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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 https://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 https://www.friendsofutokyo.org/grants-and-awards/ or https://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 https://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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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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