Personalized JapaNEEDS® Coach [PJC masters]

All We coaches have completed 42 hours of PJC (Personalized JapaNEEDS Coach) training and have been placed as official coaches.

● Certified as an “International Japanese Language Coach” with full command of English
● High awareness of the cultural background of the language.
● Comprehensive knowledge of “the three pillars” (Daily, Business Conversations, and Test Preparations)
● Completed “Know-Who training” and have a high level of understanding of clients
● Trained with “WWW Method” and “Diamond Language Theory”
● Utilize the “MAMA Method* to help students memorize words. (* Memory Aid Magical Alternative)
Goal-Oriented and Result-driven Mindset
● Deliver high-level lesson records with a high awareness of productiveness

Academic Director and Lead Coach

I continuously work towards ensuring that students get the best instruction available at We.

Mayumi Ito

“Being a native speaker does not necessarily qualify that person as a competent teacher of that language.

At We Japanese Language School, we only employ professional Japanese language instructors who possess a deep understanding of grammatical and linguistic structures as well as historical and cultural elements of the Japanese language. Our instructors have extensive teaching and life experiences and are committed to developing their skills to offer the best in Japanese language education. Our team is dedicated to providing lessons that respect your individuality and aim to equip you with the language skills you need to succeed in this increasingly global world.

‘We’ values your patronage and will support you all throughout your journey of learning Japanese, so you will be able to realize your potential. To this end, we will continue to improve our services to meet your needs and guarantee the delivery of success”.

We PJC Coaches – Find Your Match

Yukari Iioka

Yukari Iioka has been teaching Japanese to students of all ages for over twenty-five years and has come to find fulfillment and satisfaction in this profession. She has an OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) tester qualification in ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language). One of her strengths lies in her ability to inspire the joy of learning in students. She strives to make the acquisition of Japanese language skills an enjoyable experience and help them create a lifelong interest and affection for the language and the culture.

Rie Yamana

Having experienced living in the USA, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, Rie Yamana loves getting to know various cultures and traditions. She is aware of the difficulties foreigners experience in Japan and she sees her mission in improving their life experience by introducing the Japanese language and culture in a motivating way.

Yumiko Ishida

Yumiko Ishida’s lessons are always conducted with the students’ perspectives in mind. In her classes, she utilizes real-life materials relevant to each student’s life and can answer questions in a very clear, concise manner. She is also able to provide explanations in Korean.

Mikino Shibata

Mikino Shibata has over ten years of experience in teaching Japanese. She is popular with students for her close attention to detail. Even in informal conversations, she can pick up small mistakes and subtly guide you to improvement by creating a very natural and relaxed virtual classroom atmosphere.

Kaori Ibuki

Kaori Ibuki is very familiar with traditional Japanese cultures, such as Japanese classical dance and kimono, she can demonstrate them in your class. She has experience in teaching Japanese to children and adults in the U.S. She can teach Japanese by only using Japanese or with English directions and explanations as per the student’s needs. She offers flexible lessons using various teaching methods. Her specialty also includes academic writing and pronunciation.

Jotaro Yamaguchi

Jotaro Yamaguchi has extensive experience in the business. He is a specialist in teaching practical Japanese for business situations and is known for his teaching skills and superb writing ability. His students love his clear and concise explanations of grammar patterns and vocabulary. He specializes in daily conversation and business Japanese.

Coaches Profiles at My Classroom

Our students can view all coaches extended profiles via the students’ portal My Classroom. It is a great opportunity to find a coach who is not only skilled in teaching but also shares your common interests.