Larry Greenwood (headshot)  

C. Lawrence Greenwood, Jr.

“Larry” Greenwood assumed the position of President of the Japan Society of Northern California on March 16, 2016.  Prior to joining the Society, Larry worked four years in Tokyo where he managed government relations throughout Asia for MetLife and five years in Manila, Philippines where he co-led the Asian Development Bank and was responsible for about $7 billion of development lending a year.  As a career diplomat from 1976-2006, Larry enjoyed two assignments in the US Embassy in Tokyo, postings in the Philippines and Singapore, and a variety of other jobs, including a term as US Ambassador to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group.  Larry is concurrently Senior Advisor to the Bower Group Asia, a DC-based consulting firm advising corporations on government policy and regulations, and a non-resident Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, one of the most prominent think tanks on international issues in Washington DC.  Larry holds a BA from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford Massachusetts. He speaks and reads Japanese.

Eileen Eileen C. Tanaka
Chief Operating Officer
Third generation Japanese American Eileen Tanaka received her BA in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her professional experience was concentrated in sales, marketing and public relations all established while working at Japan Airlines, Northwestern Regional office in the Bay Area for over 25 years. While at JAL, Eileen worked closely with major corporations in the northwest region territory and was instrumental in securing top corporate accounts like Microsoft and Yahoo! Eileen is also an accomplished Japanese classical dancer, instructor and choreographer credentialed from Japan. Her professional dancing career has taken her around the world to such countries as Australia, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Japan and the U.S. Her most memorable performance was on the stage at the world famous Kabuki Theater in Tokyo.

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Language Class Coordinator
Yukie is originally from Nagoya, Japan and has been a resident of San Francisco since 1993. She taught junior high school level English in Japan for several years when she decided to study in the U.S. to increase her proficiency and ability to teach the English language. After she received her MA in TESL from Azusa Pacific University, she returned to Tokyo and served as a program coordinator. This involved designing and selecting the best suitable programs for high school and college students wishing to study abroad. She also has seven years experience in teaching at hoshuko (Japanese Saturday School), which included not only academic instruction, but supporting all the traditional Japanese school events such as Athletic Day and Culture Festival. Yukie has been practicing karate for 8 years, and now holds a black belt. She is a volunteer teacher at the studio. She is more than happy to support and assist people who are interested in studying Japan and its unique culture. For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact her at