International Week Schedule!


Chuo is happy to announce the fifth International Week this year with a focus on ASEAN (Thailand and Vietnam), commemorating the 40th anniversary of friendly cooperative relations between ASEAN and Japan. The countries Thailand and Vietnam were mainly selected as the theme of this year’s International Week for realizing the first Global Chuo Symposium held in Bangkok in May as a milestone for globalizing Chuo, in addition to the 40th anniversary of Japan and Vietnam diplomatic ties.

This year’s theme:
ASEAN (with a focus on Thailand and Vietnam)

Monday, December 9 ~ Saturday, December 14

Supported by:

ASEAN-Japan Centre (ASEAN Promotion Centre for Trade, Investment &Tourism)
JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)

The 5th International Week has been approved as an official event representing the “40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation” by the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

*Please note there is a possibility of time changes in the schedule of events below.

Monday, December 9

■  Trung Concert (Vietnamese Traditional Musical Instrument)

Trung is a bamboo-made percussion instrument originally from the Thainguyen District located in the mid-Vietnam plateau. Please enjoy the warm and lyrical sound of the historical trung, which will play from a range of traditional music to various genres.

Time: 13:20 ~ 14:00
Place: Tama Campus Building No. 8, 2nd Floor, Room 8205
Performed by: Kumiko Oguri/ Trung, and Takuya Morikawa/ Violin & Piano

*Open to all audience, no registration is needed.

Profiles of Performers:

Kumiko Oguri/ Trung

Graduated with Masters in Vietnamese from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Studied piano under Yumiko Oguri, and the marimba under Chidori Kitahara. Studied in Vietnam during graduate school. Studied the trung under masters including Nguyen Thu Thuy. Oguri, known as the first trung player in Japan, plays in many places including the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam. Oguri’s musical activities become popular after the recitals at the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. First album is released in 2011. Ogura can be heard in many TV and radio shows.


Takuya Morikawa/ Violin & Piano

Born in Yokohama. After graduating from Waseda University, studied at the Berklee College of Music. While in Boston Morikawa studies under jazz pianist Rob Thomas, and also learns the profound expression of the strings through free improvisation from cellist Eugene Friesen. Morikawa’s musical activities centers around jazz, modern music, traditional music, free improvisation, and plays in New York until December 2006 when he is back in Japan. Currently Morikawa plays jazz, flamenco, and various traditional music (from over 30 countries) in Japan.



■  Speech by Mr. Do Van Trung, Counselor, Vietnamese Embassy in Japan
Title: “Economic Growth in Vietnam and Japan Relations”

Time: 14:00 ~ 14:50
Place: Tama Campus Building No. 8, Room 8205

*Open to all audience, no registration is needed.
*Lecture is given in Vietnamese, and simultaneous interpretation is provided.



Mr. Do Van Trung, Counselor, Vietnamese Embassy in Japan

Born in Hanoi in 1957. Graduated from the Foreign Trade University in 1977. Studied in Japan for one year in 1990. Obtained a Masters degree in Linguistics. Lecturer at the Foreign Trade University from 1997 to 2010. Director of Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Center (JICA) from 2005. Director of the Bureau of Education and Training, Vietnamese Embassy in Japan from July 2010.




■  Symposium “ASEAN Economic Community”

In the midst of stagnating trade liberation globally, there is a heightened expectation towards communal economic integration in the world. East Asia has been continuously contributing greatly to the world economy, and there is a growing attention to the role of the ASEAN economies along with China. The focus is with how the ASEAN economies will take the initiative while the Trans-Pacific Partnership is preparing to go underway.

Time: 15:00 ~ 16:30
Place: Tama Campus No. 8 Building, Room 8206

*Open to all audience, no registration is needed.

Moderator Profile:


Toshiaki Hasegawa, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University

After graduating with a PhD from Keio University, Hasegawa served as Assistant Professor at Takushoku University, Assistant Professor at Chuo University Faculty of Economics, and a member of the Customs Dissatisfaction Review Committee in the Ministry of Finance. Areas of specialization include International Economic Policy, Customs Policy, and Analysis of Industry-Associated Macroeconomic Forecast.
Publications include APEC Regionalism and World Economics (co-editor), Chuo University, APEC Market Integration, (editor), Chuo University, and Analysis of Macroeconomic Policy in Input-Output Economics, (editor), Chuo University, 2011.


Panelists Profiles:


Kouichi Ishikawa, Professor, Institute of Asian Studies, Asia University

Graduate of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Served at JETRO, Institute for International Trade and Investment before current position. Areas of specialization include Northeast Asian Economics and ASEAN Integration. In charge of “Asia Dream College (Asia Yume College)” promoting study abroad and internship programs in graduate schools and Asia. Publications include FTA Guidebook, (co-editor), JETRO, TPP and Decision of Japan, (co-editor), Bunshindo, and others.


Kazushi Shimizu, Professor, Department of Economic Engineering, Faculty of Economics, Kyushu University

After obtaining PhD from the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration in Hokkaido University, served as Assistant at the Faculty of Economics, Assistant Professor at Kyushu University Faculty of Economics, and Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Economics in Kyushu University, before the current role. Areas of specialization include International Economics, World Economics, and Asian Economics. Publications include ASEAN Economic Community and Japan, (co-editor), Bunshindo, Introduction to Modern Politics in Northeast Asia, (co-editor), Minerva Books, Political Economics of ASEAN Economic Cooperation, Minerva Books, and others.


Seiya Sukegawa, Senior Coordinator for Southeast Asia, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

After graduating from Chuo University Department of International Economics, Faculty of Economics, entered the current Japan External Trade Organization in April 1992.  After serving posts in the Economic Information Department International Economics Division, the International Economic Exchange Center in Osaka, Economic Information Department Industry Information Section, Bangkok Center (in charge of promoting investment in Thailand), APAC Division in the International Research Department, Sukegawa became Vice President and Senior Economist (Asian Region) in the Bangkok Center, previous to the current role.
Sukegawa is also a temporary researcher at the Institute of Asian Studies, Asia University, and key member of the Chamber of East Asian Community.
Publications include ASEAN Economic Community, (co-editor), JETRO, Record and Learnings from the 2011 Thai Flood, Institute of Asian Studies, New Trade System in Asia Pacific, (co-author), Keisou Shoubou, and others.


Yoko Uenoyama, International External Relations Group, Panasonic Corporation

Graduated from Kyoto University Faculty of Letters majoring in Modern History. After joining Panasonic Corporation (then Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.), joined the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and was transferred to Nepal.
Uenoyama was responsible for sales promotion in the APAC region, then became in charge of export, and was dispatched to the Second Division of Northeast Asia APAC Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Now she leads external relations activities relating to trade as well as internal FTA promotion activities.


Tuesday, December 10​


■  Lecture by the Royal Thai Embassy Tokyo
Topic: Outlook and Current Society and Economy in Thailand

In recent years, Thailand has joined the more developed countries as it continues to grow rapidly. Japan and Thailand has built a close relationship politically, economically, and culturally, expanding in active human exchanges as well. There is especially a strong economic bonding between the two countries, and with many Japanese companies entering Thailand, Thailand proves to be a significant economic partner.

Time: 13:20 ~ 14:50
Place: Tama Campus Building No. 8, Room 8304

*Open to all audience, no registration is needed.



Mr. Singtong Lapisatepun, Minister, Royal Thai Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Born in 1962 in Thailand. Graduated with Masters in Economy from Yokohama National University in 1989. Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand in 1989. Served as Thai Consul at the Los Angeles Consulate General of Royal Thai from 1992 to 1996.  Served as Counselor of East Asia Department, Counselor of Royal Thai Embassy Tokyo previous to current role.



■  Global Field Studies Report “Case Study of Vietnam”

The Ogata Seminar visited Vietnam and Laos this summer, taking part in tree plantation and exchange with the local students.

1. Team “Community Development”- Proposal of SSC Project as solution to food safety issues in Vietnam, using traditional agriculture methods.
2. Team “Environment”- Proposal of activating secondary forest by CSV (Creating Shared Value).
3. Team “Visual”- Presentation of the real Vietnam on screen.


Time: 15:30 ~ 18:00
Place: Tama Campus No. 7 Building, Room 7211

*Open to all audience, no registration is needed.
*Presentation will be in English.


Toshio Ogata, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University
Members of the Ogata Seminar



■  Foreign Ministry Guidance for jobs at international organizations

A speaker from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will provide advice for students who are considering their career paths in international organizations.

Time: 16:40 ~ 18:00
Place: Tama Campus, Hilltop 2F G Square

International Organization Human Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

*Available to all students and staff of Chuo


Wednesday, December 11


■  Symposium “Green Economics and Eco-village (Japan-Vietnam joint research)”

This international symposium is hosted by the Institute of Economic Research in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Japan-Vietnam relations.

Time: 15:00 ~ 18:00
Place: Tama Campus Building No. 2 Fourth Floor, Room 4

* Open to all audience, no registration is needed.

Sponsored by: The Institute of Economic Research


15:00- Keynote Presentation “Green Economy and Ecovillages: Joint Research between Japan and Vietnam”
Presenter: Professor Toshio Ogata, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University

15:30- Presentation by guest speaker on “ISPONRE and Green Strategy”
Presenter: Professor Nguyen The Chinh, Deputy General Director, The Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE), Vietnam

16:00- Presentation by guest speaker on “Ecovillage models in Vietnam and the Development of the Law on Environmental Protection”
Presenter: Professor Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, National

16:30 ~ 16:45 Break (Vietnam green tea and Vietnam coffee)

16:45- Presentation by guest speaker on “The Characteristics of Vietnam’s ’Lang Sinh Thai’ ”
Presenter: Mr. Lai Van Manh, Researcher, Department of Economy of Natural Resources and Environment, ISPONRE, Vietnam

17:05- Presentation by guest speaker on “The Institute of Ecological Economy and its ecological Ecovillages”
Presenter: Ms. Hoang Lan Anh, Researcher, Ecological Economics (EcoEco)

17:25- Social Inquiry Report “Ecovillages in Vietnam and Social Research”
Presenter: Associate Professor Yasushi Harayama, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University

17:45- Closing Statement by Hideko Matsutani, Institute of Economic Research, Chuo University

18:15- Reception (Welcome speech and toast by member of the Institute of Economic Research)

Profiles of Presenters:

Nguyen The Chinh, Deputy General Director, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE), Vietnam

Also Vice President of Vietnam Environmental Economic Association. After graduating with a PhD from National Economics University in Hanoi, he served as Associate Professor of Economics, prior to becoming Professor. Areas of specialization include Sustainable Development, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Economics and Management, Regional Planning and Economics, and Economic Geography. Work experience in the above areas, and countless publications and research papers include Industrialization, modernization on agricultural and rural areas of Vietnam, National political Publishing House, Hanoi, Vietnam, and Green Economic Corridor: A New Approach in Vietnam, Hilltop Press, Tokyo, Japan.


Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, Vice Dean of Faculty of Law, National Economics University in Hanoi

Graduated master and doctorate degrees from Chuo University after graduating from National Economics University and Hanoi Law University. Area of specialization is Business Law. Director of Center of Law Consultancies and Training. Publications include Economic Law Text book, Education Publisher, lead author, 2011, Measures to strengthen state management by law on copyright in Vietnam (Economic and Development Journal, Nov. 2013, co-author.


Mr. Lai Van Manh, Researcher, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE), Vietnam

Graduated with a Masters degree in Agriculture Economics, Hanoi University of Agriculture. After becoming researcher and trainer at the College for Management in Agriculture and Rural Development, became Area Community Facilitator at Plan International Organization in Vietnam, training communities to plan projects for humanitarian development activities. Publications include Scientific research basic for evaluation of land use efficiency indicators in Vietnam (2012).


Ms. Hoang Lan Anh, Environmental Specialist, Ecological Economy Institute (Eco-Eco)

Studying Environment master in Hanoi University of Agriculture.

BSc.Environment, Department of Environment, Hanoi National University, 1998. Member of Vietnam Association for Conservation of nature and environment. Editor for Ecological Economy Journal, Eco-Eco, and Environmental Specialist in transportation projects in Vietnam. Publications include Research on resettlement in hydropower projects in the Doi Moi period, Encyclopedia Publishing House, 2011, and Issues of controlling noise pollution in Vietnam today, Ecological Economy, Vol., Page: 45., 66-76.


Toshio Ogata, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University

Areas of specialization include Macroeconomics and Ecological Economics. Research themes: Global Warming and Ecological Economics Management, EDE, and Asia Internship.
Coauthor of Introduction to Economics for a Symbiotic Society (Nihon Hyoron Sha), coauthor of Global Warming and Economic Development (University of Tokyo Press), coeditor of Towards a Happy Symbiotic Society (Hilltop Press), co-translator of Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability (Nihon Keizai Hyoron Sha), editor of Bioregionalism and Ecovillages: Green Economic Corridor and Intentional Community (Hilltop Press).
Visiting researcher at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1980 – 1982.
Currently, manager of the Institute of Economic Research /Environment and Economy Research Group, board member of CIRIEC, editorial member of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics. 
Ogata Laboratory homepage


Tamotsu Harayama, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University

Area of specialization in Social Sciences. Research themes include Social Capital, Social Related Capital, Happiness Level, Disparity and Transmigration, Quality of Life, Social Research relating to Eco-village. Publications include Corporate Welfare and Quality of Life (Japan Second Life Association); Business Strategy for the Business Leaders in the New Industrial City of Hachinohe, ”Industrial Activation in Major Regional Urban Areas” (Institute of Economic Research Publications); Effects of Employment Style and Social Participation and its Relationship with Happiness Index- Eco-village of Northern Vietnam, “Institute of Economic Research Annual ReportNo. 44 (Institute of Economic Research); Eco-village in Vietnam and its Happiness Level (2011 Public Seminar). Currently a Researcher of Environment and Economics at the Chuo University Institute of Economic Research.





■  Traditional Dance and Music of Thailand

Time: 16:00 ~ 16:40
Place: Tama Campus Hilltop Second Floor, G Square

* Open to all audience

Kanda University of International Studies Ram Thai Club



Thursday, December 12

■  Lecture by BBC World Reporter Mariko Oi

Time: 16:45 ~ 18:45
Place: Tama Campus Hilltop Second Floor, G Square

* Open to all audience, no registration is needed.



Mariko Oi, BBC News Reporter

Born in Tokyo 1981. Entered the Faculty of Environmental Information at Keio University. Studied Journalism at RMIT University in Australia, and became interns for several broadcasting network in Australia, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Built experience in TV news and radio production in university. Began internship for Reuters in the United States in 2004. Became producer for economic news programs at Bloomberg in Japan in 2005. Freelance producer at BBC World News in Singapore from December 2006. Currently a reporter and newscaster.



Friday, December 13

■  JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Volunteer Seminar

Presentation of the volunteer activities of JICA and sharing of experiences from the JICA staff.

Time: 13:20 ~ 14:50
Place: Tama Campus Hilltop Second Floor, G Square

*Available to all students and staff of Chuo

Lecturer: JICA International Volunteer Staff



■  Introduction to the Northeast Asian Youth Boat

The International Youth Exchange Organization of Japan will give an orientation to the Northeast Asian Youth Boat project sponsored by the Japanese government.

Time: 16:40 ~ 18:10
Place: Tama Campus Hilltop Second Floor, G Square

*Available to all students and staff of Chuo

Cabinet office member
International Youth Exchange Promotion Center member



Saturday, December 14

■  Report on Study Abroad

This is a presentation session of exchange students to and from Thailand and Vietnam.

Time: 13:30 ~ 16:00 (Break time included)
Place: Tama Campus Hilltop Second Floor, G Square

* Open to all audience

Chuo students


■  Reception

Time: 16:00 ~ 17:30



Monday, December 9 ~ Saturday, December 14

■  Student Activity Display

Various global activities including overseas internship will be on display.

Place: Library First Floor Exhibition Hall, Building No. 3 Third Floor Display Area


Monday, December 9 ~ Friday, December 13

■  Thailand and Vietnam Fair

The Chuo Co-op will provide food and products related to Thailand and Vietnam during this period.

Place: Co-op stores and student cafeteria

1st Floor- Vietnamese noodles, Nasi goreng, Basil chicken
Tomboy- Gaprao (basil) burger, Stir-fried pork in lemongrass
2nd Floor- Gaprao (basil) rice, Chicken pho (Vietnamese noodle soup)
Waon- Vietnamese beef noodles, Green curry
Shiki- Red curry




Related Links:

Overview of previous International Week

International Week Movie Collection

Introduction to International Week

International Week Japanese site