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Hitomi Tobe is in charge of all Japanese-related matters at the Language Centre. She started the Japanese programme at Keele in 1991, designing and teaching Japanese language and culture modules including Minor Japanese programme. She has taught over 2000 students at Keele many of who went on to live and work in Japan. Also she has had great success with 3rd-year students taking up places on the highly competitive and prestigious Japanese government JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme almost every year.
Her interests include Japanese minority issues and Okinawa. She has an MA with distinction (Text and Gender) from Keele and a BA Hons (English Literature and Philology) from Ochanomizu. She is a member of Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Europe (AJE) and The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ). She undertakes work as a vetter for a number of international Japanese language exams and has been a Principal Japanese Examiner for Cambridge International Examinations. She is a keen conservationist and about to complete her degree in Natural Science with the Open University.