Building a Connection Between Boston and Tokyo

Makiko Teraoka, director of BU’s Liaison Office in Tokyo, works with alumni and prospective students

April 7, 2008
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As director of the Boston University Liaison Office in Tokyo, Makiko Teraoka is BU’s most visible presence in Japan. She and her staff work with prospective students and maintain connections with alumni in Asia.

The liaison office was established in Tokyo in 1987. Teraoka joined the staff in 1993 and became director in 2001. The office provides information and counseling to prospective BU students, hosts alumni meetings, helps BU faculty and staff arrange meetings and receptions, and facilitates BU study-abroad and exchange programs in Japan. “Working with prospective students is very rewarding,” says Teraoka.

She notes that the Boston University Alumni Association of Japan has been in existence for more than 30 years. Organized by a small group in 1975, the association today has almost 2,000 members. In 2005, Teraoka helped plan the first joint Asian alumni meeting with the BU Alumni Association of Korea.

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