Toshihiko Kitagawa joined the Language Centre as a lecturer in February 2021 soon after he started teaching as a sessional tutor from October 2020, and is in charge of Japanese modules.

Prior to the current post, Toshi mainly taught Japanese language and related subjects for degree programmes at Regent’s University London, University of Manchester, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey, Aarhus University in Denmark, Prince of Songkla University Pattani Campus in Thailand as well as elective Japanese at King’s College London, London Business School and Imperial College London. He has also involved in language training for diplomats at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Toshi has delivered research papers in the UK, Europe, North America and East Asia, and was one of five founding members of the Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Europe e.V. He is currently an external examiner for University of Bristol and University of Exeter from 2018, and has served the role for University of Oxford and Newcastle University, too.

He was born in Tokyo and grew up in Toyama. He graduated from Kanda University of International Studies with a BA in English with a minor in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language in Japan. Then, he obtained a Masters in Applied Japanese Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.