Profile of MR Keigo AOKI-BAZLINTON (青木 桂吾)
Head Japanese Language Teacher/Tutor, Cape Town Nihongo Kai
日本語教師 (主任指導教員), ケープタウン日本語会
He was born in the small town of Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, in Japan in March 1972. Immediately after receiving his university degree in Tokyo, he was seconded to the Department of Foreign Affairs by IHCSA (Semi-governmental organisation affiliated to the department), and was stationed at the Japanese Consulate in Cape Town, South Africa, as an Administrative Officer in March 1995. Following 4 years in his official capacity at the Consulate, he briefly pursued a post-graduate diploma at the University of Cape Town.
However, with the supportive recommendation of the consular office, he started to teach Japanese to a few local students, in addtion to his main services of Japanese/English translation, interpretation and tour guiding. Thanks to a growing interest in the language in South Africa as well as the good reputation of his teaching, the number of learners has gradually grown. He is proud of his heritage and eager to pass on his knowledge to the learners. He appreciates disciplined and well-mannered people but is also a fun-loving and humourous person.
Mr Keigo Aoki-Bazlinton (青木 桂吾)
Cape Town since March 1995 (Permanent Resident in South Africa)
Countries/Regions Lived-in and/or Visited
Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, United States of America, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, Japan
- Japanese Language Teacher/Tutor (Since 2001)
- Japanese/English Translator/Interpreter (Since 2001)
- Registered Tour Guide for Cape Town Metropole, Winelands, West Coast and surrounding regions (Between 2001 and 2004)
- Independent Japanese Liaison/Courier (Between 2000 and 2001)
- Voice Recording Artist and Script Translator/Editor (Between 1999 and 2002)
- Administrative Officer, Japanese Consulate in Cape Town (Between 1995 and 1999)
Since the beginning of his professional career, he has had many opportunities to practice his skills including roles as an accredited interpreter for major international conferences, as well as assigned attendant/chaperone, communication assistant and liaison/courier for a number of high profile Japanese delegation visits to Cape Town. He was also responsible for the overall arrangements and logistical support for several VIP delegations.
Among these were United Nations conferences (UNCTAD, ISAD and WSSD - World Summit on Sustainable Development), CITRA (International Conference of Round Table on Archives), the late HE Mr Ryutaro Hashimoto (Former Prime Minister of Japan (between January 1996 and July 1998)), HE Mr Junichiro Koizumi (then Minister for Health and Welfare of Japan and Prime Minister of Japan between April 2001 and September 2006), Lady Yumiko Owada (mother of Japanese Crown Princess, Her Imperial Highness Masako, and wife of then Japanese Ambassador to United Nations) and their delegations.
He has also been involved in several Japanese cultural events and economic seminars in Cape Town over the years and contributed to a guidebook on Cape Town published in Japanese.
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