University of Pretoria (South Africa)GJO Activity Report / 活動日誌

University of Pretoria Global Japan Office September, 2018 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand


At the podium is Dr Cobus van Staden at the Lier Theatre, University of Pretoria with members of the audience for the Japanese Pop Culture weekend


Poster of the Japanese Pop Culture Weekend at University of Pretoria

Japanese Pop Culture Weekend
The Embassy of Japan, South Africa in collaboration with the University of Pretoria Arts Department hosted a Japanese Pop Culture weekend at the Lier Theatre on the main Hatfield Campus of the University. As can be seen from the poster, it was an exciting event that was open to both the students as well as the general public.
The “chill” weekend kicked off with a lecture by Dr Cobus van Staden. This was followed by a NHK World Japan Documentary film and the highlight was a beautiful movie called “Spirited Away”.
The next day started off with a film called Thermae Romae and ended with a Japanese Animation called “POP IN Q”.
The eventful weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.


from L-R; Mrs Tomoko Kawakita, Dr David Sekao with visiting Professor Yoshio Kawamura at the Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS), University of Pretoria (UP)


Prof Yoshio Kawamura and Mrs Anita Devchand of CJS outside CJS Offices

Discussions with Professor Yoshio Kawamura
Professor Yoshio Kawamura, the Professor Emeritus from Ryukoku University flew in from Japan to South Africa especially to attend the Oversight Committee Meeting (OCM) in his capacity as CJS Advisor and was roped in to attend many other meetings. He met with Dr. Thulani P. Makhalanyne of Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology who is now onto a Bilateral research collaboration with Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science Technology (JAMSTEC) and also with Dr Sekao of the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education from the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria who is introducing “Lessons Study”, a teacher collaboration practice which originated and is practiced in Japan for decades.


Hotel at the Future Africa Campus


Rear view of the Conference Centre at Future Africa Campus where the SAJU 2019 Forum will be held showcasing the break-away rooms in glass at the top rear end.


Front view of the Future Africa Conference Centre on the inside

Visit to the venue of the SAJU 2019 Forum
The SAJU Admin Planning Committee of the SAJU 2019 Forum visited the Future Africa Campus to check the venue that was proposed for the SAJU 2019 Forum. What we found there was a hotel (the colourful building), a dining hall, break-away rooms and a state of the art conference facility. The venue is still currently under construction but will be ready in January 2019. All the members were very impressed with the venue and the ambience of the place. Future Africa Campus is located on the Experimental Farm of the Hillcrest Campus of the University of Pretoria and belongs to the University. It is a short 5 minute drive from the main Hatfield Campus.


from L-R; Ms Sarama Tsunoda from the Embassy of Japan, Ms Tomoko Kawakita from CJS, Ms Janet van Rhyn from USAf, Ms Ntswalo Ngobeni from USAf, Ms Anita Devchand from CJS and Mr Toba Kota from the Embassy of Japan

SAJU Admin Planning Committee
In preparation of the SAJU Forum to be held on 23 and 24 May 2019, a subcommittee meeting of the Planning Committee called the SAJU Admin Planning Committee held a few meetings to discuss the logistics and admin tasks required to proceed with the smooth handling of the SAJU Forum. Members of this committee comprise of representatives from Universities South Africa (USAf), Embassy of Japan and CJS.


from rear L-R Prof Hennie Stander – Acting Director CJS, Prof Vasu Reddy- Dean of Faculty of Humanities, Mr Shuichiro Kawaguchi – Minister-Counsellor of Embassy of Japan, Mr Yasuhisa Kitagawa-First Secretary Embassy of Japan, Mr Toshikazu Otani- President CCIJ, Mr Hiroyuki Nemoto- Executive Director JETRO, Mr Tomohiro Seki-Chief representative JICA SA Office and Prof Yoshio Kawamura-Ryukoku University

Oversight Committee Meeting
On an annual basis during November the Management of the Centre for Japanese Studies meet with officials from the Embassy of Japan, JICA, CCIJ and JETRO to discuss the activities and financial standing of the Centre.
The meeting is usually held at the Embassy of Japan and followed by a dinner hosted by the Embassy.

The meeting is chaired by the Dean of Humanities; Prof Vasu Reddy and the Activity report is presented by the Acting Director of CJS; Prof Hennie Stander.


L-R Mr Hiroyuki Nemoto Executive Director-JETRO, Prof De la Rey VC of University of Pretoria (UP) and Mr Shuichiro Kawaguchi Minister Counsellor Embassy of Japan


Members of the OCM with the VC of UP and Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan

University of Pretoria Global Japan Office September, 2018 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand


Seated in the Centre is Mrs Tomoko Kawakita (JICA Expert assigned to CJS) surrounded by students

Showcasing the Global Japan Office
We were extremely pleased to showcase the Global Japan Office, University of Pretoria. Mrs Anita Devchand put up posters of Japan and provided booklets, brochures, newsletters and leaflets of TUFS, Japan and CJS to create a welcoming Japanese Ambiance.
We welcomed our first students to the GJO office. The GJO office is located in room 2-77, The Graduate Centre, Hatfield Campus.
Students were encouraged to visit the office to read literature about Japan and to work on their applications for the exchange programs to Japan at these premises. Mrs Devchand captured this photograph of Mrs Tomoko Kawakita, the JICA Expert assigned to the Centre for Japanese Studies seen here assisting the students with their applications.


Ms Sonja Yonehara addressing the audience at one of many events organised by the Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Pretoria

Saying farewell to a colleague
It was with great sadness that the Centre for Japanese Studies bid farewell to Ms Sonja Yonehara. Ms Yonehara was the first administrator of the Centre and thereafter worked for JICA who assigned her as the Project Coordinator at CJS, University of Pretoria.
Ms Yonehara spent 4 years working closely with the Embassy of Japan hosting many Japanese events and thereby creating a lot of awareness and interest in Japan. She will be missed for her loyalty, dedication and hard work in promoting the academic and cultural aspects of Japan here in South Africa. Ms Yonehara returned to Japan in October 2018.

Visiting Universities from Japan to the University of Pretoria
Visit by International University of Japan (IUJ)
Ms Chie Ishizaka, staff member of the Office of the Top Global University Project and Prof YingYing Zhang Zhang, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of International Management from the International University of Japan visited the University of Pretoria. They met with representatives of the Centre for Japanese Studies, Department of Business Management and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, and discussed the possibilities of future collaboration.

Visit by Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Prof Shuhei Shimada from the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies visited the University of Pretoria to meet with representatives of the International Cooperation Division to discuss the possibilities of signing an agreement with the University of Pretoria. He also paid a courtesy call visit to the Embassy of Japan and JICA. Prof Shimada was formerly a Professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and has visited the University of Pretoria on a previous occasion, and was partially responsible for the signing of the MoU between the University of Pretoria and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

University of Pretoria Global Japan Office September, 2018 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand


Mr Arsenio Botha doing his presentation

The Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa arranged a wonderful TUFS Student Information Session on the evening of 11 September 2018.

There was a lot of interest amongst the students at the University and the response to this event was overwhelming that we had to change venues last minute to accommodate the number of students who wanted to attend. There were 81 students who attended compared to previously where we had only 25 students. The venue was packed to capacity.

Mrs Anita Devchand, Administrator at the Centre for Japanese Studies did the introduction and welcomed our Honoured Guests, Professor Shinichi Takeuchi along with Dr Yasuo Matsunami, both from TUFS who were present at the event.

Professor Takeuchi did a presentation to the students entitled TUFS connects resources worldwide, From World to Japan and From Japan to World.
Mr Arsenio Botha who was going as an Exchange Student to Hokkaido University did a presentation to the students on the procedure to be followed when applying from the University of Pretoria to Japan. His presentation was called “Applying for an Exchange Program at TUFS”. Next Mr Smart Maqubela from the International Student’s Division explained the role of his office and the requirements for the credits for the subjects that the students choose. Thereafter two exchange students from TUFS, Ms Saki Takayama and Mr Naoto Mihara were introduced to the audience so that the students could network with them.

Finally, the very successful evening ended with a question and answer session that Dr Matsunami kindly agreed to respond to the students queries.


Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Pretoria addressing the participants.  Seated and to the right, is the Japanese Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency, Shigeyuki Hiroki.  Seated to the left is Professor Shinichi Takeuchi (TUFS) and Professor Takahiro Morio from Tsukuba University

On 12 September 2018 the Centre for Japanese studies hosted the SA-Japan Bilateral Planning Seminar at the Assupol Cricket Club House, at the Hillcrest Campus of the University of Pretoria.

This planning session was to discuss the SAJU Forum that will take place in 2019.  In attendance was the Vice Chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, The Japanese Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency, Shigeyuki Hiroki. Among the participants were also the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Vasu Reddy, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Maxi Schoeman, Professor Ahmed Bawa from USAf, Prof Morio from Tsukuba University, Prof Takeuchi from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, JICA representatives, Department of Higher Education and Training and various other Departments.

It was a very fruitful engagement and the outcome was agreement on the main Thematic Areas as well as the formation of a Planning Committee to take this event forward.


Seen here is Prof Takeuchi, Prof Schoeman and Mrs Devchand

The Global Japan Office was officially opened on 13 September 2018 at the University of Pretoria by Professor Shinichi Takeuchi from TUFS.

At that ceremony, the Global Japan Office Name Plate was officially handed over to the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Maxi Schoeman.  Mrs Anita Devchand was introduced as the GJO Coordinator at the University of Pretoria.  Mrs Devchand was also handed a set of business cards from Professor Takeuchi.