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JASSO sends information to designated public facilities for those who wish to study in Japan to browse documents and books regarding studying in Japan.

Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai Publicity and Culture Center

This time we are introducing the Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai Publicity and Culture Center, which provides a wide range of the latest information related to Japan. The Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai Publicity and Culture Center is located on the third floor of the International Trade Centre at 2201 West Yanan Road in Shanghai City. It proactively introduces Japan’s traditional and modern cultures to people such as those who are interested in or studying Japan, and also works to deepen understanding regarding Japan.

Provision of materials introducing Japan
The Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai Publicity and Culture Center serves as a place for introducing Japanese culture and for exchange between Japan and China. There visitors can listen to CDs; view DVDs; read books, magazines, and newspapers; and use the Internet. The center has various teaching materials and documents including books such as Japanese teaching materials, video materials such as those introducing Japan, posters, slides, models, and kamishibai (picture story shows). They are loaned individually to people who require them to introduce Japanese culture, for Japanese language education, or for other purposes. They can be used for free by completing member registration.

Study abroad consultations with study abroad advisors
The Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai Publicity and Culture Center features a study abroad area with materials regarding study abroad such as university enrollment information and pamphlets.
People with expert knowledge and experience studying abroad in Japan work as “study abroad advisors” to provide consultations regarding study abroad via methods including by telephone, email, or visits to the center. The Publicity and Culture Center website also has a study abroad visa quiz and is constantly updated with related information.

Study abroad fairs, consultation meetings, and information sessions
From 2006 to 2010 the Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai Publicity and Culture Center participated in Japan study abroad fairs in Shanghai and Nanking and has directly provided study abroad consultations for people who are interested in studying abroad.
The center also holds study abroad information sessions at various universities. In order to attract many gifted university students to Japanese graduate schools, from October 2010 the center has held study abroad information sessions regarding the latest policies and trends for studying abroad in Japan at universities such as Fudan University and Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. Afterwards, many students were inspired by the information sessions to become interested in studying abroad in Japan and came to the Publicity and Culture Center for study abroad consultations.

(This document is current as of December 2010)

WEB:http://www.shanghai.cn.emb-japan.go.jp/culture/index.html (In Japanese Only)

The Society of Japanese Language Education, Hong Kong

About the Society of Japanese Language Education, Hong Kong
The Society of Japanese Language Education, Hong Kong was established in 1978 with the goals of friendship between people involved with Japanese language education in the Hong Kong region and the exchange of information. The core of this Society was made up of The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic (currently The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), and the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong
Japanese Language Course (currently The Japan Society of Hong Kong Japanese Language Course). A liaison office was set up in the Cultural Services Department of the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong.
An office was established in May 2005 to strengthen the office system, and in September 2007 the Society was recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Government of Hong Kong. Currently the doors of the Society are open not only to Japanese language educators but also to researchers studying various fields related to Japan. It carries out a variety of activities as a place of interaction contributing to the development of Japanese language education and Japanese Studies in Hong Kong and the surrounding area. As of 2010, the Society has approximately 280 members.

About the library and activities to promote study abroad in Japan
Since the Society was established in 1978, it has made great efforts over many years with the objective of spreading and promoting Japanese language education in Hong Kong. The Society is currently engaged in various activities including lectures, surveys of scholars, teacher training events, and publishing the academic journal Nihongakukan. In addition, the Society has been holding the “Hong Kong Junior High and High School Student Speech Contest” since 2005 to encourage junior high and high school students in Hong Kong to study Japanese.
Furthermore, the Society became one of JASSO’s “Study in Japan Resource Facilities” in July 2007. Since then the it has carried out promotion activities mainly through providing materials about studying in Japan at our library.
Our collection consists of over 2,000 items, including question collections for the Examination for Japanese School/University Admission for International Students, information about daily life in Japan, past exam questions from the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Japanese language textbooks, newspapers, and magazines, etc. Materials can be used during the time the library is open. In the future we are hoping to strengthen cooperation with universities in Japan and carry out related activities together.

Main activities of the Society of Japanese Language Education, Hong Kong

  • Holding regular meetings including research presentations and lectures related to Japanese language education and Japanese Studies
    Publishing the academic journal Nihongakukan
    Cooperating with projects related to Japanese language education and Japanese Studies with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Foundation, etc. (cooperating towards carrying out surveys of overseas Japanese language education institutions, surveys of Japanese Studies researchers, etc.)
    Holding the “Hong Kong Junior High and High School Student Speech Contest” (since 2005)
    Supporting the “Hong Kong Japanese Language Speech Contest” (since 1979)
    Conducting the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in the Hong Kong area (since 1984)
    Holding Japanese language education seminars and workshops as a member of the Japan Foundation JF Nihongo Network (since 2009)
    Member of the Global Network of Japanese Language Teacher Societies and Academic Societies (since 2002)
    Inviting people to and managing the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Language Education Traveling Seminars as the local organization holding the event (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996)
    Holding the International Symposium on Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies (held in autumn: 1st in 1994, 2nd in 1995, 3rd in 1997, 4th in 1999, 5th in 2000, 6th in 2003, 7th in 2006, 8th in 2008)
    Providing support for the 1st Seminar on Educating Oversees Returnee Children on November 21, 2010

Contact information
The Society of Japanese Language Education, Hong Kong Office
Address: Rm 701-2, 7/F., Marina House, 68 Hing Man Street, Shau Kei Wan, HK
Telephone: (852) 2866-9991
Fax: (852) 2866-1331
WEB:http://www.japanese-edu.org.hk/ (In Japanese and Chinese Only)
E-mail: info@japanese-edu.org.hk

Sakura Japanese Language School

What is Sakura Japanese Language School?
Sakura Japanese Language School is on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in Ho Chi Minh City, about 30 minutes towards downtown from the air gateway of Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The conspicuous korai gate is the school’s symbol.
After Vietnam’s reunification, Sakura Japanese Language School was founded as the Vietnam-Japan Culture Center in 1989 as Ho Chi Minh City’s first private Japanese language school.
The school received new certification from the Department of Education and Training in 1995 and was renamed Sakura Japanese Language School. Classes to train Vietnamese people as Japanese language instructors were set up as early as 1996 (the following year). Since then, many Vietnamese have been turned out as Japanese language instructors.
In 1996, Da Nang Sakura Center, our sister school, was established in central Da Nang. Like the Ho Chi Minh school, the Da Nang school strives to teach the Japanese language and conduct cultural exchanges based on the Ezoe method.

Japanese Language Education
Since its founding, Sakura has received guidance and cooperation from the Tokyo-based Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute on the Ezoe method and teaching materials, as well as from the Shizuoka-based Kokusai Kotoba Gakuin on exchanges and administration. We still maintain partnerships with these organizations.
Classes are held by teams of Japanese and Vietnamese instructors. They focus on instilling communication skills with an original teaching method based on a direct approach. We also devote our energies to introducing Japanese culture and interaction, creating opportunities for a variety of experiences such as daily activities and events at the school, as well as group functions outside of school.

In addition to school classes, Sakura arranges corporate classes for Japanese companies as well as prominent Vietnamese firms. We provide instruction on the Japanese language and business manners, as well as corporate training.
In the seventeen years since 1993, we have accepted two university cadets a year from Ashinaga. Together, staff and students participate in presentations on Japanese culture, interactive exchanges and more

Study Abroad Promotions
In 1991, five privately financed Vietnamese students were sent to Japan to study. They were the first to do so since Vietnam’s reunification. Since then, more than 500 have been sent and have worked to develop talent that builds bridges between Japan and Vietnam. The first students received scholarships from Itochu Enex Co., Ltd., and until now there have been many newspaper scholars as well as those who have received assistance from private organizations and Sakura.
In 1998, the Japan Education Exchanges and Services (JEES), the predecessor to the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), held the first Japan Education Fair in Vietnam. Sakura had been a local organization assisting with the fair until 2005. The Japanese Language Contest in Ho Chi Minh, which started in 2008 and is sponsored by the Kyoritsu International Foundation, will be held for the third time this year, where Sakura will help out as its local office.
On occasion, Sakura also conducts activities to promote study abroad programs such as in-school study abroad information sessions, information sessions with partner Japanese language schools and providing materials from Japanese universities for visitors to browse.
The Sakura Scholarship was established in 1999 and has since then provided assistance to students who have earned excellent grades at the school. In addition, we set up the Sakura Study Abroad Fund in 2008, which supports outstanding students who also have financial hardship. Other than these, scholarships such as the MK Seiko Co., Ltd. Scholarship, the Kyoritsu Study Abroad Scholarship, the Asahi Shimbun Scholar program, the Regalo Scholarship and the Kunimoto Scholarship are opening paths for students to learn Japanese and study in Japan.

The Let’s Go to Japan Club
Sakura has a unique club for students with an interest in Japan called the Let’s Go to Japan Club. Members of the academic group study abroad, go on tours, work, have fun or do anything related to Japan. Two students with excellent grades who enthusiastically join in the club’s activities over the year receive a one-week study trip to Kyoto, class fee exemptions and more.

WEB:http://www.sakurasgn.com/ (In Japanese only)

Government-Sponsored International Students Support Scientific and Technological Development of the Philippines (The Japan Information and Culture Center at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines)

We would now like to introduce to you the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. As a center for releasing promotional materials for studying in Japan, the JICC offers information on studying in Japan, holds Japan Education Fairs, provides consultations on studying in Japan and more. Visitors to the library inside the embassy can browse books, magazines, DVDs and other media about Japan.

The Embassy of Japan and Government-Sponsored International Students

The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines facilitates student exchanges primarily through the government-sponsored international student program. Specifically, the JICC conducts publicity concerning the government-sponsored international student program and provides the latest information on studying in Japan to Philippine students and educators through events such as the Japan Education Fair. Information is also posted through publicity and press releases on the embassy’s website, while recruitment notices and materials are sent to major educational and research institutes across the Philippines. Following the publicity stage, students are selected under a rigorous process at the embassy and recommended to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Government-sponsored international students who receive final letters of acceptance undergo orientation and receive assistance in preparing to live and study in Japan before going there.
A total of about 3,000 government-sponsored international students from the Philippines have gone to Japan from 1954 through 2010. Many of them are active in diverse fields following their return to the Philippines as they form former government-sponsored international student organizations and implement cultural and educational projects. Many former government-sponsored international students work together with the embassy to contribute to Japanese-Philippine academic and cultural exchanges.

Former Government-Sponsored International Students Active in Various Circles
According to the results of the latest follow-up survey conducted in 2010, government-sponsored international students who finish their studies in Japan and return to the Philippines hold important positions in a variety of fields. For example, there are over 100 experts in areas such as education and medicine. The government-sponsored international students’ work is particularly remarkable in the fields of veterinary medicine, agriculture and fisheries science. At the University of the Philippines, the country’s premier educational institute, about 40 researchers at the Los Banos campus (which is strong in veterinary medicine and agriculture) are former government-sponsored international
students who are employed to continue research and supervise those below them. There are also many researchers at the Philippine Carabao Center, which is active in agricultural and veterinary medical research. In addition, at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, one of the main locations for cultivation research in Southeast Asia, more than ten former government-sponsored international students are researchers working at the forefront of their field, including the current head of the center and the head of the research department. In addition to people like these working as researchers and educators, about twenty hold important positions in both business and government. In business, one works as vice president of a Philippine bank, while in government, former government-sponsored international student Domingo L. Saizon is the Philippine Ambassador to Japan and the former Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Philippine government.

The Active Work of Former Government-Sponsored International Students
In the Philippines, the organization representing international students who have returned is the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA). Other organizations include the Philippine Association of the Japanese Government Scholars (PHILAJAMES) for former government-sponsored international students and the Association of Philippine Private Alumni of Japanese Universities (APPAJU) for former students studying at their own expense. All former international students who have returned to their home country endeavor to promote friendly relations between Japan and the Philippines through cultural projects, in addition to the work in their areas of expertise as well as by maintaining and further improving the networks they built before, during and after their time studying in Japan. In particular, there are also some former government-sponsored international student association members who, based on their personal experience studying abroad, provide one-on-one consultations to aspiring international students as international student advisors at the embassy and who utilize their expert knowledge to get involved in the government-sponsored international student selection process. Furthermore, regional branches of returnee international student associations play a vital role in the Philippines, an island nation where information tends to be concentrated in and around the capital of Manila. As of 2010, there are five working regional branches in addition to the head office in the Manila: North Luzon, South Luzon, Cebu, Visayas and Mindanao.

While collaborating with active former government-sponsored international student associations, the Japan Information and Culture Center at the Embassy of Japan works to maintain and promote the Philippines’ scholastic development as well as friendly relations between Japan and the Philippines.
(This text is current as of July 2010.)


Government-Sponsored International Students Support Scientific and Technological Development of the Philippines (The Japan Information and Culture Center at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines)

The Cultural Office at the Interchange Association Japan (IAJ) Taipei Branch is in charge of projects in six areas in order to promote mutual understanding and cultural exchanges between Japan and Taiwan: exchange student programs, Japanese language education assistance, youth exchanges, cultural and fine arts exchanges, Japanese studies and intellectual exchanges, and publicizing government policy. In recent years especially, we have been putting our energy into promoting youth exchanges and Japanese studies with the goal of maintaining and developing stable relations between Japan and Taiwan for the future. We currently have 14 people on our staff in Japan and Taiwan.

Exchange Student Program
Following the state-funded exchange student program that lasted until 1972, this program got its start in 1973 as a long-term study abroad scholarship by the IAJ. Each year nearly 100 new people are brought into the program. Up to now nearly 2,500 students have studied at Japanese graduate schools through this system. In addition, since 2008 we have taken over the offering of short-term study abroad scholarships—which had until then been administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)—under which around 70 students each year visit Japan as exchange students at undergraduate and graduate schools. We work with the Japan Study Abroad Scholarship Alumni Association, which was formed by former IAJ scholarship recipients, to follow up on exchange students upon their return to their home country and to conduct orientations for students who will study in Japan.

Japanese Language Education Assistance Program
We assist Japanese language instructors and students of the Japanese language in Taiwan. With joint sponsorship by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services, we have raised the number of test takers for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in Taiwan from 922 people starting in 1991 to over 65,000 in 2009. Our association conducts a survey on the state of Japanese language education in Taiwan every three years. According to the 2009 survey, nearly 250,000 people in Taiwan are studying Japanese at Japanese language schools and elsewhere. The Japanese language specialists at the Cultural Office’s Japanese Language Center become instructors and coordinators, hold training seminars for Japanese language instructors and civil servants from Taiwan, administer a reading room with Japanese books, publish the Japanese language education journal “Iroha,” administer the Japanese Language Center website, assist with various local Japanese speech contests and more.

Youth Exchange Program

Mutual visits by fellow Japanese and Taiwanese graduate students are conducted by the IAJ under the theme of “East Asia Region Research.” In addition, we promote youth exchanges between Japan and Taiwan by inviting 100 high school and university students in diverse fields to Japan and through, Match Match-Net, a Japan-Taiwan youth exchange website.

Cultural and Fine Arts Exchange Program
We invite well-known Taiwanese cultural figures and artists to Japan and introduce Japanese traditions, modern art, theater, film and more to Taiwan.

Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Program
We offer research opportunities in Japan to Taiwanese researchers and conduct international symposiums and seminars. We also send Japanese studies professors from Japan to Taiwan. Starting this year, we are working together with the Modern Japanese Studies Society , which was just established in March 2010, to put our energy into building a network of fellow Japanese studies institutes in Taiwan and training the next generation’s Japanese studies researchers.

We endeavor to communicate Japan’s attractive points in various forms, including: invitations to Taiwanese opinion leaders, surveying Taiwanese people on their Japan awareness, lending the IAJ name to be used at and financial assistance to events concerned with Japan-Taiwan exchanges, lending items to educate people on Japanese culture, administering the IAJ website and lectures on Japanese culture by our staff.

WEB:Interchange Association Japan, Taipei Branch, Cultural Office (In Japanese and Chinese only)

A Greater Zeal for Learning  St. Petersburg Japan Center

What is the St. Petersburg Japan Center?

The Japan Center was founded in 1994, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, as agreed between the governments of Japan and Russia. The purpose of establishing the center was to help Russia make a speedy transition to a market economy. The approach taken was to hold frequent business seminars taught by lecturers invited from Japan and to directly instruct Russia’s young entrepreneurs in Japanese business knowhow.

Helping Russia’s Economic Development
That fresh knowledge and mastery of competitiveness and business ethics were of great help to Russia’s young entrepreneurs, and roughly 45,000 of them attended the seminars. The best among them were given the opportunity to receive training in Japan and were able to further press forward with management innovations in their companies.

Establishment of the St. Petersburg Japan Center Alumni Association
Members of the Japan Center Alumni Association are primarily participants in the above-mentioned seminars and training in Japan. We have now joined with the association and are actively starting up activities to strengthen business relations between Japan and Russia within the framework of the Japan-Russia Trade and Investment Promotion Organization.
We are seeing gradual results and are glad that trade volume between the two countries has been growing in recent years.

The St. Petersburg Japan Center’s Role
The Japan Center plays another important role: teaching Russian businesspeople the Japanese language. Communicating one’s thoughts smoothly in Japanese is absolutely vital to promoting business and deepening mutual understanding. The St. Petersburg Japan Center provides a setting where 150 businesspeople regularly come to study Japanese after work during the day. They are very highly motivated to learn Japanese and the way they are mastering the language is impressive.

In recent years, the Japan Center has also turned its eye towards collaboration between industry and academia, assisting in exchanges between Japanese and Russian universities, and between businesses and institutes of higher learning. Russian youths are enthusiastic learners, while the government is also making efforts in education. Every year, more and more people are wanting to study in Japan.

There are seven Japan Centers in six cities. Make sure you check one out. Also, please note that although the Japan Center website is mainly targeted at Russian readers, we are gradually adding more Japanese content.


Japanese Studies on Multicultural Society in Indonesia (JASMIN)

Japanese Studies on Multicultural Society in Indonesia (JASMIN) was established in 2004, to introduce and teach the Japanese language and culture in Indonesia. The symbol of JASMIN is a five-petaled, gradated pink jasmine flower, indicating that JASMIN works softly but is hard to defeat; JASMIN will be able to face the challenges of an era of globalization. The five petals represent the view held by the Japanese people that five is the smallest number of individuals that can make an ideal group. Though JASMIN is operated by only five people, we hope to be able to develop its programs. Further, the gradually deepening pink means that JASMIN will move forward with its planning step by step to successfully implement its programs.

JASMIN activities to introduce Japanese culture
JASMIN is engaged in a variety of activities, including introducing elements of Japanese culture such as the Japanese dance Yosakoi, presenting talk shows geared toward high school students (hosted by a teacher from JASMIN), and performing the tea ceremony (cha no yu). In addition, JASMIN has produced a radio program called Around the World to Japan, to inform listeners about the culture, people, and cities of Japan.

Yosakoi dance
Every July, JASMIN sends a team to a Yosakoi dance contest held by the local government. Students assemble to practice twice each week. The students seemed to enjoy this contest because they are able to meet and talk with many Japanese people there.

Japanese culture talk showJASMIN presents a talk show to open the minds of high school’ students about Japan and interest them in learning more about the country.

JJFM Radio program-Around the World to Japan
In cooperation with JJFM Radio, JASMIN introduces Japanese culture to Indonesian listeners, inviting them to learn about the culture of a foreign country. It is hoped that this will foster greater friendship between the people of the two nations.

Japanese Language Course for Indonesians
Besides introducing Japanese culture, JASMIN also offers regular Japanese language courses, from beginning to advanced levels.
Currently, JASMIN has 140 students divided into groups (beginning or advanced) in each class. JASMIN also offers classes to prepare for international Japanese language proficiency tests, for Level 4 through Level 1. For eight months, students are provided with test preparation materials, such as vocabulary, kanji, grammar, and practice questions. Guided by the Japanese teacher, the students are able to increase their ability to get top scores on the test. Last year, three of JASMIN's students passed the Level 1 test.

JASMIN as a JASSO access point
We have entered into cooperative relationships with other institutions to support our programs. We realize that we cannot work alone. We are currently collaborating with a number of institutions in Japan and Indonesia. In Japan, JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization), MANABI Japanese Language Institution, Nihongo Center and the Asian Student Cultural Association (ABK), all have links to JASMIN.
JASMIN has been designated as one of “JASSO Public Facilities to Access Information on Study in Japan” in Indonesia. As a JASSO access point, JASMIN serves individuals that are seeking information about studying in Japan, whether on a scholarship or self-financed. JASSO has provided JASMIN with many books and other documents to be used by these individuals. With such assistance, JASMIN has become one of the best Japanese language programs in Indonesia to prepare students to study in Japan, either at a university or college.

WEB: www.jasmin.co.nr

The Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS)

The Preparatory School for Chinese Students to Japan (PSCSJ), Northeast Normal University

In 2009, The Preparatory School for Chinese Students to Japan (PSCSJ) celebrates the 30th anniversary of its founding.

In 1978, as part of the reform policies announced at the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping proposed that Chinese students should be sent to study overseas, and that, as many of these students would be going to study in Japan, preparatory schools would need to be established in China. In 1979, The Preparatory School for Chinese Students to Japan was established at Jilin Normal University in Changchun (renamed Northeast Normal University in 1980) as a collaborative project between the Chinese and Japanese governments. It was extremely rare to have a preparatory school in China designed to support the sending of students to a particular country. Also in 1979, Japan’s Ministry of Education – now the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) – gave official recognition to PSCSJ as a preparatory school for students planning to come and study in Japan, in Ministry of Education Announcement No. 143. This was the first time that the Japanese government had granted official recognition to an overseas educational institution in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act.

Construction of the new PSCSJ campus was completed in 2001. All of the facilities – including the computer rooms, recording studios, language laboratories, multi-function activity rooms, Japanese culture library and all the classrooms – are multimedia-equipped, and students can view NHK satellite TV broadcasts throughout the campus.

In the three decades since PSCSJ was established, the School has graduated over 10,000 students (including both state-funded and privately-funded students). Many of these graduates have made an important contribution to the furthering of Sino-Japanese relations in a wide variety of different fields. Over this same period, a cumulative total of more than 500 Japanese citizens have taught at PSCSJ. The teaching methodology developed by the Japanese language teaching teams dispatched by MEXT (the members of which were provided mainly by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Tokyo Institute of Technology) and by PSCSJ’s own teaching staff has exerted a major influence on Japanese language teaching in China. Research grants from various foundations have helped PSCSJ to undertake important research on Japanese language teaching, and to hold international symposiums in this field; the results of this research have led to the establishment of new educational practices.

LEFT: A Japanese Language Teaching Symposium held at PSCSJ
An International Symposium is held at PSCSJ every two years. Attended by large numbers of experts on Japanese language teaching from both China and Japan, the Symposium constitutes an important venue for the presentation of the latest research results.

Since China opened up and pushed forward with reform, PSCSJ has provided intensive, short-term education, focusing on Japanese language teaching, and serving as students’ first step towards studying in Japan. PSCSJ has opened the door to study in Japan for large numbers of Chinese students. In recognition of the important role that PSCSJ has played in bringing China and Japan together, through the cultivation of human talent and through its contribution to Sino-Japanese educational and cultural exchange, in 2003 the Japanese Government conferred the Minister of Foreign Affairs Award on PSCSJ’s President, Mr. Li Ruobo.

In 2003, PSCSJ was designated an English Language Training Center for Academics Planning to Visit English-speaking Countries, and began providing English language instruction to academics from Northeast China who are preparing to become visiting scholars in English-speaking nations. Currently, the following types of students are studying at PSCSJ: (1) State-funded students from throughout China who are planning to undertake doctoral study in Japan. (2) Academics from Northeast China who have been invited to become visiting scholars in Europe or North America. (3) Students of Japanese from the ethnic minority areas of Xinjiang Province. (4) Corporate employees who have been sent to PSCSJ to receive Japanese language instruction. (5) Privately-funded students wishing to study in Japan, Europe or North America. (6) Graduate students who need to learn Japanese for their research. These students are attracted to PSCSJ by the school’s highly effective, intensive, short-term language courses (covering the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels). Those students who successfully complete an intermediate-level or advanced course can apply directly for state funding for their overseas study, without needing to take China’s national WSK examination.

LEFT: Multimedia-based Learning
In 2003, during the National Conference of Institutions Providing Training for Students Planning to Study Abroad (which was held at PSCSJ), PSCSJ announced the introduction of a new, multimedia-based learning model. The adoption of this new model has been accompanied by a substantial enhancement of the learning environment, and significantly improved learning outcomes.

The training courses for students planning to study in Japan also cover the Japanese way of life and other aspects of Japanese culture, to help the students adjust to living in Japan. Students are full of praise for the truly comprehensive nature of the education provided by PSCSJ for students planning to study abroad, which includes special presentations on Japanese universities and talks by former PSCSJ students. To ensure first-class audiovisual learning, PSCSJ is equipped with state-of-the-art language laboratory and computer room facilities, and all classrooms are equipped with audiovisual equipment; it is generally accepted that PSCSJ provides one of the best learning environments of any training institution supervised by China’s Ministry of Education. PSCSJ operates an integrated training and placement system, helping students to complete the procedures needed to study overseas.

It can be anticipated that Chinese students who have studied in Japan will continue to play an important role in the furthering of Sino-Japanese relations in the future.Modern Sino-Japanese student exchange has seen Chinese students come to study in Japan for over 110 years, and PSCSJ has been making a major contribution in this area for 30 of those years.In the future, PSCSJ will be building on its past achievements to further the cultivation of outstanding human talent, help Chinese students to undertake programs of study in Japan, and contribute to the ongoing development of peaceful exchange between China and Japan. PSCSJ will continue to provide comprehensive support for students who are aiming for a successful, productive study-in-Japan experience.

RIGHT: Computer Room
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan donated state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment for use in PSCSJ’s computer room; in addition, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Hitachi and NEC have all donated advanced PC equipment for use at PSCSJ.


Old Japan Students' Association, Thailand Northern Regional Office (OJSATN)

The Old Japan Students' Association, Thailand (OJSAT) was established in 1951 for the purpose of building friendly relations between Thailand and Japan. It was placed under the patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand in 1966.
And in 1986, a group of Japanese school alumni in Chiang Mai initiated the founding of its branch, the OJSAT Northern Regional Office.
Here, a committee elected every two years leads the promotion of Japanese culture and language in Thailand, and acts as a base for JASSO in providing promotional material and other information about studying in Japan. The Office also holds various activities and events in collaboration with such organizations as the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, the Chiang Mai-Japanese Club, and the Japan Foundation.

Japanese language courses
The OJSATN offers beginner- to advanced-level Japanese language courses for people interested in Japan or who are considering studying in Japan in the future. Among its offerings are a course for prospective students of Japanese schools to prepare for the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), a business Japanese course for those who wish to learn Japanese that can be used in a business environment, a course to prepare for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and a course specially designed for those who aim to become flight attendants. The Office's Japanese language promotion program administers the JLPT as well as a Japanese language speech contest for high school and university students at a venue in Chiang Mai each year.

Information about support for studying in Japan
Together with JASSO, the OJSATN holds annual Japan Education Fairs. The Office has a study abroad information section, which offers students who wish to study in Japan free access to pamphlets of Japanese universities and other schools as well as books donated by JASSO. The corner also provides consultation about studying in Japan.

Cultural Exchange Programs
This business holds various events each year in an aim to introduce Japan to the people of Thailand, including Japanese cultural fairs and activities to support studying in Japan. Participants in the Japanese cultural fairs can experience Japanese cooking, ikebana flower arrangement, origami paper folding, and kimono dressing.

- Operation of Asia Japan Alumni (ASJA) International youth exchange programs and Japanese school alumni reunions
- Organization of lectures by specialists in various fields
- Organization of Thailand-Japan friendship bowling tournaments
- Hosting of annual parties and conferences
- Support for the Japanese community in Chiang Mai performing cultural activities in northern Thailand
- Support of local institutions
- Reception of donations, etc.

The OJSATN supports Japanese school alumni, promotes the exchange of information about Japanese culture and education, and carries out activities in an aim to further improve mutual understanding between Thailand and Japan. These events offer participants a chance to come into contact with Japanese culture, continue their studies of the Japanese language, or in other ways acquire a great amount of information. We hope that many of you will visit the Office.

WEB: Old Japan Students' Association, Thailand Northern Regional Office

The Center of Korean-Japan Exchange, Busan

The Center of Korean-Japan Exchange, Busan, promotes exchange between Korea and Japan on the private level in such fields as academics, culture, and economics and conducts diverse activities aimed toward common prosperity of the countries on the basic principle of building friendly relations founded on enhanced mutual understanding and mutual trust.

Major activities
1. We provide Korean students with counseling, accept applications for and conduct the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU). The EJU is administered by JASSO twice a year, in June and November, and is used to evaluate whether international students who wish to study at universities (undergraduate level) in Japan have the Japanese language skills and basic academic abilities required to study at those institutions.

2. We cosponsor the Japan Education Fair, where representatives from universities in Japan and other schools, government institutions, and organizations visit Korea and provide various information and admission counseling for Korean students who wish to study in Japan. The Japan Education Fair is held around September each year in Busan and Seoul. It is cosponsored by JASSO, the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education, the Metropolitan Tokyo Professional Institution Association, and the National Association of Special Institutes of Japan (in Japan) and the Center of Korean-Japan Exchange, Busan, the Korea-Japan International Students Association, and the Korean Japanese Association (in Korea). With an annual participation of more than 130 schools, the fair is the largest event of its kind held in Korea.

3. We act as a base for providing information about studies in Japan. Publications and other material donated to us by JASSO are available for free access to students who wish to pursue their studies in Japan.

4. We host various Korea-Japan cultural exchange events such as exhibitions, lectures, and public presentations. Each year around May we hold a Japanese language essay contest, around September a Japanese language drama festival, and around November local seminars on international study in Japan. The first two events are cosponsored by the Center and the Consulate-General of Japan at Busan. The purpose of the essay contest for two-year college students enrolled in a Japanese language course in the Yeongnam region, and the drama festival for four-year university students undertaking a Japan-related program in the same region, is to enhance the students' motivation for learning and improve mutual understanding between Korea and Japan.

The third event is sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan at Busan in cooperation with the Center and the JASSO Seoul Office. The purpose of the seminars is to visit various locations within the Yeongnam region, provide students interested in studying in Japan with counseling and materials on studies in Japan and the EJU, and make more local students interested in studying in Japan.

We also support exchange between Korean and Japanese local governments, universities, institutions, and private organizations and promote exchange activities that fit our basic principle and founding purpose.

Our library is equipped with Japanese high school textbooks, university pamphlets, EJU question booklets and reference books, and various other materials related to studies in Japan. Students interested in studying in Japan are welcome to come in at any time and acquire helpful information.
Thank you.

Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta
The experience as an access point for JASSO

FISIP (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences), Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta is one of JASSO’s access points in Yogyakarta. FISIP UAJY becomes access point for JASSO since 2001. FISIP UAJY does not have any department or course related to Japanese study but JASSO (in that time still used name AIEJ = Association of International Education, Japan) allows us to assist JASSO to disseminate all kinds of information related to study in Japan for Yogyakarta Province.

Yogyakarta is well-known as an education city in Indonesia. Many students from all over Indonesia come to Yogyakarta to continue their study at high school, academy, or university in Yogyakarta. Many students in Yogyakarta are enthusiasm in continuing their study abroad, including to Japan. To many Indonesian people, Japan is an interesting country in its culture, technology, nature, etc.
There are some academies and universities in Yogyakarta which have Japanese Language Department. Even in many high schools in Yogyakarta, Japanese Language is taught as the second foreign language after English. Not only Japanese Language, many aspects of Japanese people are also taught, makes Japan is more and more interesting to them.

As an access point, FISIP UAJY assist JASSO in disseminating all information of study in Japan for Yogyakarta people. Some activities have been supported by FISIP UAJY are:

1. Distributing book on “Guide to Study in Japan” and other information about study in Japan to some academies and universities which have Japanese Language Department and to some Japanese Language Courses. This book and other papers are sent by JASSO Jakarta Headquarter to FISIP UAJY routinely and FISIP UAJY distributes them routinely? This book and other papers are free to anyone who wants any information of studying in Japan. FISIP UAJY also gives some books from JASSO to Japanese Language teacher in high schools. FISIP UAJY also welcome anyone who wants to consult in study in Japan, face to face or by email.

2. Organizing school students and university students in Yogyakarta to attended Japan Study Expo at Jakarta in June 22nd, 2002. There were 40 participants came from various academies and universities in Yogyakarta. JASSO supported free round trip bus for all participants from Yogyakarta. In this expo, students could enter each stand from one university in Japan, asked everything about that university. Leaflet and other information about universities participated in that expo could be got free.

3. Supporting Open House held by Pusat Bahasa (Language Center), Yogyakarta Atma Jaya University in September, 13th 2003. FISIP UAJY helped Pusat Bahasa to organize an Open House by mediating JASSO Jakarta Headquarter and Pusat Bahasa. JASSO sent one person as the representation of JASSO to present all information of studying in Japan. In this Open House, information about Japanese society, culture, and other interesting experiences were shared by some people who have studied in Japan. Participants in this Open House are high school students, university students, Japanese Language teachers, tourist guides, and ordinary people who have interest in Japan.

4. Overseas Study Expo sponsored by Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University in March 17th, 2006 at Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University. Representatives from some embassies or education from abroad were participating in this event, such as from Russia, Australia, Japan (represented by FISIP UAJY on behalf of JASSO), Malaysia, France, Nederland Education Center, American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (Aminef), NIIT (from India and Singapore). In this event, representatives from each country had one stand to give any information of studying in each country. This expo was held to give information to Yogyakarta people about studying abroad. Most of visitors of this expo were high school and university students.

5. Supporting Open House held by SMAN 3 Yogyakarta and Japan College, one of Japanese Language Courses in Yogyakarta, at Benteng Vredeburg in 2007 . In this event, FISIP UAJY accompanied representative from JASSO Jakarta Headquarter in presenting information of study in Japan and of Japanese society. There were also Japanese Food Festival and Japanese Game for all participants. Most of participants in this open house were high schools students and some were Japanese Language teachers.

6. Supporting Japan Culture Week at SMAN 1 Yogyakarta in 2008. SMAN 1 students have organized a Japanese Culture group which held activities related in Japan for these two years. FISIP UAJY as an access point for JASSO supporting this event by presenting information of study on Japan. There was also Japanese Food Festival, attraction of Kendo, Yukata contest.

7. Giving information of Japanese society and culture to ten high school students in Bantul who were chosen to participate in Youth Exchange in 2008. This Youth Exchange was arranged by Japanese Government and Indonesia Government to give chance to children who were victims from some great disasters in Indonesia, such as children who were victims of Tsunami in Aceh in 2005. This program was a kind of heal program to make children forget their traumatic experiences they have experienced in terrible disasters. Ten high school students from Bantul came from families that were victims of earthquake in May, 27th, 2006. These students were given information how to adapt with Japanese society when they were in Japan and had to live with Japanese family for about two weeks.

Web:Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya

Kyrgyz Republic-Japan Center for Human Development

The Kyrgyz Republic-Japan Center for Human Development was initially established on May 18, 1995 as the “Kyrgyz Republic-Japan Center” (KRJC) under the management of the Cooperation Committee*. Thereafter, it officially opened on April 1, 2003, as the “Kyrgyz Republic-Japan Center for Human Development” project by agreement between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Kyrgyz government.
KRJC’s mission is to help develop human resources to support Kyrgyzstan’s transition to a market economy and to deep mutual understanding between Kyrgyzstan and Japan, mainly through the implementation of business courses, Japanese language courses, and cultural exchange programs.

* The Cooperation Committee is an institution that was established to provide humanitarian and technical assistance to the states of the former Soviet Union, based on the “Agreement on the Establishment of the Cooperation Committee” concluded in January 1993 between the government of Japan and the governments of the 12 states of the former Soviet Union. The secretariat of the committee was located in Tokyo.

Business Courses
KRJC hosts a wide variety of business seminars, but the “Practical Business Management Course,” a 3-month course intended for entrepreneurs and executive personnel of small- and medium-sized companies, particularly attracts a large number of applicants. It is one of KRJC’s most popular seminars, as it comprehensively introduces Japanese business practices to Kyrgyz businessmen in three months, by focusing on topics relating to basic business knowledge, business skills, and corporate management. KRJC also offers intensive seminars on timely economic issues, as well as courses that aim to cultivate consultants in Kyrgyzstan.

In November 2006, KRJC organized a two-week “Tourism Seminar,” which provided people in Kyrgyzstan’s tourism industry practical tourism-related information, and was rated highly by all participants. In 2007, a “Craftwork Development Seminar” was offered to people working in the handicraft and folk art production industries in Kyrgyzstan. The large collection of exceptional work produced by the participants of the seminar was displayed in an exhibition held in three locations in Kyrgyzstan, including Bishkek, and in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

<UPPER> 2007 Craftwork Development Seminar

In 2008, a course on “Interior and Exterior Designs” was held. In these ways, KRJC business courses will continue to spotlight themes and issues that may lead to the creation of new business opportunities in the future, mainly in areas pertinent to the development of Kyrgyzstan’s economy.
In addition to Bishkek, KRJC also provides regular business seminars in the southern city of Osh and other regional cities.

Japanese Language Courses
KRJC offers a wide variety of courses, to satisfy the diverse needs of Japanese language learners in Kyrgyzstan.

  • 4-year course: Aims to provide intermediate-level Japanese communication skills (corresponding to level 2 of the Japanese Language Aptitude Test) in 4 years
    Advanced Japanese: Course for those who have completed the intermediate level and wish to learn advanced Japanese
    Level 1 Japanese Language Proficiency Test preparation course: Prepares students for the Level 1 Japanese Language Aptitude Test that is held every December

In addition to offering various language courses, KRJC promotes Japanese language education in Kyrgyzstan by supporting the activities of the Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Kyrgyzstan and by cooperating in holding Japanese speech contests and Japanese public reading contests sponsored by the association. In other areas, KRJC provides support to universities and other institutions for Japanese language education in Kyrgyzstan, as well as provides information on study and training programs in Japan to Kyrgyz learners of Japanese who wish to further improve their Japanese language ability.

<LEFT> Awards ceremony of the 2008 public reading contest

Cultural Exchange Programs
KRJC aims to strengthen friendly relations between Kyrgyzstan and Japan and promote communication and exchanges between the people of both countries, through the following activities.

  • Management of Japanese drum, origami, calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, kimono-wearing, and patchwork classes
    Support for Japanese drum, chorus, and other cultural clubs
    Organization of culture and music festivals: Spring Culture Festival “Satsuki Matsuri” (May), Autumn Music Festival (November), Japanese Culture Festival in regional cities
    Japanese movie day: Showing of famous and/or popular Japanese movies once a month, with Russian subtitles provided by KRJC
    Provision of books, videos, and DVDs on Japan, for browsing and borrowing
    Provision of information on study programs in Japan

<LEFT> Awards ceremony of the 2008 public reading contest
<RIGHT> Origami class

Information Resource Complex
The Information Resource Complex is composed of a library, study room, video viewing corner, and Internet corner. All visitors are welcome to use the facilities and access its large collection of materials and books on Japan, Japanese culture, and business in Japan.
The library holds some 5,000 books, periodicals, and pamphlets written in Japanese, English, Russian, and Kyrgyz, and as many as 1,070 DVDs and CDs. Visitors may also peruse Japanese newspapers and view the national TV broadcast of Japan (NHK).

Study-in-Japan Information Section
The Study-in-Japan Information Section in one corner of the library provides information on study programs in Japan, including pamphlets on how to enroll in a Japanese university and the latest information on educational opportunities in Japan that the library receives from Japan on a weekly basis.

Other Activities
KRJC launched computer courses for the hearing impaired in April 2006, and has so far implemented the elementary level course for 5 terms and the intermediate level course for 3 terms. In 2008, it has also established computer classes for children with severe hearing disability, taught by hearing-impaired students who have successfully completed the elementary and intermediate courses during the first term with excellent results.
Information on various courses, seminars, and events hosted by KRJC is available via the KRJC website and the quarterly “Japan Center Journal.”

Web: www.krjc.kg
E-mail: krjc@krjc.kg

Uzbekistan-Japan Center for Human Development

The Uzbekistan-Japan Center for Human Development (UJC) is a non-profit organization (NPO) established in June 2001 by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Uzbekistan Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade. Its main objective is to promote the development of human resources capable of supporting Uzbekistan’s transition to a market economy and to deepen mutual understanding between Uzbekistan and Japan, by applying Japan’s experience in economic development.

Since its formal opening in August 2001, UJC has provided various training programs, such as on international management practices, based on Japan’s experience and knowledge. It also provides Japanese language education and hosts various exchange activities as a means of promoting friendship and interactions among the people in both countries, as well as offers computer courses for the hearing impaired and holds seminars on study programs in Japan.

UJC commemorated a milestone in November 2008, as it welcomed the 350,000th visitor to the center. With an aim to becoming an establishment that is widely open to the people of Uzbekistan, it will continue to provide information services to the general public (books, videos, Internet, etc.), sponsor forums featuring learned individuals, and support the exchange activities of civic groups in Japan.

Main Activities
1. Business Programs
Uzbekistan is steadily making the transition to a market economy, and is in urgent need to develop leaders who possess business management skills. UJC offers training programs designed for entrepreneurs and corporate managers, and provides Uzbek businessmen opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

UJC offers the following 4 types of business courses and a corporate consultation service.

  • Course A: Professional Management Program (commonly called PMP). Comprehensive business training similar to an MBA program.
    Course B: Short-term course intended for those who have completed the PMP or general participants who possess basic knowledge of business.
    Course C: 1- to 2-day seminars intended mainly for top business managers and designed to provide information that meets the needs of the economic and industrial sectors in Uzbekistan.
    Course D: Training courses and seminars intended for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) located in regional cities in Uzbekistan.
    SME Consultation: Business consultations for private companies.

2. Japanese Language Programs
There is said to be approximately 1,700 Japanese language learners in Uzbekistan. Of these people, more than 320 are enrolled in UJC’s Japanese language programs, and compose the largest group of Japanese language students in Uzbekistan. Since its establishment in October 2001, the elementary course has been receiving more applications than the capacity limit every year, which clearly shows the high level of interest in learning Japanese in Uzbekistan.
UJC also serves a central role in disseminating the Japanese language, as the secretariat of the local Japanese language teachers’ association.

  • Junior course Elementary - basic intermediate (3 years)
    Regular course Elementary - intermediate (3 years)
    Special course - Intermediate advanced course (1 year), Interpreter/tour guide course (3 months), Business Japanese course (6 months), Japanese proficiency test preparation course (3 months), Simple conversation for beginners (3 months), Japanese for returnees, Japanese language teacher training course

3. Cultural Exchange Programs
UJC regularly provides courses on Japanese calligraphy, Japanese bilboquet (cup and ball game), the Dutar, an Uzbek folk instrument, and other cultural courses. It also hosts various cultural events on a monthly basis, such as origami, flower arrangement, and kimono classes, as well as shows Japanese movies periodically. These activities are held not only in the center, but at schools, public facilities, summer camps, and wherever there are requests for such activities.
UJC also holds “UJC Forums,” a series of open lecture presentations held regularly on a wide range of topics.

Studying in Japan seminars: UJC has held seminars on study programs in Japan jointly with Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Tsukuba University, Tohoku University, and Nagoya University thus far, and expects to hold more seminars and attract larger numbers of participants hereafter. Under the UJC Forum scheme, it also invites people who have returned to Uzbekistan after completing the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) program, to share their study-in-Japan experiences to the participants of Japanese education seminars.

Provision of study-abroad information:
The walls of the UJC lobby display numerous posters from various universities in Japan, and the Study-abroad Information Corner in the library offers pamphlets from Japanese universities and application forms for scholarship programs, available to all visitors.

4. Computer Courses for the Hearing Impaired
UJC has launched computer courses for the hearing impaired in January 2005, as a joint project in cooperation with the Deaf Association of Uzbekistan. The main objective of the courses is to provide people with hearing disabilities the opportunity to acquire computer skills so that they may find or change employment, or receive vocational training and improve their daily work efficiency.

In Uzbekistan, these highly unique vocational training courses designed specifically for the hearing impaired are in great demand, and have been highly acclaimed by the Asia Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD).

Venice Japanese Community Center Scholarship Committee Chair Elaine Koyama announced VJCC’s 2017 scholarship winners on June 24, the first day of the annual Summer Festival:

• Kendall Chan, graduate of Notre Dame Academy, who will attend Regis University in Denver. Parents: Michael and Terrie Chan.

• Adam Hirata, graduate of Venice High School, who will attend Loyola Marymount University. Parents are Erica and Darren Hirata.

• Melissa Kitagawa, graduate of Venice High School, who plans to attend USC in the spring. Parents: Dennis Kitagawa and Maggie Chou.

• Ryan Lee, graduate of Venice High School, who will attend UC Irvine. Parents: Patty and Daniel Lee.

• Nicole Nakamoto, graduate of Culver City High School, who will attend San Jose State University. Parents: Todd and Cindy Nakamoto.

• Jayson Yamasaki, graduate of North High School, who will attend CSU Long Beach. Parents: Ken and Lori Yamasaki.

VJCC President Wes Shinoda accepted the scholarships for two students who were unable to attend because they were in Japan:


  • Kyle Nomura, graduate of Culver City High School, who plans to attend Santa Monica College. Parents: Valerie and Tim Nomura.


  • Kyle Shimoda, graduate of Venice High School, who plans to attend UC Irvine. Parents: Wesley and Amy Shimoda.


The recipients’ names will be added to a VJCC Scholarship plaque displayed in the lobby.



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