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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.

Misa Fujinuma, Instructor

Misa Fujinuma is from Nagoya, Japan. She received her B.A. Degree in International Studies from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Higher Education at the University of Mississippi. Her research interest includes Transformative learning, Experiential learning, and Identity Development. Language, education, and international interaction have always been both professional and personal great interests of hers, so she is sincere about taking part in the U.S. Japan Partnership Program. Cats, dogs, books, and coffee lover.