In Brazil, Indonesia and Taiwan I researched language education including language choice and language shift of minority groups in certain societies. Since moving my research site back to Japan, I have been exploring language education as a way of social involvement.
Together with TWCU students, I join in a Portuguese class for Japanese-Brazilian children in Gunma and a Japanese language group for refugees from Burma in Tokyo. I have helped the Japanese language group since its establishment. It is one of my research sites in which I study how all the participants including refugees, students, and citizens can communicate equally and learn from each other.