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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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Professor Norio Matsuki Lectures on Sleep and Sleeping Pills

On October 2, Prof. Norio Matsuki gave a lecture primarily for University of Tokyo alumni on the theme of “Sleep and Sleeping Pills” at Tiger Pacific Capital, LP located in mid-Manhattan. Professor Matsuki is Special Professor at the Vision Research Center, the University of Tokyo. He is an Executive Vice-President and board member of the University of Tokyo and also serves on the Board of Friends of UTokyo. He has been a member of the Japan Pharmaceutical Society and the Japanese Pharmacological Society, and served as President (Rijicho) and Chairman of the Year (Nen kaicho) at both associations. The lecture began with the...
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Professor Takatoshi Ito Lectures in New York: “Issues in the Political Situation and Economic Policy in Japan after the General Election”

On November 3rd, Prof. Ito gave the above-referenced lecture at Tiger Pacific Capital, LP in mid-Manhattan. The event was sponsored by Friends of UTokyo and Satsuki-kai America. Dr. Ito is a professor at Columbia University and during the summer term serves as Senior Professor at Policy Research Graduate School University in Japan. Professor Ito received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hitotsubashi University and a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo and Hitotsubashi University. He currently serves as Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Director...
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FUTI Announces 2017-18 Fundraising Campaign

In November 2017, FUTI launched its eighth 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 68 UTokyo students who studied in the US and 67 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 Yuichiro Kuwama. (Read this article in Japanese) Articles in this newsletter:...
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Boosting Individual Donations is Imperative

FUTI has received a grant from Ito Foundation USA this year, in continuation from a grant received last year. This grant was introduced in 2015/16 with the aim to financially assist University of Tokyo students to study in the U.S. For the first term of the Ito Foundation USA-FUTI scholarship, we received $200,000 and in the current fiscal year for the second term, we received $110,000. Additionally, in order for scholarship recipients to continue their studies for the second year, the Ito Foundation U.S.A. has not only given a grant directly to FUTI but also reached out to the...
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Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting Held

FUTI Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting, October 1 (Sunday), 12 pm-5pm Board members present: Masaaki Yamada (chair), Koichi Hamada, Yuichiro Kuwama, Norio Matsuki, Shigenori Matsushita, Nobuko Sakurai Advisory Committee (AC) member present: Kenzi Karasaki (via telecommunication), Hisashi Kobayashi, Geeta Mehta, Iwao Ojima, Yuriko Suzuki, K.Y. Tung 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, 2017. After welcome greetings, Mr. M. Yamada (chair) introduced Mr. N. Matsuki, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo and two...
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FUTI Volunteer, Ms. Akiko Sokai

My name is Akiko Sokai. I am a volunteer for Friends of UTokyo. When I moved to New York in the spring of 2016, I was asked to serve as a co-administrator of FUTI’s Facebook page. Among other assignments, I am in charge of FUTI’s Facebook series, “Report from the Scene/Field: From FUTI Scholarship Recipients.” In “Report from the Scene/Field”, students in the FUTI Global Summer Leadership and the Ito Foundation USA-FUTI programs share their notes and photos with readers about their study abroad. I read with pleasure and excitement the reports from UTokyo students about their developing friendship...
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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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