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OGE – US Japan Partnership Program
University of Mississippi

USJP Staff

Shinobu Tanaka Sullivan, Associate Director

Originally from Osaka Japan, Shinobu joined the USJP as Associate Director in June 2017.  Shinobu has been teaching at the Japanese Supplemental School (JSS) since 2011 and became assistant principal when she joined USJP.  Shinobu received her B.A. in Education from The Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, and she excelled in many sports during her school days.  Shinobu taught K7 – K9 in Osaka Japan and studied Art and English in New York.  Shinobu is committed to building a bridge between the US and Japan through this unique program at The University of Mississippi.

Shinobu loves traveling, photographs, art in general to painting and pottery, dogs, and cats (both!). The thing she enjoys the most is playing catch with her son.

Akiko Murakami, Instructor

Akiko Murakami is from Kumamoto, Japan. She received her B.A. degree in Kumamoto University. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include Applied Linguistics and TESOL. She likes schools and she has worked at various schools from preschool to university. She has always loved cities, but Ole Miss campus is special.

Takehiro Ohira, Instructor

Takehiro Ohira is from Niigata, Japan. He has an M.A. degree in Tokyo Metropolitan University. He is currently a graduate student in Integrated Marketing Communication at the University of Mississippi. His research includes establishing marketing methods that apply IT technology. He likes traveling around the world with his wife.