Staff Spotlight: Sakura Inoue

Student Advisor / Event Organizer


Sakura majored in English (Early Childhood Education) at Chikushi Jogakuen University. Eager to put her English speaking skills into practice, she completed one year of working holiday in Toronto, Canada. Sakura is particularly interested in communication and understanding the culture of people from all walks of life. For her, the most important part of her job is making the students feel welcome on their first days in Japan.

What is your favorite travel memory?

While working in Canada, I've managed to travel around the country and visit places that were truly unforgettable- one of which was Prince Edward Island. It looked like a scene out of a movie with beautiful reddish-white sand beaches, breathtaking scenery and the friendliest of people. I also had the opportunity to visit Quebec and Montreal. Although I did not speak a word of French, the locals made me feel right at home. Some of the food I tried was really different, such as poutine and fresh lobster prepared on the spot right in front of us while enjoying the beautiful stars along the beach.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

What I took the most out of working for Meiji were the interpersonal skills I’ve developed while working with students/colleagues from different countries. Students from all walks of life and countries go through our Japanese language school, English being the common language amongst students.

I was able to apply the English skills I learned from university into use such as bringing students on city tours, organizing events and interaction with students, it has built my confidence and will indefinitely prepare me for future work appointments that require me to speak to international clients and in general. On top of that, I’ve learned many skills that were transferable to my life such as working as a team with my colleagues and maintaining good communication.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I particularly enjoy it when students liked the recommendation I suggested, such as Fukuma beach which is located in my hometown, and my favorite food stall in the area. Witnessing students' progress in their Japanese language skills and being proficient in using Japanese in their daily lives gives me a sense of satisfaction.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Education internship in Singapore. Singapore is known as one of the best countries for Education and English is used as their official language for studies. As an English major, it would be the perfect opportunity for me to expose myself to an English speaking country while learning more about my industry of specialization.

Singapore is a country I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time. It intrigues me how different cultures coexist in such a small country. I’ve heard great things about Singapore, especially the food and would love to experience it first hand while gaining new skills as part of my personal development.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The Meiji team is diverse and dynamic. The team comprises of people from different nationalities and skillsets that complement each other perfectly. What I am especially proud of is that they cherish the importance of team bonding events. Although they aren’t obliged to turn up, they don’t require any persuading, simply because they have such a great bond. Everyone is spontaneous and puts their heart into the work they do.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe the foundation of a successful company is Trust. Without Trust, the team wouldn’t be able to function on an optimal level. Since our team at Meiji Academy comes with such a distinct set of skills and educational/cultural backgrounds, trust is of utmost importance as it allows us to accomplish our goals.