UHM Student News: 69th Japan-America Student Conference

The 69th annual Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) brought together sixty-seven U.S. and Japanese college students to study, work, live, and travel together as a group. The delegates visited four regions in Japan between August 3-28, 2017. This year’s theme was Self and Society: Sharing Perspective and Inspiring Action.


UHM student Ngan Vo (second from right) and fellow 69th JASC attendees


Ms. Ngan Vo, Global MBA student of Shidler College of Business, participated in this year’s JASC with a scholarship from CJS.


Read on for a brief report from her experience:


We listened to the lectures of guest speakers who presented various topics consisting of politics, diversity, environment, business, Japanese culture, music, religion, etc. We also had opportunity to discuss with local community about current issues that Japan is coping with, such as shrinking population, regional revitalization, environment, and culture reservation. Our perception and understanding about Japan become sharper when we visited to Ise Grand Shrines, Tea Ceremony, Meiji School Classroom, Ama Diving, Dogo Onsen, Matsuyama Castle etc.


More importantly, roundtables were a key component of the conference. These collaborative discussions engaged and solidified our understanding on the topics that we chose in the subjects (but not limited to) of City, Media, Health, Governance, Minority, Culture, and Ideology. We all presented our findings and recommendations about these topics at the final forum conducted in Tokyo in August 26th, which received great attention from public and community. In this final forum, my team’s presentation was entitled “Approaching the City from Multidimensional Perspectives,” and I presented on the homelessness situation in large cities.


Group photo of the 69th JASC participants

For more information on JASC, please see website: iscdc.org/jasc

For questions on the CJS scholarship, contact our Associate Director, Dr. Gay Satsuma: gay@hawaii.edu


J-Current (Vol. 20) AY2016-17

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The Center for Japanese Studies‘ newsletter, J-Current, is usually published twice a year and features CJS news, events, and updates from faculty, affiliates, and students. In this latest volume (20), we combined events from the full academic year of Fall 2016, Spring and Summer 2017. To view, click on the image to open the newsletter in a new window. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue!


Please let us know if you spot errors – email to cjs@hawaii.edu


To read previous issues, please see our newsletter archive.



Alumnus news: David Nguyen


We are delighted to share good news on UHM alumnus David Nguyen (BA, Political Science; MA, Geography) and 2014 Monbukagakusho graduate research award recipient. David will graduate with a Ph.D in Civil Engineering from Tohoku University at the end of September 2017. He received a two-year position at the University of Tokyo, through the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Congratulations, David!


David giving a lecture at the JR East Sendai branch office. He was invited to share with staff on how JR East could better prepare for the increase in foreign visitors during the 2020 Olympics.