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Department of International Education & Collaboration (D-IEC)

Department of International Education & Collaboration (D-IEC)


●Deputy Director

Head of International Education Division
Associate Professor,PhD (University of Tsukuba, 2000)

Junichiro Suwa

specializes in musical anthropology and has been conducting field researches about Melanesian pop music, Siberian overtone singing, Romanian dance music performed by Roma, and Japanese folk songs and dances. His involvement with local communities in Papua New Guinea and Japan has also contributed to theoretical discussions in Small Island Cultural Research Initiative. Aside from administrative work at this Department, he teaches social research method and cultural anthropology in the faculty and graduate courses as well as Japanese culture in English in general education courses.


●Head of International Collaboration Division

Associate Professor
Hannah Sawada

My name is Hannah Sawada. I teach courses which explore literature as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and society and oversee internships designed to assist students in making subsequent career choices. I place high priority on creating as many opportunities as possible for international students and Japanese students to share learning opportunities.



●Associate Professor

Nobuko Oyama

I’m Nobuko OYAMA. I’ve been teaching Japanese here for over 20 years. I came here in 1990, and after that I’ve been teach Japanese to International students and how to teach Japanese to Japanese students who are interested in teaching Japanese. When I was a student, I majored Linguistics and Teaching Japanese as a foreign language. If you have any questions about learning Japanese, please don’t hesitate to visit my office. I’m looking forward to seeing you.


●Associate Professor



Nagao Kazuko



I am Professor Kazuko Nagao. I was born in Hiroshima. I came from Mexico to the Hirosaki University in July 2021. My previous job was at the National School of Languages, Linguistics and Translation (ENALLT) in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). I was in charge of Japanese Language Education, Japanese Language Teacher Training Courses, and Introduction to Applied Linguistics (Language as a Research Object). Also, I have been a japanese language advisor at Self-Access Language Center, named Mediateca at ENALLT.

I have a Master’s in Applied Linguistics, and I have been coordinating online language and cultural virtual exchanges as a part of autonomous learning and mutual cultural understanding training in a working environment. I would like to promote Japanese Language Education and Learning for the International students here at Hirosaki University, as well as foster collaborative learning with other universities in Latin America and Korea. Best regards.



●Assistant Professor


Takahashi Chiyoe



 I’m Chiyoe TAKAHASHI assistant professor in D-IEC. I have been teaching Japanese as a Second Language to foreign students mainly in Japanese University or Kosen for more than 15 years. I got Ph. D. in 2018 in the field of Japanese Education, Pragmatics, teaching method, Speech Act theory, Conversational analysis.
 I studied Japanese Education and Linguistics as my major in Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, and Graduate school of Nagoya University . Having experiences of teaching training in China and Australia. When senior in the college, I traveled alone in UK, Swiss, France. I worked at the University in Chang-Chung city in Jilin, China as a lecturer of Japanese faculty from 2003-2006.
   I have met so many students from all over the world in those universities in Kyoto, Aichi, Shizuoka, Ishikawa, Hokkaido. The best part of my job is being able to meet and exchange opinions with students from all over the world.
    Hirosaki or Aomori is a very good place to learn Japanese. There are a lot of historical sites or traditional cultures. Let’s enjoy staying Hirosaki and making friends not only from Japan but also from all over the world.


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