I was born in Pasadena, California, U.S.A., in 1957. After earning a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and master’s degrees in linguistics and mathematics from the University of Chicago, I moved to Japan in 1983. In addition to working as a writer, editor, lexicographer, and teacher, I supported himself for nearly twenty years doing freelance translation from Japanese to English. Since 2005, I have worked full-time at the University of Tokyo, where I am now professor in the Centre for Global Communication Strategies in the College of Arts and Sciences; I am also affiliated with the Department of Language and Information Sciences in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in English as a foreign language, language policy and pedagogy, and lexicography, and I assist with various administrative matters.
My books include Start Speaking Japanese Today, Read Japanese with a Smile, English for Scientists, and Eigo no Aya (a collection of essays in Japanese), and I was the general editor of Kenkyusha’s Guide to Quantitative Expressions in English. My dictionary work has included Kenkyusha’s New Japanese-English Dictionary (5th edition) as well as several other Japanese-English and English-Japanese dictionaries. Among my translated works are Japanese Verbs at a Glance, Amazing Science Tricks for Kids and Parents, Jazz Up Your Japanese with Onomatopoeia: For All Levels, and a collection of essays by the Japanese physicist Torahiko Terada.
My research site, with links to many of my academic papers, is here
and my personal site here
. I also manage the site English Education in Japan