- About KJ -

The full name of our school is Odate Kokusai Joho Gakuin Chugakko Koto Gakko. In English it means Odate International Information School, Junior High School and Senior High School. We call our school KJ for short. KJ is located in Odate City, in the northern part of Akita prefecture, Japan. The prefecture of Akita is part of the Tohoku region, the northern most region of the island of Honshu. We have four distinct seasons in Akita, spring (March - May), summer (June - August), autumn (September - November) and winter (December - February). Since Odate is located in the northern part of Honshu Island, we enjoy great amounts of snow throughout the wintertime.

Odate Commercial High School

KJ was founded in 2005. The school was formerly Odate Commercial High School, but in 2005 the Junior high school was added and it became KJ. Now, when students enter KJ as first year junior high school students, they will receive six years of continuous education at the same school.


We have 240 junior high students and 592 senior high students. Our staff consists of: a principal; 2 vice-principals (for each junior and senior high); 38 full-time high school teachers; 11 full-time junior high teachers; 14 assistant teachers 2 school nurses (for each junior and senior high); a school counselor; 9 administrative workers; and an assistant language teacher (ALT).

We have many special events every year such as the junior high KJ festival in the fall and the senior high KJ festival in the spring. We also have a tradition of hosting a sports day in May and a fun run in October.

Kambrya College

As KJ is an internationally oriented school. We host students from other countries and also visit them in their home countries. KJ has a sister school relationship with three schools; Kambrya College and Upper Yarra Secondary College in Australia and Gwangmyeong High School in South Korea. Through these relationships we have welcomed many students for both short and long-term visits.