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The FUTI Board Appoints Dr. Norio Matsuki as a New Member

At the Board meeting held on April 23, 2017, the FUTI Board elected Dr. Norio Matsuki as a new Director. He succeeded Dr. Ken Furuya, former Executive Vice President of UTokyo, who had been a FUTI Director since March 2015. Norio Matsuki is an Executive Vice President at the University of Tokyo, as well as a project professor at the university’s Policy Alternatives Research Institute. Prior to his appointment as project professor, from 1997 to 2014 he was professor of chemical pharmacology at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science. Matsuki received his doctoral (1979), master’s (1976), and bachelor’s (1974)...
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New York Lecture by Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, Recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine

On April 21, 2017, Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, gave a lecture in New York titled “Reflections since Receiving the Noble Prize”. The event was organized by Satsuki-kai America and supported by Friends of UTokyo, Inc. More than 50 participants, including alumni, high school students, researchers, and pharmaceutical professionals, attended the lecture held in the office of Paul Hastings, LLC in mid-Manhattan. Professor Ohsumi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2016 for his work on “Elucidation of the Mechanisms of Autophagy,” received his B.A. from the Faculty of Arts...
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FUTI Lecture Series: Violinist Dr. Ray Iwazumi Presents an Informative and Entertaining Journey into the Advances in Technique, Musical Compositions, and Expressions in Violin Performance in the 19th Century

On May 11, 2017, Dr. Ray Iwazumi, delivered a 90-minute lecture and demonstration in New York—complete with virtuosic and insightful musical performances on violin—in a program entitled “Toward Ever Greater Expression (in Violin Performance): Innovations in the Late 19th Century.” Equipped with a large-screen PowerPoint presentation and his own prized 18th century violin made by the luthier Nicolas Lupot, considered to be the Antonio Stradivari of France, Dr. Iwazumi led the audience of some 30+ guests and friends through the evolution of violin performance aesthetics during the mid to late 19th century. Ornamental violin techniques such as vibrato and...
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Awards Announced for the 2017 FUTI Global Leadership and Ito Foundation U.S.A. Scholarship Programs

Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI) is excited to offer two types of scholarship programs: the Summer 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. 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 the globalization of the UTokyo.” He believes that these efforts ultimately contribute to the improvement of global and Japanese society.” The following is a report on this year’s selection results....
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“Report from the Scene” by Ito USA Foundation-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 AY2016-17, nine UTokyo students and alumni were selected as award recipients. They are currently studying at U.S. universities such as Harvard, Columbia, and University of California at Berkeley. Their concentration varies widely from politics, society/organizational psychology, film production, landscape architecture and physics/astronomy to urban planning. They are enrolled in either undergraduate, master’s,...
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Prof. Uemura of Columbia University reports on his Tour-Workshop Symposium in Japan Partially Supported by FUTI

In January of 2017, we organized a 5 day event of consecutive Tour-Workshop-Symposium in Japan, based on financial supports from the FUTI, Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the US NSF. For the flyer of this event please click here. This event was joined by 13 graduate students from Columbia, 2 from Harvard, 1 from U Oregon Eugene, 1 from Rice, 1 from UCLA, 1 from McMaster (Canada), 2 from IOP Beijing, and 1 from Zhejiang (China), from abroad. From Japan, we had about 10 graduate students from the University of Tokyo and 4 from RIKEN (originally from Indonesia). The...
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“Go Global Study Abroad Fair 2017” Held at the Komaba Campus

Go Global 2017, a fair to encourage UTokyo students to study abroad, was held at the Komaba Campus on April 15 (Sat), 2017. The objectives of the Fair are to convey to UTokyo students the importance of studying abroad and experiencing different cultures, and to motivate and help them consider overseas study opportunities in the early years of their undergraduate studies. This is the seventh year since this annual fair was introduced in 2011. There were slightly over 300 attendees this year compared to approximately 300 in 2015 and 450 last year. The plenary session program included a greeting...
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Unprecedented Growth of Revenues Thanks to Ito Foundation U.S.A.

We are pleased to announce that the annual fundraising campaign in FY 2015/16 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) concluded with a total revenue of approximately $316,000 which shows an unprecedented growth in contribution revenues compared with the previous five fiscal years ($116,000 in FY 2014/15, $110,000 in FY 2013/14, $131,000 in FY 2012/13, and $139,000 in FY 2011/12 – See figure below).   The substantial increase in contribution revenues is attributable to a grant in the amount of $200,000 FUTI received from Ito Foundation U.S.A. The grant was provided to support the “Ito Foundation U.S.A. – FUTI...
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FUTI Announces 2016-17 Fundraising Campaign

In November 2016, FUTI launched its seventh annual campaign. FUTI has grown steadily over the years and contributed to the globalization of UTokyo. Since its inception in 2007 FUTI has cumulatively supported 52 UTokyo students who studied in the US and 57 US students who undertook internships or studies at UTokyo, providing them with invaluable experiences. The programs were made possible solely because of the generosity of supporters like yourself. Click here for the greetings from President Masaaki Yamada and Vice President Kuwama. (Read this article in Japanese) Articles in this newsletter:...
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Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting Held

FUTI Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting, October 1 (Sat), 12 pm-5pm Board members present: Masaaki Yamada (chair), Ken Furuya, Yuichiro Kuwama, Shigenori Matsushita, Nobuko Sakurai, Fumiko Tamura Advisory Committee (AC) member present: Iwao Ojima Other present: Masako Osako FUTI’s Annual Board and Advisory Committee joint meeting was held at the UTokyo New York office in New York, commencing at 12pm on October 1, 2016. After President Masaaki Yamada’s welcome greeting, Ms. Masako Osako, acting Secretary, presented the minutes of the Annual Board meetings held on September 19, 2015 and May 9, 2016. The minutes were unanimously approved...
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