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EU-Japan News | March 2023 Issue Available Now

EU-Japan NEWS is the quarterly newsletter of the EU-Japan Centre launched in 2003 and containing EU-Japan-related news and features on topics of interest to EU and Japan businesses and public bodies.

The newest issue of the March 2023 Newsletter is available in an online and PDF version packed with the EU and Japan related news, partnering opportunities, network news and lots of other useful information and links.

In this issue, you will find:
* Centre’s news: pages 1-8
* EU news: page 9-10
* Japan news: page 11
* EU-Japan news: pages 12-19
* Enterprise Europe Network opportunities: pages 20
* Calendar: page 21

 

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese government. It is a non-profit organisation established as an affiliate of the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST). It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

You can read full March 2023 Newsletter online here!

You can read full March 2023 Newsletter in PDF format here!

Say Yes to Languages | Language Sampler Module 2022/23 | APPLY NOW

Last month, the Minister for Education, Norma Foley, announced an extension of the “Say Yes to Languages” primary languages sampler module for a further year and invited primary schools to apply to participate in the module.

The length of the module in 2022/23 will be increased from 6 to 8 weeks. The grant to schools participating will also be increased to €400 per class up to a maximum of €1,600.

The module is aimed at 3rd to 6th class and the school can select the language of choice depending on its demographic and school context.

The 2022/23 module could be used to support the integration of newly arrived Ukrainian pupils to our schools by acknowledging Ukrainian as one of the languages of the classroom or by choosing to teach Ukrainian for the duration of the module.

 

Photo: languagesconnect.ie

 

Languages selected in 21/22 included French, Spanish, ISL, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Arabic, Tamil and Portuguese.

The primary language sampler module can be delivered by either the class teacher in the school or by an individual identified by the school as a suitable tutor (for example, a language teacher/ foreign language assistant in a local post-primary school or a member of the community who is fluent in the chosen language, for example, a parent, who meets the scheme’s criteria).

Training for the teacher/ tutor will be provided by Post Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) which will also provide all the necessary resources and supports to the schools delivering the module. Further information on the resources are available on the Post Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) website.

Further details on the module are available in a circular.

How to apply: Schools can apply to participate in the module in 2022/23 here.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm on 11 May 2022.

Dr. and Mrs. Ushioda Scholarship | Post-scholarship report by Sophia Herar

We are delighted to let you know that Sophia Herar, Dr. and Mrs. Ushioda Scholarship recipient in 2019, has returned from Japan where she studied at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.
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Studying abroad is a unique, unforgettable experience and we are happy that Sophia had this wonderful opportunity not only to study in Japan but also to explore the country, experience Japan’s authentic culture and make new friendships. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Sophia’s stay in Japan was cut short but she would like to express her gratitude for the support and wonderful year abroad to Mrs. Ushioda and the IJA.
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‘I prepared for so many eventualities, and yet the most memorable moments were the ones I could have never anticipated. Traveling abroad for a year undoubtedly poses more challenges than anyone can prepare for, but they make the joyous moments all the more worth living.’ – Sophia Herar 

Sophia Herar and Mrs. Yoshiko Ushioda, IJA founder member and Scholarship Patron at the official presentation of the scholarship (August 2019).

If you would like to read about Sophia’s experience in Japan, her full post-scholarship essay is available on the IJA website here!
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Sophia and her friends on a hiking trip from Kibuneguchi to Kurama

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First time wearing a traditional Kimono

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Dr. and Mrs. Ushioda Scholarship was established in 2019 in honour of Dr. and Mrs. Ushioda’s major contribution to the development of the Ireland Japan Association and Ireland-Japan relations, and to underpin the association’s strong commitment to supporting Japanese studies in Ireland.
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Career opportunities in Japan | Online Webinar

*LIVE FROM DUBLIN & LONDON*

We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2020 this year and together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies would like to invite you to an online webinar ‘Career opportunities in Japan’.

This session will look at career options for new graduates and, in addition, research opportunities for postgraduate and academic staff.

Date: Friday, 6th November 2020
Time: 1-2 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/career-opportunities-in-japan-tickets-125541705621?aff=erelpanelorg

 

 

What is the JET Programme?

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (外国語青年招致事業, Gaikokugo Seinen Shōchi Jigyō), or JET Programme, is a Japanese government initiative that brings college (university) graduates – mostly native speakers of English – to Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Sports Education Advisors (SEAs) in Japanese kindergartens, elementary, junior high and high schools, or as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) in local governments and boards of education. JET Programme participants are collectively called JETs. Ireland became a participating country in the JET Programme in 1987. Since then over 1,200 Irish people have contributed to and enjoyed the programme, including the 43 Irish JETs who departed for Japan in 2019. Irish JETs act as ambassadors for Ireland, introducing all aspects of Irish culture to the Japanese people.

Who is the JSPS, and what does it do?

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) also known as Gakushin, is an independent administrative institution. It provides various fellowships for researchers to conduct, under the guidance of their Japanese hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. As Japan’s premier research funding agency, JSPS carries out a diverse program that includes funding scientific research, fostering young researchers, promoting international scientific exchange, and supporting the reform and globalization of universities. Its annual budget in 2011 fiscal year was ¥334.7 billion. The JSPS is equivalent to both Science Foundation Ireland and the Ireland Research Council for Japan, covering all disciplinary areas.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/career-opportunities-in-japan-tickets-125541705621?aff=erelpanelorg

Hokkaido and the Coronavirus: Coping with the second wave | Online Webinar

We hope you and your loved ones are all doing well and keeping safe. While the lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted in the country, it will take time while we all can go back to the lives we used to have. In the meanwhile, here at the IJA, we have thought of the ways to keep in touch with you during this crisis.

We are delighted to invite you all to online webinar ‘Hokkaido and the Coronavirus: Coping with the second wave’ with Brian Gaynor, Associate Professor at Muroran Institute of Technology, and Takahashi Sanae – an elementary school teacher in Noboribetsu.

Date: Tuesday, 19th May 2020
Time: 11 a.m.
Booking details: Webinar will take place on Zoom and login details will be sent to all registered participants via e-mail.  Webinar is free of charge but registration is required by e-mail: info@ija.ie

 

The webinar will cover general situation in Hokkaido with special focus on education in public and at home, followed by Q&A session. The webinar will be moderated by Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson, and will be in English.

If you have questions that you would like to ask to our speakers, please send them to: info@ija.ie before the online event, alternatively, you will have the opportunity to ask it at the end of the webinar on 19th May.

We are looking forward to meet you on Zoom and hope this will be a nice way for us all to come together and stay in touch during these times.

Free Japanese lunchtime conversation group meetings

**COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT** [updated on 12.03.2020] – Trinity College has decided to introduced more precautious measures due to the Covid-19 in Ireland, and as a result, Japanese lunchtime conversation group meetings have been canceled until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


We are delighted to have partnered with Trinity Centre for Asian Studies and bring you FREE Japanese lunchtime conversation group meetings to give you a chance to improve your Japanese conversational skills in casual environment.

These weekly meetings will take place every Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the TCAS Seminar Room 2011 (Arts Building Annex) in TCD.

Upcoming group meeting dates for your diary:

  • Thursday, 30th January
  • Thursday, 6th February
  • Thursday, 13th February
  • Thursday, 20th February
  • Thursday, 27th February
  • Thursday, 5th March
  • Thursday, 12th March
  • Thursday, 19th March
  • Thursday, 26th March
  • Thursday, 2nd April
  • Thursday, 9th April

This weekly group will allow Japanese learners of all levels to develop their conversation skills in a casual, lunchtime environment. Feel free to bring your lunch and find some new conversation partners at the same time! No previous registration is needed and everybody is welcome.

We would like to thank Verity Swan, IJA Council, and everybody at Trinity Centre for Asian Studies for their support in organizing this group.

FREE Japanese lunchtime conversation group meetings

We are delighted to have partnered with Trinity Centre for Asian Studies and bring you FREE Japanese lunchtime conversation group meetings to give you a chance to improve your Japanese conversational skills in casual environment.

These weekly meetings will take place every Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the TCAS Seminar Room 2011 (Arts Building Annex) in TCD. First meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 14th November.

This weekly group will allow Japanese learners of all levels to develop their conversation skills in a casual, lunchtime environment. Feel free to bring your lunch and find some new conversation partners at the same time!

No previous registration is needed and everybody is welcome.

We would like to thank Verity Swan, IJA Council, and everybody at Trinity Centre for Asian Studies for their support in organizing this group.

Robots in Education, Healthcare and Welfare. Recent Trends in Japan. | Seminar

Experience Japan and UCD Japan are inviting you to a seminar ‘Robots in Education, Healthcare and Welfare. Recent Trends in Japan.’ presented by Prof. Nobuhiro Sakata (Dokkyo Medical University, Japan).

Event will take place on Friday, 5th April at 1.30 p.m. at Bank of Ireland, Montrose Branch, Dublin.

For more details, please click HERE!

Public Talk: Bilingualism Off The Beaten Track

We are delighted to invite you to attend public talk ‘Bilingualism Off The Beaten Track’ by Brian Gaynor, Associate Professor in TESOL, College of Liberal Arts, Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan, and IJA member.

 

Date: Tuesday, 27th November 2018
Time: 5 p.m.
Venue: Bank of Ireland, 39 St Stephen’s Green East, Dublin 2, D02 HF62

Entrance is free and no previous registration is needed.

The talk will focus on challenges and opportunities raising English-Japanese bilingual children and will highlight various measures families take to promote their children’s bilingual development. Talk will be followed by Q&A session.

Event is organized by IJA, UCD Japan and DCU

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