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Kensaku Yoshida
Japanese Bilinguals--the Problems of Identity and Education

     Bilingualism is still a relatively unexplored area of research in Japan.  However, it is no longer an area that can be ignored especially because of the educational problems which it entails.  The issue of bilingualism in Japan covers a variety of different cases: 
1) Japanese children who have spent a period of their childhood in a foreign country, not through their own choice, but because of their parents' transfer to a foreign country, 
2) adolescents and young adults who have opted to go abroad on their own, 
3) children of Japanese descent whose parents have returned to Japan, either permanently or temporarily, as well as 
4) children of foreign residents living in Japan. 
  The problem, of course, is that not all the children are able to adapt to their new environment, and a significant factor seems to be related to the issue of identity.   The presentation will deal with several factors related to this problem of identity, and will address some educational issues which must be considered.

Kensaku Yoshida is a professor in the Department of English Language and Studies, as well as the director of the Center for the Teaching of Foreign Languages in General Education at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan.  His main areas of interest are in TEFL/TESL, bilingualism, and intercultural communication.  He has published extensively and has lectured widely on these topics both in Japan and elsewhere.   He is well-known in Japan for having been the moderator of the 'Engish Conversation I' television program from 1988 to 1993, as well as the commentator for the 'Practice for the TOEFL Test'  television program from 1994 to 1997.