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Yuko Handa
Executive Director

Yuko Handa has been a business professional for over 20 years, with experience in both the for profit and not-for-profit sectors. Born and raised in Japan, in the Shonan region of Kanagawa prefecture, from a young age, she was educated in International Schools in Yokohama. She attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she earned her BA degree in Sociology. Returning to Japan after graduation, she worked for three years at an Asian Airline, before joining Analog Devices in Japan. In 2005 she relocated to the United States with her family and now calls New England her home.



Membership and OPERATIONS manager / Instructor

Naoko Takayanagi was born and raised in Tokyo.  She received a B.A. in Modern Languages from McGill University and an M.A. in International Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  She worked in corporate banking, asset management, and financial translation, and later taught Japanese at Berlitz and tutored through Wyzant. She is CELTA certified.




Ciara is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she majored in philosophy and studied Japanese.  She is looking forward to a career that will eventually bring her to Japan. 




Daiki is Japanese American from Singapore, he aims to understand and explore his cultural background as an Asian American new to Boston. He majors in History at Boston University.



Julia Napier has a BA in East Asian Studies and a minor in Art History. She has spent three years in Japan and loves learning about Japanese pop culture, traditional culture, literature, film, and food. 


Ian Malloy

Ian is a senior at Roger Williams University, studying East Asian history and video production. He spends his time reading books delving into the history and culture of Japan, as well as watching Japanese monster and samurai movies. He studies Japanese and other East Asian languages in his own time, hoping to use them in his future travel and studies in East Asia.

Chris Ellars

Christopher is a student at Boston University, where he majors in both Voice Performance and Japanese.  He wishes to bridge his studies together to explore and spread Japanese music and culture throughout the world.

Sera Wilson

Sera is a rising senior at Suffolk University studying Global and Cultural Communications, along with International Business. Sera is Japanese American and is fluent in both languages. She is eager to further learn the intersection of Japanese and American cultures in Boston. 

Dustin Hinkley

Dustin Hinkley is an incoming M.A. student at American University studying East Asian politics and security. An Ohioan by birth and a New Englander by upbringing, Dustin enjoys baking, gardening, and learning about Japan's culture, history, and language. Dustin hopes to have a career that allows him to strengthen the close friendship between the United States and Japan.

Arthur Motoyama

Arthur is a rising sophomore studying computer science and performance design at Macalester College, while also pursuing his interests in music. His time spent picking up new instruments, teaching music, and directing various performances informs his approach to work outside of the performing arts. As a Boston-born Japanese American, he is excited to join JSB this summer as an intern.

Hank Gerber

Hank attended the Cleveland Institute of Art but left to continue his studies independently. He is the graphic design intern at Japan Society of Boston and will study Japanese language at the Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute this Fall.

Our Language Teachers 

Please refer to our Language School page for our Language teachers...


Michael H. Armacost
Lawrence K. Fish
Heisuke Hironaka
Seiji Ozawa
John Curtis Perry
Robert D. Reischauer


Peter M. Grilli

Board of Directors

Brian Chiappinelli*

John Cullen*

Nicholas Elfner

Glen S. Fukushima

Megan Gates

Andrew Gordon*

Todd Guild

William W. Hunt, Chairman*

Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Midori Morikawa

Susan Napier

Kiyoko Morita*  
Bernard Pucker 
Toby Rodes, Treasurer*
Roger T. Servison*

John A. Shane, Vice Chair* 

John Sinclair     

May Takayanagi 

Hirotaka Takeuchi
Keiko Thayer

Mikio Yoshimura

*denotes Executive Committee


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