Dear fellow Brown alumni and friends:
Wow, how fast a year flies – it’s that time of the year again to blow off steam with your fellow Brunonians!
Please join us in a private room at the French brasserie Va Tout in Roppongi for the BUCJ Bonenkai dinner party. Every year we have a great turnout, making this one of our most enjoyable events. Don’t miss this chance to raise a glass in cheer with your fellow Brunonians!
The cost per person is as follows:
- 3,000 yen for students and 2013 Brown graduates
- 6,000 yen for everyone else
Please RSVP by November 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.
Aiko Wakao ’04
Eric Golden ’99
Brown University Club of Japan
The Harvard University Club of Japan has invited us to the following event.
On Tuesday October 29 Kanetoshi Oda,Founder and President of innovative Osaka Company Nippon Poly-Glu, will give a talk and demonstration on the topic: Bringing Clean Water and Entrepreneurship to Developing Countries (using Natto!) Oda has been featured frequently in the media including Nikkei Business magazine and the TV show Gaia No Yoake. This event will be held at Roppongi Hills Club and is co-sponsored by the Harvard Business School Club of Japan.
“Once the children have put clean water in their mouths a few times, they never touch dirty water again.” As a resident of Kobe who experienced water shortages after the great earthquake there in 1995, Oda realized directly how dependent humans are on water. In 2002 he founded Nippon Poly-Glu in with the mission of applying technology to assure low-cost availability of clean drinking water for all people, even in the world’s poorest countries, where the water available is often barely fit for human consumption and causes many health problems. He hopes to show that a small humble Osaka company, using technology derived from natto, a humble Japanese food, can have global impact, creating jobs not just in Japan but in developing countries which so far include Bangladesh, Mexico and Somalia.
But most of all, Oda wants to change life for children in many countries. He says, “when children of the world who only know dirty water see clear water for the first time, they says it’s strange or weird that it has no smell or taste. But once they have put clean water in their mouths a few times, they never touch dirty water again.” Mr. Oda serves as an advisor to non-profit environmental organizations in several countries. He is a considered a hero in many small villages throughout the world, where he always drinks the first glass of clean water produced by his company’s system. He will demonstrate this technology for us on October 29th. Please join us there!
The event will run from 6:30-9:30pm and costs 5,000 yen per person for the lecture and dinner, with beverages available by cash bar. Full information including registration can be seen at the web page http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=179
The Harvard Club of Japan has invited us to the following event. On Thursday October 24, Professor Koichi Nakano of Sophia University will talk about current Japanese politics and its direction in the future at Seizanso, Aoyama. Professor Nakano will speak about the politics of the Abe government: will Japan make a decisive turn to nationalism? Professor Nakano will discuss current controversies related to possible changes to Japan’s constitution. Join us for this timely and important topic that affects all of us and our children.
Koichi Nakano is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University. He specializes in the comparative politics of advanced industrial democracies, particularly Japan and Europe, and in political theory. The event will run from 6:30-9:00pm and costs 6,000 yen per person for the lecture and dinner, with beverages available by cash bar. Full information including registration can be seen at the web page http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=184 .
The Brown University Club of Japan is pleased to share with you the following message from the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking strong and qualified candidates for the 2014-2015 International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd. We would greatly appreciate it if you would circulate the information below to your colleagues or anyone you know who may be interested in applying.
Janine W. Hill
Director, Fellowship Affairs
and Studies Strategic Planning
Council on Foreign Relations
58 East 68th Street
New York, New York 10065
tel 212.434.9753 fax 212.434.9870
International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.
The International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The IAF-J is only open to U.S. citizens between the ages of twenty-seven and forty-five. The program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement. The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. CFR awards approximately three to five fellowships annually. The application deadline is October 31, 2013.
For more information, please visit www.cfr.org/fellowships, or contact email@example.com or 212.434.9740.