We introduce here the directors of IEEF.

Manabu Horie, President

I aim to expand networks of the international educational exchange and strengthen them.

Born in Tokyo in 1948. In 1974, he joined Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ), where he was in charge of international students acceptance and of study abroad arrangement. He was also in charge of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Japan Education Fairs, UNESCO Youth Exchange Trust Fund Project, and the opening of overseas offices. In 2004 his organization was integrated into Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), and assigned to the representative of international education exchange business. He served as Executive Director there while he was appointed to the Executive Director of JAFSA. In 2011 he established IEEF (General Incorporated Foundation International Educational Exchange Forum) and has become its President. He has also been President of J-CROSS (Japan Commission for the Regulation of Overseas Study Services), which was established in 2011.
■”Communication Handbook with International Students” (co-author) (ALC Press Inc.,Tokyo), and others.

Kiyoshi Yoshizawa, Representative Managing Director

I aim to expand next generation human resources development in Asia through international education and establish “social business” models through the powers of the private sector.

Born in 1948, graduated from Kyoto University. In 1974 he entered a corporation named “UPU”, and engaged in enhancement of communication related to employment and recruitment. And then he launched “Esquire (Japan version)”, working on media business and commercialization on the Web. From 1998 to 2006, he was a member of the board of Wilson Learning Worldwide, Inc.. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the chairman of the board of WORKS JAPAN Co., Ltd..
■”Personnel Strategy for Challenging Human Resources Shock” (Nihon Keizai Shimbun)

Eiichi Tsunoda, Managing Director

As a mission of HRD, for the future generation of Asia, I am exploring a new paradigm of International Educational Exchange.

Born in Kamakura. Graduated from Gakushuin University. Studied in INODEP-Paris and completed the research program in 1975. Joined FAO Asia Headquarter and engaged social education programs in rural area. He was assigned the Executive Director of ASIA 21 Scholarship Foundation, founded in 1989, he became the President of the foundation afterward. He was the chairman of JISSA (Japan International Student Scholarship Association), the chief of Japan training program of Indonesian Government, the planning officer of HRD program of Central Visayas in the Philippines and the study group chief of the JICA’s “International Cooperation COE Program” and so forth.

Terumasa Akio, Director

Through the international education cooperation activities, I have implemented peace-building and poverty reduction.

Born in Tokyo in 1942, He established Hokkaido International Exchange Center in 1978, and through exchanges with foreign students in Japan, as a pioneer in the field of international exchange activities of local area, he was awarded the first International Foundation Regional Development Award. In 1985, he established the North American University Education Exchange Committee, and made an effort to spread Japanese language courses in the U.S. and Canada, and opened more than 150 new courses. In the same year, established the EDF-JAPAN (Minsai exchange center), and provided education support with more than 80 people staff, in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam. Offering “Daruni Scholarship” for more than 300,000 poor students, in 2010 in Thailand, he established EDF-International to oversee foreign operations, and was appointed to its president.

Masayuki Abe, Director

I live in Hanoi. While managing an employment support school, I am providing consulting services to Japanese companies planning to branch out into Vietnam.

In 1948, born in Sendai. He left Waseda University before graduating. After working at Toei Studio and Recruit headquarters, he started a company. He worked in the field of marketing communication, and then engaged in CSR, and was involved in environmental planning. For the first time as a Japanese company, he became a member of “Business for Social Responsibility” in the United States. In 2005 in Hanoi, he established HANOI NIHON ACADEMY (former VCI Academy) for Japanese companies employment support. In 2011, he was appointed as a visiting professor of Foreign Trade of the University of Hanoi.
■”Let’s become samurai by learning Japanese language!” (Vietnam ALPHA)

Susumu Ishihara, Director

Through acceptance of foreign people and global human resource development, we must build networks of social business inside and outside the country.

Born in 1951, graduated from Keio University Faculty of Letters. He joined The Mainichi Newspapers in 1974. Starting from its Hiroshima Branch, he held positions in Osaka Headquarters City Desk, Political Desk, and a senior staff writer. He left Mainichi in 2007, and established a corporation Immigration Information Organization in the following year, where he launched a multi-cultural information magazine “Immigrants”, aiming at realizing a multicultural society. A member of Central Council Committee on Defense Facilities at Ministry of Defense. He is a member of the Committee for Examination of International Student Exchange bases (in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology), Overseas Voters Network Japan Secretary General, and a director of the NPO LSH Asia Scholarship Foundation.
■(Both co-authored) “Koreans in Ancient Omi” (Shin Jinbutsu Orai-sha) / “Politicians and money” (Mainichi Newspapers), etc.

Junko Okuda, Principal

I aim to establish mechanisms, which are fair, transparent, and fully functional for studying in Japan and learning Japanese language.

She has been engaged in Japanese language education since 1977. She founded Communica Institute in 1988 as Principal. Currently, she is a director of the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language(Public Interest Incorporated Foundation) and is also a trustee of Japanese Language Education Promotion Association, and a member of Kobe Student Youth Center Rokko Scholarship Steering Committee (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation), etc.. She has been conducting Japanese language and cross-cultural communication training for international students, and simultaneously performing (business) Japanese education for Japanese businesspersons, and Japanese teacher development and training.
■”Japanese Language Teaching Workshop” (co-author), “Career Development of Japanese Teachers” (thesis), “Reading Skills”, “Business Japanese” (textbook) and others.

Tatsuhiko Hoshino, Director

By promoting globalization of Japan through international educational exchange and study abroad, I will support development of people who can contribute to the world.

Since 1986, through the experience of study abroad business, he has conducted a lot of lectures at events at such as universities and government agencies and has provided many counseling sessions for study abroad. He has visited more than 600 schools around the world as well as participated in many international conferences abroad. In addition, he is also committed to the development of study abroad counselors through the activities of Japan Association of Certified Study Abroad Counselors (JACSAC), which he founded.
■”How to Become A Study Abroad Counselor” (LEADERSNOTE), and others.

Hiroko Yamamoto, Director

From the standpoint of Japanese language education and acceptance of foreign students, I will explore and propose how should be language learning for people, who come from abroad to Japan or who learn via international exchange.

She has been Japanese language teacher since 1983. She founded KAI Japanese Language School in 1987 after working at a Japanese language school. She has a firm policy to teach in multinational environment, and she has accepted students from more than 100 countries. Currently she is the KAI Japanese Language School representative, the president of Japanese Langugae Institute C0-operation Association (under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), and also a Waseda University lecturer (teaching Japanese School Educational Affairs).
■”A Practical Guide to Review Your Teaching Japanese Language” (function word guidance edition) (grammar and vocabulary guidance reviews edition) (ASK publishing), and others.