Welcome Events Spring 2018

In April MSA held welcome meet ups in Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Kansai and Kyushu. We would like to thank everyone who participated and contributed in making every single meet up a success!

To give you an impression of the events, here are some pictures:

 

Hokkaido

Tohoku

Kanto

 

Kansai

 

Kyushu

 

Thank you to all of those who were involved and who attended! We hope to see you at our next event!

Featured image taken from flickr.com (2018/05/04)

Welcome Events for Spring 2018!

Spring is just around the corner and soon new students will come to Japan to start a new chapter in their lives. MSA is organizing welcome events for new MEXT scholars all throughout Japan from mid to late April and everyone is welcome to participate, doesn’t matter if you are a new or current scholar or even an alumnus! If you would like to meet and get to know fellow newcomers or your juniors or seniors in a friendly atmosphere, you are more than welcome to join us!

Check the schedule below for the details of all of our welcome events for this term and sign up here if you want to join one of our welcome events!

 

KANTO:

SHIBUYA

Date : 15th April

Time : 5:00 PM

Meeting place: Shibuya (Meet at Hachiko Statue)

Contact : jorel.chan@gmail.com, tazbir_sajid@yahoo.com

 

HONGO

Date : 22nd April

Time : 5:00 PM

Meeting place: Akamon of the University of Tokyo

Contact : jorel.chan@gmail.com, stephysics.flores@gmail.com

 

KANSAI:

KYOTO

Date: 21st April

Time: 5:00 PM

Meeting place: Clock Tower, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University

Contact: noemi.dupertuis@gmail.com

 

OSAKA

Date: 28th April

Time: 5:00 PM

Meeting place: International Student Room, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University

Contact: devangi.yadav@gmail.com

 

KOBE

Date : 29th April

Time : 12:30 PM

Meeting place: Rokkodai Campus, Kobe University

Contact: childsdaryk@gmail.com

 

KYUSHU:

FUKUOKA

Date: 28th April

Time: 5:00 PM

Meeting place: Tenjin Subway Station, Kuko line central gate (underground), Fukuoka

Contact: mazzei9@gmail.com

 

HOKKAIDO:

SAPPORO

Date: 29th April

Time: 12:00 PM

Meeting place: Maruyama Koen, Sapporo

Contact: wisengama@gmail.com

 

TOHOKU:

SENDAI

Date: 13th April

Time: 4:30 PM

Meeting place: International House Sanjo 2 at Tohoku University

Contact: ruiz41@hotmail.com

 

Image taken from flickr.com (2018/03/16)

Career Design Studio: Pitch Yourself Boot Camp

We thank everyone for being a part of the event and turning it into a great success. There was an amazing turnout of more than 130 people from all around the world.

Participants at Career Design Studio

There were many charismatic speakers in the event. Stéphane Emmanuel Fouché shared the journey of his career in Japan, and one of his tricks to making a pitch awesome was to “make your self relatable to the audience”. Yuma Saito roped the audience into the theory of “My story, Our story, Now” which was the key to engage everyone around you in your missions. Last but not the least, Mayuko Yamaura made a great pitch about Edison.ai, and used the kanji character 「楽」to explain why you need to strive hard to achieve your goals.

Pitch yourself bootcamp

About Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support

Groundbreaking ideas too often do not reach the market because of a lack of customers or a mismatch with market needs. DTVS nurtures startups according to their needs and at all stages of development, by leveraging the extensive Deloitte network and our in-house expertise in venture affairs. With a firm belief that startups are the lifeblood of an ecosystem, DTVS offers a broad range of expert services free of charge to startups.

Our role is to act as a catalyst, to accelerate the rate of innovation. We believe this is of paramount importance for brilliant and disruptive ideas to take form and to be implemented as solutions that benefit both the economy and the society. At TVS, we support, connect and cooperate with startups and corporations in order to transform bold ideas into tangible, innovative solutions. So far, we have supported over 3000 promising startups as well as assisted hundreds of our clients to implement open innovation programs.

Acknowledgments

We sincerely thank Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support for providing us with the financial support. We love EDGEof for providing us with the venue. We also thank all the DTVS staff members, EDGEof staff members, BizJapan, BLINK, and MEXT Scholars Association – 文部科学省国費留学生協会 members who have helped us with the event.

Pitch yourself bootcamp

We are always grateful to our guest speakers Stéphane Emmanuel FouchéYuma Saito, and Mayuko Yamaura, for kindly agreeing to join the panel at such short notice, and for all the time and energy that they have dedicated to this event. Last but not the least, the response from the audience was overwhelming. Thanks a lot for being there for us and making the event a grand success. We at Career Design Studio hope that you had valuable takeaways, and we look forward to seeing you again at our next event!

Pitch yourself bootcamp

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Career Design Studio’s Partners:
BizJapan (http://bizjapan.org )
BLINK (https://www.facebook.com/BlinkEntrepreneurs/ )
MEXT Scholars Association: (http://mextsa.org )

End of Year Party in Kanto

On the 16th of December, the Kanto Regional Committee organized a year-end party for MEXT scholars and alumni at a pizza parlor in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. The party had a total attendance of 28 people, of which 5 were alumni. The majority of attendees were newcomers to Japan, who had heard about the year-end party at a previous welcome event that was co-organized with MEXT. It was a great chance for fellow scholars to swap stories about starting life in Japan, and alumni to share tales about corporate Japan.

The pizza parlor was the same restaurant at which MSA had its first year-end party in 2016. Drink and laughter flowed freely in the casual atmosphere, and the chefs were kind enough to cater to the varied dietary restrictions of an international crowd.

Winter had just arrived, and the offbeat streets of Shimokitazawa glowed in the warmth of Christmas lights and tipsy crowds. For some, 2017 was the exciting start of a new journey in a foreign land; for others, it was a year of discovery, and yet others, a year of uncertainty. Bidding farewell under the festive streetlamps, everyone each went their separate ways, looking forward to what the new year would bring.

We hope you had a great start into 2018 and look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Reception for MEXT Scholar in Tokyo on the 18th of November

On the 18th of November, MEXT and JASSO co-organized a reception for new MEXT scholars in Tokyo. At the reception, the scholars were enlightebed by the speeches given by representatives from MEXT, JASSO and MSA. They could experience the Japanese culture through events like the demonstration of  Japanese tea ceremony. They could also get to know fellow MEXT scholars from a range of universities in the Kanto area.

MSA was not only present at its own booth, answering questions, handing out flyers in both English and Japanese and helping new MEXT scholars in becoming members of the association; MSA also held seminars about the job hunting process and the daily life of international students in Japan. Furthermore, ice-breaking session was also organized during the networking party in the last leg of the event, consisting of a ラジオ体操 (radio exercise) and a quiz on fun facts about Japan.

Greetings from Mr. Kiyoshi Saito at the Reception of MEXT scholars 2017, Tokyo

One of the committee members of MSA gave an encouraging speech as a representative of successfully integrated alumni.

Greetings from Mr. Royce Lee at the Reception of MEXT scholars 2017, Tokyo

This was the first reception, where MSA played a significant role in organizing and making sure that everything ran smoothly. Hoping this event paves way for many more such events for the MSA in the future.

The MSA committee at the Reception of MEXT scholars 2017, Tokyo

We hope, that each and every one of the near 500 attendees had a great time, got to know fellow MEXT scholars and got a better idea of what is going to await them in the near future in Japan. No matter what, don’t forget that MSA is always there for you during your journey as a MEXT scholar or alumni in Japan!

Tokyo Kaigi 2017

MSA co-hosted TOKYO KAIGI Conference 2017 on the 30th of September, in coordination with partner organization ZESDA. First, panel discussion was held among notable speakers (see below) on the theme “the Future of Cities”, focusing on Tokyo’s urban development after the 2020 Olympics. Next, participants took part in group discussions about such urban issues as social isolation, discrimination in the rental housing market, and outdated hiring practices of local companies. The event was attended by over 120 participants from over 30 countries, and was well-received by both participants and speakers.

Participants at the Tokyo Kaigi 2017, Tokyo

・Panel speakers:
Mr. Tsunehiro Uno, a journalist and commentator
Mr. Ryosuke Toura, executive of Tokyu Corporation
Mr. Dennis Chia, founder of Sosei Partners
Ms. Nhu Quynh Tran, ex-chief officer of the ASEAN Youth Network in Japan
Mr. Cory Baird, co-founder of Tokyo Interlopers

Panel speakers at the Tokyo Kaigi 2017, Tokyo

In the next few months, the organizing committee will be compiling a white paper based on the ideas shared at the event. We hope for your continued support!

Fall Intake Kohai Meetup Schedule Out!

With a new year comes a new batch of MEXT scholars. And we want to welcome them as warmly as we can!

Because of this MSA will be holding a whole string of welcome meetups for scholars throughout Japan. The details of which are below.

Please note that these meetups are open to ANY MEXT scholar, whether new, current or graduated! Also, the list below lists suggested universities but feel free to participate in the one that is the most convenient for you.

If you are interested please signup on the form here.
We really need to estimate the number of people attending so we appreciate your cooperation! Also, we will only be sending out the contacts to people who have signed up.

— List of events below —

KANTO

Primary Contact: info@mextsa.org

Shinjuku / 15th Oct

Meeting place: Shinjuku station JR East Exit
Event Date and Time: 15 October, 5pm
Recommended for: Waseda (all campuses), Saitama U., Meiji U. (Izumi), Sophia U. and other universities towards Saitama
Activities: Introduction of all MEXT scholars, dinner at izakaya, karaoke.

Hongo / 14th Oct

Meeting place: Hongo 3-chome Marunouchi station
Event Date and Time: 14 October, 5pm
Recommended for: U. of Tokyo (Hongo), Keio (Mita), Meiji (Surugadai), Chiba U. and all other universities in east of Tokyo and Chiba.
Activities: Introduction of senpais and kohais, walking around campus, dinner together.

Kunitachi / 14th Oct

Meeting place: Kunitachi station
Event day and time: 14 October, 12pm
Recommended for: Hitotsubashi U., Chuo U. (Tama), Tokyo Metropolitan U. and other universities near to Hachioji
Activities: Lunch at famous 海鮮丼 (Kaisen-don) restaurant, then strolling around Kunitachi

Shibuya / 14th Oct

Meeting place: Shibuya station, Hachiko statue
Event Date and Time: 14 Oct, 6pm
Recommended for: Tokyo Inst. of Tech, U. of Tokyo (Komaba), Keio (Hiyoshi) and all others within the Shibuya / Setagaya area
Activities: Introducing senpais, a light dinner and karaoke.

Yokohama / 21st Oct

Meeting place: Sakuragicho Station
Event Date and Time: 21 October, 4pm
Recommended for: Yokohama National U. and all others within the Kawasaki / Yokohama area.
Activities: Sight-seeing of Port of Yokohama, Chinatown then afterwards karaoke with dinner.

Tsukuba / 29th Oct

Meeting place: Tsukuba University, In front of Central Library
Event Date and Time: 29th October, 12noon
Recommended for: Tsukuba U. and all others within Ibaraki prefecture or within parts of Chiba nearby.
Activities: Interaction with Senpais, Lunch.

KANSAI

Primary Contact: kansai@mextsa.org

Kyoto / 14th Oct

Meeting place : Clock-Tower, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University
Event Date and Time : Saturday, 14th October,2017 | Time: 5:00 PM
Recommended for: Kyoto University and all other universities within Kyoto
Activities: Introducing with Senpai(s), Stroll around Kyoto, Dinner.

Kobe / 22nd Oct

Meeting place : Sannomiya Station, Kobe
Event Date and Time : Sunday, 22nd October,2017 | Time: 3:00 PM
Recommended for: Kobe University and all other universities within Kobe / Hyogo.
Activities: Introducing with Senpai(s), Stroll around Harbour land, Dinner.

Osaka / 13th Oct

Meeting place : Central Terrace Cafe , Suita Campus, Osaka University
Event Date and Time : Friday, 13th October,2017 | Time: 4:30 PM
Recommended for: Osaka University and all other universities within Osaka.
Activities: Introducing Senpai(s), Dinner.

TOHOKU

Primary Contact: tohoku@mextsa.org

Sendai / 27th Oct

Meeting Place: International Interaction Building (国際交流棟), Kawauchi campus
Event Date and Time: 27th October, 2017 | Time: 5.00 pm onwards
Recommended for: Tohoku University
Activities: Introducing senpais, interaction.

KYUSHU

Primary Contact: kyushu@mextsa.org

Fukuoka / 21th Oct

Meeting place: Tenjin Subway Station, Kuko line central gate (underground).
Event Date and Time: Saturday 21th October ,5 pm
Recommended for: Kyushu University, Kyushu Institute of Technology
Activities: Introduction of all MEXT scholars, light dinner / karaoke.

Don’t forget that the sign-up link is here.
Looking forward to see you!

MSA Birthday Bash

Happy Birthday to MSA!

MEXT Scholars’ Association turned 1 on the 17th of June and what better way to celebrate than with a big cake surrounded by old and new friends! MSA organized a birthday event at the Omotesando Oval Building in Shibuya filled with both opportunities for experience exchange and for networking with fellow scholars as well as alumni.

At this event, the participants had the honor to listen to how the following three alumni speakers succeeded and how they give back to the Japanese society:

1. Ashraf Omer from Sudan, a Deputy Manager at Sumitomo Chemical.

2. Benson Liu, an Australian Transfer Pricing Associate at Grant Thornton.

3. Arianne Dumayas, an Assistant Professor at Chuo University from the Philippines.

The guest speakers started off with sharing the experiences they made studying and working in Japan. Since one of the themes is “to give back to the Japanese society”, the guest speakers were asked for their opinions and experiences regarding this matter. They seemed to be doing their best to “give back”, be it giving back to students through their job in terms of education or giving back to those in need, of which there are plenty in Japan, even though it is such a highly developed country. The session then proceeded to a panel discussion, which is part of the MSA’s “From Scholars to Scholars” series, which features alumni with professional experiences. The floor was open to the audience to ask each of the speakers personal questions regarding their experiences in each of the fields that they are involved in.

Alumni speakers, Omotesando Oval Building, Tokyo

The discussion was followed by an annual report from MSA’s side, where the achievements throughout this first year were presented, followed by the introduction of plans for the future and then a warm greeting from Izumi-san, a MEXT representative. A networking session over finger food, drinks, snacks and delicious birthday cake concluded MSA’s birthday party. MSA’s Birthday Bash was attended by nearly 50 alumni and current undergraduate as well as graduate students, with academic fields of expertise ranging from linguistics to mathematics and international relations.

Participants of MSA’s Birthday Bash, Omotesando Oval Building, Tokyo


We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks especially to ZESDA for opening this space for us to hold this unique event to celebrate our birthday and strengthen our community of MEXT scholars together. Last but not least, a big thank you to our guest speakers and every single MEXT scholar or alumni, who joined us for our birthday party and made this event special! We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Photography provided by Jorel Chan

Meeting the Kohais – TUFS April 2017

Those who have been in Japan for a while –  all remember how they landed in Japan from a plane starry-eyed dreaming about what awaited them…

And also the overwhelming and lost feelings

If only they had had prior connections with their senpais, settling in would have been much easier! How to handle the first few months in Japan, how to approach studying in Japan, how to save money …

This is why the MSA visited TUFS, to hang out with the new MEXT scholars there on the 23rd of April. The areas of discussion included where to shop, how to approach university applications and other such queries.It was followed with a lovely dinner over sankichi bento.

We hope to continue these kinds of events to create links between previous and current or even graduated scholars! Thanks to all of you who came to participate and we hope to see you at our next event!

Slush – MSA Collaboration

Slush is a student-driven non-profit movement, originally founded in Finland, to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship.

Slush connects startups and tech talent with top-tier international investors, executives, and media. In 2016, Slush brought together over 17,500 attendees from over 120 countries for the two-day event in Helsinki.

Facilitating meetings between startups and investors is at the very core of Slush. Last year, 2,300 startups and 1100 registered investors pre-booked over 5,600 meetings that were held over event through our industry-leading proprietary Slush Matchmaking Tool.

In 2015, Slush was organized in Tokyo and Beijing for the first time. In 2016, Slush has expanded to Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.

Many eminent personalities like Carlos Ghosn, Akie Abe etc. have supported SLUSH by attending, delivering Guest talks at the events and interacting with the audience.

MSA was provided with free passes to SLUSH (each pass costs $180) by DMM, one of the main sponsors of SLUSH. We have had an amazing turn out 40 scholars and alumni, who have attended the event and say that they had a great time interacting with startups and investors.