Dr Kayoko Hashimoto's research interests include language policies, Japan's educational policies, and translation and cultural identity. One of her current projects is "Beyond Native-Speakerism: Current Explorations and Future Visions" (book contract with Routledge; co-authored with Stephanie Houghton and Damian Rivers) with particular focus on Japanese language policies from the perspective of ownership of the language. She has been increasingly engaged in research on language policies in Asia. Her new team projects reflect the direction: "professional development of EFL teachers in Japan and Vietnam" and "promotion of the Japanese language as soft power in Asia". She has also developed her interest in Critical Discourse Analysis as a methodological tool, which has given her a new level of understanding of the power of texts, linking text analysis with new translation theories in the globalized world.