Establishment and Purpose

The Minneapolis Japanese School was established by a group of parents and guardians of school age children from Japanese backgrounds for the purpose of teaching their children the Japanese language, culture and traditions, to enrich their cross-cultural skills and help them to adjust smoothly to age-appropriate classes when they return to Japan. The classes consist of Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Educational Objective

The school with their experienced and qualified staff members provides four hours of instruction per week for at least forty (40) weeks during the year, primarily in the areas of Japanese language and mathematics, in accordance with the Teaching Guidance Summary established by the Japanese Government, Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture. The Japanese Government free of charge provides schoolbooks.


c/o Mounds Park Academy (MPA)
2051 Larpenteur Avenue East, Saint Paul, MN 55109-4717, U.S.A.

Mailing Address

c/o Hiroshi Nakato (MPA)
1123 Fallbrook Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125, U.S.A.
Phone: (651) 917-1810



Teaching Staff (2015)

Sugaya Masako
Ruth Kuroki
Masako Savage
Emiko Adair
Kiyomi Kagaya

Elementary School:
Kyoko Ikeda
Mami Russell
Ritsuko Edwards
Keiko Tanishika
Keiko Shakal
Yoko Ramstad
Naomi Sato

Junior High School:
Maniko Solheid
Rie Dufault
Mayu Nelson
Mitsuko Plummer
Kuniko Voeller

Senior High School:
Motoko Hashimoto
Kuniko Voeller
Chiemi Onikura
Yasushi Nakagawa
Niki Sakamoto
Morito Kurata
Yasuhiko Kawakami

Enrolling Students

Kindergarten: 2 – 5 years old
Elementary School & Junior High School: School age children for Japanese compulsory
Senior High School: Students who have completed Junior High School


School day & Hours: Saturdays, 8:40 A.M. – 12:50 P.M.


Kindergarten: Japanese conversation, Reading/Writing, and Crafts
Elementary School: Japanese (2 hours) and Mathematics (2 hours) – Four five-hour classes per year
Junior High School: Japanese (2 hours) and Mathematics (2 hours)
Senior High School: Japanese (2 hours) and Mathematics (2 hours)

Public reading for all students

Kanji examination by class for all students


$828/year for Kindergarten ($274 for Ohisama Class)
$864/year for Elementary School and Junior High School (1st through 9th Grade)
$960/year for Senior High School (10th through 12th Grade)

Enrollment Fee

$ 100 for first child
$ 50 for each additional child

Minneapolis Japanese School as an incorporation

The school is incorporated as a non profit organization in the State of Minnesota and designated 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service.

Federal IRS number is 14-1886591

Board Officers (2013)

Hiroshi Nakato (President)
Takeshi Miyashita (Vice President)
Hiroko Shade (Secretary)
Naomi Hayes (Treasurer)

Board of Directors (2015)

Yoshiko Miller
Rumiko Peterson
Yasuhiko Kawakami
Kyoko Ikeda
Momoko Tanno
Mika Nozawa
Kaori Yamada
Chihiro Gardiner
Mary Kate Saito
Megumi Yamamoto
Sizuko Koizumi
Yuriko Kikuchi-Rech

Policy Statement

This corporation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual preference, status with regard to public assistance, disability or age.