Kazuko is one of the most highly respected teachers of the Japanese language in Mexico, and has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of Japanese pedagogy. Her main area of research is linguistics, particularly the comparative study of Japanese and Mexican languages and cultures. Born and raised in Hiroshima, she has lived in Mexico City since 1991.
Early in her career, after several years of teaching in Japan, she joined the faculty of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 1991, where she has taught continuously since then; and from 2005 to 2009 she served as chair of that institution’s Department of Russian, Asian Languages and Modern Greek at the Centro de Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras. Since 1995 she has also been extensively involved in the training of teachers of Japanese in Mexico.
Kazuko has published a number of academic articles on pedagogical methodologies, as well as comparative studies on topics such as politeness and the act of apologizing in Japanese and Mexican cultures. She is also active as a translator and interpreter of the Japanese language.
Kazuko earned a B.A. degree in Japanese Linguistics from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Centro de Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras at UNAM.