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Dear Alumni of Nanzan CJS,

As you know, the Japanese academic year begins in April. The terms of office of many University administrators, including the president, vice-presidents, and deans of the various faculties will come to an end in March. Although it is in the middle of the CJS Spring Semester, my positions as Vice-President for International Affairs and Director of the Center for International Education, which administers the Center for Japanese Studies, are university-wide appointments, and will thus also come to an end on March 31, 2008. I have enjoyed working in this position for the past six years and am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to contribute to Nanzan's international education program, especially student exchange and study abroad programs. I also consider it a great honor personally, since I had the privilege of studying at the CJS as a part-time student in 1975, the very year that the CJS was established. I will remain on the faculty of Nanzan University, so when you come to campus, please look me up!

On April 1, 2008 Dr. Noboru Kinoshita will assume the position of Vice-President for International Affairs and Director of the Center for International Education. As a professor of Spanish Philosophy in Nanzan's Department of Spanish and Studies and having served several years as Department Head, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies, and Head of the Graduate School of International Area Studies, he comes to this position with much professional and administrative experience. Dr. Kinoshita will continue Nanzan University's traditional emphasis on international education, including strengthening the CJS Alumni Association. I hope that you will extend to him the same understanding and cooperation that you have shown to the CJS and especially our newly founded CJS Alumni Association.

With my best regards,

Richard F. Szippl, SVD, Ph.D.
Director of Center for International Education
Vice-President for International Affairs

Nanzan University International Students Conference on Humanitarian Issues

Seven international students from Nanzan University and the next President of the University, current Chairman of Nanzan Gakuen, Dr. Michael Calmano, participated in the Conference on Humanitarian Issues (sponsors included Nanzan Gakuen) held on 3 February 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Komaki Rotary Club. Each of the participants played an important role in the conference, giving their opinions on humanitarian, human rights and life issues based upon the circumstances in their own countries.
In addition to the comments from the students, there was a lecture about Chiune Sugihara's "Visas for Life," some interaction with local secondary school students and boy scouts, making it a worthwhile occasion indeed. It was particularly pleasing that we had an opportunity to get all the participants in the conference to think about the motto of Nanzan University, Hominis dignitati or "For Human Dignity."

Center of Japanese Studies

Mr. Hans Antonius Franciscus Wilbers
Ms. Massalin Nimitsopon
Mr. Grzegorz Radon
Ms. Antonella Celestina Scafone

Faculty of Policy Studies

Mr. Jirat Laovechaprasit
Ms. Naw Thiri May Aye
Mr. Soo-chang Kim

(The names of the seven participating students are given in random order)

Conference report

2008 Center for Japanese Studies Spring Semester Entrance Ceremony


At the Center for Japanese Studies Spring Semester Entrance Ceremony held on 10 January 2008, a total of 36 new students from six countries and regions were welcomed into the CJS. If we add the 96 students continuing their studies from the 2007 Fall Semester, there are a total of 132 students for the 2008 Spring Semester.
The new students commenced their lessons on 16 January after taking Japanese language placement tests and having three days of orientation covering aspects of academic and student life. We hope that the students have a broad range of experiences, not only through their classes, but also at events such as "Coffee Hours" and field trips.

Former CJS students get together in Bali in Indonesia


Former CJS students get together in Bali in Indonesia

On Saturday, 22 December 2007, former CJS students got together in Bali, Indonesia. The Ibu-Hatsue Scholarship, set up in Bali to send students to the CJS at Nanzan University, has already made it possible for more than ten scholarship recipients to study in Japan. The gathering was attended by Ms. Masako Miyake, who established the scholarship, and seven other former students now working in Bali.

  • Mr. Lda Bagns Nyoman Menuh (CJS 1976)
  • Dr. I Nyoman Aloysius (CJS 1990)
  • Mr. Herry Respatia (CJS 1991)
  • Mr. Sahidin (CJS 1991)
  • Dr. I Made Sendra (CJS 1992)
  • Mr. Yanche Dwiputra (CJS 2001)

Ms. Ni Made Andry Anita Dewi (CJS 2002) made an appearance later.
After giving an outline of the CJS former students network, I used Mr. Yanche's computer to explain the E-Newsletter for CJS Alumni and promised to include this gathering of former students in Bali as an item of news in the next edition.
An Ibu-Hatsue Group of people who have traveled to Japan on this scholarship for short study trips is said to get together once every two months. However, Mr. Menuh, who came to Japan to study in 1976, was sent by a Japanese corporation so he does not attend this group's gatherings. In that respect, the establishment of the Bali CJS Alumni Group that includes Mr. Menuh is particularly significant and it was decided that Mr. Lda Bagns Nyoman Menuh will be asked to serve as its president. The youngest member, Mr. Yanche, accepted the role of the group's liaison officer.
A dinner was then held including the family members who had been waiting eagerly for the group's discussion to end.
Several varieties of Bali home cooking were served as well as fruit and drinks, giving it an atmosphere not unlike a Christmas dinner. The range of Nanzan goods that I took along served as presents.

Stamp Commemorating the 120th Anniversary of the Establishment of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations

The photograph here shows the stamp issued in 2007 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Thailand. It was sent to us by Mrs. Pornphen Pekanan, one of the participants in last year's CJS Alumni get-together in Bangkok.

Please also take a look at the articles on "The Joint Seminar on the Occasion of 120 Year Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations 2007" (#1) and the "Former CJS students get together in Bangkok" (#2).

#1 "The Joint Seminar on the Occasion of 120 Year Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations 2007"(in the November edition of CJS News)

#2 "Former CJS students get together in Bangkok"(in the December edition of CJS News)

“Face to Face Meeting with Senpai” Held


On Friday, 23 November, "Face to Face Meeting with Senpai" was held. The aim of this initiative is to provide an opportunity for current students to meet former students who are in the process of carving out successful careers here in Japan and discuss with them how studying in Japan can enhance career opportunities. Among the former students were the following seven people from the fields of business, education and research:

  • Ms. Lei-Mei Julia Chiu
    (CJS 1986 Summer-1987 Spring)
    International Design Center, Nagoya

  • Ms. Supawadee Borisutwanitchon
    (CJS 1998 Fall-1999 Spring)
    Thai Trade Center, Osaka

  • Mr. Clark Chilson
    (Bachelors degree from Nanzan University)
    University of Pittsburgh

  • Mr. Ken Kobayashi
    (CJS 1995 Fall)
    English Education Center, Nanzan University

  • Mr. Jonathan Pearce
    (CJS 2005 Fall)
    Nagano Prefectural Board of Education-ALT

  • Mr. Christianus I. Wayan Eka
    (CJS 2005 Fall-2006 Fall)
    Graduate School, Nanzan University

  • Ms. Nur Aisyah
    (CJS 2003 Fall-2004 Spring)
    Graduate School, Nanzan University

This time, rather than use a panel discussion approach, each former student entered into a group discussion with seven or eight current international students. Because it was held at lunchtime, a light lunch and some drinks were provided, and this may have actually been what attracted the current students. However, there is little doubt that being able to listen in person to advice from former students who have been able to link their own study experience to activities in Japan after graduation was useful for the current students in providing a point of reference when considering their own future careers.
Based upon the written comments provided by the former students who took part in the forum, we are planning further initiatives that should be even more worthwhile.

Former CJS students get together in Bangkok

The heat abates during the dry season in Thailand, making it a pleasant time of year. It was during this season, on 11 November, that ten former CJS students accompanied by their children went for a meal with some Nanzan University graduates working in Bangkok, and former CJS Director, Professor Emeritus Yoji Akashi and Professor Emeritus Noriko Ban. A total of 25 people attended the meal, engaging in lively discussion about their memories of the time they spent at Nanzan University.

The people who participated on this occasion had all studied at the CJS in the period around the 1980s. First of all, there was Mr. Thaweesak Karuchit (CJS 1981 Fall-1983 Spring), who planned and organized this gathering. He is currently the CEO of a very successful company in Thailand. Mrs. Sauwaun Karuchit (CJS Fall 1983) is both a good wife and a very capable joint manager. The first recipient of the Toyota-Nanzan Scholarship, Dr. Surangsri Tonsiengsom (CJS 1981 Fall-1982 Spring), and Professor Pipada Youngcharoen (CJS 1983 Fall-1984 Spring) also attended. The Toyota-Nanzan Scholarship was originally not only open to undergraduate students, but to young researchers of Japanese studies. Dr. Tonsiengsom and Professor Youngcharoen are currently working as associate professors at Chulalongkorn University. Mr. Nopparut Petchdee (CJS 1981 Fall-1982 Spring, 1983 Spring-1983 Fall) and Mrs. Kornkarn Petchdee (CJS 1984 Fall-1985 Spring) are now the managers of different companies. Another former student, Mr. Kwanchai Petchdee (CJS 1979 Fall-1981 Fall), was the first Thai student to enter the CJS. Mrs. Pornphen Pekanan (CJS 1981 Spring-1982 Fall) who currently works at JETRO Bangkok and Mrs. Chaweeson Weerakit (CJS 1981 Fall-1982 Spring) brought their children along. Mr. Thanong Leeissaranukul attended CJS from 1982 Spring semester to the 1983 Spring semester. When he was at Nanzan, he had a difficult time making progress with Japanese, but for some reason the other Thai students relied upon him and when someone fell ill and more often than not it was he who used his halting Japanese and little dictionary to communicate with Japanese doctors on behalf of his sick friends. Now he is a company president.

Already 108 Thai students have returned to Thailand after completing studies at Nanzan, but the people who gathered on this occasion without doubt represent the core members who laid the foundation of the Bangkok Nanzan Alumni. They were unanimous in commenting that they enjoyed their time at Nanzan. We sincerely hope that they will drop in to see us at Nanzan if they have occasion to visit Japan either on work or on holiday. We wish them all the best for the future.

First Center for Japanese Studies Head, Dr. Margarete Sawada Passes Away

On October 6, a gathering was held to remember Dr. Margarete Sawada who succumbed to disseminated peritoneal disease on July 24 this year. Dr. Sawada was born in the Rhineland in Germany, studying business administration, economics and politics at the University of Cologne, where she earned masters and doctoral degrees. She commenced teaching at Nanzan University in 1961.

The CJS was established in 1974 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Nanzan University and it was Dr. Margarete Sawada who created the draft document upon which the CJS was based. Planning to establish the CJS was advanced on the basis that students majoring in Japanese research studies would be given the opportunity to spend one year studying in Japan. The program was modeled upon the "A Year Abroad" used in many American universities. These days many universities have short-term study programs for international students, but such initiatives were rare back in the 1970s. Many difficulties were encountered, but the program commenced with eight regular students in the first year. The current CJS owes its existence to the strong sense of mission displayed by Dr. Margarete Sawada despite such circumstances. With feelings of gratitude for her efforts, all those who have been involved in the CJS through the years pray for the repose of Dr. Margarete Sawada's soul.

The Joint Seminar on the Occasion of 120 Year Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations 2007


Trade between Japan and Thailand commenced in the second half of the 14th century, but diplomatic relations were established in 1887 with the signing of the Declaration of Amity and Commerce between Japan and Siam. To commemorate this, the above-mentioned seminar was held at Nanzan University over the two days of September 28 and 29. The enthusiastic gathering of researchers from both countries gave presentations of research papers and became involved in a healthy exchange of opinions. Four current CJS students from Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University also participated in the seminar, listening to the presentations of the researchers from both countries and gaining a useful experience in the context of their own future research.

Professor Kent Anderson (CJS 1988 Fall-1989 Spring) gives a commemorative address at the Lecture held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Nanzan University Faculty of Law.



This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Nanzan University Faculty of Law with a commemorative lecture and symposium held at the University on Saturday, September 8. This lecture was given by Professor Kent Anderson, who studied at the CJS in 1988 as a student from Middlebury College in the United States.

Professor Anderson now works at the Australia National University (ANU) College of Law, concurrently serving as Head of ANU's Japan Center. He has also taught at Kobe University and Hokkaido University, but in his address he spoke of how Nanzan University was where he had his first experience of Japan, how he holds the University dear to his heart, and how the greenness and tranquility of the campus, with its at home atmosphere, left a lasting impression on him.

Professor Anderson delivered his address, entitled "Gatekeepers: A Comparative Critique of Admission to the Legal Profession and the Content of Legal Education," in fluent Japanese. The content of his lecture will be covered in a bulletin due to be published soon by the Faculty of Law.

CJS Fall Semester Commences


On September 5, 2007, the Center for Japanese Studies Fall Semester entrance ceremony was held. This semester there is a total of 142 students, 132 of whom are new, with 10 continuing on from the previous semester. Twenty-six different countries are represented. Because the President of Nanzan University, Hans-Jurgen Marx was overseas on business, Dr. Richard Szippl, Vice-President for International Affairs and Director of the Center for International Education, spoke at the ceremony. Here is an extract from the speech given in English:

"When this program began thirty-three years ago, the first students were all from one country, the United States of America. However, since twenty years ago, students have been coming from Asia, Australia, Europe, indeed from all over the world, making our program more diversified and international. I am confident that this opportunity for international exchange with not only Japanese students but with students of other nationalities will offer you a good experience, and I hope that it will be a good stimulus to your studies in Japanese language and culture, and allow you to develop a broad, international outlook."

"Goodbye everyone. Take care."
Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) Course Closing Ceremony


On May 19 2007, the CJS course closing ceremony was held in which a total of 102 international students from some 19 countries and regions were awarded with certificates for completion and participation.

President of Nanzan University, Hans-Jürgen Marx, addressed the international students, stating: “I hope that all the students who officially completed their studies at the CJS today have learned not only about Japanese language and culture, but have also come to understand the spirit of the Japanese people and will now go on to convey this to the outside world. As well as hoping that you become active and successful throughout the world, I also request that you help lift the global profile of Nanzan University.

New Buildings for Nagoya Campus

Building B and Building C have been newly built to the east of the Logos Center. The former is for classrooms and the latter is being used as offices and cafeteria space. The CJS Entrance Ceremony will be held in Building B in September 2007.