TUJ Times Online

December 20, 2007 (vol. 27)

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25th Anniversary Symposium Explores Global Education in Japan

Panelists discuss how universities can develop human resources for a global Japan.

The 25th Anniversary Symposium on November 10 at Roppongi's Academy Hills pursued the theme of international education in Japan from several angles. The highlight of TUJ's 25th anniversary celebrations, the symposium began with two keynote presentations. Dr. Gavan McCormack, emeritus professor at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, spoke on international education agendas for the 21st century. Sakie T. Fukushima, regional managing director for Japan at Korn/Ferry International and TUJ Governor, provided a business perspective, discussing how to develop human capital for the global era. They were followed by two panel discussions on the topics of "Universities-Developing the Human Resources for a Global Japan" and "English for Children in Japan," in which experts in their respective fields engaged in lively discussions.

First Kansai Reunion Rates High

More than 30 alumni, faculty and staff gathered at the Osaka Dai-Ichi Hotel on November 17 for TUJ's first alumni reunion in Kansai. The event attracted mostly TESOL alumni, but also drew some alumni from the undergraduate program and the law program. Dr. Kenneth Schaefer started off the evening with a welcome speech. TUJ External Relations Manager Chie Kato then updated the group on the latest developments at the university. TUJ plans to hold a Kansai reunion every two years, and hopes to get more current faculty and students involved so that alumni in the Kansai have a chance to make better connections.

ICJS Hosts Major Anthropology Conference

Professor Kyle Cleveland chaired a panel discussion session at the AJJ conference.

TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) hosted the annual Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ) conference on November 17-18. Held under the auspices of the university's 25th anniversary celebrations, this was the largest meeting since the AJJ was conceived a decade ago as a professional organization for social scientists whose work principally addresses Japan. The event featured 45 papers presented in panel sessions and a keynote lecture by Roger Goodman, Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford. TUJ faculty members Kyle Cleveland, John Mock and Atsushi Sumi chaired sessions along with Mary Reisel, and were also involved in producing the event, held this year at TUJ for the first time.

TUJ Parents Enjoy Philadelphia Museum Masterpieces

TUJ parents who have made generous donations to the university over the past few years were treated to an exclusive tour of the "Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Impressionism and Modern Art" exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum on December 3. TUJ Art professors Shinya Watanabe, Geeta Mehta and Noriko Murai gave short lectures on the art pieces. After the tour, the guests enjoyed a taste-of-Philadelphia buffet and also tuned in to some live jazz. The Japan Representative Office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sponsored the event.

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