An Evening with Brown Bears Japan

As you may have seen in our earlier announcement, Brown Bears Japan will be in Tokyo this summer! We have organized an event for the alumni community to meet the group’s leaders and learn more about their exciting initiatives.

Brown Bears Japan ( is a group of Brown students who are interested in spreading information about studying abroad to Japanese people. They are operating a blog, adding an average of one new post per day every day since September 2012 and has achieved 3,000 page views/day. Through this blog, they share information about daily life at American universities and give advice to prospective exchange students.

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.

An Evening with Brown Bears Japan

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 4-12-8 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Meg McCreery’s house)

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Food and refreshments will be served. Friends and family are welcome.

Please RSVP to by Friday, June 5.

Aiko Austin – Class of ‘03.5
Rie Yamamoto – Class of ’11

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.