Help Sponsor the 2015 Brown Bears Japan Tour

Thanks to your generous support the Brown Bears Japan have nearly reached their funding goal. They now need only another 50,000 yen to take their message of studying abroad to students and parents across Japan. If you have not yet donated, this is your chance to put them over the top and make this project a reality…Continue reading

Donations are being accepted through their PayPal account. See their website for details.

“Japan’s ‘Global Talent Gap’? The Role of Firms in Attracting and Retaining Skilled Migrants”

We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “Japan’s ‘Global Talent Gap’? The Role of Firms in Attracting and Retaining Skilled Migrants” by Hilary Holbrow, Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow & PhD Candidate  in Sociology at Cornell Univ. and International Research Fellow at Canon Institute for Global Studies.  Details follow below and at

We hope you and some of your members can attend.


Best wishes,

Harvard Club of Japan


National governments and companies in East Asia, North America, and Europe increasingly compete for the global knowledge workers necessary to sustain a robust twenty-first century economy. This competition is of particularly pressing concern in Japan, where a declining population and increased international competition threaten long-term economic prospects. And yet, Japan struggles to attract and retain skilled migrants in the desired numbers. This talk looks beyond national-level policies to examine how firms have dealt with the crisis. It will illuminate the positive and negative consequences of firms’ employment policies on Japan’s ability to benefit from skilled migration, and examines the effects of these policies on foreign workers themselves.

DATE and TIME:  June 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 18:30pm.)

PLACE: Roppongi Hills Club, 51 floor Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Admission 5,000 yen includes buffet dinner with cash bar for all beverages.

REGISTRATION: Please use the form right on the right side of the web page

Please register by May 31. All cancellations after that date and no-shows will be invoiced. Your understanding is appreciated.



  • Hilary Holbrow is a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate at in the Sociology Department of Cornell University. For the 2014-2015 academic year, she holds appointments as an International Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies and as a Visiting Scholar at Sophia University. Her current research focuses on how Japanese firms integrate highly skilled foreign workers, and how these firms can create a positive work environment for employees of all national backgrounds. As the global competition for skilled immigrants increases, this research illuminates the role of the workplace in countries’ ability to attract and retain skilled foreign workers.


  • Prior to entering Cornell University, Ms. Holbrow worked as a Research Assistant at Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, as a Coordinator for International Relation for Japanese local government in Okinawa, and as a Press Assistant at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. In addition to the Fulbright, she has received research support and recognition from U.S. National Science Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Blakemore Foundation, and the Center for Economy and Society and the East Asia Program at Cornell University.




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