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Yuko Handa
Managing 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 programs 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.

Mihoko Lanier 


Mihoko Lanier was born and raised in Niigata prefecture, in the northern part of Japan. She studied at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, where she majored in English Literature with a focus in human communication. While studying abroad, Mihoko developed an interest in teaching Japanese. She subsequently studied and passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test authorized by the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. Mihoko has also worked in various fields of endeavor outside of teaching, including multinational business and municipal government. 

Lamar Montgomery


Lamar Montgomery graduated from UMass Boston with a major in Anthropology and minor in Japanese Studies. He is a Navy Veteran and has travelled across Europe all the way to Asia. He hopes to set out to Japan for work in the future.

Our Interns

 Ciara Jacques

Ciara is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she majored in philosophy and studied Japanese. She will go on to pursue her Master's degree in International Strategy and Economic Development in Paris this fall, continuing to study Japanese as well as French. She is looking forward to a career that will eventually bring her to Japan. 

 Daiki Tsumagari

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.

 Emily Knick

Emily is currently a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Linguistics and Japanese. With an interest in Japanese literature, she enjoys reading and writing poetry in both English and Japanese. In the future, she hopes to pursue graduate school to further her studies of the language and its literary culture.

 Daisuke Iizuka

Daisuke is from Japan and is a senior student at UMass Dartmouth majoring in political science. He is an outdoor person and always craves Japanese food.

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*

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

Ezra F. Vogel 

Mikio Yoshimura

*denotes Executive Committee

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