Japan: Japanese Economics and Culture

June 30 - July 9, 2014

Japan Tour 2014

Application deadline is March 1, 2014. Separate SJC Foundation and Honors scholarship applications should be submitted by February 15 to take advantage of these scholarships. Scholarship applications are separate and can be acquired in room 1624C. 



Japan boasts an ancient culture and also the third largest economy in the world. In our exploration of Japan we will visit Japan’s three most important cities – Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto as well as Hiroshima. We will learn Japanese cuisine, examine the early architecture of the country, and look at the significance of some of its most closely held traditions, such as the kimono. We will visit the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and look into Japan’s recent past –particularly its trials after World War two and its ascendancy from rubble to an economic superpower. We will visit a Japanese University and ask students what they believe are their most pressing problems and largest hopes. We will ride their world famous bullet trains (Shinkansen) and visit a manufacturing plant, and manufacturing is something the Japanese do better than anyone in the world. Not only is this the journey of a lifetime, it is also an exposure to one of the most successful and ancient cultures on our planet.


Participants have several options for registration in this travel study program:

Option #1: Econ 295 – International Economics – 1 credit focused on international economics particularly between Japan and the U.S.  This class will include several class meetings before and after the trip.
Option #2: The following are online summer courses
Econ 251-603 – Macroeconomics – 3 credits
Econ 251-6H2 - Honors Macroeconomics – 3 credits
Econ 252-603 – Microeconomics – 3 credits
Econ 252-6H2 - Honors Microeconomics – 3 credits

These will be full scale 8 or 12 week online summer Macro or Micro Economics courses whose final project will be tied to the travel study program.  The trip to Japan will fall within the timeframe of the course.

Option #3: Japanese Language and Culture – 3 credits

Any or all of these courses can be taken as ‘Audit’. This means the student will not be given assignments to complete and not receive a grade for going on the trip. However, students must still register and pay appropriate credit fees.


Students need to make trip payments as follows: 50% must be paid 90 days before the beginning of the trip which means 50% must be paid by March 10, 2014; the next 25% must be paid 60 days before the beginning of the trip so that next 25% must be paid by April 10, 2014 , and the final 25% must be paid 45 days before the beginning of the trip which means the last 25% must be paid by April 25.

            $5,104 (1 credit option) Econ 295-001 International Economics
$5,211 (3 credit option) Econ 251-603. Econ 251-6H2, Econ 252-603, Econ 252-6H2

            $5,165 (1 credit option) Econ 295-001 International Economics
$5,395 (3 credit option) Econ 251-603. Econ 251-6H2, Econ 252-603, Econ 252-6H2

  • The program cost includes estimated tuition, airfare, transportation in Japan, admission to required sites and events, all breakfasts and 3 dinners, all-inclusive insurance, and accommodations based on a group of 12 students.  Cost may be lower for a larger group (more than 12 students) or higher for a smaller group.
  • Monthly Payment Options are available – Contact Dana Husted at 566-3645
  • Some scholarships up to $500 will likely become available to full-time students
  • You will need to make a deposit of $300 to hold your place in this trip by March 7, 2014.

Additional Costs – Course materials, some meals, incidental expenses


This program is open to anyone over 18 years of age.  You do not need to be a current SJC student to apply. If you’re not already an SJC student, it’s easy to become one. Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible. Visit the Enrollment Services Home Page for more information

Students who have already successfully completed Macroeconomics and Microeconomics prior to summer 2014 should register for the 1-credit option.

List of paper work:

  1. Secure Passport with expiration date no closer than 6 months beyond the end of the trip.
  2. Apply at SJC at International Programs by January 20, 2014. Please fill out the application that you can download under Student Resources on the Travel Study page.
  3. Be sure to sign up for the correct summer course.



If you already have scholarships or other forms of financial aid through SJC for the spring/summer 2014 semesters, your financial aid should apply as usual for your tuition and fees. 

If you are a current full-time, degree-seeking, financial aid eligible student at SJC, you may be eligible to apply for scholarship funds through the San Juan College Foundation. Contact Cynthia Rapp Sandhu (trips@sanjuancollege.edu) for more information.

If you are a current SJC Honors student who has already successfully completed an Honors course and you are taking an Honors course as part of a travel study program, you may be eligible to apply for a $300 scholarship through the Honors Program. Contact John Burris (burrisj@sanjuancollege.edu) or Cynthia Rapp Sandhu (trips@sanjuancollege.edu) for more information.


Faculty leaders for the trip will be Hiroshi Iwana and Bart Womack. Hiroshi is a native of Osaka, Japan where his parents still live. He attended a university in Tokyo and then decided to go to the U.S. A. to learn and teach English. Hiroshi acquired a Master’s degree in Education in San Bernardino, California and returned to Japan to teach English which he did for 7 years. He is married to a fine Mexican lady, took an exam to teach Spanish and has been a Spanish instructor at Navajo Prep and Adjunct Professor for San Juan College teaching Japanese and Japanese Culture.  Hiroshi has led several student trips to several areas of the world including Japan and Central America. Bart Womack is the currently the head of the Economics Department at San Juan College. He teaches Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Personal Investing.  He graduated from the University of Wyoming with his Bachelor’s degree and an MBA with emphasis in Economics, Accounting and Finance. Before moving to Farmington, New Mexico in 1998, Bart worked 9 years for Manatee College in Bradenton, Florida.

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Day 1  -  6/30 Depart from Albuquerque
Day 2  -  7/1 Arrive in Tokyo and stay in hotel
Day 3  -  7/2 Tokyo guided sightseeing
Day 4  -  7/3 Move to Hakone excursion and stay in Atami Ryokan
Day 5  -  7/4 - Move to Matsumoto and visit Matsumoto castle and stay in Takayama Hotel
Day 6  -  7/5 Tamayaka guided sightseeing and stay in Otsu hotel
Day 7  -  7/6 Kyoto guided tour and Nara sightseeing
Day 8  -  7/7 Move to Hiroshima
Day 9  -  7/8 Miyajima sightseeing
Day 10  -  7/9 Move to Osaka and departure to USA