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

University of Pretoria Global Japan Office June 2019 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand
30/06/2019

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Pictured here; The Ambassador of Japan to South Africa, His Excellency the Honourable Mr Norio Maruyama giving a speech at “Japan House” and members of the SAJU Committee

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Pics; The Ambassador of japan to South Africa, His Excellency the Honourable Mr Norio Maruyama and Prof Maxi Schoeman from the University of Pretoria

Dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence “Japan House”

The newly appointed Ambassador of Japan to South Africa, His Excellency, the Honourable Mr Norio Maruyama invited all the South Africa – Japan Universities (SAJU) Committee as well as sub-committee members to his residence “Japan House” for a thank you dinner.

The Ambassador thanked everyone for their effort in making the SAJU Conference a huge success and briefly mentioned the G20 summit.

A beautiful buffet of authentic Japanese sushi freshly prepared on site by a chef especially brought in for the evening as well as traditional Japanese sweets for dessert was enjoyed by all.

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Pics; Visiting Japanese student Kaita Ikeya with Mr Martin Manganye, Ms Lisa Sanders and the team from Toks & Tjops

Sophia University Exchange student interviewed for South African TV

Sophia University exchange student at University of Pretoria Mr Kaita Ikeya together with Embassy of Japan employee, Ms Lisa Sanders did a promotional item for a local television channel, DSTV KykNet.  The programme will be broadcast on the Toks & Tjops slot.  They were interviewed to promote the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan.  Joining them and giving the thumbs up in the studio was CJS-JICA employee Mr Martin Manganye.

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Pics; Prof Masafumi Nagao conducting interviews with students at University of Pretoria

Interview with University of Pretoria students

Visiting Professor at the University of Pretoria, Professor Emeritus, Hiroshima University, Research Advisor, International Development Center of Japan, Professor Masafumi Nagao stayed behind after the SAJU Conference as he currently has a contract with University of Pretoria till September 2019.  As part of his stay here at UP, he continued conducting interviews with both undergraduate as well as post graduate students.  He expressed his desire to get the students to tell him how they envisioned their future both in their personal capacities as well as for their country.

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Pics; UP Alumni, Mr Wesley Human featured in JICA calendar

UP Alumni on JICA Calendar

First UP exchange student to Hokkaido University, Mr Wesley Human returned to South Africa to graduate only to return to Japan.  He found his experience as an exchange student so life changing that he secured himself employment teaching English in Japan in Sapporo City in Hokkaido.  Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) featured him in their 2019 Calendar for the month of June.  Wesley has been a true inspiration to the students who aspire to visit Japan and is very much in contact with CJS as well as students of UP.


University of Pretoria Global Japan Office May 2019 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand
31/05/2019

Talk by Dr Tomoko Kitagawa
Dr Kitagawa presented a talk at the University of Pretoria on 16 May entitled
“Making the Rules by Breaking the Rules: Deciphering the History of Mathematics and Computing”

The talk gave an overview of cryptographic methods and highlights various mathematical concepts that have led to the development of the algorithm of encryption and decoding.

Biography
Dr Tomoko L. Kitagawa studied mathematics at the University of British Columbia, and received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. She taught history classes at Harvard University, including a seminar on the history of East Asian mathematics. Her classes were well-received and she was cited as one of the students’ favourite professors at Harvard by the class of 2012. Her first book in Japanese became a national bestseller in 2012. She conducted her academic research at the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, and the University of California, Berkeley. Based in Oxford, she is currently working on a research project concerning a global history of mathematics.

Pic; Study in Japan Fair at the Fortis Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa

Study in Japan Fair
Hokkaido University – Lusaka (Zambia) Office co-hosted the “Study in Japan Fair” on 22 May 2019 with the Centre of Japanese Studies.
The event took place at a hotel in Hatfield, Pretoria which was within a few minutes’ walk from the University of Pretoria Main Campus. The following universities were represented; Hokkaido University, University of Tsukuba, Yokohama National University, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Prefectiral University of Kumamoto, Kyoto University and Asahi University. The turnout was overwhelmingly successful with over 300 students attending.

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Pic; Jazz musicians at the Meet and Greet Cocktail hosted by University of Pretoria

Meet and Greet Cocktail – SAJU Forum
On the eve of the South Africa – Japan (SAJU) Conference, 22 May 2019, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, Professor Tawana Kupe hosted a Meet and Greet Cocktail to welcome all the guests both Japanese and South African university representatives for the conference and his counterpart, Vice President of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Professor Jun Matsukuma as well as Minister-Counsellor Mr Shuichiro Kawaguchi, of the Japanese Embassy in South Africa. Once the formalities were concluded, guests were treated to some delicious finger foods and there was also a live Jazz band in attendance.

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pretoria190701_7Pics; SAJU Conference registration and Conference Centre

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Pic; SAJU Conference at Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria

4th South Africa – Japan (SAJU) Conference entitled The Human Being in the 21st Century in the Context of Global Changes
The University of Pretoria co-hosted the 4th SAJU Conference at their brand new Future Africa Campus. The Campus boasts a state of the art conference venue, a hotel as well as a large dining hall. The conference was attended by over 200 Japanese University and South African delegates including Vice Chancellors and Vice Presidents, CEO’s and Directors. The purpose of the conference was to establish a collaboration between academics, institutions to tackle the world’s problems. There were a series of lectures and seminars as well as thematic discussions held concurrently. There was also a poster session covering three areas of current interest. Prior to the event there was an Academic Tour organised for the Western Cape and after the event, a Heritage Tour in Gauteng which was well received and enjoyed by the participants.

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Gala Dinner
The University of Pretoria hosted a Gala Dinner as part of the SAJU Conference at which the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Ms Naledi Pandor as well as the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency the Honorable Mr Norio Maruyama gave speeches.


University of Pretoria Global Japan Office April 2019 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand
30/04/2019

Pic; Ms Wendy-Rose Govender with Ms Anita Devchand and at TUFS having fun.

First UP Student heads to TUFS
Ms Wendy-Rose Govender made history by becoming the first University of Pretoria student to go on an exchange program to Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS). She left for Japan on 1 April 2019.
Wendy-Rose is a second year Industrial Engineering student at the University of Pretoria. She was very determined to study in Japan and even though she could not find any courses towards her degree she chose the following modules for which she does not receive any credits:
Japanese, Greek and Roman Mythology, Modern English Literature, Topics in Religion and Popular Culture in Japan. We wish her well during her stay in Tokyo!

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Pic; Ms Virginia Theuri(left) from South Africa pictured with other international exchange students at Hokkaido University

Another UP Student goes to Hokkaido University
Ms Virginia Theuri, a University of Pretoria (UP), 2nd year student also left in April 2019 for an exchange program to Hokkaido University. She is the 3rd student from UP to go on the exchange program to Hokkaido University. She is currently studying for a BSc degree in Genetics, Psychology and Human Physiology at the University of Pretoria.
Virginia chose to do the following modules at Hokkaido University:
Japanese language, grammar, vocabulary, Kanji, Japanese Culture and Career Planning. As can be seen from the photo above, Virginia is fully embracing the Japanese Culture. We wish Virginia great success with her studies!

Pic; MEXT Scholarship recipient from South Africa Mr John Verner with books that he donated

Mr John Verner, a UP graduate won the coveted Japanese Embassy MEXT Scholarship and realized his dreams to further his studies by doing research at Hitotsubashi University. John graduated with his Masters in Econometrics last year from University of Pretoria.
He started learning Japanese language through a private tutor in Johannesburg whilst still in High School. The more he learnt about Japan and the Japanese culture, the more he longed to visit Japan. He did extensive practices teaching himself to learn the Japanese language and then took further lessons from Ms Hiromi Spinola, who runs the JLC for the Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) here in Pretoria.
John was generous enough to donate over 20 books to CJS library that he had purchased for his own use. We thank him and wish him all the best!

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Pic: Dr Nisa Paleker with a class she taught at TUFS

UP lecturer Dr Paleker does a visit to Japan
Dr Nisa Paleker, a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Historical and Heritage Studies went as a visiting Fellow to Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS). She compiled the following article.

From October 2018 until February 2019, as a visiting academic, I was the guest of the African Studies Centre of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS).
TUFS is quite small with students in the thousands rather than tens of thousands. Small classes and extended teaching sessions are refreshingly different to what one is used to at the University of Pretoria where large classes and a mad dashing from lecture venue to lecture venue or main campus to satellite campus are more common experiences. TUFS is a truly global institution in the composition of its student body. Students from East, South, Southeast and Central Asia share naan with students from Latin America; African students from various locations on the continent sip sake with students from Europe and the US with Japanese students frequently mediating as friends, interpreters and guides. One of the highlights of this visit was undoubtedly the TUFS Festival held in November. Over five days in the third week of November, TUFS students served foods from a variety of global regions and entertained with stage performances and plays rooted in a variety of global cultures and traditions.
The four-month stint also provided an opportunity for research seminar presentations at TUFS and Kyoto University, as well as a short visit to Hiroshima. As a historian, one of the immediate sensory experiences in Kyoto and Hiroshima, and to a lesser extent in Tokyo itself, was the relationship Japanese society has with its history. History was a sensory experience because of the corporeality of the past, and not only in memorials, buildings and statutes but also in the way in which Japanese people inhabit history. History is a garment woven of pride, with some threads of remorse, and yards of optimism from painful lessons learned the hard way.
Article by Dr Nisa Paleker
April 2019


University of Pretoria Global Japan Office March 2019 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand
31/03/2019

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Pic from L-R; Ms Tsunoda Sarama (Embassy), Ms Janet van Rhyn, Prof Ahmed Bawa (Both from USAf), Prof Shinichi Takeuchi (TUFS), Ms Tomoko Kawakita (JICA – CJS)

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Pic; Prof Shinichi Takeuchi seen her with Dr Mabutho Shangese and Ms Tomoko Kawakita

SAJU Preparation

Prof Takeuchi from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) who is also the SAJU Coordinating Professor for the Japanese universities, came towards the end of February to do a site inspection of the facilities that have been ear marked for the SAJU delegates.  He was taken on a tour of the venue, the Future Africa Campus which is part of the University of Pretoria and is a brand new campus. The Future Africa campus hosts a state-of-the-art conference centre, breakaway rooms, hotel as well as an eating area.  Ms Kawakita from JICA-CJS facilitated his visits. Prof Takeuchi met with academics and SAJU members on his trip.

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Pics above & below; Mr Arsenio Botha in Japan

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Return of Exchange Student from Hokkaido University

Mr Arsenio Botha, a third year BSc Medical Science student went to Hokkaido University on the HUSTEP exchange program from the University of Pretoria.  He spoke highly of Japan, its culture and people.  He was most impressed with their practice of “Ubuntu”, which is a South African term loosely translated as brotherhood.  He felt that although we speak about it, it is actually practiced by the Japanese people as “we live for each other.”

He found Sapporo, a city in Hokkaido to be amazing with a feeling of calm that set him at ease the moment he got there. Meeting other International students and forging close bonds with them and the Japanese students proved to be invaluable.  He was so taken in by his experience that he wishes to return to Japan sometime in the future.

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Pic; Poster of Japanese Cultural Event

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All Pics courtesy of Japanese Embassy; Martial arts display

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Pic; Archery demonstration

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Pic; Playing a Japanese Musical Instrument

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Pic: Ikebana Flower Arranging

Japanese Embassy Cultural Expo

The Japanese Embassy hosted a Cultural Expo in South Africa at the Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria on the weekend of 1 March 2019 to 3 March 2019.  There was a lot of interest in all the activities which included martial arts demonstrations, Ikebana flower arrangements, kimono displays and film shows to mention a few.  Mrs Anita Devchand assisted the Embassy by promoting the event to the students at the University of Pretoria.

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Pics; Rikkyo University students at University of Pretoria

Rikkyo University visits University of Pretoria
On 12 March 2019, 9 students, 1 coordinator and a professor from Rikkyo University visited University of Pretoria as part of their visit to South Africa. They were treated to a lecture on the History of South Africa by UP Professor Karen Harris and were taken on a campus tour by two UP students who also serve as guides. They were then taken to the Mamelodi Campus of UP for further interaction with the local community of Mamelodi. It was wonderful to see more and more visits from Japanese students to South Africa and particularly to University of Pretoria.


University of Pretoria Global Japan Office February 2019 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand
28/02/2019

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Pic; Mr Martin Lesole Manganye

New member of staff at Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS)
The Centre for Japanese Studies is proud to welcome Mr Martin Lesole Manganye who is assisting us in place of Mrs Satoko Olivier who left us last month. Martin went as a post graduate student to study an MBA specialising in Japanese Management at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. He studied in the famous Onsen City located in the South of Japan. He is also able to speak a bit of the Japanese language and has brought back with him a wealth of information from Japan so he is a wonderful inspiration to all our students interested in going to Japan.
Mrs Anita Devchand refers students regularly to visit him so that they can be encouraged to study in Japan.

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Pics; Professor Masafumi Nagao in meetings with academics at University of Pretoria

UP Visiting Fellow (VF) Professor Masafumi Nagao
The University of Pretoria contracted Professor Nagao to assist in various projects one of which is to assist CJS with preparations for the forthcoming SAJU 4 conference taking place in May 2019. Prof Nagao will assist from February to September 2019 on a part time basis as he has commitments all over the world. He will also be assisting for the TICAD VII participation by UP and South African universities. Another area of involvement is the strategic partnership possibility between UP and University of Tokyo. In the short span of time that he spent at UP in February, already he has met with academics and various interest groups at the University.

Mrs Anita Devchand also arranged various meetings for him with UP students. He met with groups of students both undergraduate and postgraduate to listen to their hopes about the future, their plans and vision. He encouraged them to study abroad to expand their knowledge.
Many of the students sought his advice regarding their desire to study specifically in Japan. The students gave very positive feedback on their interaction with him and they all enthused on what a great motivator he was. Lots of students were disappointed because he was unable to meet with them all but Mrs Devchand assured them that on his return in May she would reschedule further sessions with him.

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Pics; Sophia University students attending lectures and group discussions at University of Pretoria

Sophia University Study Tour to the University of Pretoria
10 Students, 5 male and 5 female visited University of Pretoria from Sophia University as part of a study tour organised by Edu Africa. This was the second group to visit UP. Last year a group of 10 female students visited. As part of the study tour they were given lectures at UP on the History of South Africa, they visited the Mamelodi Campus (another campus also part of UP), located approximately 22km’s from the main Hatfield Campus. They were also given a tour of the main campus and visited the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. As part of their 3 day programme in Pretoria they also met with a group of students staying at the UP residences for discussions of mutual benefit to both groups. They then moved onto Cape Town for the next part of their journey.


University of Pretoria Global Japan Office January 2019 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand
31/01/2019

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Pic; Poster of the Centre for Japanese Studies

University of Pretoria Welcome Day

The University of Pretoria (UP) opened its doors to the first year students officially on Saturday 26 January 2019, by hosting a Welcome Day.

Copies of the above pamphlets of the Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) were distributed to create awareness of the existence of the Centre as we are located in the Graduate Centre which is far off from the main undergraduate student activity areas.

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Pic: Pamphlet of the Japanese Language Course presented at the University of Pretoria

Japanese Language Course

The registration and applications for the Japanese Language Course opened in January 2019 much to the anticipation of students who queried about the course from the end of last year.  The Centre was inundated with queries both from students as well as the private sector and we hope to get a good response to the above brochure that was distributed to everyone.

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Pic; Older students at the Graduate Centre during Orientation week

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Pic; First year students belonging to two different UP residences at Orientation week

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Pic; Students belonging to specific residences

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Pic; First year non-resident students

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Pic; Students from an all Boy’s residence

Orientation Week at University of Pretoria

The University hosted an Orientation week from 28 to 31 January 2019 to familiarise the students with all aspects of Campus life.  Mrs Anita Devchand distributed pamphlets to the students from her orientation gazebo and took the above pictures.

The university after being quiet up to that day was flooded with first year students. The excitement and anticipation created by the students brought the campus alive.  Students belonging to the various residences are required to wear the respective uniforms of their houses and a lot of fun was provided by their activities of dancing, singing and various games.  The second picture with the girls in their hats and sticks for example were students from the female residence and the students from the male residence have to escort them wherever they go.  The idea is that anyone can try to steal their hats and the guys have to protect them. They will chase “the thief” and retrieve the hat.  Each residence has a unique activity that they showcase during orientation week.

Farewell to Mrs Satoko Olivier

Mrs Satoko Olivier was appointed by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce (CCIJ) in South Africa to assist CJS with a few tasks from September 2018 to March 2019. One of which was to create a database of students who went to Japan to study or do an internship and another was to establish a Japanese Library at CJS.

Unfortunately Satoko-san had to leave us as she secured another job.  We wish her well in her future endeavours.

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Pic; Sophia University student Kaita Ikeya with BCom student Ms Mishka Devchand

Welcome to Scholarship Student Kaita Ikeya

Mr Kaita “Kai” Ikeya, a student from Sophia University (Jochi) in Japan arrived in January 2019 on a year long scholarship to study at University of Pretoria.  He is currently studying International Politics in Japan and has taken two subjects here at UP, Politics and Public Administration.  Mrs Anita Devchand introduced him to other students and also interviewed him and this is what he had to say.  He is staying at the TurkDorp residence with other international students.  Everyone is very welcoming and kind to him.  He has made a good few friends and has already travelled to the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.  He has already travelled to some 25 countries around the world.  CJS wishes him all the best for the duration of his stay at UP.


University of Pretoria Global Japan Office September, 2018 Activity Report

Global Japan Office Coordinator
Anita Devchand
30/11/2018

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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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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Hotel at the Future Africa Campus

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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
31/10/2018

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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.

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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
30/9/2018

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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.

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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.

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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.