Japanese Language Program
Masako Shimizu grew up in Japan and graduated from Keio University in Tokyo with a B.A. in Japanese Literature. She received an M.S. in Journalism from Boston University. She worked for the Yomiuri Shimbun and TV Asahi, reporting from Japan, Asia, and the US. Prior to joining Berkeley, she taught Japanese conversation and Kanji at San Francisco State University and Japanese at the University of San Francisco where she received an Award for Distinguished Service to Disability Issues. She has focused her studies and career on improving communications between cultures.