2014 SUMMER HAPPY HOUR!

We hope you are staying cool in this heat wave..! Please join us for a summer happy hour from 7pm on Thursday, August 21 at TY Harbor Brewery to meet new people and hang out with old friends. We hope many of you can join us. The event is open to Brown alumni, family and friends.

Date:  Thursday, August 21, 7-9pm

Venue: TY Harbor Brewery bar area (5 min taxi from Shinagawa)
http://www.tyharborbrewing.co.jp/en/ty-harbor/information/ 

There will be free food and your first drink is on us.  Just tell your waiter/waitress to put your first drink on the “Brown Club.”

Please RSVP by August 14 or email any questions to Happyhour@bucj.org.

Eric Golden & Aiko Austin

Other Earths and the Origins of Life: Talk in Tokyo by Dimitar Sasselov, Harvard’s Phillips Professor of Astronomy and Director, Origins of Life Initiative

Harvard Club of Japan is pleased to invite members of your clubs to another upcoming event on Monday July 14th from 6:30-9:00pm titled “Other Earths and the Origins of Life:  Talk in Tokyo  by Dimitar Sasselov, Harvard’s Phillips Professor of Astronomy and Director, Origins of Life Initiative.”

Please join us at Roppongi Hills Club [MAP] to hear this exciting talk about the latest research about the origins and existence of life in the universe. New evidence of exoplanets reveals larger than expected occurrence of potentially habitable worlds in our galactic neighborhood. What does this tell us about life on other planets? How do we plan to search for signs of life?

Please join us on Monday evening July 14th for this exciting lecture where Dr. Sasselov will review recent discoveries of planets orbiting other stars – exoplanets, and the new estimates of how common potentially habitable worlds appear to be. He will describe the new large effort building up to search for signatures of life on exoplanets. Central to the success of that search is a deeper understanding of the nature of life and its origins. Dr. Sasselov will review recent progress in the lab that connects to the astronomical exploration and sets the stage for answering the big question of life’s origins.

This event will include a delicious buffet dinner at the elegant Roppongi Hills Club.

Admission fee of 5,000 yen (payable in cash at the door) includes event plus buffet dinner, with cash bar available for all beverages.

Please register by July 10 using the form on right side of the event web page http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=243

For problems with registration or other questions please e-mail kaycarl@gmail.com  Please note that no-shows and cancellations after July 10 will be invoiced in full. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

Microfinance: Opportunities for Borrowers and Investors

Harvard Club of Japan is pleased to invite members of your clubs to another upcoming event on Thursday June 26th from 6:30-9:00pm titled “Microfinance: Opportunities for Borrowers and Investors”.

Please join us at Roppongi Hills Club [MAP] where a panel of experts will discuss the growing field of global microfinance from a social development and investment perspective. Learn how small loans in developing countries are helping create opportunities for a better life as well as attractive returns for socially responsible investors.

We will hear from four stakeholders in the microfinance and inclusive finance spaces. Satoko Kono of Arun works with entrepreneurs and small enterprises in Cambodia.  Takashi Fujii runs Maruhan Japan Bank, a commercial bank in Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos which lends to microfinance institutions and enterprises there.  Kaz Ohmae gathers investments from social-minded Japanese investors via a crowdfunding platform to make loans to microfinance institutions and enterprises in Southeast Asia including Cambodia. Hiroshi Amemiya plays a catalyst role between investors and recipient organizations such as microfinance and inclusive finance institutions in developing countries.  Each speaker will addresses his/her role and propose solutions to reduce poverty.

This event will include a delicious buffet dinner at the elegant Roppongi Hills Club.

Admission fee of 5,000 yen (payable in cash at the door) includes event plus buffet dinner, with cash bar available for all beverages.

Please register by June 23 using the form on right side of the event web page http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=239 which also has more complete bios of the panelist speakers.

For problems with registration or other questions please e-mail kaycarl@gmail.com Please note that no-shows and cancellations after June 23 will be invoiced in full. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

We look forward to seeing some of your members at this event!

2014 Brown Bears Japan Tour

Thanks to generous support from the alumni community the Brown Bears Japan have now raised 87% of the funds they need to take their message of studying abroad to Japanese students in 10 cities across Japan.  But now there are only 11 days left in their fund drive.  If you have not yet donated, now is your chance.  You could be the one that puts them over the top and makes this project a reality…Continue reading

Donations are being accepted through the crowdfunding site CAMPFIRE  http://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/974.