March 23 (Friday), 2018
TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network meeting held in Vladivostok

TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network took place in Vladivostok on Tuesday, March 23, 2018. This was a meeting organized for the first time by United for TUFS on the occasion of the visit to Vladivostok by a delegation led by Professor Kyoko Numano, Project Leader, to hold discussions with local partners (Far Eastern Federal University and Japanese organizations and companies).

The meeting was attended by ten people, as shown below, including four delegation members:
Mr. Ichiro Mase (Controller and Administration Manager, Iida Group RUS), Mr. Seiichi Tsukagoshi (Bureau Chief, NHK Vladivostok Bureau), Ms. Risa Okabe (Vice-Consul, Consulate General of Japan in Vladivostok), Mr. Tatsuya Tanimoto (Japanese language teacher, Far Eastern Federal University), a TUFS student at Far Eastern Federal University, a 2nd year undergraduate student in Vladivostok, Professor Kyoko Numano (TUFS Graduate School of Global Studies), Associate Professor Izumi Maeda (TUFS Graduate School of Global Studies), Professor Shigeru Arai (World Language and Society Education Centre) and Ms. Ryo Mizuta (staff of the Global Career Center).

As many TUFS alumni work actively at Japanese affiliates and government organizations in Vladivostok, we seized this opportunity to bring together the TUFS alumni working here, students from Far Eastern Federal University and the 2nd year undergraduate student of Russian Studies at TUFS who happened to be travelling in Vladivostok at that time, to deepen understanding about the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) and to discuss about future exchange and cooperation.

All the participants enjoyed lively discussions about topics including how Japanese students live in Russia, their future life plans, details of the work TUFS alumni engage in, advice on working in Russian society, and hints on life in general. The meeting laid the foundation for smooth communications among the members for the future.

January 11 (Thursday), 2018

TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network meeting held

Members of the TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network (organized mainly by TUFS graduates experienced in Japan-Russia business sectors), one of the driving forces of our Inter-University Exchange Project “TUFS Japan-Russia Student Mobility Program: Creating Business Networks and Fostering Human Interaction”, held a meeting on TUFS campus to discuss support for execution of the project.

Attending the meeting were the following nine members (three from TUFS and six from outside).
TUFS: Project Leader and Professor Kyoko Numano of the Graduate School of Global Studies; Associate Professor Izumi Maeda of the Graduate School of Global Studies; and Professor Shigeru Arai of the World Language and Society Education Centre, coordinator of the program. From outside: Mr. Michio Tomi, Director, Alumni Association of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Mr. Motoichi Kato, Deputy General Manager, Global Marketing Division, JGC Corp.; Mr. Kensaku Kumabe, President, Russia-Eurasia Research Institute; Mr. Shoki Takemura, Chief Researcher, Russia-Eurasia Research Institute; Ms. Mari Asano, Chief of Secretariat, Japan-Eurasia Society; and Mr. Hiroshi Meguro, Managing Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (in charge of HQ Overseen Region), Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

At the meeting, opinions were exchanged about how to promote partnership among TUFS, the business network, and Tokyo Gaigokai (TUFS Alumni Association). In particular, various views were expressed regarding the ideal human resources who can contribute to future Japan-Russia business and how to nurture them, irrespective of TUFS students or those of Russian partner universities. The participants also discussed plans to increase the number of companies and organizations which will cooperate for the planned internship program offered in Russia and Japan to participating students from TUFS and the six partner universities, and to improve the contents of the program.

Expansion and Support of the TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network through TUFS Global Community Meeting in Moscow

On November 25, 2017, TUFS Global Community meeting was held in Moscow. This is the second time since 2014 that Moscow has hosted the Global Community meeting. The meeting was held on the occasion of a TUFS delegation visit to Moscow following its selection as one of the universities participating in FY2017 Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

One of the primary objectives of this visit was to have detailed discussions with partner universities in Moscow in order to further promote student exchanges between Japan and Russia. Other objectives were to ask Japanese companies and government organizations operating in Moscow to cooperate in providing Japanese and Russian students with internship opportunities, another major pillar of the Inter-University Exchange Project, and to discuss with the companies and organizations that had already agreed to accept interns the specific details of the internship programs.

Due to the shortness of their stay, the delegates were expected to be able to individually meet only a limited number of companies and government organizations. In fact, they managed to arrange meetings with just four companies and two organizations in between their appointments with partner universities. In view of these circumstances, the Tokyo Gaigokai Moscow Branch, an association of TUFS alumni living in Moscow, invited TUFS students studying in Russia, in addition to other participants, to organize a Global Community meeting based on its social reunion (Moscow Gaigokai) held several times a year. With the participation of TUFS alumni working for companies in various industries and government organizations in Moscow, the meeting was aimed at efficiently expanding the TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network (Business Network),* which supports our project, and at providing the alumni with an opportunity for communication with TUFS students studying in Russia.

To this end, at the meeting the delegates asked the alumni to actively participate in the Business Network and to make arrangements to accept TUFS students studying in Russia as interns at their offices. Meanwhile, the delegates explained to the TUFS students the significance of experiencing an internship in Russia, a foreign country for them, and some points to note when serving as an intern. Additionally, the delegates encouraged the students to be proactively involved in Business Network activities in the future when they become working members of society so as to provide the same support to their junior fellows as they received themselves.

Meeting participants from TUFS included Executive Director and Secretary-General Katsuhisa Sagisaka, Professor Kyoko Numano (the Project Leader, Institute of Global Studies, Russian Literature and Russian Culture), Professor Yoshikazu Suzuki (Institute of Global Studies, Modern Russian Regional Studies, Economic History, and Comparative Economic Systems), and other delegates. From the Tokyo Gaigokai Moscow Branch, 17 members attended the meeting, including Branch Director Yoshihisa Tachi and some former students who returned to Russia after studying at TUFS. Also with the participation of 12 TUFS students studying in Russia, a total of 35 people gathered for the reunion.

In this way, the initial objectives of the visit to Moscow were generally achieved.

*The TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network is a community of TUFS graduates who are active in or have experience in Japan-Russia business to support TUFS in implementing the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) from the alumni perspective. The members are expected to offer support, such as providing career consultation for current TUFS students and students from Russian partner universities, talking to them about business between Japan and Russia, and giving internship opportunities or serving as a bridge to give such opportunities to their junior fellows at their companies and organizations.

At the global community meeting

At the global community meeting