Faculty information

International Strategy Section

XU, Haoyuan

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Information Network Systems / Information Security Management / ICT-assisted Educational Support / International Exchanges between Universities


■ Message to students

I have been planning, building, and managing information networks and ICT services to support university education and research for many years. In addition to advising in these areas, in recent years I have also been planning and promoting international exchanges between universities. I am always ready for a casual exchange of opinions regarding exchanges between Yokohama National University and overseas universities as well as student exchange programs. In this highly diverse world, it is extremely important to communicate directly with people who have different values from other cultural backgrounds and to develop a deeper understanding of the world through first-hand experience. I hope and wish that international exchanges will give all of you invaluable experiences that will aid in your future career development.

SUZUKI, Masahisa

■ Areas of specialty and interest
International Student Education & International Education Strategy / Educational Engineering / Risk and Safety Management / Applied Mathematics


■ Message to students

To play a leading role in society in the future, regardless of whether you specialize in the humanities, social sciences, or science/engineering, you must work effectively with people from other countries, who will support you in various ways and may be your superior or your subordinate. As such, those who want to learn about world-class international business and entrepreneurship to get ahead of the game or who wish to begin to expand their personal networks across the world as students are welcome to contact us. We offer EQ tests and a range of counseling services in both English and Japanese to help you to develop global career competencies, a global mentality, and more.

FUJII, Keiko

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Teaching Japanese as a Second Language / Discourse Analysis / International Student Education


■ Message to students

At the International Student Center, I teach Japanese as a second language, and also I am involved in advising for international students and supporting exchanges. It is my pleasure to help international students make their student lives in Japan as enjoyable and fruitful as possible. The Center also hosts exchange events and introduces volunteer tutors, which we believe provides international students with good opportunities to expand their personal networks in Japan. Students are also always welcome to contact us when they want advice about a problem or just have something to talk to us about. I also hope that many Japanese students will participate in our exchange events and support activities to broaden their horizons through exchanges with international students.

YOSHIDA, Shohei

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Generative Phonology / Arabic Phonetics


■ Message to students

The courses I teach in English “Elements of linguistic knowledge 1” (fall sem.), “Elements of linguistic knowledge 2” (spring sem.) and “Arabic language and its culture” (spring sem.) are open to all the students.

HASEGAWA, Kenji

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Modern Japanese History / US-Japan Relations / History of Yokohama


■ Message to students

I mainly teach classes in English for both international and Japanese students in English while serving as international student exchange coordinator. I am also involved in organizing various events for international students. I look forward to seeing you in classes and/or these events.

Basic Education Section・Japanese Language Education

OGAWA, Yoshimi

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Teaching Grammar and Attitudinal Expressions in Japanese as a Second Language / History of Linguistic Exchanges between Japan and the West / Modern History of Japanese Language Instruction


■ Message to students

It is said that all who live in other cultures equally become children again. In fact, there will likely be times when you need help from those around you just to do something easy or times when you feel helpless, having difficulty making yourself understood like you can in your mother tongue. However, this is actually the time when you can discover another aspect of yourself by returning to the origin in the face of hardship. When you hit a barrier in Japan, a culture different than your own, you should squarely face the issue. Remember that we are always here to support you to help you make your study abroad in Japan, which you chose to do, and your student life on the YNU campus truly fruitful. I hope all of you will find new dreams and rise up to challenges you face, and I wish you the best of luck.

NAKAGAWA, Kenji

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Teaching Japanese as a Second Language / Technical Japanese / Learning Support for Human Resources in Nursing Care from Other Countries


■ Message to students

I imagine that the reason each of you came to Japan to study and learn the Japanese language varies from person to person. Some of you have already experienced many different things in the Japanese language, while others have not and thus have many new experiences in store. In this regard, the Japanese language can be said to be part of your character building. I hope I can be of help to each of you in gaining experience and making your lives even richer.

YOMOTA-TARUMI, Chie

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Taiwanese Literature / International Japanese Studies / Comparative Cultural Studies between Japan and China / Queer Studies / Teaching Japanese as a Second Language


■ Message to students

Let's examine Japanese language and culture from a broad perspective, challenging our presuppositions. Language, ethnicity, nations, and even sexuality are subject to change and thus are not stable. I would like to invite you to join us as we search for our own values among the waves of change, which sometimes nearly drown us.

KIM, Ranmi

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Teaching Japanese as a Second Language / Contemporary Japanese Grammar / Japanese-Korean Contrastive Linguistics / Essay Writing Evaluation


■ Message to students

I first came to Yokohama National University in 2003. Like you, I arrived in Japan as an international student. I had participated in a one-year student exchange program in Japan in 2000, and the experience made me decide to come back to Japan as an international student; this made me want to stay in Japan, to directly communicate with Japanese people, to experience Japanese culture first-hand, to learn more about the country, and to improve my Japanese skills. Actually, it is not too much to say that the student exchange program changed my life forever. I suppose that all of you have your own reasons for coming to Japan. I understand how important it is for you to develop the knowledge required to become global leaders in the future during your study abroad here. In my opinion, however, the most important thing for an international student is to communicate with people in the host country. I hope that you will enjoy active exchanges with Japanese people, and make the most of being in this country. If you have any questions or needs, feel free to contact me for help. As a former YNU international student, I am looking forward to help you.

HANZAWA, Chiemi

■ Areas of specialty and interest
Teaching Japanese as a Second Language / Second Language Acquisition / Discourse Analysis / Pragmatics


■ Message to students

Visiting my relatives in Australia while a high school student was what first ignited my interest in teaching Japanese as a second language. You can gain broader access to the world by learning another language and coming to know more about your first language. I hope I can support the international students to know more about Japanese language and culture as well as provide Japanese students with opportunities for intercultural exchanges and entice them to learn about their first language.