financially because of the pandemic.  

LUJ is inviting all students who have been affected to apply for government funding. All EAP and Academic students, including International students are eligible. LUJ has set the tentative application deadline for June 10 (Wed)We are currently confirming the details and preparing to open up the application to our students. We appreciate your patience while we make the appropriate preparations and can deliver more detailed information/application process to you.

If you are thinking of applying for Japanese government funding, please start preparing the necessary information/documents so that you will be able to submit the application form and the necessary documents as soon as more detailed information is announced. Please see below for details provided on the Ministry of Education [MEXT] website. The English is LUJ’s own rough translation. Please see the original information at the MEXT's website (available in Japanese only) at


Conditions that students should fulfill

Students should fulfill conditions 1-6 (items in italics)

(1)    Living independently of family, self-financing with part-time work

1 No large financial support from family

2 In principle, living away from home

3 High proportion of financial support for study and living from part-time work

4 Extra family support cannot be expected since family income has also been reduced

(2)     Income greatly reduced as a result of Novel Coronavirus pandemic

5 Income from part-time work greatly reduced (by 50% or more)

(3)     With a view to long-term ability to consider studies, expecting to use this Project in connection with other existing systems of support

6 In principle, fulfill one of the following conditions:

イ)Receiving support Type I (Families exempt from Residents’ Tax)

ロ)Receiving support Type II or III (Equivalent to families exempt from Residents’ Tax), and receiving maximum 50,000-60,000 yen monthly interest-free amount

ハ)Family income is not included in new system, but student is receiving maximum monthly interest-free amount 

ニ)Above conditions do not apply, but is qualified to apply for other support, including non-government private sources


*For overseas students, instead of above, follow JASSO conditions:

イ)Good grades; GPA 2.30 or above

ロ)Attendance 80% or above

ハ)Receiving from home 90,000 yen or less monthly, not including tuition fees

ニ)Annual income of supporting family living in Japan less than 5,000,000 yen


LUJ will judge students’ economic difficulties based on the above criteria. 

Each application will be reviewed at LUJ, final candidates to receive financial support will be selected by LUJ, and MEXT will make the final selection. 


Student Affairs

24 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear EAP students,

The Summer 2020 term calendar has been updated as of today. You will be able to find out some additional information being added on the calendar.

Please check the Student Resources page to find the latest calendar. 

EAP Affairs

19 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

To All LUJ Academic Students,

Starting from the first day of the semester, Monday, May 25th at 8:30 am, Add/Drop period will start. Since this semester will start with online courses, Add/Drop will also be held online. If you wish to change your registration, please log into My.Lakeland, as you do online registration for the subsequent semester.

Add/Drop period for the Summer 2020 semester:

START: 8:30 am on Monday, May 25th

CLOSE: 5:00 pm on Friday, May 29th



1. If there are available seats for the courses you are interested in, you can add the course and drop something instead.

(Note: You are NOT permitted to drop those required courses listed below that you have already registered unless it is a section change for the same course.)

Writing Workshop


Reading Workshop


Composition I


Composition II


Foundations of Critical Thinking


2. Please let your advisor know for an approval every time you make a change of your registration on My.Lakeland. Your registration is NOT DONE yet until your advisor approves your course, which will change the course status under the “Course Schedule” section of My.Lakeland to Current from Reserved. Make sure to log in again some time later and check the status. If the courses have not been approved after 2 days, check with your advisor.

   For new academic students: Since your academic advisor will be assigned after Add/Drop period, please contact Academic Affairs for an approval if you make a change of  your registration.

3. No submission of Add/Drop form is needed.


If your intended course is still full on My.lakeland, there is an online waiting list and you can be on the list if you would like. The online waiting list, however, does not guarantee registration for classes and most students do not get into those waitlisted classes, please do not drop any courses you have registered at the time of signing up on an online waitlist.

Academic Affairs will contact you directly if a seat becomes available in the class you are waitlisted for. You must give Academic Affairs the confirmation by its deadline. Please keep checking your phone and LUJ email. Otherwise, all waiting lists will be cancelled after 5:00 pm on Friday, May 29th.

Academic Affairs

19 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear EAP students,

EAP Handbook 2020-2021 is now available on the Student Resources page. Please take a close look at the updated EAP polices and rules.

EAP Affairs

18 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear EAP students,

Summer 2020 EAP Term Calendar is now published on the Student Resouces pagePlease note that the classes will also be held on all national holidays.

EAP Affairs

08 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff

As you know, the Japanese government has extended the Covid 19 emergency until May 31.This means we will have to begin the summer semester with online courses. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, but our first consideration is your health and safety.

At this point, we do not know when we can return to live classroom teaching and learning. We are living in unprecedented times when the whole world is facing a lethal pandemic and the future is unknown.  We have to wait (and I know you are tired of waiting) until it is safe to recommence holding  lessons in a classroom surrounded by friends and classmates.


The Summer classes will start on May 25 for academic students and on May 26 for EAP students. We are looking forward to seeing you in the virtual classrooms and providing you with the highest quality education we can under the circumstances.

The Learning Center will have more tutors available online for you to consult with and to ask the questions you hesitate to ask your instructors. Please use this service.  The staff in the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs offices are available to you by email and the counselor, Dr. Kawanishi, is available every Wednesday to help you relieve your stress and to conquer the pent up frustrations, personal and academic, you may be experiencing.

Many students have felt challenged by shifting from one platform to another for different classes because they felt it was time-consuming and frustrating.  To ease this frustration, we will reduce the number of platforms by focusing on Blackboard in the academic program, the same platform that all the other campuses of Lakeland University will use.  EAP classes will primarily use Zoom, as this platform better suits the needs of the students in this program. We hope to have some training sessions available for you to better understand the platform you will be primarily using.


Please adhere to the health guidelines repeated frequently every day – maintaining social distance when you are outside your home, wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently. If we all abide by these simple precautions, we may more quickly defeat the current affliction and return to a more normal life,

To keep up with the latest developments, please check the blog, your LUJ e-mail account, and our website.

Take care, stay healthy and see you online in a few weeks.


Dr. Alan Brender


Lakeland University Japan

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