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FUTI Global Leadership Scholarship Recipient, Ayu Yoneda, Receives a Future Scientist Award

Ms. Ayu Yoneda, a sixth-year student at the UTokyo School of Medicine and recipient of the FUTI Global Leadership Award won the Future Scientist Award, the highest award in the student category, for her poster-presentation at the JMSA (Japanese Medical Society of America) NY Life Science Forum 2018. Co-sponsored by the JMSA and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the forum aims at promoting exchanges among Japanese doctors, researchers, and students working in the U.S. and communicating the excitement of life sciences to the general public through presentations of research results. Ms. Yoneda comments on her experience: “I...
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The FUTI Board Appoints Dr. Teruo Fujii as a New Member

At the Board meeting held on April 16, 2018, the FUTI Board elected Dr. Teruo Fujii, Executive Director and Vice President of the University of Tokyo, as a new Director. He is also the head of the Division of External Relations at the university. He succeeded Dr. Norio Matsuki, former Executive Vice President of UTokyo, who had been a FUTI Director since April 2017. Prof. Teruo Fujii received his Ph.D. degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) in 1993. After working at the RIKEN Institute, he was appointed as Associate Professor in 1999...
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FUTI Appoints Dr. Ito, Columbia University Professor, Mr. Takegami, Managing Partner at TIGER PACIFIC CAPITAL LP, and Dr. Hasegawa, President of the Stanford-Silicon Valley Akamon-kai, as new Member of the Advisory Committee

At the Board meeting held on April 16, 2018, the FUTI Board appointed Dr. Takatoshi Ito, Professor at Columbia University, Mr. Junji Takegami, managing partner at TIGER PACIFIC CAPITAL LP,  and Dr. Tai Hasegawa, President of the Silicon Valley Akamon-kai, as Member of the Advisory Committee. Prof. Hisashi Kobayashi, Chair of the Advisory Committee remarks “We are much delighted and thankful that Prof. Takatoshi Ito, Mr. Junji Takegami and Dr. Tai Hasegawa have kindly accepted our request to serve as new advisory members.  Professor Ito, a renowned economist, has helped FUTI by speaking already twice in our lecture series....
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Recent Developments and Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-A Path Recommended for Science and Technology Research in Japan

Author, Professor Sadaoki Furui, is Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo Institute Technology and President of Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC). This article summarizes his presentation given in New York City on June 22, 2018. For details please visit http://www.todaitomonokai.org/イベント/?event_id1=6880 1. Recent Advancements in AI (artificial intelligence) technology Artificial intelligence (AI) is a fundamental series of technology where devices such as computers strive to artificially replicate the intelligence of humans. The basic neural network being used in recent AI is a simple format proposed around 1960 which had since undergone continued research by a small number of researchers but...
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Awards Announced for the 2018 FUTI Global Leadership and Ito Foundation U.S.A. Scholarship Programs

Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI) offers two types of scholarship programs: The Global Leadership Program and the Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship Program. For more details regarding the programs please visit http://www.friendsofutokyo.org/grants-and-awards/ or http://www.friendsofutokyo.org/ito-foundation-usa-futi-scholarship/. The Chair of the FUTI Scholarship Committee, Dr. Shigenori Matsushita, comments about this year’s results, “I am convinced that each donor’s support encourages aspiring students to attain their goals and, as a result, helps, directly and indirectly, the globalization of UTokyo. We have high expectations for our award students.” He believes that these efforts ultimately contribute to the improvement of global and Japanese society. The following...
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“Report from the Scene” by Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship Recipients

The Ito Foundation U.S.A.- FUTI scholarship program began in FY 2016, funded by a grant from the Ito Foundation U.S.A. to FUTI. It primarily supports UTokyo students or alumni who plan to study one semester or longer at a U.S. university. For details, please visit http://www.friendsofutokyo.org/ito-foundation-usa-futi-scholarship/ In AY2017-18, 10 UTokyo students and alumni were selected as award recipients. They are currently studying at U.S. universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Their concentration varies widely from politics, society/organizational psychology, film production, landscape architecture and aerospace engineering. They are enrolled in either undergraduate, master’s, or Ph.D....
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Prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Award Given to Ms. Furusawa, Ito USA-FUTI Award Recipient

Ms. Eri Furusawa was awarded the American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Award in May 2018. It is granted to one student each year in the Urban Planning master’s program in Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), as in urban planning programs in other accredited universities, for “outstanding attainment in the study of Urban Planning”. This award was granted not only for high academic performance but also for leadership, teamwork, and the future prospects of contribution to the field of urban planning. This is the most prestigious award given to GSAPP Urban Planning program...
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“Go Global” University of Tokyo Study Abroad Fair 2018

Author: Shig Matsushita (This is a partial translation of the original article written in Japanese.) The eighth annual “Go Global University of Tokyo Study Abroad Fair” presented by the Division for Global Initiatives was held on April 21 at the Komaba Campus. The goal is to promote and support study abroad programs, to advocate the importance of cultural exchanges and studying overseas, and to help initiate the planning process for the study abroad early on in the undergraduate years. The following is a report of my participation in this Fair. There were about 550 participants which include parents accompanying...
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Prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Award to Ms. Furusawa, Ito USA-FUTI Award Recipient

Ms. Eri Furusawa was awarded the American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Award in May 2018.  It is granted to one student each year in the Urban Planning master’s program in Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), as in urban planning programs in other accredited universities, for “outstanding attainment in the study of Urban Planning”. This award was granted not only for high academic performance but also for leadership, teamwork, and the future prospects of contribution to the field of urban planning. This is the most prestigious award given to GSAPP Urban Planning program...
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