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【Event Postponed】Workshop on the possibility of Japan studies with a researcher from South Africa

【Update on Feb. 25】We're afraid to inform you that this event will be postponed due to the Coronavirus situation in current Japan. The new date hasn't been fixed yet, but we will announce it on this website as soon as it's fixed. International Center for Japan Studies will conduct a workshop on the possibility of Japan studies toward next generation on March 5 and 6, 2020. It is jointly organized with African Studies Center - TUFS. In the event, they will invite Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She also has a close relationship with our center, and we invited her as a speaker of ASC Seminar in October 2018. The event is open to public, and no pre-registration is required. 【Seminar】 ◆Title: Japanese firms and their investments and internationalization in Africa ◆Speaker: Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) ◆Date & Time: Thursday, March 5th, 2020 3:00 pm - ◆Venue: Project Space (3rd Floor, AGORA Global), Tokyo Unviersity of Foreign Studies 【International Workshop】 ◆Date & Time: Friday, March 6th, 2020 3:00 pm - ◆Venue: Project Space (3rd Floor, AGORA Global), Tokyo Unviersity of Foreign Studies ◆Programme:Speaker 1: Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)"Asia Area Studies in the African context" Speaker 2: Mr. Kei Yoshizawa (Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA)"日本とアフリカの開発協力、その歴史と今後の展望 (Development cooperation between Japan and Africa: Its history and future perspective)" The following information is both for the seminar and the workshop. ◆Language: Japanese and English *Prof. Cornelissen's presentation will be in English, and Mr. Yoshizawa's will be in Japanese. There will be no simultaneous interpretation, but Prof. Connelissen's presentation will be translated in Japanese and distributed to the audience. ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is required. ◆Jointly Organized by International Center for Japan Studies, TUFS and African Studies Center - TUFS ◆Contact: International Center for Japan Studies tel: 042-330-5794 email: info-icjstufs.ac.jp The reception will be held from 6:00 pm after the workshop on March 6th. For those who'd like to participate in the reception, please contact International Center for Japan Studies in advance (those who'd like to participate in only the seminar or/and the workshop do not need to pre-register).→【Update on Feb. 20】The reception will be cancelled due to Coronavirus situation in Japan. However, the seminar and the workshop will be held as planned.
【開催延期】南アフリカの研究者を招き、日本研究の可能性についてのワークショップを開催します
February 2020

BBC documentary series on Africa are released as DVD

BBC Documentary Series "Africa with Ade Adepitan" has been released as DVD in Japan in February 2020. In the series, Mr. Ade Adepitan, the former wheelchair basketball player, visits various African countries and reports realities of each countries, such as people, economic growth, histories, political influences, conflicts, and so on. Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi, our director, and Dr. Yasuo Matsunami, our specially appointed researcher, supervised Japanese subtitles. ◆Series Title: Africa with Ade Adepitan (Maruzen Publishing)  Volume 1: Western Part (Cape Verde/Senegal/Côte d'Ivoire/Nigeria) Volume2: Central Part (Gabon/DRC/Uganda) Volume 3: Eastern Part (Tanzania/Ethiopia/Somalia) Volume 4: Southern Part (Mozambique/South Africa/Zimbabwe) ◆Japanese Subtitles Supervisors: Shinichi Takeuchi, Yasuo Matsunami ◆Details: Originally broadcasted in 2018/60 min/English with Japanese and English subtitles
武内センター長らが字幕を監修したDVDが発売されました
February 18 and 19, 2020

Joint seminar with the university in Rwanda

African Studies Center - TUFS will conduct a joint seminar with Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) in Rwanda on February 18 and 19, 2020. This is the second international seminar that we conduct in African countires after UP-TUFS Seminar held on September 2018 in South Africa. The theme of the seminar is "Resource Management and Development", and we invite researchers and students from Japan, Rwanda, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Democratic Republic of the Cong. ◆Theme: Resource Management and Development ◆Date: February 18 and 19, 2020 ◆Venue: Conferece Hall, PIASS ◆Jointly organized by PIASS and ASC-TUFS You can see the abstracts of all the presentations and short biographies of all speakers from here.
ルワンダの大学との共同セミナーを開催します
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Seminar on infrastructure development in Ghana

African Studies Center - TUFS (ASC-TUFS) will host the 49th ASC Seminar on February 5, 2020. This is jointly organized by Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies. We invite Dr. Nii Attoh-Okine from University of Delaware. Topic of the seminar is 'Zongo', areas of contemporary West African towns established as a result of trading activities. On the case study in Ghana, Dr. Attoh-Okine will discuss how physical infrastructure like roads, drinking water and sanitation can be maintained once constructed within the zongo communities. ◆Title: Infrastructure Development and the Hausa Enclaves (Zongo) in Accra, Ghana ◆Speaker: Dr. Nii Attoh-Okine      (Professor, Civil and Environmental Enginerring, University of Delaware; Visiting Professor, Center for Artificial Intelligence Research, University of Tsukuba) ◆Abstract: Zongos are areas of contemporary West African towns established as a result of trading activities. In Ghana, they mostly came into existence before colonization. The word 'Zongo' comes from the Hausa 'zango,' which means 'temporary settlement.' Contemporary Zongos are often characterized by overcrowding and inadequate sanitation, and represent, both symbolically and practically, a condition that is between inclusion and exclusion. For example, a classical example of Zongo is Nima (Accra) which was settled in 1931 by Hausa cattle dealers. In 1947 the colonial town planning office complained about rapid growth of the area, and how residents constructed homes, kiosks, and mosques wherever they could find land, often without direct access to roads, water, a good sanitation system, among others. The government of Ghana in the recent years formed a new Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development. The main objective of this Ministry is to develop an inclusive and sustainable inner city and Zongo. In this talk, I will discuss how physical infrastructure like roads, drinking water and sanitation can be maintained once constructed within the zongo communities. How basic "report cards" can collected by the opinion leaders in the Zongo communities and also introduce the youth to basic infrastructure monitoring and assessment in their community. ◆Short Bio: Nii Attoh-Okine is a Full Professor at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Delaware, United States. His research interests are in the area of resilience engineering, computational intelligence and large data analytics in infrastructure systems and smart cities. He serves as an Associate Editor of various journals; few examples include ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers/American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. He is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Construction and Building Materials. He is the author of the following books: Resilience Engineering: Models and Analysis [Cambridge Press 2016], and Big Data and Differential Privacy: Analysis Strategies for Railway Track Engineering [John Wiley, 2017]. ◆Date & Time: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:30 - 3:00 pm ◆Venue: Room 106, Research and Lecture Building,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Jointly organized by African Studies Center - TUFS and Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies
ガーナにおけるインフラ開発に関するセミナーを開催します

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International Seminar with the University in Rwanda

February 18-19, 2020
A joint seminar "Resource management and Development" was held from February 18 to 19 in Huye, southern Rwanda, jointly hosted by the local Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Science (PIASS). This is the second international seminar that we conduct in African countires after UP-TUFS Seminar held on September 2018 in South Africa. Prof. Jun Matsukuma (VP), Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi, Dr. Kazue Demachi, Dr. Yumi Nakayama and Dr. Takanori Oishi from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) came to Rwanda and made presentations. The theme of the seminar is "Resource Management and Development", and we invited researchers from Japan, Rwanda, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The opening ceremony of the Global Japan Desk of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies was also held in this seminar. Mr. Soichiro Yamada (Exective Director) and Prof. Matsukuma (VP) from TUFS, and Elisee Musemakweli (Vice Chancellor of PIASS) signed the MOU between two universities. Dr. Kazuyuki Sasaki (PIASS) has prepared the conference for a longtime from Rwanda. On the secound day, Prof. Lungisile Nzebeza (University of Cape Town) and Prof. Kojo Amanor (University of Ghana) delivered the comments for the young researchers. At the conclusion of the seminar, participants discussed the outline of the next seminar and future prospects with Prof. Takeuchi (TUFS) in the chair.
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ルワンダで国際セミナーを開催しました

【The 49th ASC Seminar】Infrastructure Development and the Hausa Enclaves (Zongo) in Accra, Ghana

February 5, 2020
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:30 - 3:00 pm Venue: Room 106, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Theme: Infrastructure Development and the Hausa Enclaves (Zongo) in Accra, Ghana Speaker: Dr. Nii Attoh-Okine (Professor, Civil and Environmental Enginerring, University of Delaware; Visiting Professor, Center for Artificial Intelligence Research, University of Tsukuba) Report:We invited Dr. Nii Attoh-Okine from University of Delaware. This seminar focused on infrastructure isue in 'zongo' areas established in Accra, Ghana. He discussed how manage physical infrastructure like roads, water and sanitation in zongo communities refering history and characteristics of zongos.
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【The 49th ASC Seminar】Infrastructure Development and the Hausa Enclaves (Zongo) in Accra, Ghana

【The 48th ASC Seminar】South Sudan NOW!: Some Thought on Peace in South Sudan of Today and Beyond

January 22, 2020
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 pm Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Theme: South Sudan NOW!: Some Thought on Peace in South Sudan of Today and Beyond Speaker: Hon. Yien Oral Lam Tut (Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, South Sudan) Report: The Honorable Minister, Yien Oral Lam Tut, during his public lecture at the 48th African Studies Center Seminar, informed the audience that he was extremely delighted to visit Japan for the first time and to be given the opportunity to talk about the status of technical and vocational education training and higher education in the Republic of South Sudan. He said following the independence of South Sudan, there has been a high demand for the establishment of an equitable higher education and TEVT since 2011. The minister noted that when he took up duty in 2016, the entire higher learning institutions were confronted with several challenges that were created by many aspects, such as insecurity, economic crisis, low salary for workforce, insufficient annual budget, poor parental support, lack of teaching equipment and facilities, and lack of national and international support. To overcome these challenges, the minister asserted that they decided to apply different modalities as solution mechanism which included lobbying the international community and signing of numerous memoranda of understanding with various countries and have successfully managed to review the previous existing agreement in the field of higher education to favor the people of South Sudan. The minister, on behalf of his government, expressed his delight to all those countries, regional, and multilateral intergovernmental organizations that have been assisting them with their development challenges, and particularly emphasized the need for more assistance of scholarship for the young students. The speaker affirmed that they have also thought of reviewing and adjusting unifying salary structure for higher learning institutions' employees which has been positively approved by the cabinet with strong support of the president, and it is now undergoing technical financial and implementation procedures within the context of 2019/2020 fiscal year budget. He explained to the audience that this effort has resulted into the resumption and returned of over eighty academic staff to class room, retain current workforce, create conducive environment, and has currently promoted competitive higher education. He also stated that, in 2019, they have launched in Malakal breaking ground ceremony for reconstructing and rehabilitation of Upper Nile University, leading to its repatriation from Juba to Malakal in March 2020. He said the project is implemented by UNDP and funded by the Japanese government.
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【The 48th ASC Seminar】South Sudan NOW!: Some Thought on Peace in South Sudan of Today and Beyond