AATJ was founded in October, 1990, through the efforts of Prof. Laurel Rasplica Rodd and Kyoko Saegusa of Arizona State University. In 1993, it formed a committee to write its by-laws in order to apply for a grant to legally incorporate. In May 1994, AATJ received a grant from the Japan Foundation and filed documents with the Internal Revenue Service and the Arizona Corporation Commission. On Dec. 2, AATJ was classified as a non-profit and tax exempt publicly supported organization under IRS Code 501 (c) (3). The IRS’s final determination of our foundation status as a 509 (a) (2), a public foundation whose income comes from dues or contributions, was given as of May 19, 1999. AATJ started with approximately 20 members, but by March 26, 1995 it had become a full fledged organization of 36 members. Currently (as of October, 2009) we have 51 members.
AATJ is an affiliate of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA) and the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT). The AATJ Annual Business Meeting and the AATJ Invited Session are held in conjunction with the AZLA Fall Conference every year.