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OUR OFFICE TEAM


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.



 

NAOKO TAKAYANAGI

Language Program 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.


Lamar Montgomery

ASSOCIATE

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 Language Teachers 


NAOKO TAKAYANAGI

Language Program 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.

 CHIHARU HALL

Chiharu Hall majored in Primary Education at Kyoto Women’s University in Japan.  After graduation, she worked at elementary schools in Sapporo as a teacher for 13 years.   Today, she teaches elementary school children at the Washington Japanese Language School in Maryland.


KEIKO ARAKAWA

Keiko Arakawa originally came from Japan, where she earned a MA degree and completed a doctoral program of psychology without a degree at Nagoya University. She served as a lecturer at colleges in Japan.  After moving to the US, she worked in the neuroscience field as a teaching assistant, lab assistant, and a specialist in universities including Binghamton University, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Maryland Baltimore. 


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.

ADVISORY BOARD

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

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

Vernon R. Alden

PRESIDENT EMERITUS

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*  
Ronald Provost
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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