Update – 2014 Bonenkai – Celebrating Brown’s 250th Anniversary



*****Venue Change for the 2014 Bonenkai*****

 Due to the higher than expected number of responses the Brown Club of Japan is changing the venue for this year’s Bonenkai. We look forward to celebrating with everyone at Va-tout in Roppongi.
Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Va-tout
Address: Axis Bldg 1F, 5-17-1 Roppongi, Tokyo

From Roppongi Stn (Hibiya or Oedo Line) → Exit 3, walk towards Ikura-katamachi, 7minutes

From Roppongi 1-chome Stn (Namboku Line) ) → Exit 2, walk towards the Ikura-katamachi Crossing, then make a right, 7 minutes

Shop Info w/Map: http://www.brasserievatout.jp/map.html

Restaurant Website: http://www.brasserievatout.jp/

Price: 2,000 JPY for graduates of the class of 2012 or later plus current students; 5,000 JPY for everyone else

Significant others and friends of the Brown alumni community welcome!

Note: Space is limited so early responses are highly encouraged.

Please join us and celebrate with fellow Brown alumni, meet new faces, and enjoy great food in a wonderful atmosphere!


The Brown Club of Japan

Brown 250


“Prime Minister Abe Revisited: Old Politics in a New (Media) Environment?”


To Friends of the Columbia Lions Club of Japan:

You are cordially invited to a presentation in English, featuring Professor Keiko Tabusa, PhD (political science) Columbia University, on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 19:00.  The event is open to all Columbia University alumni and their guests, as well as members of other U.S. university alumni organizations in Japan.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early, as the event will take place at a U.S. Embassy facility which requires a guest list and security bag checks, though a picture ID will NOT be required.  The event will end at 20:30, when Professor Tabuse and others will head toward dinner at ARK Hills.  Hope you can make it!

                              RSVP:  https://jp.surveymonkey.com/s/6PJN6JB

Time:  19:00-20:30, Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, followed by dinner with the speaker at Choice! Akasaka

Cost:  The Presentation is Free!  Dinner will be a la carte, split bill format.

Place:  American Center Japan

NOF Tameike Building, 8F

1-1-14, Akasaka

Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

Map and Directions:  http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/amc/tamc-map.html

Topic:  “Prime Minister Abe Revisited: Old Politics in a New (Media) Environment?”

  • The first time Abe became Prime Minister in September 2006, The Japan Times wrote; “To fathom Abe, just look at his grandfather.” He certainly acted on his conservative ideology, stressing more assertive Japan in international relations including military affairs, a smaller-government Japan in welfare policies like pension reforms, and a beautiful Japan (utsukushii kuni) in social and cultural affairs including education. And many of his actions, as well as his aides’, met severe criticisms from the opposition parties and the mass media. This time, what he pursues seems to have changed little, but the responses of the opposition parties and the media apparently have. He has been enjoying a relatively high level of support since his second inauguration. What does he do better this time? Has he changed, or have his critics? If anyone has changed, how? In this lecture, I will discuss some changes in political and media environment in an attempt to understand Abe’s politics better.

Speaker:  Professor Keiko Tabusa, PhD (political science), Columbia University; BA, MA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Professor, Jumonji University 2004~

Lecturer, The Australian National University 1993~2002

Publications (translation):          『自由と市場の経済学』2013 (Mark Skousen Vienna and Chicago; Friends or Foes)

『フリードリヒ・ハイエク』2012 (Lanny Ebenstein, Friedrich Hayek: a Biography

Dinner (split bill format):  Choice! Akasaka

Third Floor, ARK Mori Building

1-12-32, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo


Tabelog Site:  http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13113440/


Invitation: Safecast Awareness Event, Nov 4, 2014

Dear BUCJ,

Three and a half years on, many of us are still concerned and have questions about radiation in Japan and also how to make sure we have appropriate information in the future.  On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:00pm, SAFECAST will explain the results of the data they have been collecting on radiation and answer questions on radiation in the environment, food, health and safety.  It’s a great organization with over 100 dedicated volunteers including some of the leading lights in the technology world, including Joi Ito who runs MIT Labs and attended Tufts University and Ray Ozzie who attended the University of Illinois.  The organization is helping to provide important infrastructure to make sure that data on radiation is disseminated on a real time, non-political basis.  SAFECAST has over 800 sensors deployed and has the largest collection of radiation data in the world.  You can see their map online (www.safecast.org). With the generosity of Simmons & Simmons / TMI Associates, all proceeds from the ¥5,000 tickets will go to SAFECAST.  Please see below or attached for more specifics.  If you want to attend, please rvsp to rsvp@safecast.org.

Please also forward to others who may be interested.

Thank you,


Come spend an evening with SAFECAST!

Date & Time:                Tuesday, November 4th, 7:00pm
Location:                      Simmons & Simmons / TMI Associates conference rooms,
22nd floor, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Price:                            ¥5,000
Food/Drinks:                 Light food and refreshments will be served
RSVP/Questions:         Please contact <rsvp@safecast.org>

With the generous support of Simmons & Simmons in association with TMI Associates, 100% of all ticket sales will go to SAFECAST.

Event Info:

The doors will open at 7:00pm to allow people to socialize and have something to eat. Starting at 7:30pm, SAFECAST co-founder Pieter Franken and his colleagues will provide a brief overview of SAFECAST’s success and results of collecting data on the nuclear radiation around Fukushima and all of Japan. This will include demonstrations of their interactive maps charting radiation data and their unique detector hardware. The overview will include SAFECAST’s current development of a new realtime sensor and information system being deployed around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and others in Japan and around the world as an “early warning” system against future possible radiation releases.  The event will also provide ample time for Q&A to cover radiation, food, health, and other issues of concern.


SAFECAST, a non-ideological, non-profit, volunteer-based organization created in the days immediately following the start of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in March, 2011, has become the most prominent and reliable independent source for radiation data in Japan and abroad. More than three years later concerns about radiation exposure from Fukushima continue, with low public confidence in government and industry statements that the nuclear fallout does not pose a significant risk to public health. The general public remains worried about the impact of long-term exposure, and lacking faith in government reassurances, has increasingly turned to alternative sources of information like SAFECAST.

In order to fill the acute information vacuum about the severity of the Fukushima fallout, SAFECAST has drawn on the expertise and experience of specialists worldwide, including co-founder Joi Ito (Director of the MIT Media Lab) and advisor Ray Ozzie (former CTO of Microsoft), to quickly field award-winning mobile detectors of its own design. These leverage open-source software and hardware and new-generation DIY tools such as laser cutters and custom PCB fabrication to dramatically accelerate development and deployment time. The group has simultaneously developed an information management system that allows GPS-tagged radiation data points to be uploaded into a central database and displayed on an interactive web-based and mobile maps.

Watch this short video summary of SAFECAST’s mission and principles by Adrian Storey:


The radiation data gathered by the growing group of SAFECAST volunteers in Japan and abroad currently exceeds 23 million data points, arguably the most extensive public data set of its kind. It was soon hailed as a technically competent, credible, and objective source of radiation information for Japan by experts on both sides of the nuclear power debate.

SAFECAST’s unique open-source hardware and software and crowdsourced maps and radiation data have all been developed by volunteers and are freely available without restriction for download and use.

Speaker Bios:

Pieter Franken, a founding member of SAFECAST, is an experienced hardware and software designer and is currently CTO for Monex Securties, based in Tokyo.

Azby Brown is an architect, designer, and author, and is Director of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo.


“A Historian Looks at Japan and the Contemporary World”

Harvard Club of Japan is pleased to invite members of your clubs to another upcoming event on Monday October 27th from 6:30-9:00pm titled  “A Historian Looks at Japan and the Contemporary World” by Harvard’s Charles Warren Research Professor of History Professor Emeritus Akira Iriye. Professor Iriye will be turning eighty years old a week before this lecture. Please join the Harvard community and graduates of many schools in Tokyo to hear this talk by one of Harvard’s most respected and beloved professors in the Asian Studies field and a giant in the field of the history of international relations.

**Please note that this event will take place at International House rather than our usual venue. The admission price for this event reflects this change but also includes beverages (which are charged separately at our usual venue).

Admission 10,000 yen includes all food (buffet dinner) and drink.

Please register at http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=256 using form in upper right of the web page.

International House, Tokyo

MAP: http://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/access.html

October 27, 2014  at 6:30-9:00pm

Door open at 6:30pm, lecture starts at 7pm, dinner at 8pm. Event ends at 9pm.

Please reserve by October 23rd. All no-shows and cancellations after 10/23 will be invoiced. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

For any questions or problems please e-mail kaycarl@gmail.com

Charles Warren Research Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University

Professor Iriye is one of America’s most distinguished scholars of international relations. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in US and East Asian History in 1961. His thesis was later published as the book After Imperialism, the Search for a New Order in the Far East, 1921-1931.  The work was a breakthrough in the history of a pivotal period not only because of its conceptual brilliance but also because of his mastery of original documents in English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and German. He is the only Japanese to have served as Chairman of the American Historical Society, and he is known as much for his work on American as Asian history.

Professor Iriye has written widely on American diplomatic history and Japanese- American relations. Among his many works are Pacific Estrangement: Japanese and American Expansion, 1897-1911 (1972); Power and Culture: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1945 (1981); Fifty Years of Japanese-American Relations (in Japanese, 1991); China and Japan in the Global Setting(1992); The Globalizing of America (1993); and Cultural Internationalism and World Order (1997); Global Community, The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World (2002).

Prof. Iriye was born in Tokyo in 1934 and graduated from Seikei High School.  He one of a distinguished line of Seikei students to attend Harvard; others include Ben Makihara and Tatsuo Arima. He completed his undergraduate studies at Haverford College in 1957. After receiving his Ph. D., he taught at Harvard, and then at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Chicago University before returning to the History faculty at Harvard in 1989.  He became the Charles Warren Professor of American History in 1991, and he also served as Chairman of the History Department.