Japan Office


Meet the team

The University of Oxford has had an office in Japan for over 20 years. This long-term presence is testament to the importance the University places on its relationship with Japan, and to the strength of its friendship with its Japanese partners and benefactors. From its location in the centre of Tokyo, the Japan Office aims to increase the quantity and range of mutually beneficial partnerships and to further the interests of the University of Oxford throughout the country.

Alison Beale

Alison Beale – Director

Alison Beale was appointed Director of the University of Oxford Japan Office in 2012 after 15 years of living and working in Japan and a career in international and cultural relations. She worked for many years for the British Council in senior positions in China, Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, most recently as Deputy Director Japan from 2009–2012. Alison read Modern Languages at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and also received a master’s degree in Advanced Japanese Studies from Sheffield University.


Mayumi Azuma – Executive Assistant

Mayumi Azuma has been working in the University of Oxford Japan Office for over ten years. She has degrees from Keio University and the University of Massachusetts, where she received a master’s degree in the History of Art.