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GIA Opens Tokyo Campus, Plans Japanese Course Expansion Later

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Seen at the GIA Tokyo campus ribbon-cutting ceremony are
(from left): Managing Director for Asia Pacific Education
Seung-Hae Moon; Japan GIA Alumni Association President
Ken Fujita; Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance
Officer Elizabeth Keating; President & CEO Susan Jacques;
Senior Vice President of Global Development Anna Martin;
AGT Gem Laboratory President Yoshiko Doi; and Global
Schools Director Sam Kong.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has opened a campus in Tokyo. “We are thrilled to see the many years of the GIA’s commitment and involvement in Japan culminate in the return of GIA education courses in Japanese to this important centre of the luxury industry,” said GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques.

Beginning in November, the new GIA campus in Tokyo will offer the Diamond Essentials Intensive and Diamond Grading Lab classes in Japanese. The Diamond Essentials and the Diamonds and Diamond Grading eLearning courses will be available in Japanese by early 2018, allowing students in Japan to complete the Graduate Diamonds diploma in Japanese.

The GIA plans to add the Graduate Coloured Stones program at a later date so students studying in Japanese can earn their Graduate Gemologist diploma. There will be other specific skills-focused seminars offered to help meet the needs of the industry. All of the Japanese language courses have been reviewed and updated to reflect the latest advancements in gemmology. 

Japan was the first country outside of the United States where the GIA offered educational courses, beginning more than 40 years ago. The GIA alumni chapter in Japan celebrated its 26th anniversary earlier this year. Building on that foundation, the GIA opened a gem identification and grading laboratory in Tokyo in December 2012. In December 2016, the lab added the fully automated GIA Melee Analysis Service that screens melee parcels for CVD and HPHT synthetic stones.

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