I've been learning Japanese for about nine years. Lived (and studied) in Japan for a year last year. I've been to Japan for shorter stays several other times.
My primary academic interest is linguistics, particularly sociolinguistics, phonetics, syntax, and historical linguistics.
I have a BA in Japanese studies. I have a goal of going to grad school for linguistics but at this point in my life I can't say yet whether that's a long-term or short-term goal. Welcome to the millenial generation.