Japanese

Regional Studies

A Regional Study to Minamiuonuma City

From October 1st to 2nd, 13 KIP members and 1 KIP alumni visited Minamiuonuma City in Niigata Prefecture. We had a discussion with local people and students from International University of Japan. We harvested rice and learned how to make “Hazakake” (the place to put rice in the sun) from local farmers.This is the third time for us to visit Minamiuonuma. In the discussion, we considered some ideas for reactivating the town from various aspects of opinions of the participants.
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University Students’ International Conference in Mie, 2016

As a kickoff event for KIP’s 10th anniversary of its foundation, we had a 4day program named University Students’ International Conference in Mie (UNICOM), from Aug.31 to Sep.3, co-sponsored by KIP and Mie prefectural government. It was one of the biggest post-summit events held in Ise-city, Mie prefecture where the G7 summit was held this May. In UNICOM, we learned about the local history and culture, and discussed local issues both from local and global perspectives.
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A Regional Study to Minamiuonuma City

From October 3rd to 4th, 11 KIP members and 2 KIP alumni visited Minamiuonuma City in Niigata Prefecture. We had a discussion with local people and students from International University of Japan. We harvested rice and learned how to make “Hazakake” (the place to put rice in the sun) from local farmers.
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A Regional Study to Muroran City

From September 2nd to 4th, 9 KIP members visited Muroran city and its surrounding areas in Hokkaido. We had discussions with municipal officers and high school students about tourism. In order to understand industry and culture in the area, we also visited Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Ainu Museum and a restaurant run by local elderly women. In addition, we enjoyed the beautiful night view in Muroran and the relaxing hot spring in Noboribetsu city, a city next to Muroran.
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A Regional Study to Nagano

From May 22th to 24th, 15 KIP members, three KIP alumni, and 14 NanoJapan members (overseas students studying Nano Science in Japan) visited Ueda city and Aoki village in Nagano prefecture. In Aoki village, We discussed the current situation and the agricultural issues of the Aoki village with the local people. We enjoyed various activities, such as rice planting and soba making with them as well as the discussion.
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Project2011 "International Education"

"Young people these days are inward-looking." This oft-spoken viewpoint is frequently projected in the media and buttressed with other supposed evidence that Japnaese exchange students in foreign countries are decresasing, freshmen employees willing to work aborad are decreasing, Japnaese students at Harvard are decreasing, and so on. This is seen as a problem because their ability as effective and worldly-wise human resources is percived to be unreliable even though we need the men and women who can servive in the globalized world.In such situation, we decided to analyze wheter "young people's tendency to be inward-looking" is true or not in this project. The purpose of this project is, therefore, to focus on the essence of this problem, to dicvoer how we can solve it, and to propose what we should od about focusing on "international education".