2019 JUNE - JULY
A celebration of cultural exchange between Japan and Southeast Asia, presented by the Japan Foundation Asia Center.
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OVERVIEW

The Japan Foundation Asia Center is holding the “Asia in Resonance 2019”, a series of events introducing its various cultural exchange programs between Japan and Southeast Asia. The broad range of special events includes cross-border productions of stage performances and films, a special international friendly soccer match between the “ASIAN ELEVEN” team of selected Southeast Asian players against a team from Japan, and a “NIHONGO Partners” symposium. Please enjoy the resonance created by the strengthened ties between Southeast Asia and Japan!

PROGRAM

VOICES

Congratulations and I appreciate The Japan Foundation and "NIHONGO Partners" program that has been working together with us for five years.
The voluntary placements enrich the knowledge of our students and teachers.
We expect "NIHONGO Partners" program will expand to other provinces in Indonesia thus more school can get the value of the program.
 
 

A photo of Mr. Hamid Muhammad
HAMID MUHAMMAD
M.Sc., Ph.D./Former Director General of Primary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture
Indonesia

I've been lucky to be part of DOOR to ASIA, a designers-in-residence Program in Tohoku. The purpose of the program is to not just solve the immediate design requirements of the local companies, but to open up possibilities through conversation and exchange of ideas. DOOR to ASIA made me inspired, changed, and excited for the future.

A photo of Mr. DAN MATUTINA
DAN MATUTINA
Graphic Designer
Philippines

Living in a country with a different language, working with people there, learning about teaching through trial and error, and reviewing the Japanese language and culture from the outside are valuable experiences for students to form the basis of their later lives. We hope that this fruitful exchange project will continue in the future.

A photo of Ms.Tsutsui Sayo
SAYO TSUTSUI
Professor, Osaka University
Japan

The Japan Foundation Asia Center have led to many warm exchanges with Asia, changing us from “foreign” to family. Even though our languages and cultures are different, I would like to hope that many new buds will grow throughout Japan.

A photo of Ms.Ayumi Suzuki
AYUMI SUZUKI
Designer
Japan

Between 2009 and 2018, we dispatched 52 students in cooperation with 5 universities in 2 Southeast Asian countries. In our teacher training course, we train elementary school teachers in Japanese language education. I wish for the further development of Asia and would like to continue sending out motivated students.

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HITOMI GOTO
President, Aichi University of Education
Japan

Through the "NIHONGO Partners", students aiming to become Japanese language educators were able to practice and see the results of their own learning overseas. We hope that direct interaction with local students and staff will contribute to the further deepening of mutual understanding between Southeast Asian countries and Japan.

A photo of Mr. Koichi Tadenuma
KOICHI TADENUMA
Professor, Hitotsubashi University
Japan

University is where the foundation of your personality is laid. The word is the strongest tool for human growth. Native Japanese language speakers interacting with Asian people learning Japanese and participating in the "NIHONGO Partners" dispatching project can be said to be the best foundation to create of world peace.

A photo of Ms. Masako Sanada
MASAKO SANADA
President, Kyoto Notre Dame University
Japan

Together with NIHONGO Partners, we could have exchanges between Japanese university students and university students in Asian countries. Its influence has exceeded expectations, with some students going on to work in Japanese language education and transportation in Asian countries as a result of this exchange. We sincerely hope that NIHONGO Partners will continue.

A photo of Mr. Ryoichi Koda
RYOICHI KODA
President, Kumamoto Gakuen University
Japan

We focus on field study that value our relationship with Asia, which is based on the Bible, International Studies and Horticulture. There is no substitute for the experience of interacting and learning with people of different cultures and histories. The Asia center's activities resonate deeply with us and we look forward to further development.

A photo of Ms. Masami Ohinata
MASAMI OHINATA
President, Keisen University
Japan

Several students have been dispatched overseas to Japanese language learning sites through collaboration with NIHONGO Partners. This valuable experience not only fosters students but also affects the awareness of faculty and staff and builds a trusting relationship with overseas universities. I hope that our relationship with Southeast Asia will be further strengthened through education.

A photo of Ms. Tomoko Kaneko
TOMOKO KANEKO
President, Showa Women's University
Japan

Many of our students have had valuable learning opportunities through NIHONGO partners. Students who want to be involved in Japanese language education are exposed to different cultures in Asian countries and gain the experience of reviewing Japanese language and culture from the outside. We hope for further development of NIHONGO Partners in the future.

A photo of Ms. Tomoyo Mitsui
TOMOYO MITSUI
President, Kobe Shinwa Women’s University
Japan

16 of our students have participated in teaching practice in Guangzhou, China under the NIHONGO Partners program. Of these, 6 have already been teaching Japanese in Fukuoka Prefecture. We will continue to work together closely so that we can produce human resources that further enhance Japanese language education in Japan and overseas.

A photo of Mr.Masanori Nakagawa
MASANORI NAKAGAWA
President, Chikushi Jogakuen University
Japan

NIHONGO Partners is deeply related to the 3-L spirit of our school motto: 'LIFE, LIGHT AND LOVE FOR THE WORLD.' For students who want to engage in Japanese language education, they have a valuable opportunity to live together with Asian people. We hope that the program will continue its great effort to promote mutual understanding.

A photo of Mr. Haruki Onishi
HARUKI ONISHI
President, Tohoku Gakuin University
Japan

Our students dispatched through NIHONGO Partners can experience the growing dynamism of Asia, and continue to have ties with the local area after their return and develop them into new relationships. We hope that NIHONGO Partners will continue to support human resource development and exchange activities.

A photo of Ms. Ninako Makino
NINAKO MAKINO
President, Momoyama Gakuin University
Japan

One of our founding principles is internationalism, and as exchange with Asian nations has grown, so have the number of international students from Asia. We hope that the exchange between students will be deepened in the future, including the NIHONGO Partners Program. I look forward to the further activities of the Asia Center.

A photo of Mr. Tsuyoshi Iida
TSUYOSHI IIDA
President, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts
Japan

As "Saitama Goodwill Ambassadors," participants who recommended by Saitama prefecture contribute to promoting international exchange for this prefecture, such conducting Saitama PR in Asia and reporting back to Saitama residents. We hope to continue this program that will serve as a bridge between Saitama and Asia.

A photo of Kiyoshi Ueda
KIYOSHI UEDA
Governor of Saitama Prefecture
Japan

I was happy to see so many came here for the NIHONGO Partners pre-dispatch training and regional training for Japanese language teachers from ASEAN nations. I hope that the people of ASEAN and the Japanese will continue to deepen their mutual understanding, and those who have taken the training will act as a bridge.

A photo of Hirose Katsusada
KATSUSADA HIROSE
Governor of Oita Prefecture
Japan

The activities of the Japan Foundation, including the NIHONGO Partners Program, will contribute to the further development of ASEAN members. We hope that Asia in Resonance 2019 will introduce many people to Southeast Asia and lead to a better future. APU will also work to strengthen cooperation with the Foundation.

A photo of Haruaki Deguchi
HARUAKI DEGUCHI
President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
Japan
 

In January 2018, I met with teachers and students in the NIHONGO Partners program in Thailand. I saw so many smiles, and I was moved by the bridges now connecting Japan with Asia. Let's keep on bringing smiles to even more children!

A photo of May J.
MAY J.
Singer / Artist
Japan

Nihongo Partners Program is a greatly significant program for Japanese language education in Vietnam. Nihongo Partners have done excellent performances in supporting schools, teachers and students as the bridge between Japan and Vietnam.
I truly hope that this program will maintain for years to promote Japanese-language education in Vietnam, strengthen cultural comprehension for our amity.
 

A photo of NGUYEN TO CHUNG
NGUYEN TO CHUNG
Ministry of Education and Training - Vietnam's National Foreign Language 2020 Project
Vietnam

The academic cooperation on NIHONGO Partners Program in Thailand has resulted in some commendable initiatives that have greatly inspired our teachers and students to improve their Japanese language skills.
We sincerely hope that this cooperation will continue strengthening friendships between our countries and support the expansion of the base for cultural exchange.

A photo of KOSOL PETCHSUWAN
KOSOL PETCHSUWAN
Senator
Thailand

My heartiest congratulations to the Japan Foundation Asia Centre for organizing great events to strengthen the relation between Japan and Southeast Asia. The collaboration will surely deepen the understanding of each and every country's beautiful cultures and values. Through differences we may also see many similarities and may share the best for a greater world.

A photo of Ms. Zoraida Mustafa
ZORAIDA MUSTAFA
Head of Japanese Language & Cultural Centre, USIM
Malaysia

Since 2010, Yasuda Women's University has dispatched students every year as NIHONGO Partners, raising student awareness through international exchange. We hope that this event hosted by the Japan Foundation Asia Center will inspire more exchanges than ever between the people of Japan and Southeast Asia.

A photo of Mr. Toshio Seyama
TOSHIO SEYAMA
President, Yasuda Women's University
Japan

I have heard about the valuable experiences that students from Mimasaka University have had participating in the NIHONGO Partners dispatch program, where they could engage with Japanese learners in Vietnam. I hope that young people in this region will be able to gain a more international perspective through the activities of the Japan Foundation.

A photo of Mr. Seiji Hagiwara
SEIJI HAGIWARA
Mayor of Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture
Japan

As a co-sponsor of the Japan Foundation, this school dispatches students as part of the university cooperative NIHONGO Partners program. The aim of this program is to deepen understanding of Japanese language education through the experience of teaching at overseas partner schools. We hope for the success of Asia in Resonance 2019.

A photo of Mr. Toshikazu Inoue
TOSHIKAZU INOUE
President, Gakushuin University
Japan

The "NIHONGO Partners" program connects people through the Japanese language. Students around Asia will be able to speak directly to their Japanese counterparts and gain an interest in Japan. Likewise, Japanese people can interact with students in Asia, reassess their own culture, and grow as people. We hope this program will continue in the future.

A photo of Mr. Hiroki Yamaguchi
HIROKI YAMAGUCHI
President, Saitama University
Japan

Through NIHONGO Partners, our students can bring Japanese education abroad, and use those skills in Japanese education both in and out of Japan in the future. This program provides a chance for our students to make good on our school's motto, "Learn, and help others learn." We hope this will continue in the future.

A photo of Mr. Hiroaki Hatayama
HIROAKI HATAYAMA
President, J.F. Oberlin University
Japan

"NIHONGO Partners" provides an extraordinary opportunity for students to put into practice what they've learned in the classroom. They can experience the limitations of what they know and have learned, gaining interest in other customs and ways of thinking. We hope they will continue enjoying this growth and increasing diversity.

A photo of Takahisa Miyauchi
TAKAHISA MIYAUCHI
President, Kanda University of International Studies
Japan

The "NIHONGO Partners" Shizuoka Promotion Program is a very important program that spreads Japanese education around the ASEAN region and promotes both Japanese culture and Shizuoka's appeal abroad. Shizuoka Prefecture hopes for the continued success of the program as it raises up global citizens who understand different worldviews.

A photo of Mr. Heita Kawakatsu
HEITA KAWAKATSU
Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture
Japan

Every year, the students dispatched via the "NIHONGO Partners" program are surprised at the cultural and educational differences between Japan and Vietnam. Many gain an interest in other parts of Asia and even in attending Japanese schools in other countries. I hope this program connecting Japan with the rest of Asia continues.

A photo of Mr. Yuichi Asari
YUICHI ASARI
Chair of Kushiro Campus, Hokkaido University of Education
Japan

The concept of ASIAN ELEVEN and JapaFunCup, of bringing Japan and Southeast Asia together through the border-transcending sport of soccer, is one that we share and which inspires us to connect people through music. We will be cheering for a wonderful resonance to be created between Japan and Southeast Asia!
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Little Glee Monster
Vocal group
Japan

Japanese-Language education at secondary schools in Lao PDR started officially in 2015. The Asia Center has started sending teaching assistants through NIHONGO Partners since then. Now we have three Japanese dispatched to Vientiane. We hope that the Asia Center will continue this program many years ahead in the future.

SISAMONE SITHIRAJVONGSA
SISAMONE SITHIRAJVONGSA
Director General, Department of External Relations, Ministry of Education and Sports
Laos

I would like to express our gratitude to Japan Foundation Asia Center for being our Partner for the Special Program in Foreign Language – Nihongo. This program helps our teachers and learners develop competence in Nihongo and engaged in meaningful interaction across borders of society. Let's continue to strengthen our ties.
Thank you and mabuhay!

LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
Secretary, Department of Education
Philippines

The activities of the NIHONGO Partners program embody this school's founding spirit, "PAX MUNDI PER LINGUAS" (World Peace through Language), and we fully support its goals. Let us work together to promote Japanese language education and support cultural exchange activities in Asia, so that we may create a bridge between Asia and Japan.

TAKESHI MATSUDA
TAKESHI MATSUDA
President, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Japan

As a university faculty member, I would like to thank "NIHONGO Partners" for the valuable experiences they provide for the young people who will be the future leaders in Japan and Southeast Asia. We sincerely hope for the success of "Asia in Resonance 2019" and for the continuation and development of "NIHONGO Partners".

TERUMASA OSHIRO
TERUMASA OSHIRO
President, Kyoto Sangyo University
Japan

Interest in Japan among people in Asia has grown, especially now toward Japanese culture and consciousness of the Japanese people. Japanese culture and values appeal to the people of Asia for the sense of permanence that has been handed down. Now everyone should let the people Asia know all about the essence of Japan!

SATO KEIICHI
KEIICHI SATO
President, Kokushikan University
Japan

Setsunan University supports NIHONGO Partners!
This university is a comprehensive university with seven schools and so far, 16 students (including prospective students) have been dispatched to Thailand and Indonesia as NIHONGO Partners. Their valuable experience abroad has had a positive on current students who aim to become intellectual professionals.

KIICHIRO YAGI
KIICHIRO YAGI
President, Setsunan University
Japan

“The "NIHONGO Partners" in collaboration with Japanese universities is an excellent way to offer Japanese and Southeast Asian youth an opportunity to learn from each other in the future. I hope that exchanges between students and children will further promote mutual understanding between Japan and Southeast Asia

Yoshihisa Baba
YOSHIHISA BABA
President, Soka University
Japan

Students have traveled to all parts of Southeast Asia with the "NIHONGO Partners" program, developing as adults as they interact with local people and face challenging situations and learn to overcome them. I hope that this exchange program, which leads to human development, continues in the future.

KAYOKO HAYASHI
KAYOKO HAYASHI
President, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Japan

Through our participation in NIHONGO Partners, our students have achieved tremendous growth while gaining invaluable experiences in Southeast Asia. The need for global human resources who are active within and outside the country will further increase. I hope for the continuation of this program and further development of the Japan Foundation.
 

KAZUO TAKAHASHI
KAZUO TAKAHASHI
Vice President, Director of Center for Global Education and Exchange, Toyo University
Japan

The students dispatched short-term as NIHONGO Partners grew greatly through the opportunities they had to interact with local people. As more and more people from Southeast Asia come to Japan, I hope that "Asia in Resonance 2019" will also be a great opportunity to contact Southeast Asian cultures and deepen mutual understanding.

KAZUYUKI KIRYU
KAZUYUKI KIRYU
Vice President, Mimasaka University
Japan

At Bunkyo University , we aim to foster adults filled with love for people and to develop a society overflowing with love by providing education based on a human-loving spirit. By bridging national and ethnic groups, the "nurturing" that we aim for will be further enriched. Thank you for your continued support of Asia Center.

Kenji Kondo
KENJI KONDO
President, Bunkyo University
Japan

The Japan Foundation Asia Center provides our students with valuable, long-term experiences and learning opportunities. This time, which can only be experienced as a university student, is a decisive time for thinking about the future. Please continue providing this kind of activities to expand the perspective of students.

Yuko Tanaka
YUKO TANAKA
President, Hosei University
Japan

Even by assisting, you can experience teaching overseas. It is an experience not available through other overseas programs, and in that sense offers a valuable luxury.
Students can have a very meaningfully share in foreign cultures and lookback on Japan from their teaching position. I hope this program will continue in the future.

TAKASHI MATSUO
TAKASHI MATSUO
President, University of Kitakyushu
Japan

Joining NIHONGO Partners is an invaluable experience for students who want to engage in Japanese language education in the future. Students do not just teach Japanese, they develop the ability to dive into different cultures and think independently about how to inform others about Japan.

Keiichirou Tsuchiya
KEIICHIROU TSUCHIYA
President, Meiji University
Japan

The NIHONGO Partners program is a place to gain valuable experience. A place to learn about the wonders of Japan. The new opportunities created when both sides meet are full of possibilities to open up 21st century society. I look forward to the new relationships that will be formed between Asia and Japan.

YANGCHOON KWAK
YANGCHOON KWAK
President, Rikkyo University
South Korea

Southeast Asia is a multicultural world. It is a world of friendship where people of different ethnicities, languages and histories coexist with other different cultures in mutual respect and appreciation.

Yoshiaki Ishizawa
YOSHIAKI ISHIZAWA
Professor, Sophia University
Japan

I am grateful to have the opportunity to design colorful uniforms for ASIAN that transcend borders, race, gender and age. I hope the players will give the world their full passion of their playing!

Sebastian Masuda
SEBASTIAN MASUDA
Art Director, Artist
Japan

I would just like to say congratulations and thank you to the Japan Foundation Asia Center for always doing such wonderful collaborations throughout Southeast Asia and Japan.
I wish the Asia Center will continue many more projects to bond Southeast Asia and Japan all together as a whole.

Sharifa Amani
SHARIFA AMANI
Actress
Malaysia

Thanks to the Asia Center, Setan Jawa will be shown in Tokyo in July, 2019.
Setan Jawa is a black and white and silent movie with live concert, which is something special for me in my career. Please come to watch this wonderful special presentation.

Garin Nugroho
GARIN NUGROHO
Film director
Indonesia

It is my hope that through the ‘NIHONGO Partners’ program, people of all ages will experience the joy of traveling to Asian countries, and meeting many people. My heartfelt wish is for the ‘NIHONGO Partners’ to continue its excellent program.
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Shinji Tanimura
SHINJI TANIMURA
Musician
Japan