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About BATJ

The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) was formed in March 1998, with the aim of encouraging and promoting Japanese language education in the U.K., particularly by stimulating teaching and encouraging research in the field of language studies as an academic discipline. The Association's first conference was held in London in September 1998, at the Japan Foundation Nihongo Centre which co-hosted the conference. The Association admits individuals supporting its aims. The fiscal year starts from 1st October. The BATJ Constitution is available from "Downloads".

The activities of the BATJ include


Holding an annual conference for the presentation of current research papers and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas. Conferences are held at the end of summer/before the autumn term in September.
Organising seminars and workshops in the field of Japanese language teaching and learning. Most workshops and seminars are open to non-members.
3. Establishing a network of teachers.
4. Gathering and disseminating information on Japanese language teaching and learning in the UK higher education system.
5. Publishing newsletters and an annual journal. BATJ membership includes newsletters and a copy of BATJ Journal.
6. eBATJ: BATJ members are networked via the eBATJ mailing list.

Guidelines for the Use of e-BATJ

Requesting the assistance of other BATJ members with one's research

As a rule, members should only request assistance with their own research. Otherwise, assistance should only be requested via other members if it is likely to contribute to the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language. Members should follow the principle of mutual benefit (e.g., by means of their journal contributions).
(Approved at BATJ's 2010 annual general meeting)

For further information please contact:

Dr Miho Inaba

c/o School of Modern Languages
Cardiff University
66a Park Place, Cathays
CF10 3AS

Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 6114
E-mail: chair @ batj.org.uk

Executive Committee (October 2021 - September 2022)

Miho Inaba

Cardiff University
chair @ batj.org.uk

Fumiko Narumi-Munro
Journal Committee member
Newsletter Coordinator

University of Edinburgh
vice.chair @ batj.org.uk

Kumi Casey

Newcastle University
treasurer @ batj.org.uk

Kaoru Umezawa
Seminar/Workshop Coordinator

Durham University
seminar @ batj.org.uk

Yuko Tochii
Membership Secretary

King's College London/ University of Reading
membership @ batj.org.uk

BATJ Journal Committee (October 2020 - September 2021)

Tomoko Miyairi (Coordinator) University of Hull
Masakazu Kurada Kansai University of International Studies
Akiko Murata Hosei University
Rie Oguma Ochanomizu University/ Ghent University
Yukihiro Ohashi Japan University of Economics
Junko Tamaki University of Leicester
Kaoru Umezawa Durham University
Contact & Further Information journal @ batj.org.uk

Newsletter Editors (October 2020 - September 2021)

No. 45, 46
Etsuko Suda
Newcastle University

No. 45, 46

Yuko Leece Holbrook Primary School
Contact & Further Information newsletter @ batj.org.uk

The 23rd BATJ Annual Conference Organiser (October 2019 - September 2021)

Jonathan Bunt The University of Manchester

The 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students Committee

Kazuki Morimoto (Coordinator) University of Leeds
Fumitsugu Enokida (Deputy Coordinator) University of Birmingham
Mika Brown University of East Anglia
Yuko Hasegawa
King's College London
Toshihiko Kitagawa
Keele University
Miyuki Nagai University of Sheffield
Kazumi Tanaka University of Cambridge

Web Manager

Yuka Oeda University of Leeds

IT Support

Toshihiko Kitagawa Keele University

Board of Elections (October 2021 - September 2022)

Junko Rogers Westminster School

Contact & Further Information election @ batj.org.uk
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