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Mariko OSAWA


I was born and grew up in Tokyo and lived for one year in the United States as an exchange student and studied and worked for 8 years in Italy. After completing my master’s degree in applied linguistics at the University of Tokyo, I became active in the education sector, working for various universities and institutions over the past ten years. I joined the University of Tokyo in February 2013.
My research focuses on issues of language education, language policy and cross-cultural communication. Currently I am conducting research on plurilingual education in Italy, France, Switzerland and Luxemburg.  My recent publications include Plurilingual Education Policies in Luxembourg and in Valle d’Aosta in Italy (2014) and  Inheriting the Dolomites' Ladin Language in South Tirol, between Italian and German (2015).

Message to students

Since I myself was an exchange student and have studied and worked in different countries, I understand the excitement and the anxiety of living abroad.  I would like to support both international and domestic students who wish to study abroad in order to facilitate their learning and enrich their everyday lives. 

Favorite spots on campus

The cherry tree colonnade in April and gingko tree colonnade in autumn

Languages spoken

Japanese, Italian, English, and conversational Spanish
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