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April 18, 2008 (vol. 31)


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Announcements:

Minato City Citizen's University Presents "Japan: Reform and Reaction"

Don't miss the second English-language Citizen's University presentations by TUJ, which give the community an opportunity to learn more about what is being taught at universities in Minato City. The series of three talks, entitled "Japan: Reform and Reaction," will profile Japan's international relations, legal system, and challenges in the realm of business.


Date
May 21 and 28, June 4 (Wednesdays)
Time
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 502 (Access)
Cost
500 yen each (collected at the entrance)
To Register
Registration closed

Session one (5/21)
"Sino-Japanese Relations: Economically Hot, Politically Cold?"
Presenter: Phil Deans, professor of international affairs at TUJ

Session two (5/28)
"Japanese Saiban-in Seido (The Lay Judge System): Will It Succeed?"
Presenter: Matthew Wilson, associate dean and associate professor of law at TUJ

Session three (6/4)
"Japanese Business and the International Scene"
Presenter: William Swinton, director of undergraduate business and special management programs at TUJ


News:

Spring 2008 Career Fair a Big Alumni Success

The TUJ Career Development Office hosted the spring TUJ Career Fair for undergraduates on March 12, and a record number of over 80 students showed up. At the request of the undergrads, the Career Development Office had invited alumni to attend and provide career advice, including tips on job-searching techniques.

Alumni from a number of companies and various TUJ programs responded, including undergraduate and MBA alumni. The very positive feedback from participants has persuaded the Career Office to continue inviting TUJ alumni to the biannual event to provide career guidance and potentially hire current students.


TUJ Teddy Debuts

A lovable new TUJ representative has arrived - a teddy bear sporting an "I TUJ" message. At 12 centimeters tall, available in a pink, yellow or blue T-shirt and priced at just Y800, the TUJ teddy is sure to make lots of friends.



Prof. Nagai Collects High-Profile Fellowships

TUJ assistant professor and director of writing programs Mariko Nagai has been given two coveted residency fellowships for her writing. The Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt awarded Nagai a Le Ch‚teau de Lavigny Fellowship, an all-expenses-paid residency from in August and September. The foundation is the renowned publisher of Hemingway, Faulkner, Camus, GŁnter Grass, Harold Pinter, Nabokov and other key twentieth-century writers. Her second fellowship comes from the Hawthornden Castle International Writers' Retreat in Scotland.

Nagai will be in Scotland in November and December for the latter retreat, which is sponsored by the Drue Heinz Foundation, the publisher of the prestigious Paris Review. A short story by Nagai will appear in an upcoming issue of Painted Bird Quarterly, and her translated excerpt of Fumiko Hayashi's novel Horouki (Song of the Wandering Years) is also forthcoming from Prism International.


TUJ Filmmaker Produces "Monster" Hit

TUJ student John "JR" Lipartito's action-comedy film MRA - The Monster Removal Agency has won the Grand Prix prize at the 2008 Yubari International Student Film Festival. Lipartito's production beat out a total of 125 entries from four countries.

"I came to Japan in 2001 to teach English," Lipartito comments. "Like the main character in MRA, I wanted a more suitable job, so I started studying film at TUJ in the summer of 2007. I'd like to stay here and become a director of commercials, television and feature films. I hope my work will reach both Japanese and American audiences."

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