Naoko Toraiwa read English at Waseda University (B.A. 1976), University of Tokyo (M.A. on Virginia Woolf, 1986) and Sussex University (Ph. D. 2005 on Medbh McGuckian). She has been publishing articles on contemporary Irish writings, including Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon and Sinead Morrissey. She teaches at Meiji University in Tokyo and currently she is the president of IASIL Japan.