Asahi Gakuen (あさひ学園 "School of the Rising Sun"), or the Los Angeles Japanese School (ロス・アンジェルス補習授業校 Rosu Anjerusu Hoshū Jugyō Kō) is a part-time Japanese school in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The school was founded by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education in Los Angeles. In 1988, the school had 2,500 students. The school teaches the Japanese language, science, social sciences, and mathematics. As of 1987 the school teaches all four aspects in each school day. The Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA, 南カリフォルニア日系企業協会 Minami Kariforunia Nikkei Kigyō Kyōkai), previously known as The Japan Traders' Club of Los Angeles (日本貿易懇話会 Nihon Bōeki Konwa-kai), as of 1997 financially supports the school.
HQ: JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St., #308 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Santa Monica Campus: Daniel Webster MS, 11330 W. Graham Place, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Torrance Campus: South Torrance HS, 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505
San Gabriel Campus: South El Monte HS, 1001 N. Durfee Ave., South El Monte, CA 91733
Orange Campus: Santiago HS, 12752 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92843
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Asahi Gakuen was founded in 1969. At the time it had one campus and 68 students. By 1986 there were 2,400 students on four campuses.
The school's main office is in room 308 on the third floor of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC, 日米文化会館 Nichibei Bunka Kaikan) building, located in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Classes are held at the Orange Campus at Santiago High School in Garden Grove, the San Gabriel campus at South El Monte High School in South El Monte, the Santa Monica Campus at Daniel Webster Middle School in Sawtelle, and the Torrance campus at South Torrance High School in Torrance.
As of 2018[update] three campuses (Santa Monica, Orange, and Torrance) have high school classes. Previously all high school classes were held at the Santa Monica campus. As of 1986 students took buses from as far away as Orange County to go to the high school campus.
In 1986-1987 the school had students in four campuses, including one in Pasadena, one in Garden Grove, one at Daniel Webster Middle, and one at South Torrance High. In 1997, Asahi Gakuen had five branch schools in Los Angeles County and Orange County.
The Torrance campus opened in 1980 with 400 students. In 1987, the Torrance campus had 773 students.
The school year uses the Japanese schedule from April until March, with classes held from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM during Saturdays.
The school uses tuition to pay for the textbooks it orders from Japan. As of 1986, each student in grades 1-9 has tuition of $49.50 ($113.14 when accounting for inflation) each month, while each high school student has tuition of $67.50 ($154.28 when accounting for inflation) monthly. In 1987 the school had a registration fee of up to $150 ($330.8 when accounting for inflation) and an annual tuition of fewer than $600 ($1323.2 accounting for inflation).
In 1986 Kimiko Lin, the assistant principal of the West Los Angeles campus, stated that the school puts its emphasis on classwork instead of homework to avoid overburdening students who have other commitments; therefore, the school sometimes gives homework.
As of 1987, Asahi Gakuen had 47 faculty members. The school's administrators are visiting employees from Japan, credentialed by The Ministry of Education of Japan (Monbusho). The ministry recommends which employees come to teach at Asahi Gakuen.
In 1986 Hiroshi Matsuoka, the Japan Business Association of Southern California executive director, stated that 85% of the about 3,500 Japanese nationals working for Japanese companies in the Los Angeles metropolitan area sent children to Asahi Gakuen.
- Rainey, James. "Children of Japanese Executives Flock to Special Classrooms." Los Angeles Times. December 31, 1987. Retrieved on March 6, 2014.
- "北米の補習授業校一覧（平成25年4月15日現在）" (Archive). Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Retrieved on March 30, 2014.
- Moritomo, p. 138.
- "JBA's History 1960" (Archive). Japan Business Association of Southern California. Retrieved on April 12, 2014. "1961 Inaugurated as Japan Traders Club of Los Angeles with the support of 48 companies"
- "JBA's History 1970 Archived 2014-03-06 at the Wayback Machine" (Archive). Japan Business Association of Southern California. Retrieved on April 12, 2014. "1978 Changed name to Japan Business Association of Southern California"
- Puig, Claudia. "'School of the Rising Sun' : Surroundings Are American but Classes, Traditions Are Strictly Japanese." Los Angeles Times. November 13, 1986. p. 1. Retrieved on March 30, 2014.
- "あさひ学園 事務局." Asahi Gakuen. Retrieved on March 30, 2014. "ASAHI GAKUEN (日米文化会館 JACCC内 3階 308室） 244 S. San Pedro St., #308, Los Angeles, CA 90012 "
- "Hirokazu Kosaka: Artistic Director, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Archived 2013-04-03 at the Wayback Machine." KCET. Retrieved on March 30, 2014. "But the Artistic Director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Little Tokyo isn't one to follow tradition."
- "オレンジ校." Asahi Gakuen. Retrieved on March 30, 2014. "SANTIAGO HIGH SCHOOL 12342 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, CA.92843 "
- "サンゲーブル校." Asahi Gakuen. Retrieved on March 30, 2014. "SOUTH EL MONTE HIGH ASHOOL [sic] 1001 N. Durfee Ave., South El Monte, CA 91733"
- "サンタモニカ校･高等部." Asahi Gakuen. Retrieved on March 30, 2014. "DANIEL WEBSTER MIDDLE SCHOOL 11330 W. Graham Place, Los Angeles, CA 90064 "
- "Mapping LA: Sawtelle." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on May 9, 2014.
- "トーランス校 Archived 2014-03-30 at the Wayback Machine." Asahi Gakuen. Retrieved on March 30, 2014. "TORRANCE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505 "
- "学園概要." Asahi Gakuen. Retrieved on March 3, 2018. "高等部（サンタモニカ校、トーランス校、オレンジ校）"
- Puig, Claudia. "'School of the Rising Sun' : Surroundings Are American but Classes, Traditions Are Strictly Japanese." Los Angeles Times. November 13, 1986. p. 2. Retrieved on March 30, 2014.