Prof. Kanai received her B.A. from Kyoritsu Women's University in Tokyo. She has completed the studies for the 420 hour Advanced Skills of Teaching Japanese Language Course conducted by the International Education Training School in Tokyo. She additionally has a qualification of the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test, authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, and administered by the Association of International Education. Ms. Kanai began her career of teaching Japanese as a foreign language at ITS Language Center in Hiroo, Tokyo. She joined UMUC in 1989, and has experience teaching eight face to face Japanese courses (JAPN 111, 112, 114, 115, 221, 222, 224, 225) for UMUC Asia in the Tokyo area (NAF Atsugi, Camp Zama, Camp Fuji and Yokota Air Base).