More than 500 students from Japan have attended Earlham College since the first Japanese student, Chuzo Kaifu, graduated from Earlham in 1893. Whether degree students or exchange students, they are valuable members of the Earlham community both as students and as alumni/ae.
While at Earlham they have pursued active academic and extra-curricular lives. Beginning with Chuzo Kaifu who served as his class vice-president and in the math club, Japanese students have been routinely involved in campus activities, student government, international festival, sports, and Japan-related events.
Students have studied and pursued degrees in a wide variety of disciplines, including foreign language, the sciences, history, economics, art, religion and philosophy, psychology, and international relations. Following their Earlham experience, alumni have gone on to careers in journalism, business, translation, performing or studio art, music, university teaching, inter-cultural advising, social work, and international assistance and relief. Alumni/ae from the distant and recent pasts have published works in Japanese, English, and Spanish.