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April 22, 2009 (vol. 43)

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The TUJ Diamond Club launches on June 6 at DIAMONDS! DIAMONDS! DIAMONDS! - a once in a lifetime gala event.

Temple University's Japan Campus (TUJ) is a full-service American university campus located in the heart of Tokyo that fulfills two important missions. It offers an international education of remarkable quality for students from over 50 countries, and serves as a model for international institutions of higher education all over the world. There has never been a greater demand for an international education, nor has there ever been a greater need for support from visionaries like you.

That is why TUJ is proud to announce the establishment of the TUJ Diamond Club, a new platform for giving where your gift entitles you to the benefits of membership in this prestigious circle of TUJ supporters. TUJ Diamond Club members will empower the next generation by advancing brilliance one gift at a time, while also benefiting from their support through TUJ programs designed exclusively for them.

Seventy-five guests will help us celebrate the launch at DIAMONDS! DIAMONDS! DIAMONDS! - an exclusive gala dinner held at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo on Saturday June 6, 2009. Enjoy a dazzling evening of fabulous diamonds, great friends and chances to win amazing prizes. You might even be the one to find a stunning loose diamond in your glass of Dom Pérignon champagne!

To enquire about tickets to DIAMONDS! DIAMONDS! DIAMONDS!, and learn more about the TUJ Diamond Club, please contact Holly Helt at tujdiamondclub@tuj.temple.edu.

ICJS Presents "Patient Voice: The Challenge of Creating a Framework of Patient Advocacy in Japan"

Ryoji Noritake from Health Policy Institute Japan will continue the IJCS lecture series on healthcare issues with an overview of patient advocacy in Japan. Japan's patient advocacy groups-considered relatively weak, isolated and poorly run-often lack real impact. Nonprofit organizations like Noritake's frequently end up incubating, educating and helping to structure these groups of concerned citizens. NPOs also bring doctors, bureaucrats and patients together to discuss urgent problems and educate doctors on wider issues like health policy and proper patient interaction, including not informing patients they have terminal cancer over the phone.

With abundant information about treatments and drugs now available online, patients are becoming smarter and more vocal. The speaker will describe how patient voices can have a positive effect on Japan's health standards.

Date & Time
Friday, May 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
TUJ Azabu Hall 206 (Access)
Mr. Ryoji Noritake, Patient Advocacy Office, Health Policy Institute Japan
Free, and open to the general public You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
Registration closed

Co-hosted by the Ireland-Japan Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies

Exploring Japan's Pressure Points

The 2009 edition of TUJ's Minato Citizens' University presents six English-language talks on pivotal issues in contemporary Japan. Beginning in mid-May, you can hear expert analyses of Japan's politics, foreign policy and legal system, the country's economic place in the region, and insights into youth culture and art history. These lectures show what TUJ is teaching, and should prove enlightening to both newcomers and veterans of living and working in Japan.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 19, 21, 26, 28, June 2 and 4
6:30 to 8 p.m. (Registration starts at 6 p.m.)
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall, rooms 502, 503, 504(Access)
2,500 yen for all six sessions; payment must be made by bank transfer prior to the first session, and the fee is non-refundable
50 participants (randomly selected)
To Register
Please apply online at www.tuj.ac.jp/kumin or by phone 0120-86-1026.

Lecturers & Topics:

Session 1 (5/19)
"What Do Political Scientists Have to Say About Japanese Politics?"
Lecturer: Matthew Linley, Assistant Professor of International Relations

Session 2 (5/21)
"Japanese Foreign Policy: A Problem of Principles?"
Lecturer: Phil Deans, Associate Dean and Professor of International Relations

Session 3 (5/26)
"The Saiban-in Seido/Jury Trial System Starts Now-How Will This Change the Japanese Legal System and Japanese Society as a Whole?"
Lecturer: Matthew Wilson, Senior Associate Dean and General Counsel

Session 4 (5/28)
"Potential Synergies from Regional Economic Cooperation: Japan, China and India"
Lecturer: William Swinton, Director, Special Management Programs

Session 5 (6/2)
"This Way Out> Subculture Identity and Soft-Power Politics in Japanese Youth Culture"
Lecturer: Kyle Cleveland, Associate Professor of Sociology

Session 6 (6/4)
"Japanese Art in the US: A History of Collecting and Changing Attitudes"
Lecturer: Noriko Murai, Assistant Professor of Art History


Communications Students Receive New CARAS Grants

Lindee J. Hoshikawa

Marco Luethy

TUJ communications majors Lindee J. Hoshikawa and Marco Luethy have received grants from Temple's new Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship (CARAS) Program. Lindee received $3,450 for her "Global Lives Project, Syria Chapter" idea, while Marco earned $2,300 for his "Virtual Platform for Experimentation with Electronic Music Distribution" project.

Established in February 2009 and issued by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, the CARAS grants are open to both undergraduate and professional students and limited to approximately 45 recipients. "I just went for it," says Marco, who entered TUJ this semester. "It's a chance to work closely with TUJ's faculty and expand my network. Virtual spaces are a new avenue for media dissemination, and Prof. Aucouturier and I believe subsequent TUJ courses could use the platform."

New TUJ International Business Degree Debuts This Fall

Global businesses want people with the practical skills and breadth of knowledge of cultures, economies and societies required to function in a multilingual, multicultural environment. That need has inspired TUJ to roll out a new major, the Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB), in fall 2009.

Along with the standard micro-level studies of industries and companies, the BSIB major will emphasize macro-level studies such as international trade and corporate finance, macroeconomics, and geopolitical issues that affect all businesses. BSIB majors must be fluent in English and take four semesters of an East Asian language such as Japanese, Chinese or Korean. Native Japanese students can waive this requirement, by the way, although they may study Korean or Chinese as an elective.

Wellness Day Draws a Healthy Crowd

Dr. Robynn Bushner Kobayashi (left) watches students browse through the materials at the "Wellness Station"

The TUJ Counseling Office gave the TUJ community a heads-up on health and wellness on March 4, setting up a "Wellness Station" in Azabu Hall to dispense tips on health, nutrition, fitness, mental health and study habits. The staff offered private mood assessments to participants as well, and over a hundred people got into a contest that involved guessing the number of jellybeans in a giant glass jar for a chance to win prizes.

The Counseling Office plans to organize similar events to further raise awareness about health and wellness as well as stimulate more discussion on mental health issues.

Professor Nagai Wins Three Prestigious Fellowships

TUJ's director of writing programs, Mariko Nagai, has received a trio of prestigious residency fellowships for 2009. In April and May, Professor Nagai will enjoy an all-expenses-paid residency at the world-renowned Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy. Starting in July, she will spend one month at one of North America's oldest artist colonies, Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Major 20th-century writers and artists past and present-including Langston Hughes, Katherine Anne Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and Truman Capote-have worked and interacted at Yaddo.

In November, Professor Nagai will head for Antwerp, Belgium, to be a writer-in-residence at the PEN Centre of Flanders. The Centre is part of International PEN, the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization.

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