The Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese was organized in 1986 at the Japan Center of North Carolina; since then it has been expanded to become one of the largest and most influential Japanese teachers' associations in the United States. Former host institutions of the annual conference meetings include: Duke University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Washington and Lee University, Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the North Carolina State University, the University of Alabama, Memphis University and the College of Charleston. Clemson University has previously hosted the conference twice and it is an honor for Clemson University to host the conference for a third time.

SEATJ is a regional organization of scholars, teachers of all levels of Japanese language, and students of Japanese language, literature, and linguistics, which strives to promote academic work in the field and to further knowledge and appreciation of Japan and its culture. SEATJ holds an annual conference to provide its members with opportunities to: exchange academic and professional insights, publish the results of groundbreaking research, disseminate innovations in teaching, and otherwise publicize newsworthy developments in the field.


American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) [external site]
Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta [external site]


Yasuo Uotate
SEATJ President, 2017-2018