2017

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

by Kazuhide Okamoto — After earning my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Tokyo, since the fall of 2014, I have been doing my Ph.D. study at the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. As I finished taking required classes for my Ph.D. degree, during this semester, I have spent most of my time for research. My research interests lie in the field of control theory, particularly the application of machine-learning methods to control systems to achieve better human-vehicle interactions. In this semester, I have been working...
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2017

Friends of UTokyo Periodic Report (Sep – Dec 2018)

by Megumi Asaba — With great appreciation to Ito Foundation U.S.A and Friends of UTokyo, I was able to start my doctoral program at School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health at Tulane University (New Orleans, USA). The department of Global Health and Behavioral Sciences, to which I belong, accommodates students from all over the world with quite welcoming at-home spirit. I am blessed with great cohorts (picture), quite international, from Pakistan, Ghana and the U.S., as well as with my advisor. Although our background and areas of interest are different from each other, we are bonded through sisterhood,...
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FY 2016-2017

Friends of UTokyo, Inc. gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the gifts from our donors which help to support the FUTI Global Leadership Awards and the other many activities to further the globalization and future development of The University of Tokyo in the U.S., Japan and in the world. FY 2016-17 total: 3 corporations†, 65 individuals; $198,659.63‡...
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Former UTokyo President Komiyama Receives the Knowledge Award from the Emirate of Dubai

Former University of Tokyo President Hiroshi Komiyama received the international prize “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award (Knowledge Award)” of the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Founded in 2014, the prestigious prize recognizes the contributions to education, science, research and development, and leadership. This award was given to President Komiyama to recognize his leadership and accomplishments in promoting a vision aimed at creating a better future for mankind. His innovative concept of building a “Platinum Society” is the basis for this achievement. (For details, see http://platinum.mri.co.jp/platinum-society/preface/index.) A Few Words from FUTI: This is a reprint of...
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FUTI Appoints Dr. Karasaki, President of the San Francisco Akamon-kai, and Dr. Suzuki, President of Satsuki-kai America, as Member of the Advisory Committee

At the Board meeting held on October 1, 2017, the FUTI Board appointed Dr. Kenzi Karasaki, President of the San Francisco Akamon-kai, and Dr. Yuriko Suzuki, President of Satsuki-kai America, as Ex-officio members of the Advisory Committee. This action reflects FUTI’s commitment to work closely with UTokyo alumni associations in the U.S. Prof. Hisashi Kobayashi, Chair of the Advisory Committee, remarks, “We are much pleased to have Dr. Karasaki and Dr. Suzuki as new members of the Committee.  I hope that their involvements will help their organization members better understand FUTI’s activities and needs. Drs. Karasaki and Suzuki have been...
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Struggles as an American Graduate School Student

Yuki Haba Princeton University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Doctoral Candidate FUTI Global Leadership Award 2015 Recipient In the spring of 2015, I was conflicted. I was about to graduate from the University of Tokyo in April and I was faced with two paths. I could either continue to graduate school at the University of Tokyo or at Columbia University, an Ivy League school. I very much wanted to attend Columbia, but the expensive tuition made that option difficult. Winning the FUTI Global Leadership Award was the deciding factor in this choice. The FUTI Award allowed me to...
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Excerpts of Reports by 2017 Summer Scholarship Recipients

As reported in Newsletter #17, eight University of Tokyo (UTokyo) students and ten U.S. students received the 2017 FUTI Global Leadership Awards (FUTI-GLA). The FUTI summer scholarship award, a.k.a. the “FUTI Global Leadership Award (FUTI-GLA),” is designed to nurture future global leaders of Japan and the U.S. One of the selection criteria is a demonstration of leadership quality. Selected excerpts of their reports are shown in this article. In addition to the summer scholarships, FUTI also awarded USA Ito Foundation-FUTI scholarships to nine UTokyo students as reported in Newsletter #17 for their studies of one semester or longer in...
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Professor Steven Wilkinson Delivers the 9th Yamakawa Kenjiro Memorial Lecture

The 9th Yamakawa Kenjiro Memorial Lecture/SSU Forum (hosted by UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute and the Macmillan Center at Yale Univesirty, and sponsored by FUTI) was held on 19th May at University of Tokyo Ito International Research Center. The guest speaker was Professor Steven Wilkinson at Yale University. There were 34 participants from University of Tokyo and other universities. Professor Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India & South Asian Studies and Chair of the Political Science Department at Yale. He received a B.A in History from University of Edinburgh and an A.M in History from Duke University, and his...
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