Professor Fumihito Andy Nakajima began teaching at Hope College in 1995. He is the director of the Japanese program at Hope and teaches all levels of Japanese at Hope. He enjoys taking Hope students to his home country, Japan, for the Japan May Term program. He won two of the Hope teaching awards, and his name appears on “Who’s Who in America 2010” edition.


  • Japanese pedagogy
  • Japanese history and culture
  • Mission in Japan
  • Computer-assisted language learning
  • Second language acquisition


  • M.A., Japanese Pedagogy, Columbia University, 2003
  • M.Div., Theology, Western Theological Seminary, 1995
  • B.A., English/Communication, Hokusei Gakuen University, 1990


  • Summer 2014, Jack Nyenhuis Summer Research Grant
  • Spring 2013, Grate Lakes College Association New Direction Grant
  • Summer 2012, Michigan Hope Project Grant ($60,000)
  • Spring 2012, Recipient of the Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award from Hope College,
  • Fall 2011, Sojitsu Foundation Japanese Understanding Grant
  • Spring 2009, Recipient of the Janet Anderson Excellence in Teaching Award from Hope College
  • Fall 2009, ACAT Grant
  • Fall 2008, Nissho Iwai Foundation International Understanding Grant
  • Summer 2007, Hope College Faculty Development Grant
  • Spring 2006, IBM Software Grant
  • Spring 2006, Crossroad Grant
  • Fall 2005, Hope College Technology Grant
  • Summer 2004, The Willard C. Wichers Faculty Development Grant
  • Summer 2001, Hope College Faculty Development Grant
  • Summer 2000, Hope College Presidential Scholarship Grant


  • Gakusei no Jinsei o Kaeta Ryugaku” Meiji Gakuin 50th Year Anniversary edition Tokyo, Japan (April, 2015)
  • Hope College Japanese Global Management Seminar” JETRO (Japan Exchange Trade Organization) Midwest (December issue, 2010)
  • Saugatuck Art Project on Japanese Culture”: CD-ROM version (April, 2010)
  • Early Japanese Students at Hope College” Church Herald (April issue, 2007)
  • Three Days to Remember (Friday): Someone’s Sacrifice” Church Herald, Vol. LX No. 4, April 2003 (pp.16-17)
  • Local and Global Mission to Japanese: Taking on the Challenge” Reformed Review, 2002 Vol. 55 Number 3 (pp. 243-247)
  • Peace (Heian)”: Japanese calligraphy published for the cover of the Perspective, Feb. 2002 Vol.17 Number 2
  • Providing subtitles for a weekly TV show, “Harvest Time” in Japan (2008-2010)
  • Chief Editorial Advisor for the Revival Japan Times (Edinburg 2010 Tokyo edition)
  • Nichibei ni okeru Koutou Kyooiku no Chigai ni Tsuite,” Invited speaker at Kobe Gakuin University, June 5, 2015: Kobe, Japan
  • Issues and Differences in Higher Education in Japan and the United States” Invited speaker at Ferris University, June 1, 2014: Yokohama, Japan
  • Higher Education in the United States and Japan,” Invited speaker at Hokuriku Gakuin University, May 31, 2013: Kanazawa, Japan
  • "Weaving Historical Ties: the Hope College-Meiji Gakuin University Exchange,” at The Future of East Asian Studies at Liberal Arts Colleges at Earlham College October 6, 2012: Richmond, IN with Robert Hodson
  • Japanese Students in Meiji Period Who Influenced the United States,” Invited speaker to Tokyo YMCA Executive Meeting, May 29, 2012: Tokyo, Japan
  • Japanese Students during the Meiji Period Who Influenced the United States,” Invited speaker at Michigan Japanese Businessmen lecture series, October 22, 2011: Novi, MI
  • Higher Education in the United States,” Invited speaker at Akita National University, June 9, 2011: Akita, Japan
  • Japanese Business Culture: Dos and Don'ts,” Invited speaker at Gentex Inc., February 15, 2011
  • The Battle on Iwojima,” (TV interview by Wood TV 8), January 19, 2007: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Multiple Intelligence Theory and Japanese Language Instruction,” Seigakuin University Japanese Department colloquium, May 31, 2007: Saitama, Japan
  • Multiple Ways of Japanese Learning: Case Study at Hope College,” Invited speaker for the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 9, 2004: Honolulu, HI
  • Multiple Intelligence Theory in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language,” at Colorado Japanese Language Conference, October 25, 2003
  • TOEFL and the Second Language Acquisition,” Interviewed by Japanese National TV Company, Asahi TV Inc., October 30, 1999: New York, NY
  • Second Language Acquisition in Japan and the U.S.” Meiji Gakuin University, May 31, 1996: Tokyo, Japan


Along with being a Japanese professor, Andy dedicates his time as a minister, tutor, friend, and a father of two beautiful daughters. He supports his kids and looks to take care of their needs constantly. He also likes spending time watching the latest in Japanese news and other fun TV programs. But, Andy also enjoys having a good talk and spending some time with family and friends. He’s always there if you need someone to talk to and give advice, whether it be that you are questioning your faith, to advice on what your life path should be. Andy enjoys capturing the beauty of the world with his camera. He also likes to ride his motorcycle and play the guitar and drums when he has time.

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