Jotaro Arimori

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and Japanese Language Program Coordinator
In person: Mondays 15:30 - 16:30, Robarts Library, Room 14-088. Virtual: Thursday: 14:30 - 15:30 and by appointment


Areas of Interest

  • Language pedagogy
  • Japanese linguistics
  • Inclusive language education
  • Language Program Articulation


Jotaro Arimori joined the department in 2007. Since then, he has taught courses at all levels and has been involved in various projects and the organization of events related to Japanese language education. His current research primarily focuses on the intersection of gender, sexual diversity and Japanese language education.

Selected Presentations

  • “The Semantic Function of the Adverb Zenzen in Context,” Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education Annual Conference 2018, London, Ontario, 21-22, 2018.
  • “Japanese Language Education and Diverse Gender Identities,” Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education Annual Conference 2017, Calgary, Alberta, August 16-17, 2017.
  • “Gender minority students, “women’s language,” “men’s language,” and Japanese language instruction,” American Association of Teachers of Japanese 2017 Annual Spring Conference, Toronto, Ontario, March 16, 2017.
  • “Thinking about teacher-learner relationships through teacher’s referring to learners as “ano ko” (that kid),” co-presented with Reijiro Aoyama, Kaori Sano, Masaki Seo, Yukiko Yamaguchi, Kazuhiro Yonemoto, Gengo Bunka Kyoiku Kenkyujo Annual Meeting 2013, Tokyo, Japan, March 15, 2014.
  • “The transformation of teachers through online networking: An analysis of teachers’ life stories,” co-presented with Reijiro Aoyama, Yuka Kito, Kaori Sano, Masaki Seo, Takuro Hashimoto, Yukiko Yamaguchi, Kazuhiro Yonemoto, The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language Fall Conference 2013, Hirakata, Japan, October 12-13, 2013.

Selected Lectures and Workshops

  • “Gender/Sexual Minorities and Foreign Language Education,” the School of Foreign Studies, Aichi Prefectural University, Nagakute, Japan, July 24, 2019.
  • “Japanese Language Education that Takes Gender and Sexual Diversity into Account,” the 11th Tsunagaro-net Seminar, Tokyo, Japan, June 15, 2019.
  • “Diversity of Gender and Sexuality that Japanese Teachers Should Know,” Online Lecture for Japanese Language Teachers, the Japan Foundation, Toronto. Online, June 24, 2019.
  • “Japanese Language Education and Gender,” Information Exchange Meeting for Japanese Language Teachers: Continuing Learning Japanese 25, the Japan Foundation, Toronto and Canadian Association, the Japan Foundation, Toronto, The Japan Foundation, Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 22, 2017.
  • “Supporting Continuous Learning: Toward Articulation Across Japanese Programs: Activities of CAJLE’s J-GAP Canada,” J-GAP Seminar in BC, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, November 16, 2014.


MA in East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
BA in English, Aichi Prefectural University, Nagakute, Japan
BA in Economics, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan



Administrative Service

Japanese Language Program Coordinator