Friday, March 25, 2016


The International Student Association will hold a Flower Viewing Picnic next to the East Quad Building tomorrow between 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Please come and enjoy the cherry blossoms!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

News from Nisshin Global

1. PM Abe’s Approval Rating Declined Below 50%

Yomiuri conducted its monthly national survey on March 4th through 6th. It revealed that the PM Abe’s approval rating went down by 2% to 49% from the previous month. It is two consecutive declinations in row. Its disapproval rating went up by 4% to 40%. This approval rate declination is analyzed to represent people’s increasing dissatisfaction of the Abe Cabinet economic policies. Other key findings are as follows:

Cabinet decision to accept the court’s reconciliation offer with regard to the law suit between the central government and Okinawa Prefecture on the issue of the transfer of USMC’s Futenma Air Station to Henoko:    
Approve 69%    Disapprove 19%

PM Abe’s plan to amend the Constitution:        
Approve 37%    Disapprove 52%

Political parties’ approval rating:
LDP                    37% (5% down)
DPJ                      8%
Communist           4%
Komei                  3%

2. Fifth Anniversary of March 11 Disaster of 2011

On the 11th of March, fifth anniversary memorial ceremonies for the loss of people by the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake were held throughout Japan. As of the latest available data, 15,894 people were killed and 3,410 people died due to the disaster related causes as well as 2,561 people are still missing. 174,471 people are still evacuated mostly from the Fukushima Daiichi NPP affected area. Most of the social infrastructure like trains, highways and ports were restored but revival of local industries affected by the tsunami or the nuclear accident is way behind. PM Abe recently announced his plan to promote the most affected Fukushima area as towns of new hydrogen generating industry.

3. Takahama NPT#3 and #4 Ordered to Halt their Operations

Ohtsu District Court, on 9th, made a provisional decision to order Kansai Electric Power Company to halt the nuclear power generation operation of its Takahama NPP #3 and #4 in Fukui Prefecture. 29 residents in Shiga Prefecture filed this law suit to the district court in January last year requesting for this provisional decision to halt the NPPs to prevent the disaster like Fukushima Daiichi NPP. The district court had received explanation from KEPCO about the safety and evacuation plan and concluded that KEPCO’s explanation is too short to get convinced that proper countermeasure and fail-safe mechanism in worst case scenarios and of evacuation plan are in place. The Takahama NPP #3 and #4 resumed operation this January and February respectively after going through the lengthy approval process based on the new safety standard set in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP.

4. Honda’s FCV “Clarity” Debuted

Honda released its new FCV “Clarity” on March 10. Its fuel is hydrogen. Toyota has already released its first FCV “Mirai” more than one year ago. Following are comparisons of features of the two FCVs:

                       Clarity                 Mirai
Passengers       5 people               4 people
Max range       750 km                650 km
Price              7.66 million yen    7.24 million yen

Imminent issue of FCVs in Japan is the slow pace of establishing hydrogen supply stations.


Lighthouse Global Inc., is a Japanese recruiting/staffing agency, providing career services for both Japanese and non-Japanese students who are enrolled in Universities in US/Canada. NHS, “Nittetsu Hitachi Systems Engineering, Inc.” is a Japanese system integration company and is holding its Webinar on March 27th (in US time) this Spring! It is a joint venture with “Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation”, which represents Japanese steel manufacturing companies, and “Hitachi, Ltd”, which also represents Japanese general electric companies.

*However please be aware that the Webinar/Session will be spoken ONLY in Japanese!

Japanese and non-Japanese students who are currently enrolled in Universities in US/Canada.
-Students who are graduating or are expected to graduate until June 2017.
-Freshman and Sophomore are also welcomed
-The Webinar is open to all majors and nationalities
 (However, business Japanese proficiency level required)

[Recruiting Job Types]
Solution Sales;
Research marketing trends, analyzing needs of clients, and propose & support to install its new system.

System Engineer [SE];
Project Manger, Business consultant, and Technical Experts.

[Event details]
Time and date:
*US West Coast (PST): Sunday, March 27th | 6:00 p.m. -
*US East Coast (EST): Sunday, March 27th | 9:00 p.m. -
*Tokyo, Japan (JST): Monday, March 28th | 10:00 a.m. - *an hour long
[Registration deadline] March 26th in US time


CineMatsuri showcases five of Japan's most recent and best films, each in a different genre, reflecting the richness and diversity of today's Japanese cinema. All films will be shown in Japanese, with English subtitles.
·         Sugihara Chiune/杉原千畝 スギハラチウネ (Persona Non Grata)
·         Biri Gyaru/ビリギャル~学年ビリのギャルが1年で偏差値を40上げて慶應大学に現役合格した話 (Flying Colors: How a Teen Girl Went from Academic Absurdity to an Elite University in One Amazing Year)
·         Zakuro Zaka no Adauchi/柘榴坂の仇討 (Snow on the Blades)
·         Boku wa Bosan/ボクは坊さん。 (I am a Monk)
·         Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi/日本のいちばん長い日 (The Emperor in August)
CineMatsuri opens with a matinee performance at 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Building and continues with evening showings every night at 7 pm from Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24 at the E Street Cinema. Additional encore screening for "Persona Non Grata" will be held on Friday, March 25 at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market and Sunday, March 27 at the Bethesda Row Cinema.
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National Cherry Blossom Festival

Head down to the Mall and check out the largest cherry blossom festival in the US from March 20 – April 17, 2016.
Opening ceremony: March 26
Kite festival: April 2
Fireworks festival: April 9
Parade and Street festival: April 16