60 faculty and professional staff teach Japan-focused courses at Columbia University.
Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by King George II of England, and was renamed as Columbia in 1784.
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures dates back to 1901. The Japanese library collection began in 1929 with contributions from the Japanese Imperial Household and Baron Iwasaki of Mitsubishi. Japanese studies were incorporated into the East Asian Languages and Cultures department in 1938.