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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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The FUTI Board Appoints Dr. Teruo Furui 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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2017

In San Francisco and Los Angeles

by Atsushi Sugimura — I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the committee and staff members of the Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship for their continued support of my research project in the Mark Twain Papers & Project at University of California, Berkeley. In this report I will offer a brief overview of my recent activities in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party In February I attended the British Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s classic play The Birthday Party, one of his so-called “comedies of menace,” with my friend and fellow literary scholar...
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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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