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June 22, 2007 (vol. 21)

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Youth and Imaginative Labor: East Asia and Beyond

Photo by Stuart Isett: www.isett.com

TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) will host "Youth and Imaginative Labor: East Asia and Beyond," a two-day conference focused on the issue of youth in the neoliberal economy of immaterial/affective labor, the social and political challenges young people face and their imaginative responses that creatively and critically transform their situations. The conference will feature academic panels on the globalization of Japanese popular culture, with NGO activists, producers, and academics. There will also be a screening of Avalon (2001), introduced by Donald Richie, followed by a hip-hop party organized by Zulu Nation Japan.

Date & Time
Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday, July 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
TUJ Mita Hall (Saturday night events after 7 p.m. will be at Super Deluxe in Roppongi.)
1,500 yen for the Saturday evening event (only); the academic panel sessions are free of charge.

Registration closed.

Continuing Education at TUJ: Special Perks for Alumni!

As one of TUJ's many alumni, you're freed from paying entrance fees and also get a 25% tuition discount on more than 130 non-credit courses offered through TUJ's Continuing Education Program. To see what courses you can choose from and to sign up, visit www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed. Fall semester courses will be posted on July 15, so if you don't have time for a class during the summer, be sure to check back then. If you have limited free time and can't wait until fall, the one-day and/or two-day Business Wizard seminars and workshops are a perfect opportunity for you to quickly pick up some practical and valuable tips. These workshops take place from the end of July until the middle of August. To find out more, please click here.

ICJS Event: Dr. James Auer on Japan's Security Policy

ICJS is sponsoring a Korea-Japan Dinner on July 2, and their guest speaker will be Dr. James E. Auer of Vanderbilt University. Now the director of the Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Dr. Auer served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy, mostly in assignments related to Japan, including almost a decade as Special Assistant for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He will review the evolution of Japan's security policy and assess the current status of the Japan-U.S. relationship.

Date & Time
Monday, July 2, 7 p.m. (presentation starts at 8 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall, Room 207
No charge (a buffet will be available for a fee of between 1,000-2,500 yen, depending on the menu; desserts are 300 yen and full meals 1,000 yen for students)
Registration closed.


Minato Citizen's University Scores Big

Over 40 people gathered to hear Prof. Phil Deans lecture on Japan's international politics on May 23.

On May 16, 23 and 30, TUJ organized the first English-language Citizen's University presentations at Mita Hall. The presentations are one facet of TUJ's cooperative agreement with Minato City. Citizen's University aims to give the community an opportunity to learn more about what's being taught at universities in the city. Professor Phil Deans lectured on Japanese domestic politics, international politics, and Japan's economy and society. The lectures attracted over 40 participants per session. Most were residents and workers in Minato City, but several representatives from Minato-area embassies also attended. One participant commented, "This has been an excellent and extremely interesting series. I look forward to more opportunities to come to these kinds of seminars." TUJ plans to hold this event every year.

Dr. Kawate-Mierzejewska Publishes New TOEFL® Test Book

Dr. Megumi Kawate-Mierzejewska's most recent publication, TOEFL® iBT Kanzen Kooryaku-ban (TOEFL® iBT Internet-Based Test with CD: Advanced Version), came out on May 12. The book presents three full-length model TOEFL® iBT tests along with explanations in Japanese for all questions, including speaking responses and essays. It also offers Japanese translations and vocabulary lists and a general orientation on the TOEFL® iBT. Dr. Kawate-Mierzejewska, who joined TUJ in 1999, currently teaches Japanese and cross-cultural pragmatics in the undergraduate program. She previously published a book in Japanese about study skills in 2003, and has many articles to her credit as well. She has also served as a consultant at the Educational Testing Service in Japan.

Corporate Education Trains Shinsei Bank, Coca-Cola Japan and Citigroup Employees

On June 6, TUJ's Corporate Education (CE) conducted a specialized Microsoft Excel seminar for 17 Shinsei Bank interns from top business schools in Asia and North America meant to refine their technical skills for greater success in the banking industry. CE delivered customized business writing workshops for 39 executives of Coca-Cola Japan on June 7 and 14. Program participants sharpened their business writing and analytical skills and enhanced their ability to perform in an international business environment. On June 15, CE also held a Japanese-language "Effective Time Management" seminar on Tennozu Isle, helping 20 Citigroup executives manage and prioritize their workloads more efficiently. For inquiries about holding similar seminars or more extensive training, please visit www.tuj.ac.jp/ce.

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