Category: Newsletter

FUTI Launches Its Tenth 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 approximately 120 UTokyo students to study in the US and 90 US students to undertake internships or studies at UTokyo, providing them with invaluable experiences. The programs were made possible solely because…
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Messages from Donors

We asked our donors in their 20’s and 30’s to tell us what makes them donate or why they donate. We hope that their messages will be inspiring to readers. It is often said that the “donation culture” is underdeveloped in Japan, whereas in the U.S. it is common practice to give to alma maters…
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The FUTI Alumni Association Kick-Off Party Held at the UTokyo NY Office

Fourteen FUTI alumni gathered at the FUTI Alumni Association kick-off party held at the UTokyo New York Office on September 28, 2019. The alumni came from six different states along the east coast where they currently work or study, and in addition to meeting each other, they met with the board and advisory committee members…
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Giving Back to the American People: Dr. Matsushita receives Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois

This past October, FUTI’s director, Dr. Shigenori Matsushita, received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Computer Science Department of his Alma Mater, the University of Illinois. He received the same award from the Electrical Engineering Dept. four years ago. He is one of the “Computer Pioneers of Japan” as designated by the Information Processing…
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Asia Initiatives led by Dr. Geeta Mehta Selected as Regional Winner at MIT’s Innovative Innovation Challenge

Every year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrates the power of technology to radically improve the human condition with the Inclusive Innovation Challenge, a competition to award entrepreneurs doing work to build an economy that works for everyone. In October 2019 Asia Initiatives, an NGO founded by Dr. Geeta Mehta, UTokyo alumna and FUTI Advisory…
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The 15th Yamakawa Kenjiro Memorial Lecture

Professor Alexander Coppock (Department of Political Science Yale University) May 28 2019May 29 2019 The 15th Yamakawa Kenjiro Memorial Lecture was delivered at the University of Tokyo by Professor Alexander Coppock from Yale University. The lecture consisted of two talks: the first at Komaba Campus on 28th and another at Hongo Campus on 29th May.…
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FUTI Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting, September 28, 2019 (Saturday), New York

FUTI Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting, September 28, 2019 (Saturday), New York Board members present: Masaaki Yamada (chair), Teruo Fujii, Sumiko Ito, Takatoshi Ito, Yuichiro Kuwama, Shigenori Matsushita, Iwao Ojima, Nobuko Sakurai Advisory Committee (AC) members present: Hisashi Kobayashi, Akiko Koide, Geeta Mehta, Yasuo Okamoto, Yuriko Suzuki, K.Y. Tung, Masako Osako (also as…
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FUTI Director, Dr. Iwao Ojima, Elected as the New President

At the board meeting held on April 15, 2019, Dr. Iwao Ojima was elected the new president of FUTI, succeeding Dr. Masaaki Yamada who has been president of FUTI since 2015. The appointment is effective as of September 30, 2019, the date of the 2019 annual board meeting. Prior to making this appointment, the board…
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FUTI Appoints Dr. Yumi Nakayama, President of Satsuki-kai America, and Dr. Masako Osako, President of Chicago Akamon-kai, as Ex-officio Members of the Advisory Committee

At the Board Meeting held on April 15, 2019, the FUTI Board appointed Dr. Yumi Nakayama, newly elected President of Satsuki-kai America, and Dr. Masako Osako, President of Chicago Akamon-kai, 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. They will join…
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Appointment of Dr. S. Koide as Scholarship Committee Member and Drs. Yuriko Suzuki and Akiko Koide as Advisory Committee Members

At the Board meeting held on April 15, 2019, the FUTI Board appointed Dr. Shohei Koide as Scholarship Committee member and Drs. Yuriko Suzuki and Akiko Koide as Advisory Committee members. Dr. S Koide is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the New York University School of Medicine and Director of Cancer Biologics at…
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