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).

Koji Otani

Mr. Koji Otani teaches at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in Fairfax County, Virginia. Prior to his current position, he has taught in the Japanese immersion program at the Floris Elementary School in Herndon, VA. He currently serves as Co-President of the Mid Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese (MAATJ). He also serves as an AP Japanese reader and SAT Japanese Development Committee member. Recently, he has been appointed to work for the AP Japanese Development Committee. He received his M.Ed from the University of Florida.

Judges: (to be announced)