Japanese has been taught as a degree subject at Oxford since 1963. The course started with only one lecturer, but the field has shown a dramatic expansion in both staff and student numbers since then. Oxford is today a major national and international centre for the study of Japan. The University currently has sixteen senior faculty members and three full-time language instructors engaged in research and teaching in fields related to Japan.
Undergraduates reading for the degree of BA Honours in Oriental Studies (Japanese) currently number about sixty, and there are usually ten or so graduate students in Japanese in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at any one time.