Japanese Accounting Basics for Non-Japanese

Course Code: BFA104
Start Date: 2023/1/28 End Date: 2023/4/8 Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Spring Elective certificate: Accounting and Finance Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: 【This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom.】 Location: Hybrid, In-Person (Tokyo), Online

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Course Description

Japanese Accounting Basics for Non-Japanese is an English-medium course designed for those who want to learn the basics of the Japanese systems of financial accounting and bookkeeping. Students will learn to read, analyze and interpret financial accounting data in Japanese financial statements. The course will use a textbook from the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCJ) to cover the basics of Japanese bookkeeping, and aims to prepare students to pass the beginner's grade qualification test. Students will also learn how to read financial statements from several Japanese companies. Lectures are in English, and while the textbook is in Japanese, it will be translated into English. The course slides for this course are in both Japanese and English. Bilingual terminology sheets will be provided so that students can readily apply their new-found knowledge at the workplace.

Learning Objectives

1. To fully understand the flow of Japanese accounting process.
2. To understand Japanese accounting terms vis-a-vis US accounting term.
3. To gain enough knowledge enough to pass a bookeeping beginners' grade of Japan Chamber of Commerce.

Who should take this course

Non-Japanese employees who work for a Japanese company


No required textbook (Recommended “スッキリわかる日商簿記初級“TAC出版)


Toshiki Onozuka

Instructor Biography

Toshiki Onozuka's work experience ranges from a 27 year career in diverse accounting and finance roles in ExxonMobil (1977 to 2004) to working as a controller for Walt Disney Japan (2005 to 2012), including a three year supervisory responsibility for the accounting function in Walt Disney Korea. In addition to management-related tasks, he has accumulated a wealth of experience in a diversity of accounting and finance-related jobs while working for Controller's, Treasurer's, Strategic Planning and the SAP Project team. Toshiki has been teaching accounting courses at Temple University Japan Campus since the year 2000. Between 2013 and 2014, he was invited as visiting professor to give lectures on International Financial Reporting Standards and other accounting courses at Tashkent Financial Institute in Uzbekistan, where he is also currently honorary professor. He holds a MBA from Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and a CPA from the Washington State Board of Accountancy.