2018 People

The Japanese Program at The George Washington University is grateful for the invaluable support from the following individuals.


Advisory Committee:

John Malott

Amb. John R. Malott has been President of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC since 2006. His 30-year career in the US Foreign Service included assignments as US Ambassador to Malaysia, US Consul General in Osaka, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Director of the State Department's Office of Japanese Affairs, American Consul in Bombay, Economic Officer at the US Embassy in Tokyo, and civilian advisor during the Vietnam War. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the National War College. On April 29th, 2017, the Government of Japan announced the awarding of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon to Amb. Malott in recognition of his contributions towards strengthening the relationship and friendship between Japan and the United States of America.


Yoshiko Mori

Dr. Yoshiko Mori is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Japanese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University. Her specialization is in second-language learning and instruction. She has published her work on second language kanji learning, the role of learner perceptions in vocabulary learning, and heritage language learning, in major journals including Language Learning, Modern Language Journal, and Foreign Language Annals. She has taught numerous college-level Japanese language courses from the introductory to the advanced levels, as well as courses in linguistics and second language learning. She has been Vice-President of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese since 2016. 


Yoko Lawless

Ms. Yoko Lawless is the US representative of The Naganuma School - The Tokyo School of Japanese Language.  Ms. Lawless has worked as a consultant for various global companies focusing on HR and Marketing. She is an advisory committee member of The Japan-America Society National Japan Bowl and an interviewer for the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program. She is a graduate of Seikei University, and has studied HR Management at Cornell University and Executive Leadership at Georgetown University).


OtsukaNoriko Otsuka

Ms. Noriko Otsuka teaches at Fox Mill Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia and Washington Japanese Language School in Bethesda, Maryland. She currently serves as Co-President of the Mid Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese (MAATJ), and is a member of the National Japan Bowl Committee and the Japanese Language Education Advocacy and Resource Network (J-LEARN). She majored in International Relations at Tsukuba University and earned M. Ed from George Mason University.

 


Executive Director:

Tsujioka

Takae Tsujioka

Dr. Takae Tsujioka is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Japanese Language at the George Washington University. She has served as the Executive Director of J.LIVE Talk since 2016. Her research interests include Japanese linguistics and language instruction, and her work has been published as books and articles in both fields. She has taught Japanese language courses at all levels of college instruction, and is the recipient of Bender Award for Teaching Excellence at the George Washington University. She currently serves as Co-President of Mid Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese (MAATJ), and is a member of the National Japan Bowl Committee. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University.