Prof. Rong Zhang

Nishinippon institute of Technology, Japan


Rong Zhang is currently a professor at Faculty of Design, Nishinippon Institute of Technology, Japan. She holds a master degree in education from University of Teacher Education Fukuoka, and a doctor degree in educational engineering from Waseda University, Japan. Rong Zhang has been teaching both English and Chinese for more than twenty years in about ten universities. Her research field includes intercultural communication, foreign language acquisition and e-learning. She has been focusing on the various social issues in Japan and made suggestions from the perspective of globalization and development.

Prof. José Javier López

Minnesota State University in Mankato, USA


José Javier López is Professor of Geography at Minnesota State University in Mankato. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and received a doctorate degree in geography from Indiana State University. Following graduation, he moved to Minnesota and began a career in geographic education. Since becoming a faculty member of MSU’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the late 1990s, Lopez has researched different issues pertinent to the social geography of the United States and Latin America. Over the years he has taught many systematic courses, including Spatial Statistics, Spatial Analysis, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Social Geography, and Rural Development.

Assoc. Prof. Robert Long

Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan


Robert Long has published various EFL textbooks, and written articles on fluency, dysfluency, pragmatics, gendered interactions, and discourse analysis. His recent papers have focused on L2 writing, students’ views of globalization, the use of authentic languge vs. scripted language, intralingual and interlingual errors in L2 speech, and Japanese attitudes towards gendered interactions. He has written various EFL textbooks for developing oral communicative skills and fluency, “Explain It: Discussing Japanese Culture in English,” “Stepping Out into Cross-Cultural Interactions,” “Crossing Over: Exploring Japanese Culture and Life through English,” as well as for technical English and children’s books, “New Aesop Fables for Childrens Volumes 1-10,” “Inside the Chrysanthemum: New Japanese Fables,” “The Buddha’s Journey Home: New Buddhist Fables,” and “The Arcadian Dragon: An Aesopian Novel.” He is a professor at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, for the Institute of Liberal Art’s Foreign Language Department.

Assoc. Prof. Hanae Ando

Seinan Gakuin University, Japan


Hanae Ando is an associate professor at Division of Psychology, Department of Human Science, Seinan Gakuin University, Japan. She majors in cognitive psychology, cognitive science, and educational psychology, and received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in education from Kyoto University. She has been teaching many psychological courses including cognitive psychology and psychological experiment in the university, and psychological statistics in the graduate school. Her interest has been consistently in expertise of performers, mainly actors, and she has been studying how novice and expert actors differ using experimental methods.