Help Sponsor the 2015 Brown Bears Japan Tour

Dear BUCJ,

The Brown Bears Japan is a group of Brown University students who are interested in spreading information about studying abroad to Japanese people. They have operated a blog in Japanese adding an average of one new post per day every day since September of 2012. Through this blog, they share information about daily life at American universities and give advice to prospective exchange students.

Last year in 2014, they held a very successful tour of 10 cities across Japan, following a successful tour of 7 cities across Japan in 2013, hosting information sessions about studying abroad. As a direct result, each year several applicants mentioned the Brown Bears Japan as one of their motivations for applying to Brown.

Building on this success, this summer they are planning to hold another 10 city tour, in which they hope to share their experience as current undergraduate students studying at a U.S. university. Through information sessions at each city, Brown Bears Japan seeks to share the benefits of studying abroad and encourage students to consider studying abroad as a viable option for accomplishing their goals. By talking face-to-face with students across Japan, they will increase Japanese people’s familiarity with the idea of studying abroad.

All this cannot happen without your help. Brown Bears Japan is now accepting donations through Paypal. Any donation to help Brown Bears Japan make this project a reality is welcome. If possible, spreading the word about the project to those who may be interested would also be greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, please state the amount that you would like to donate on their website. The donation would be made through the PayPal account below:

PayPal Account Information:

  • Account Holder: Kia Sadahiro (貞広貴亜)
  • Name of the Bank: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (三菱UFJ銀行 湘南台支店)
  • Bank number: 509
  • Account number: 0357079

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

For your reference, here are the links to their official website, blog, and a report of last summer’s tour.

This year’s Tour Proposal (In Japanese)

Official Website

Blog (in Japanese)  Last Year’s report (In Japanese)

Thank you very much for your support!

Kevin Sholes, ‘91
BUCJ Treasurer

Brown University Club Hanami Party – April 4th 2015

Greetings from the Brown University Club of Japan,

imageAll Ivy+ alumni and friends are invited to join us for our annual Hanami Party on Saturday April 4, 2015 at Komaba Koen. It’s a great time to relax with friends under billowing clouds of pink blossoms. This event just keeps getting bigger and better every year, so don’t miss out.


About our magnificent location:

Komaba Koen is the site of the former Toshinari Maeda mansion, built in 1929. The lawn in front of this gorgeous Tudor style mansion is surrounded by about 150 cherry trees. During hanami, you can expect a smaller, less raucous crowd than the more famous hanami spots around town.

Komaba Koen is an 8 minute walk from Komaba Todai Mae Station on the Inokashira line (3 min. from Shibuya).

Place: Komaba Koen, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. See here for detailed directions.
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: 11:00-15:00

Cost: Free. BYOB (bring your own bento!, and a plastic sheet to sit on would also be helpful). And please remember to carry your own garbage home.

RSVP’s are appreciated, but not necessary. Participation is unlimited.

Day of event contact:
Walter Edwards
Tel: 080-4150-9102

This event will be canceled in the case of rain.


Walter Edwards
Brown University Club of Japan

Commercializing of advanced scientific discoveries, Harvard Club of Japan, Thursday April 2, 2015

Dear heads of Japan alumni clubs of Babson, Berkeley, Bocconi, Brown, Cambridge, Columbia, Cornell, UChicago, Dartmouth, Georgetown, MIT, Northwestern, Oxford, Princeton, Science Po, Smith, Stanford, Temple, Tufts, Wellesley, UWisconsin, Yale and Yonsei:

Thanks for your ongoing support of Harvard Club of Japan’s events. We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “Unlocking the commercial and medical potential of Japanese science via entrepreneurship” by Robert Kneller, J.D., M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo. Details follow below and on our website.

We hope you and some of your members can attend.

Best wishes,
Carl Kay
Harvard Club of Japan

We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “Unlocking the commercial and medical potential of Japanese science via entrepreneurship” by Robert Kneller, J.D., M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo.

Japan is poorly represented in commercial applications of new science and engineering discoveries. New companies are in the global forefront of commercializing new advanced scientific and technological products, but hardly any of these new companies are Japanese. Entrepreneurial Japanese companies in science and engineering face unique challenges not faced by American and even European startups. But Japan offers some advantages, too.

This talk will focus on Dr. Kneller’s experience in trying to open a second path to commercializing promising Japanese scientific discoveries, namely the creation of new companies that will assume the risks and potential rewards of developing such discoveries – either to the stage where big companies are interested in taking on development themselves, or to the stage where the new company can grow and continue innovating on its own. Based on examples of trying to move forward several promising biomedical discoveries, Dr. Kneller will sketch out a roadmap for commercializing promising biomedical discoveries by forming new companies – a roadmap that may offer some guideposts for startups in other industries. One of the basic points is that success depends upon the startups being internationally oriented from birth. This includes openness to overseas investment, and aiming for international validation, regulatory approval, and markets.

Time and Date: April 2nd (Thursday) 19:00 – 21:00pm (Doors open at 18:30pm.)
VENUE: Roppongi Hills Club, 51fl, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Admission 5,000 yen includes standing buffet dinner with cash bar for all beverages.
Registration: Please use the form on the right side of the page.
Please register by March 28th. Cancellations after that date and no-shows will be invoiced.
Questions to:

Speaker Bio:

Professor Kneller’s research has focused on startups, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, university-industry technology transfer, and the importance of these factors for innovation and the development of biomedical discoveries for public benefit. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine having completed his residency and public health studies in Johns Hopkins University. His MD is from Mayo Medical School (1984). He has a JD from Harvard Law School (1980). From 1988 to 1997 he worked in the US National Institutes of Health, first as a cancer epidemiologist, then in science policy, and finally at the coordinator for clinical cooperative R&D agreements with industry to develop NIH cancer drugs. He has worked in China on epidemiology studies and in clinical medicine and public health.