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I am a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy of religion with a bachelor degree in political science. I took two years of calculus (one in high school and the other in college) and have tutored algebra, geometry, trigonometry, Japanese, and more...
2011-Present Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy of Religion (Christian Studies)
Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters
Thesis Title: “Kagawa Toyohiko no Tetsugaku Kiso: Yūkitai-teki Shingaku ni mukete’” (Toyohiko Kagawa’s Philosophy: Towards a Theology of Organicity)
2008-2011 Master in Philosophy of Religion (Christian Studies)
Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters
Thesis Title: “Kagawa Toyohiko no Shisō ni okeru ‘Aku Gainen’” (The Con- cept of Evil in the Thought of Toyohiko Kagawa)
1984-1989 B.A. in Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Graduation Thesis: “The Political Rivalry between Gi’ichi Tanaka and Kijūrō Shidehara”
Periodic continuing education includes coursework in journalism (East-West Center, 1993-4), business (MBA, University of Hawaii, 1993-4), and German language (Middlebury, 2010 & Goethe Institut, Germany, 2012)
2015-2018 Assistant Professor
Kyoto University, Departments of Ethics & Christian Studies, Kyoto, Japan
Developed curriculum, taught content, maintained student records, present- ed material while motivating students
Courses: 1) Critical Thinking & Logic, 2) Science & Religion, 3) Graduate Seminar on Toyohiko Kagawa (taught in Japanese), 4) Origins of Religious Studies and Philosophy in Modern Japan
2007-2008 Sales & Marketing,
Ei Publishing, Honolulu
Helped launch a Japanese edition of Hawaii’s biggest daily newspaper Honolulu Advertiser
Prospected clients, priced and sold advertising, closed deals
2001-2002 International Business Development Manager
Kyoshin Name Plate, Chiba, Japan
Prospected new clients, prepared sales presentations, serviced accounts, spearheaded multidepartmental coordination on new orders, assisted with Quality Control, coordinated ISO credentialing process
New accounts included Apple and Kodak
2000 Legislative Aide
Honolulu City Council
Researched legislation, attended committee meetings, liaised with council- man’s largest district, crafted newsletters, represented councilman at neigh- borhood board meetings, wrote reports, maintained data bases
1998-1999 Japanese Teacher
Damien Memorial High School, Honolulu
Successfully entered midstream to take over for incumbent teacher on ma - ternity leave. Built upon existing curriculum, taught all levels of Japanese, assessed student performance, communicated students’ performance with parents and staff, managed classroom
1996-1998 Cultural Affairs & Public Relations Specialist
Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu
Managed media relations and administered government programs; main- tained data bases; drafted speeches, resolutions, and press releases; field- ed inquiries from public; disseminated information; organized official events
1994-1995 Assistant Manager (Japanese speaking)
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu
Managed front-line operations at Hawaii’s largest hotel; managed/resolved complaints from hotel guests. Checked in VIP guests. Ensured safety and comfort of internal and external guests.
1992-1993 Coordinator for International Relations
Kosei Town, Shiga, Japan
Helped develop sister-city relationships with towns in Italy and Michigan; de- veloped administrative manual for foreign residents; developed and taught cross-cultural communications classes for residents; served as cultural am- bassador
1990-1992 Teacher of English
Kansai University of Foreign Languages, Osaka, Japan
Developed curriculum, taught content, managed classroom, assessed
Courses: 1) English Composition, 2) Oral English, 3) Cultural Communica- tions
1989-1990 Legislative Researcher
Hawaii State Legislature, Honolulu
Researched legislation for the Senate Minority Office; helped write bills; rep- resented senators at committee meetings; drafted reports
English mother tongue
Japanese fluent/academic proficiency
German beginning-intermediate (completed A1 & A2 levels)
University of Michigan Library Travel Grant, 2019
University of Chicago Library Travel Grant, 2015
DAAD Scholarship, Goethe Institute, Mannheim, Germany, 2012
Summer School Scholarship, Middlebury College, German Language, 2010
Agape Delegation Scholarship (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan-subsidized outreach to British POWs), 2004
Hawaii State Science Training Program, summer high school intensive science training program for incoming seniors at University of Hawaii-Hilo,1983
CONTRIBUTIONS IN VARIOUS MEDIA
Kyoto Newspaper, Kurisumasu no Imi (“The Meaning of Christmas”), Editorial, December 25, 2015.
Asahi Television, “Shōwa Ijin-den,” (Stories of Showa-Era Luminaries: Kagawa Toyohiko), November 30, 2016. Professional commentary on Japanese luminary Toyohiko Kagawa.
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