Thursday, February 11th
On the first day of the KEYS 2016, Japanese university students and international students in Japan, gathered in Tokyo and met with the students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and De La Salle University.
Mr. Alex Yasumoto (Founder/Councilor of the Kamenori Foundation) delivered a welcome speech, prior to students introducing themselves and participating in an orientation session.
After the orientation session, a keynote lecture was given by Professor Bryan Mercurio of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His topic was “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Effect on the Stability and Predictability in Asia”.
A second lecture was delivered by Professor Tereso S. Tullao. Jr. of the School of Economics at De La Salle University on “Education as an Avenue for Regional Integration in ASEAN and East Asia”.
Both of these lectures were interactive, beginning with a question from the professor. In the Q&A session, not only the participants, but also the graduate student audience asked questions and engaged in a lively discussion.
Finally, Professor Stephen Nagy of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the International Christian University and an Executive Committee member of KEYS 2016, advised the students on presentation skills and how to prepare for the final presentations.
The participants concluded the day with a Japanese meal and more activities to better get to know each other.
Friday, February 12th
Professor Stephen Nagy gave a lecture on “East Asian Integration? Environmental cooperation as a platform for regionalization” and the participants had time to think about environmental issues in Asia which could not be resolved by one individual country’s effort.
Following the lecture, the participants went on a short study tour. The first stop was Korea Town near Shinjuku where Mr. OH YOUNG SEOK, President of the Shinjuku Korean Merchant Association spoke about the origin and history of the area. They enjoyed exploring Korea Town and Korean food.
The students moved to “Ecopolis Center” in Itabashi in the afternoon. They walked around the building filled with environmental facilities and participated in a workshop about polluting the environment by drinking tea from a plastic bottle. They also discussed how to reduce pollution.
In the evening, the participants visited the Tokyo Camii, an Islamic mosque in Yoyogi-Uehara, Shibuya,. They observed the mosque and the Evening Prayer as they learned about Islam and that there are many Muslims in Asia.
Saturday, February 13th
The third day started with a lecture by Dr. Yuko Ando, Research Fellow from the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. Her topic was “The conflict between historical memories over Hiroshima and Nagasaki”. The students learned how people have come to understand the historical memories of the atomic bomb. The third day was also a day for group research. The students had exchanged opinions by email before the summit, but with the presentations coming up the next day, their discussions heated up and they prepared throughout the night.
Sunday, February 14th
On the final day, the day of the presentations, students presented the results of their group research. (Reference：KEYS 2016 Final Presentation Program [PDF125KB]
|Politics / Society||The Territorial disputes in the South China Sea|
|Environment||How can we promote the development and utilization of clean energy sources in the market economy? |
|Education||Bridging the Gap of Private and Public Education system|
|Economy||Regional Measures in Addressing the Incidence of Human Trafficking in Asia|
After the presentations, Academic Advisors gave feedback to each group, and the Academic Director gave a general evaluation of the final presentations.
At the farewell party following the final presentation, the students who worked together during KEYS2016, the professors who gave the address and the lectures, the audience who attended the final presentation and the executives and staff of the Kamenori Foundation had time to foster closer friendships. During this party, students from Hong Kong and the Philippines gave presentations introducing their countries as relationships deepened in a relaxed environment.
Monday, February 15th – Wednesday, 17th
The day after KEYS 2016 finished, the students from Hong Kong and the Philippines traveled to Hakone/Mt. Fuji as part of the sightseeing program. On the Tuesday, they experienced the painting of “furin” (Japanese wind bells), visited the Edo-Tokyo museum and walked around Tokyo. The overseas students returned to their home countries on the 17th.
Although it was a short time, working together, having meaningful discussions and developing their research results provided the participating university students with a great experience and a strong sense of achievement.
We hope they will continue to interact with each other and that they will become talented resources to work globally in future Asia.