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.

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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.

Speech Contest

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

regular meetings

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.

Sakura Japanese Language School's gate


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

Sado club

Inauguration ceremony of Sakura Japanese Language School

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)

Cultural festival

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.

Cultural event of the PHILAJAMES

A person doing research

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.)

WEB: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/index.htm

Study in Japan fair at the Embassy of Japan

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.

Information session

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.

Japanese lesson for office holder

Highschool students (Japan and Taiwan)

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)

Showing Japanese dish

A Greater Zeal for Learning  St. Petersburg Japan Center

What is the St. Petersburg Japan Center?

(Image) Coursework

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.

(Image) Management reforms

(Image) Japanese language lesson

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.

WEB: http://www.jpcenter.spb.ru/

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 logo

Access point of Japanese culture

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

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 show

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

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

Public Facilities to Access Information on Study in Japan

The Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS)

Information on JUGAS, a public facility to access information on study in Japan inside Singapore, can be found on the Japan Alumni Associations page.
Japan Alumni Associations page

The Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore Website

Japan Education Seminar, March 2009

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.

The PSCSJ Campus

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.

A Japanese Language Teaching Symposium held at PSCSJ

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.

Multimedia-based Learning

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.

WEB: http://lryx.nenu.edu.cn/index.asp

Computer Room

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

Old Japan Students' Association, Thailand Northern Regional Office

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.

(OJSATN) Japanese language speech contest

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.

(OJSATN) Study abroad information section

(OJSATN) Japanese cultural fair

- 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
E-mail: ojsatn@hotmail.com

The Center of Korean-Japan Exchange, Busan

The Center of Korean-Japan Exchante, 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.

The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students

The Japan Education Fair

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 Japanese language essay contest

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.

The Japanese language drama festival

The map of the center of Korean-Japan Exchange, Busan

Web: The Center of Korean-Japan Exchange, Busan (In Korean)
E-mail: busan@kopan.or.kr

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

Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta logo

Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta

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:

Students of Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta

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.

An access poin for the infomations of study in japan

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.

Overseas Study Expo

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
E-mail: vinmary001id@yahoo.com

Youth Exchange

Kyrgyz Republic-Japan Center for Human Development

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.

2007 Craftwork Development Seminar

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

2008 Autumn Music Festival

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

Information Resource Complex

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.

Study-in-Japan Information Section

Japan Center Journal

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.

UJC International Business Center

Business Course PMP

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

Japanese Language Course

Cultural Program Origami Contest

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.

Information Seminar APU

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).

  • Elementary course: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel (essentials), email and Internet operations
    Advanced course I: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel (advanced), Adobe Photoshop operations
    Advanced course II: Web designing
    Advanced course II: Corel Draw
    Advanced course III: Networking, Macromedia Flash
    Instructor development course: Intended for those who have completed the Advanced III course. Participants acquire specialized knowledge of computers, IT, and teaching methods, and practice-teach the elementary course toward the latter part of their training.

Computor Course

Kazakhstan-Japan Center for Human Development

Kazakhstan-Japan Center for Human Development (KJC) was established and started official activities on August 10, 2002. The center aims for cultivating human resources so as to contribute to the market economy in Kazakhstan. KJC offers business courses, Japanese language courses, and activities for deepening the friendship between the people of Japan and Kazakhstan (the mutual understanding promotion program). The center provides useful information of Japan to visitors, including teachers, students, and businessmen who are interested in Japan. Those who are interested can participate in the cultural exchange programs between the two countries.

Kazakhstan-Japan Center for Human Development

Japanese Language Courses
Kazakhstan-Japan Center for Human Development offers Japanese language courses from a primary level to an advanced level to those who are interested in Japan or who wish to study in Japan. Spring and Fall semesters (4 months in total) are offered in Almaty and Astana. Registration periods are between the middle of August and the middle of September for the Fall Course and between January and February for the Spring Course. We recommend the practical Japanese language course to those who wish to continue to study Japanese after returning from Japan or who wish to learn business Japanese. We also offer preparatory classes for the Japanese Language proficiency Test Grades 1, 2, and 3. We also provide support to Japanese language teachers, while we expand our services to rural area. This year, the Summer Course was held in Astana and Almaty as well as in Karaganda for the first time. The Japanese information magazine, “Shanirak” is currently being published, so if you wish to write an article, please contact staff of Japanese Department.


  • Level 1 to 4 (Primary)
    Level 5 and 6 (Intermediate)
    Level 7 and 8 (Advanced)
    Practical Japanese Course
    Juvenile Course (10 to 16 years old)
    Preparation Class for Japanese Language Proficiency Test
    2-Week-Summer Course
    Japanese Language Teaching Seminar
    Japanese Language Teaching Symposium

Business Course
The economy in Kazakhstan has been developing every year, and the number of private companies has increased. We offer business courses in the fields that Japan excels in for satisfying entrepreneurs’ demands and also for developing human resourses who will be able to contribute to the market econcomy in Kazakhstan. The following three business courses are provided at KJC.
  1. Standard Business Course for Business Management
    Specific Business Course for Business Management
    Master Course
Other seminars in cooperation with universities are provided.

Japanese Language Courses(KJC)

Mutual Understanding Promotion Program(KJC)

Mutual Understanding Promotion Program
For the purpose of introducing Japan to the people in Kazakhstan, various annual events are held including the Japan Festival, supporting program for studying in Japan, library operation, and public relations activities. The Japan Festival was held in Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Aktau, and Semei. Japanese flower arrangement, the tea ceremony, kimono-wearing, calligraphy, and origami are demonstrated at the Japan Festival. You can taste Japanese-style dishes and see an exhibition of Japanese toys.

Information of Studying in Japan
For the support of studying in Japan, in addition to providing information of studying in Japan and participating in a studying in Japan fair, we held the Studying in Japan Explanatory Meeting to enhance cooperation with Japanese universities. There is a stand to provide information on studying in Japan in the library, and users can see brochures of Japanese universities (currently 59 universities). Of the 10 computers at the internet corner, 2 computers are free to those who wish to study in Japan.

Information of Studying in Japan(KJC)


Library Operation
The library, the Internet Corner, Video Corner, and Audio Corner are provided at the center. Information on studying in Japan is also offered. There are about 7,000 books including about 5,000 items in Japanese including many Japanese school textbooks and books of Japanese literature. There are 15 kinds of magazines in Japanese, English, and Russian.

“KJC News” and KJC brochures

PR Activities
We provide information on the website and also issue the “KJC News” and KJC brochures.

Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Development

The Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Development (MoJC) was established as a center for promoting the development of human resources capable of supporting Monglia’s transition to a market economy, and for promoting mutual understanding between Mongolia and Japan. It began operations on January 22, 2002, with cooperation from the National University of Mongolia. An opening ceremony was held on June 21, 2002, in the presence of Prince and Princess Akishinonomiya of Japan.
Since its opening, the center has provided various training courses and exchange activities, in response to the Mongolian people’s strong interest and expectations of Japan. It is now a favorite destination to visit, among the Mongolian people, and especially the residents of Ulaanbaatr. The center has received more than 780,000 visitors over the past six years, and is widely appreciated for its services. (population of Ulaanbaatr (as of May 2008): 1,031,200)

On July 16, 2007, a ceremony commemorating the 5th anniversary of the center was held with the attendance of distinguished guests, including the Crown Prince of Japan, former Prime Minister of Mongolia Mr. Miyeegombo Enkhbold, and Japanese Ambassador to Mongolia Mr. Yasuyoshi Ichihashi. The ceremony celebrated the center’s achievements to date in implementing various new activities in response to diverse needs accompanying the development and deepening of the market economy in Mongolia.

The Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Development

Business Courses
Mongolia’s market economy is showing steady growth year by year, and numerous private companies have been founded during the past six years. However, corporate managers are constantly confronted with diverse issues, and seek managerial knowledge and expertise to overcome those issues. In response to such new, emerging needs among managers, the Mongolia-Japan Center offers a wide variety of courses and seminars both at the center and in regional communities, intended to develop human resources who can effectively promote the market economy.

(Below are courses implemented in FY2007.)

(Below are courses implemented in FY2007.)
(1) Practical business courses on small and medium company management and diagnostic guidance

  • Japanese-style management and management strategies, and the 5S improvement activities
    Store management
    Financial management
    Production management
    Labor management
    Quality management

(2) Business plan formulation seminar

(3) Industry-specific courses
  • Practical course on tour product planning and sales promotion businesses
    Practical training for Japanese-language tour guides
    HACCP guidance course
    Senior IT engineer course
    Computer course for administrative personnel

Business Courses (MoJC)

Japanese Language Courses
The number of Japanese language students in Mongolia has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s, when foreign language learning was liberalized. As a key center for Japanese language education in Mongolia, the Mongolia-Japan Center has actively worked to disseminate the Japanese language and build a network of Japanese language teachers. Today, its main focus is on improving the skills of Japanese language teachers and providing business Japanese education, from the perspective of regional development.

(Below are courses implemented in FY2007.)
(1) Courses for Japanese language teachers

  • Practical training course for Japanese language education
    Open lecture on teaching techniques
    Japanese language education workshop
    Japanese language education symposium

(2) Business personnel development courses
  • Business Japanese course
    IT Japanese course

(3) Courses for specific needs of Japanese language learners
  • Learning Japanese through movies
    Basic kanji course
    Intermediate kanji course
    Introductory review course
    Monthly Japanese placement test
    One-day introductory lesson in Japanese
    Special courses

Japanese Language Courses (MoJC)

IT Origami classes (MoJC)

Exchange Activities
To promote mutual understanding between Mongolia and Japan, the Mongolia-Japan Center gives lectures on various issues in Mongolia, as well as organizes an opinion exchange forum called “Japan Center Forum,” once a year. Additionally, open lectures are held once a month, to provide the latest information and knowledge on topics that are of high interest to the general public. The center also concentrates on introducing Japanese culture. For example, it shows Japanese movies twice a month, in cooperation with the Japanese embassy in Mongolia, and holds “IT origami classes,” in which participants learn how to fold origami using the Internet.

Human Resource Network Support
The Mongolia-Japan Center has an accumulation of information on study-in-Japan programs, and provides various services for those who wish to study in Japan, such as support for various study-abroad examinations (examinations for government-sponsored and privately-financed study-abroad programs), with the cooperation of the Japanese embassy in Mongolia and the Mongolia Japanese Language Teachers’ Association.

Japan Education Seminar : This seminar is held once a year, under the joint sponsorship of the center, the Japanese embassy in Mongolia, the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), and the Japanese University Graduate Association of Mongolia (JUGAMO). Past seminars have provided information on government sponsorship programs, examinations for study in Japan, and on the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) program, and those people who have returned to Mongolia after studying in Japan have shared their study-in-Japan experiences to the participants. The seminar is videotaped and made available for browsing at the center’s library, for those who could not attend.

Japan Education Seminar (MoJC)

The Study-abroad Corner in the library (MoJC)

Study-abroad Information Corner: The Study-abroad Information Corner is one of the most widely used areas in the library. It boasts a collection of pamphlets from almost 180 universities and schools and a host of reference materials related to studying abroad, which visitors to the library may freely peruse. A wide range of materials are also available for students interested in studying in Japan, including Japanese language textbooks and study guides for the Japanese Language Aptitude Test and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students.

Support for NGOs, NPOs, and Other Organizations
The Mongolia-Japan Center provides a place for Mongolian and Japanese NGOs, NPOs, universities, and other such organizations to hold exchange activities.

Support for the Kaizen Association and the Mongolia Japanese Language Teachers’ Association
Seconcd-year participants of the Mongolia-Japan Center’s business courses have established an NGO called Kaizen Association, with the objective of improving business management through mutual exchange of views on issues observed in each other’s companies. In cooperation with the center, the association actively implements various activities, such as holding seminars in Darkhan, Mongolia’s second largest city. In regard to the Mongolia Japanese Language Teachers’ Association, the center provides assistance in implementing the Japanese Language Aptitude Test, supports Japanese language workshops, and provides a venue for such gatherings.

As introduced above, the Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Development provides an open space for the people of Mongolia to gather, and will continue doing so, by implementing various activities, toward the goal of promoting sustainable human resources development in support of the market economy in Mongolia and of further deepening mutual understanding between the two countries.

By participating in events held by the center, those who have returned to Mongolia after studying in Japan can stay in touch with Japanese culture, continue their study of Japanese, and obtain a host of information related to Japan, as needed. On returning to Mongolia, by all means, pay a visit to the Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Development!

Lao-Japan Human Resource Cooperation Center

The Lao-Japan Human Resource Cooperation Center

Laos was admitted into ASEAN in 1997 and is an up-and-coming member of the regional economic federation. However, there is a pressing need for Laotians to practice management styles that support the country’s evolution into a market economy, and to develop Laos’s human resources so they may be on a par with those of its fellow ASEAN members.
In May 2001, the Lao-Japan Human Resource Cooperation Center (LJC) was established by Japanese grant aid at the Dongdok main campus of the National University of Laos. By providing opportunities to gain business management know-how and to study the Japanese language, and by staging a variety of cultural exchange activities, the LJC aims to develop local human resources for the transition of the Lao economy to a market-oriented one and to promote interaction and mutual understanding between the people of Laos and Japan. At present, the Center is operated as a JICA technical cooperation project, and chiefly provides the following activities.

Business course (LJC)

1. Business courses

The LJC business courses were established to improve the business knowledge and management capabilities of the Laotian people. Lectures are targeted at the Laotian businessperson, and most students hold managerial or supervisory positions in the private sector, state-owned enterprises, or government. Currently, lectures on each subject run for approximately two weeks, with students receiving certificates upon completion. Lectures are presided over chiefly by teaching staff from faculty of Economics and Business Management of the National University of Laos; Japanese specialists dispatched to the LJC on short-term assignments also provide onsite production management and factory instruction based on Japanese management style.

2. Computer courses
The LJC conducts basic-and intermediate-level computer courses aimed at people in business, government agency staff, and students. More than two thousand people have participated to date.

Computer course (LJC)

Japanese course (LJC)

3. Japanese language course
The LJC offers courses in standard Japanese for beginners and intermediate students, as well as an introductory “Hiragana Class” and a “Japanese Instructor Development Course”. The standard Japanese courses start with the three-year beginner’s class, which prepares students to be able to communicate at the minimal level necessary for daily life. Ideally, students should be able to pass the third level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test after completing this class. The LJC also produces textbooks specifically for the Laotian people, conducts seminars for Japanese-language educators, and sponsors speech contests and conferences on Japanese-language education in association with other institutions. In December of last year, LJC hosted Laos’s first Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

4. Promotion of mutual understanding and information sharing
Apart from introducing Japanese culture (ikebana flower arranging, the chado tea ceremony, budo martial arts demonstrations, movies, Japanese cuisine, kimono-wearing workshops), the LJC also sponsors lectures by Japanese and Laotian researchers and cooperates in promoting interaction with Japanese universities. The LJC also introduces many aspects of Lao culture as well-traditional Lao dance, Lao cuisine, fruit carving, and so on. There were 180 such opportunities for cultural exchange in fiscal year 2007, with over twelve thousand participants in total.

Lum vong and bon-odori (LJC)

Lum vong and bon-odori

Fruit carving (LJC)

Fruit carving

Realizing the importance of studying abroad and inter-university exchange, the LJC also provides the following support services. We gladly welcome the cooperation of returning study-abroad alumni as well.

(1) Each year, 50 to 55 Laotians embark on long-term study abroad programs in Japan-some at no cost at all-thanks to tuition reimbursement programs sponsored by the Japanese government. To this end, “Test Preparation Seminars and Practice Exams” for those in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s study-abroad program are held annually in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy in Laos and Japan Alumni of Laos (JAOL). The program has proven to be hugely popular; returning study-abroad alumni serve as exam prefects, and the seminar provides many hints and tips for exam preparation.

Test preparation seminar (LJC)

Test preparation seminar

(2) The 25 Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) recipients participate in a four-month study program before heading abroad. The program, administered by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), focuses on English, logical skills, IT skills, and an introduction to life in Japan. Many other opportunities are also offered during this period of study, including “Japan seminars”, where returning study-abroad alumni discuss their experiences in Japan.

Japan seminar (LJC)

Japan seminar

(3) JAOL has approximately sixty members, and its office is located inside the LJC building. Recently, several Japanese corporations who have decided to expand into Laos have asked the LJC to put them in touch with Japanese-capable prospective employees, and have also been recruiting human resources via JAOL. The alumni organization is not only a valuable source of personnel, but can be counted on to work together with LJC on many different aspects of the Center’s activities, including job support and networking for returning study-abroad alumni. We plan to further strengthen our collaborative relationship.

(4) The National University of Laos is the country’s only university. In recent years, Japan’s universities have sought collaboration and interaction with the National University of Laos, ranging from study tours to inter-university cooperation agreements-endeavors which the LJC actively supports. Research partnerships are ongoing as well; for instance, Japanese researchers have been presenting at conferences since 2004, hosted in collaboration with the Laos field station of Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies. Transcripts of conference lectures have been distributed to related agencies in Laos, thus enriching the work of researchers in both countries.

Networking with Senshu University (LJC)

Networking with Senshu University

(5) The LJC library features over ten thousand books on Japan and a study-abroad info corner; visitors are free to peruse Japanese scholarship exams from previous years as well as university pamphlets provided by JASSO. Furthermore, the LJC’s multimedia room is stocked with over a thousand CDs, DVDs, and videos on Japan, and also offers online access to even more information about the country. These resources have proven very popular; about 200 thousand visitors have made use of them since the Center opened its doors.
The LJC intends to continue implementing various programs to train human resources in preparation for Laos’s transition to a market economy and to promote interaction and mutual understanding between the Japanese and Laotian people. We look forward to returning study-abroad alumni joining us and working with us toward this goal.

Contact the LJC: ljcenter@laopdr.com
Web site: The Lao-Japan Human Resource Cooperation Center

Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center, Ho Chi Minh City

Previously, we introduced the Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center in Hanoi (VJCC-Hanoi); this time we’d like to tell you about the Center in Ho Chi Minh City (VJCC-HCMC).

With an eye on establishing a market economy in Vietnam, the activities of VJCC chiefly provide support in human resource development for the Vietnamese people as well as act as a platform for networking with Japan. It began as an ODA project, launched in September 2000 in partnership with Foreign Trade University. VJCC-HCMC offers business courses and Japanese language classes, and works to promote mutual understanding as well as VJCC-Hanoi.

Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center

Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center, Ho Chi Minh City

With support from JASSO, the Center’s library has been distributing information on studying abroad at Japanese universities. Specifically, students may browse pamphlets from Japan’s universities as well as study-abroad materials, making the Center a real source of information for those individuals wishing to spend some time studying at a Japanese university. At present, the Center is also providing copies of JASSO’s Student Guide to Japan 2007-2008 at no charge; please visit the Center to pick one up if you’re interested. The Center’s library is also noted for its complement of Japanese language study materials, which are bound to be useful for anyone studying or teaching Japanese.

Now the Center’s spotlight is on those students returning from study-abroad programs. Because these individuals are familiar with both Japanese and Vietnamese language and culture and can recognize the good and bad in both countries, we firmly believe they can serve as bridges to intercultural exchange. Having had such an experience is what makes these alumni able to understand our differences and determine the best way to develop a healthy relationship between our two countries. The Center in Ho Chi Minh City is moving ahead with its preparations to back a reunion of returning study-abroad alumni from the area. We would be honored to provide a setting for just such a social gathering, as well as a way for everyone to further develop their experiences abroad. Of course, it’s the returning students who will be our guests of honor.

Japan-Vietnam Sing-Off: Japanese nationals sing Vietnamese songs and vice versa in this singing contest. (VJCC)

Japan-Vietnam Sing-Off: Japanese nationals sing Vietnamese songs and vice versa in this singing contest

In recent years, Ho Chi Minh City has seen increased investment by Japanese corporations. This has led to a desire for personnel who are, regardless of Japanese language ability, familiar with Japanese business etiquette and how best to work with Japanese people, and for managers who can lead according to the customary “5S” system of Japanese management ( seiri , sorting; seiton , simplifying; seiketsu , standardizing; seiso , shining, and shitsuke , sustaining). Returning study-abroad alumni may already have this know-how from first-hand experience in Japan. The VJCC can help you attain the knowledge necessary for your professional future, assisting local residents with skills development and deepening mutual understanding between Japan and Vietnam. We look forward to serving you.

Business course: Studying business management, Japanese-style (VJCC)

Business course: Studying business management, Japanese-style

Web site: Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center

Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center

Here we would like to introduce to you the Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center (VJCC).

Based on a common understanding between the Vietnamese and Japanese governments that a VJCC should represent mutual friendship of the two countries, the first VJCC was established in Hanoi in March 2002, and another in Ho Chi Minh the following May, ahead of other countries. Only in Vietnam are there two Japan cooperation centers in a single country.

As with Japanese cooperation centers in other countries, the VJCC mainly offers courses in international business, Japanese language, and intercultural promotion, and plays an important role in strengthening cooperative ties as a bridge of friendship between Vietnam and Japan. Over the years, from their establishment to FY2006, the VJCC Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh have together received some 14,500 participants in their business courses, 6,300 participants in their Japanese language courses, and 99,000 participants in their intercultural promotion courses. Since the beginning, the centers have steadily expanded their human network and increased their public profile.

As one of the three pillar activities of the VJCC, the intercultural promotion course focuses on hosting a wide variety of events with the cooperation of relevant Vietnamese and Japanese organizations. For instance, we offer lessons for introducing traditional Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy, and origami, as well as host larger-scale events, including Japanese speech contests, the “Hoian Festival,” which is a festival for celebrating Hoian’s cultural heritage, and Vietnam-Japan song festivals, in addition to holding cooking classes and concerts and receiving study tours from Japan.

Japanese Language Fair (VJCC)

Japanese Language Fair: More than 600 visitors fill the VJCC auditorium with an air of excitement. The fair features speech and performance contests, and the winner of the speech category is awarded a month-long study trip to Japan.

A large change took place in the activities of the VJCC in FY2007; namely, we initiated efforts to support study-in-Japan programs. According to a study carried out by the Japan Foundation in 2006, the number of Japanese language learners in Vietnam ranked among the world’s top ten countries for the first time (ninth place). The number is sure to exceed 30,000 within FY2007, and is expected to continue growing in the future. The number of Vietnamese students in Japan has also been increasing yearly, in proportion to the increase in the number of Japanese language learners. Today, over 2,000 Vietnamese people reside in Japan as study-abroad students.

In response to this situation, we have established a Study-in-Japan Support Desk in VJCC Hanoi this past November, in advance of a study-abroad fair sponsored by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). We hope the support desk will function as a consultation center and comprehensive information center based on three main activities: (i) providing people who are considering studying in Japan with information on government-financed or privately-financed programs, scholarships, or other types of programs; (ii) providing people who have returned to Vietnam after studying in Japan with information on Japanese companies in Vietnam and employment opportunities with such companies; and (iii) providing information on social exchange forums with Japanese people, Japan fairs and festivals, and other events that may promote interest in studying in Japan.

Hoian Festival (VJCC)

Hoian Festival: Every year, many people, from youngsters to seniors, have enjoyed posing for a picture wearing Japanese yukatas.

Study-in-Japan Support Desk (VJCC)

Study-in-Japan Support Desk: Just completed on November 23, 2007, the support desk offers various informational materials on Japan, as well as the use of DVDs, PCs, and wireless LAN.

Study-in-Japan Support Desk: The support desk has begun receiving consultation visitors since soon after its opening. (VJCC)

Study-in-Japan Support Desk: The support desk has begun receiving consultation visitors since soon after its opening. It intends to maintain a continued focus on holding events and providing information related to studying in Japan, and strives to be a gathering place for people interested in Japan.

In order to do so, the support desk needs the cooperation of those of you who have returned to Vietnam after studying in Japan and have started a new phase of your life as a “Japanophile.”

For instance, if you are someone who wants to share your Japanese experience with others, or impart your experience in Japan to successive study-in-Japan candidates, please contact the VJCC. We wish to convey the latest information about Japan to those interested in studying in Japan, through regular study-abroad seminars, featuring you. We can think of no one better to play the leading role. Moreover, your active participation in such a seminar would certainly boost your reputation in your affiliation.

Or, perhaps you are someone who has studied in Japan and would like to put that knowledge to good use by working at a Japanese company in Vietnam, but you do not know where to go to obtain the necessary information. If you are, please consider paying a visit to the VJCC. We intend to strengthen cooperation with Japanese companies operating in Vietnam, to collect and provide you with useful employment information, as best as possible.

Lastly, but not least, if you are a returnee wishing to see and talk with your Japanese friends again, allow us to assist you. We have a teleconference system through which you can enjoy real-time conversations with your friends in Japan. By using the system to exchange views with Japanese people, develop personal networks, or perhaps even to arrange alumni gatherings, your circle of friends is sure to expand. Of course, new ideas for using the system are always welcome, so please feel free to consult with us about your ideas.

Study Tour from Japan (VJCC)

Study Tour from Japan: Students from Japan and Vietnam get to know each other better by exchanging views on the friendly relationship between and development of the two countries.

JDS Social Gathering (VJCC)

JDS Social Gathering: The VJCC provides a venue for language education and returnee debriefing meetings, and hosts a social gathering every year during the language program, to promote the spirit of cooperation among all participants.

JICAnet (teleconference) event (VJCC)

JICAnet (teleconference) event: A satellite teleconference system provides direct connection with Japan. It can be used to create networks in Japan, arrange alumni gatherings, and for many other purposes. The photo shows Vietnamese junior high school students teleconferencing with students in Japan.

Tea ceremony demonstration (VJCC)

Tea ceremony demonstration: Ms. Van Anh, a Vietnamese student who is currently studying abroad at Chiba University, displays her skill at Japanese tea-serving. The VJCC holds such events for people who are planning to visit Japan, as well as for people who wish to learn more about Japanese culture after returning from Japan.

Nothing would give us more pleasure than if “Hen gap ban o VJCC nhe! (See you at the VJCC!)” became a common greeting among all of you returnees from Japan.

The entire VJCC staff looks forward to your visit. We invite you to take advantage of the VJCC Study-in-Japan Support Desk, and ask for your cooperation in further enhancing the functions of the VJCC.

Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center, Hanoi
Exchange Activities Division
SATO Yutaka

Web site: Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center

Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center

Our Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) is one department of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. The Center is responsible for (1) providing a human resource development course related to the market economy, (2) providing a variety of Japanese language courses, and (3) carrying out activities that will further mutual understanding between Cambodia and Japan and to act as a base of information for those who gather together through these activities.

In addition, the Center’s director, administrator, and each course manager are returnee exchange students of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and former participants of Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS). They are the focal members who disseminate information in Cambodia about study abroad in Japan. The Center is a place where Cambodians interested in Japan or who have ties with Japan can build their network.

In implementing the human resource development courses, returnee students contribute in translating the training course texts or in interpreting the lectures of Japanese lecturers. In future, returnee students expect to be recruited as lecturers in their field of specialty, and the plan is to implement seminars and training courses taught by Cambodians for Cambodian students.
In the Japanese language course Intermediate II, there are two returnee students, who studied in Japan and are continuing with their Japanese language studies in order to enter the advanced-level class. One of these students will be attending graduate school in Japan. Cambodian returnee students, who share their experiences in Japan with their fellow students, are an invaluable source of information. They are dependable leaders who play an active role in exchange programs between Cambodian students and Japanese study tour participants.

Human Resources Course (General Management Course) (CJCC)

The students in the Japanese language courses go on to study in Japan as privately-financed students, under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship, and other programs every year. This number is anticipated to grow in future. The CJCC translation course was involved in translating the Cambodian language version of the Japanese children’s book, Futari no Iida, and it was published in August of this year. It was the returnee students in this course who applied their knowledge and skills to this task.

Japanese language course(Student’s Debate) (CJCC)

There are many students in Cambodia who have vague aspirations about studying in Japan, but the majority of them do not have concrete information to realize their aspiration. Thus, the CJCC prepared a leaflet that provides a variety of information about studying in Japan. Summary descriptions notably about universities and schools that accept foreign students, scholarships, and the examination system for foreign students are introduced, as well as other enjoyable and useful information such as the experiences of Cambodian students studying in Japan, a short “quiz” about Japan, a list of websites on information for studying abroad. The first edition was published in September 2007 and has been the focus of a lot of attention. This leaflet will be published four times a year and we hope that it will help many Cambodian students to realize their hopes of studying in Japan.
For details, please visit http://www.cjcc.edu.kh/ryu_gaku/ryu_gaku.htm and click “Japan Study Abroad Information” in the Japanese language course page.

Exchange program activities of CJCC consist of a variety of presentation meetings that are held every year for Cambodian students who are interested in studying in Japan. There are the presentation meetings hosted jointly with the Embassy of Japan about the Japanese Government Scholarship(MEXT) as well as JDS, and other programs for those who wish to study in Japan. Interest in scholarships is especially high among Cambodian students and a large number of participants attend these presentation meetings. Guest speakers are returnee students who share their experiences about studying in Japan, answer many questions from the audience. Through these meetings, they help foster their fellow Cambodians.

MEXT meeting on scholarships (CJCC)

In February of this year, Mr. Punyawi from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Bangkok office was invited as the guest speaker on topic, “ foreign students in Japan”. About 280 students, who were interested in studying in Japan, attended to the seminar. There were many questions from the audience, and the meeting was extended to the scheduled time. Showing high interest to study in Japan, Mr. Punyawi was surrounded by students who were eager to obtain more information even after the meeting ended. Taking this opportunity, CJCC has made a copy of university guides, and past exams for MEXT scholarship in our library.
In addition, the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) has set up an information desk to recruit scholarship students in the Center’s lobby. A variety of panels are exhibited and guidelines for applicants are posted.
“If you want to study in Japan, go to CJCC” is quickly becoming a catchphrase among Cambodian students who want to study in Japan.

Seminar on Information about Foreign Students in Japan (CJCC)

Origami class—congratulations, well done! (CJCC)

In addition, a variety of Japanese cultural programs are held to introduce the Japanese seasonal customs and festivals. Regular classes that are popular among Cambodians as well as Westerners such as origami class and showing Japanese movies, Japanese tea ceremony programs, and wadaiko(Japanese drum) club are held; and Cambodian student returnees are able to pursue their cultural ties that they formed in Japan through these activities in CJCC.
The CJCC will continue to act as “the sourceo of information”, “the center of information about studying in Japan”, and as the “place where Japanese culture can be experienced” and it will try to meet everyone’s needs through seminars, training courses, and a variety of other activities. For these activities to be truly informative and helpful, we hope that the Cambodian returnee students and future study-abroad students will give CJCC their strong support and help develop the center.

For more details about CJCC, please visit http://www.cjcc.edu.kh/.

A Bridge Between Japan and the World -- The Efforts of JICA's Japan Center

+++Supporting the Transition to a Market Economy+++
The Japan Center was envisioned in 1998 as a base for fostering human resources and developing human networks with Japan in countries that are transitioning to a market economy. Each Japan Center strives to be open as widely as possible by serving business people, government workers, students, and ordinary citizens. There are presently ten centers in nine countries, including, in order of date of launch, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City). Japan Centers are expected to continue to play a role in enhancing exchange and mutual understanding among the people of Japan and these nine nations, and people from all countries involved are similarly called upon to actively take part in this endeavor.

map of each Japan Center

+++Three Main Activities for Developing Human Resources and Promoting Mutual Understanding+++
Each Japan Center focuses on three main activities: (1) business courses for the development of human resources, (2) language courses for promoting Japanese language, and (3) exchange activities for promoting mutual understanding between the two countries. The Japan Center also provides information on Japan to local residents through books, audiovisual materials, and the Internet, and likewise communicates local information back to Japan.

The business courses target the private-sector business people and entrepreneurs who drive their country's economy. They share Japan’s management know-how through lectures that cover such themes as market principles based on Japan's experience and the importance of industrial policies. Also offered are practical on-site guidance and workshops on topics like production control, the “5 S’s” (sort, straighten, scrub, standardize, sustain), and kaizen (improvement).

The business courses promote self-action on the part of the participants. In Mongolia, for example, trainees who returned from Japan wanted to make use of what they had learned over the half-year course; they formed an NGO called the Kaizen Association, which facilitates self-help among corporations.

Practical workshops deepen participants' understanding of Japanese-style management.

Working in cooperation with the Japan Center, they now strive to convey Japan's experience to corporate managers by sponsoring business seminars and inviting Japanese lecturers to regional towns. In Viet Nam, as well, participants who returned home after receiving training in Japan are now providing on-the-spot instruction on the “5 S’s” and other aspects of management that they studied.
Japanese language courses are conducted with the aim of deepening the participants’ understanding of Japan. They are also designed to help expand opportunities for learners to use Japanese language skills in careers or for further education in Japan. An example of this is the special class on guide work for intermediate-level students in Vientiane, Laos. In addition to learning how to introduce the city’s major sightseeing spots in Japanese, students practiced giving mock tours to Japanese people. Trainees returning from language study in Japan can also take part in these courses.

Demand for courses to improve computer literacy increases each year.

Exchange activities transmit two-way information on culture, traditional events, lifestyles, society, and the economy to promote mutual understanding between citizens of Japan and the host country. The centers offer a number of exchange events that involve citizens of both countries, all of which serve to increase goodwill.
For example, the Japan Center sponsored a satellite-based videoconference linking participants in Kyrgyz and Japan. So many people attended the conference that seating quickly ran out and much of the audience had to stand. This high rate of participation indicates the great level of interest that young people in Kyrgyz have for learning more about the lifestyle and thinking of young Japanese.

In Kyrgyztan, Japanese and local residents participate together in a taiko drumming demonstration.

Also, the Japan Center in Kazakhstan held an open house to commemorate its second anniversary. Various cultural exchange events were held, including a demonstration of taiko drumming and screenings of Japanese movies. There was a “gourmet road” that featured Japanese dishes and there were workshops on ikebana (flower arranging), kimono wearing, and calligraphy. All the programs at this two-day event were filled to capacity, and a large number of Kazakhstanis were able to experience various aspects of Japanese culture.

+++Active Participation by Returning Trainees and Exchanged Students+++
JICA hopes that the people who have received training and studied in Japan will actively take part in Japan Center activities in their home country. By retaining their connection with Japan after returning home, these people will help to deepen the relationship between Japan and their own country and will also exert a positive influence on other students and participants.

The Japan Centers offer something to all returnees, ranging from those who wish to make use of their experiences in Japan to start a business to people who desire to continue their studies in Japanese language and culture, as well as those who want to interact with Japanese people or form networks with other participants interested in Japan. JICA hopes that the Japan Centers will attract even greater attention as hubs for people and information related to Japan.