Akiko Harada, Japanese language advisor, is seconded to us from the Japan Foundation. She provides ongoing CPD for Japanese teachers and support for the curriculum. She also supports institutions providing Japanese at third level and collaborates with the Japanese Languages Teachers of Ireland to ensure continued interest and growth of the subject. Her specialisation is in Japanese language teaching methodology. Prior to coming to Ireland, she worked in New Zealand, Australia, and Malaysia as a language teacher and a language advisor. Her particular interest is in the area of intercultural language teaching and learning. This is her fifth assignment with the Japan Foundation.