GLA Administrative Office

The GLA office

GLA Administrative Office (the GLA office) plays vital roles in all aspects of the college’s administration by collaborating with the Dean’s leadership team as well as other staff and faculty inside and outside the college. Being a part of the Division of Academic Affairs, the GLA office is responsible for, but not limited to, the following roles:

  • Student recruitment and admissions
  • New student orientation
  • Registration & course withdrawal
  • Transfer between RU and ANU
  • Curriculum, syllabus & course schedule management
  • Faculty support
  • Student support (including referral to other support units on campus)

When GLA students need assistance but do not know where to contact, they are welcome to contact the GLA office for the necessary guidance.

AC office, OIC campus
+81 72 665 2492

Administrative Staff

(In an alphabetical order.)

Ayumi Hagusa

Program Coordinator, ANU liaison

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College is a place where you meet people, challenge yourself and find out just who you are. Living on your own and not having your parents watching you/telling you what to do 24/7 and having the freedom to make your own decisions will surely make you a much more responsible and mature person. At GLA, you will discover your passions, build lifelong connections and thrive in our supportive community – all while having fun! Please also remember, our office is always here to assist you with any questions that you may have.

Mariko Hattori

Program Coordinator

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After graduating from university, I worked at a bank for 20 years.
I have been living in Ibaraki city for 15 years. There are many nice restaurants in the area so enjoy a nice bite in between your classes!
I also have two sons, a university 2nd grade and freshman. If you have any problems in your daily life, come chat with me anytime and I will be your mom in Ibaraki!

Yukie Harada

Program Coordinator, Student Support (including New Student Orientation)

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I am Yukie Harada and working as a program coordinator and interpreter / translator at the GLA Office. I studied abroad in South Korean and the United States to improve my Korean and English during university. After graduating from university, I joined the Japanese airline company (ANA) and had worked for 8 years with domestic and International flights as a cabin attendant. I had the experience at the other university of International Studies and joined GLA from October, 2019. I also experienced teaching Japanese “OMOTENASHI” to the company.

MY message to GLA students is: “You can always count on me”.

Takaharu Kakami


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After working at a Japanese NGO for rural development in Nepal and Vietnam, I joined Ritsumeikan about 18 years ago. Before I took over my current position, I was engaged in university-wide academic affairs and research support. I started Karate five years ago and I achieved 2nd dan last year. My teacher is 87 years old and he is very excellent at Karate. My dream is to continue practicing Karate to be his age. I will do my best to support you all so that you can have many fulfilling experiences during your four years.

Ryosuke Kawai

Program Coordinator (Academic affairs)

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Hello, everyone. I’m Ryosuke Kawai, Administrative Office in Global Liberal Arts. I’ve been in Washington D.C., the U.S. for 1 year, working as an International Program Associate to support for researchers.
During college days, you can experience so many things as you wish by making and taking chances. We will support you pursuing your dreams as far as we can.

Yoshiki Onishi

Assistant Manager (ANU/RU Program Coordinator)

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I am Yoshiki ONISHI, an administrative staff at the GLA, mainly in charge of program coordination. I spent my childhood in the US and after graduating from Ritsumeikan University, I started up a business in the field of sports business. I love traveling on the hunt for yummy food and "work hard, do the right thing, learn something everyday" is my favorite motto. I'm excited to support growth for you all!

Norihisa (“Nori”) Shimada

Assistant Manager (Academic Advising & Academic Operations)

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I earned my bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Writing from a traditional liberal arts college in upstate New York. I also earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Before starting the new chapter of my university career at Ritsumeikan in December 2019, I served as the Director of Academic Advising at Temple University, Japan Campus for 10 years. I am a product of the liberal arts education, so I know how it will enrich your life in various ways (of course, you will have to study very hard!). Please know that GLA’s advising team and I are committed to supporting you to achieve your academic goals, and we are here to make differences.

Lisa Shimamoto

Program Coordinator (Academic affairs)

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After working in the TV commercial industry, I joined Ritsumeikan University in 2012, first at the International Center to support international students, and later at the Office of Academic Affairs.
I’ve always felt that university is a place of freedom and independence. You may encounter challenges during your university life, but I believe that the staff members with various backgrounds can support you in a wide range of ways. I’m happy to be part of the support to help you expand your horizons.

Kayoko Shiozawa

Program Coordinator (Admissions and Student Recruitment)

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I am Kayoko Shiozawa, the administrative staff of the GLA office. I’m mainly in charge of Admissions and Recruitment.
During my college days, I was attracted to Asian culture, and I went to a lot of Asian areas: Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thai, Cambodia, India, Korea, China, Taiwan and Mongolia. I have started to go exploring North / South America and Europe these days. Needless to say, traveling in Japan is also amazing, new and historical things are mixing each other.

Maiko Takemura

Program Coordinator (Admission)

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Hola! Nice to meet you. My name is Maiko Takemura. I have belonged as a staff at GLA administrative office from 2017. I’m in charge of GLA admissions and Pre-admission education. If you have any questions about GLA’s education and admissions, Please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to seeing you!