Dr Kayoko Hashimoto

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56328


Dr Kayoko Hashimoto’s main research area is Language Policy in the field of Applied Linguistics.

Kayoko has expertise in Japan’s language policy for English as a foreign language and Japanese as the national language and a foreign language. Studies of language policy contribute to our understanding of dynamics between state control and individual empowerment in the increasingly fluid geopolitical environment. As a language educator and researcher in Australia, knowledge of language policies in the world is essential to deliver language programs effectively, meeting needs of both domestic and international students with diverse backgrounds and setting future directions of Australia’s multilingual and multicultural society. Most of her past work focuses on Japan’s language policy in education in relation to English language teaching and internationalisation. For the last five years, it has extended to language policy for Japanese language teaching outside and inside Japan, which has brought a new perspective to her research – language teaching as a source of regional power and language skills as a source of individual empowerment in the era of transnational migration.

Kayoko has published an edited book, Japanese Language and Soft Power in Asia (2017, Palgrave Macmillan). This cutting-edge collection examines how Japanese functions as a key element of Japanese soft power in Asia, offers an interdisciplinary perspective on Japan’s language policies and broader social, economic, and political processes, and considers the future of Japanese as a form of soft power in Asia.

She also co-edited a book, Professional Development of English Language Teaching Asia: Lessons from Japan and Vietnam (2018, Routledge), with V-T. Nguyen. Why is English language proficiency in Japan and Vietnam so low? Why do EFL teachers struggle with curriculum changes? Does professional development serve the need of teachers? This book answers these questions by examining how the professional development of EFL teachers has been addressed and defined in the government language policies in Japan and Vietnam.

She has also published one co-authored book and one co-edited book on native-speakerims: Beyond Native-Speakerism: Current Explorations and Future Visions (2018, Routledge) with S.A. Houghton & R.J. Rivers, and Toward Post-native-speakerism: dynamics and shifts edited (2018, Springer) with S.A. Houghton.

Kayoko was a keynote speaker of the international symposium in October 2018 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Japanese language teaching at Hanoi University, Vietnam.

In addition to her work at UQ, she is a thematic editor (Language & Education) of Asian Studies Review and Japan & Korea Councillor of Asian Studies Association of Australia, as well as an editorial board member of Springer Intercultural Communication and Language Education series.

Research Interests

  • School internships: Journeys of Japanese language learners in Queensland
    2021 School Research Support Scheme. The project examines how their journey has been discursively constructed and how it builds their intercultural understanding and sense of identity as an Australian citizen in the interconnected world.
  • Japanese language teaching in Southeast Asia
    With focus on Vietnam. This is part of the Global Strategy and Partnership Seed Funding Scheme (Round 1, 2021) project with Vietnam led by Associate Prof Noriko Iwashita.
  • Language policy, citizenship and teaching of “foreign” languages
    Relationships between central government's policy, citizenship, and “foreign language" education when creating job-ready graduates is a national priority

Research Impacts

Kayoko’s expertise in language policy and language teaching assists stakeholders to deepen their understanding of dynamics between central governments’ language policies and local implementation as well as state control and individual learner’s empowerment in the world.

She was a member of Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World (issued on 21 February 2018 International Mother Language Day).

She was also a member of “Japanese language education working group” chaired by Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane (2016-2017). This led to a new course development (the first course offered in 2018) that allows UQ students to have their internship at local state schools to assist Japanese classes. In April 2021, Work Integrated Learning Placement Agreement was made between QLD Department of Education and UQ for the facilitation of teaching Japanese language placements in QLD’s state schools.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University
  • Master of Arts, Sophia University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kansai Gaidai


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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hashimoto, Kayoko (2012). Literacy policy in multicultural Australia. Linguapax Asia International Symposium 2011, Tokyo, Japan, 3 December 3 2011. Tokyo, Japan: Sun Process Co..

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision