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SAF Japan Staff

Director
Brett Rumminger joined the SAF in July 2006 as Director of the SAF Tokyo Office. Brett is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures. He has lived, worked, and studied in Japan for the past ten years. He has taught English at a junior high school, worked in the International Relations and Women’s Issues Department of Toyama Prefecture City Offices, and prior to joining SAF he worked for the JA Study Abroad Center as a student counselor and External Relations Manager. Brett spent one year studying at Waseda University and an additional year the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Yokohama as an international research student. Brett is proficient in Japanese.

Associate Director, University Relations & University Development
Haruko Matsuda completed her undergraduate degree at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo and a subsequent Master’s Degree in Dance and Cultural Studies at the University of Surrey, England. She has worked as a counselor of study abroad programs and also gained valuable experience in public relations working at a business and medical college in Japan. Haruko joined SAF in March 2008.

Associate Director, Program & Student Services
Kumiko Fukuda has been involved in international education and development since her undergraduate studies in Japan. Upon graduation from university, Kumiko worked in a non-profit organization as a program director for international youth exchange and cooperation. Kumiko completed a Master of Education, Health Promotion and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London, after which she joined SAF in February 2007 with an aim to further the internationalization of Japanese students and contribute to the future development of Japan.

Program Coordinator, Program & Student Services
Yusuke Kikuchi joined SAF in November 2007. After completing a course of study at a college in Japan, Yusuke transferred to the United States and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics (TESOL) and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics (TESOL) at California State University, Fresno. As a master’s student, Yusuke worked as a Teaching Assistant for several Japanese and English as a Second Language courses, as well as courses in the field of Applied Linguistics.

Program Coordinator, Program & Student Services
Yuya Monden completed his undergraduate degree in the US in Architecture and Environmental Design/Housing and Urban Development at Arizona State University (ASU).  Prior to joining ASU, Yuya completed one year English language and his first year of undergraduate classes in Business at Southern Oregon University.  Yuya worked for three years in the housing/design sector in Japan before joining SAF in 2011.

Program Coordinator, Program & Student Services
Yuko Kodama graduated from the University of the Sacred Heart with a degree in English Literature, after which she spent four years working at a Japanese university in the Academic Affairs Division. Yuko then travelled to Australia to further her education and earned a Master's Degree in International Studies from The University of Adelaide in 2009. Yuko joined SAF in 2011 aiming to continue a career in international education while imparting her international experience on future study abroad students from Japan. 

Program Coordinator, Program & Student Services
Reiko Yoshida entered J. F. Oberlin University in 2007 and in her first year participated on a one-semester study abroad program to Gonzaga University to improve her language skills. Due to her atheltic talents she subsequently transferred to a college in the United States where she studied on a soccer scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2011. Reiko joined SAF immediately upon her graduation, and is the first SAF Japan staff member to have previously studied herself on a SAF Program.

Program Coordinator, Program & Student Services
Wakako Wengel graduated from Dokkyo University where she majored in German Language and minored in Japanese Language Education. After graduation, she worked for one year as a Japanese language teacher in Tokyo, and then moved to the US to pursue a Master's degree in Intercultural Communication Studies. While studying at graduate school she proactively involved herself in International Education by working part time at the International Education Office on campus, where her work included being a facilitator in the Intercultural Adjustment Training Program for American students who planned to study abroad. After obtaining her M.A., Wakako worked for a Japanese company in the U.S. for two years prior to returning to Japan. She joined SAF in December 2010 to put her experience in International Education and knowledge in Intercultural Communication to use working as a Program Coordinator. Currently Wakako is responsible for the oversight and development of the semi-customized programs SAF is operating withShowa Women's University and Kanda University of International Studies.

Program Coordinator, Program & Student Services
Mina Hosoi joined SAF in May 2012. Prior to entering Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, where she majored in Chinese and Modern Chinese Economics, she split her time between China (Beijing/Shanghai) and Japan, which fostered a strong interest in East Asia. She participated on an exchange program to the University of Hong Kong,where her studies focused on Modern Chinese Media and Chinese Culture. Outside of class, she was active in the International Student Association working on international projects with students from Japan, China and Korea. Mina worked for one year in the private sector in Japan prior to bringing her experience to SAF.

Program Coordinator, Rikkyo University College of Intercultural Communication Study Abroad Program
Wakako Dokai joined SAF in May 2009 after many years of experience in the field of international education. After graduating from high school in Japan, Wakako spent several years in California studying photography, and upon her return to Japan she put her overseas experience to use working as a counselor for both incoming and outgoing high school exchange students. At the same time, Wakako oversaw English language training programs and was responsible for the development of bilateral programs between Japan and Canada. Wakako is a licensed teacher in Japan, and has additional experience working for the Childhood Educational Department of Lego Japan, as well as valuable volunteer experience in teaching Japanese to refugees from around the world. Wakako is currently based on the Rikkyo University campus coordinating the SAF customized study program within the College of Intercultural Communication.

Coordinator for Short Term Overseas Programs, Keio University
Yuka Furuyama joined SAF in 2007 after graduating from the University of Sussex with a degree in International Relations and Anthropology. In 2011 Yuka spent six months as a volunteer intern working for a non-profit organization in India. Yuka is currently based on the campus of Keio University.

 
   
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Last Updated: 11/14/12