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  1. Career
    1. My One and Only
    2. Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
    4. Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -
    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
    7. Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-
    8. Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-
    9. The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.
    10. Japan's passport did not come falling from the skies. Fight now for the respect of the future Japanese.
    11. OECD Internship Report
    12. Settling down in Waseda
    13. Be true to yourself, boldly step forward into the things that excite you!
    14. Job Hunting experience notes
    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    16. Using My experiences from Waseda,
    17. Waseda:An everlasting bond
    18. Recent report from Denmark
    19. Submission from WiN member (Recent Report)
    20. Memories of Waseda
    21. My experience at Waseda
    22. My time at Waseda University
    23. Teaching Position at Korea University
  1. Event Reports
    1. C21 Tokyo Challenge
    2. Enjoying a taste of South-East Asia: Vietnamese Bánh Mì Sandwiches and Milo
    3. Looking Back on the "Go Global Japan" English Presentation Contest
    4. Student Visa Day at the American Embassy
    5. 3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"
    6. Students' Day at the American Embassy
    7. ASIAN STUDENTS ENVIRONMENT PLATFORM 2012: Environmental field studies by students from Japan, China, and Korea
    8. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning
    9. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 1: Academic conference learning
    10. The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview
    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
  1. Gourmet
    1. What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?
  1. Others
    1. "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)"
    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
    3. "Like" WiN on Facebook!
    4. WiN Blog starts
  1. Sports
    1. Learning How "To Think" Through Waseda University's Track & Field
    2. Participating in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    3. "Participating in the XXV Winter Universiade Games (2011/Erzurum)"
    4. My experience with Waseda's American Football Bukatsu
  1. Study Abroad
    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
    2. Building the TOMODACHI Generation
    3. Kakehashi Project Report
    4. The Double Degree Program at Peking University
    5. Camping and Snowshoeing in Canada
    6. An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad
    7. Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia
    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
    9. 14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"
    10. From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro
    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
    14. Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -
    15. China, The Neighboring Country You Do Not Know ~ My Encounter at Peking University ~
    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
    18. Study abroad @ Taiwan
    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
  1. Study in Japan
    1. Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene
    2. IPS Summer School 2016: Culture Meets Culture
    3. The World is Smaller than We Think
    4. Waseda Summer 2016
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
    8. A Rewarding Experience
    9. An Amazing Experience
    10. Take Me Wonder by Wonder
    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
    13. SAKURA Exchange Program in Science
    14. I Want to Go Again!
    15. More than Good Sushi
    16. Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture
    17. 40 Years of Memories in a Photo
    18. Experiencing Everything First Hand
    19. Waseda Summer Session wasn't like any other Summer Camp
    20. Looking Forward to the Past
    21. Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~
    22. Japan Study Students to Waseda: A message from the class of 1983-84
    23. Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~
    24. Recollecting experiences of Exchange Programme at Waseda
    25. Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan
  1. Volunteer Activity
    1. Taking the first step in volunteering
    2. "Volunteer experience in earthquake-hit area Natori"
    3. "The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Volunteering"
    4. How my perspective changed through volunteering
    5. Tohoku Volunteer
    6. Great East Japan Earthquake    "Fumbaro East Japan Support Project"

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Using My experiences from Waseda,

Profile
Name in full:  Maaike (M.W.A.) Okano-Heijmans
Nationality: Dutch
Period attended at Waseda: Sept 1999-Feb 2000 & March 2001-August 2003
Affiliation / Program at Waseda: International Division (Kokusaibu) & Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Srudies (GSAPS, ‘Aji-tai’)
Field of Study / Research at Waseda:  Asia-Pacific International Relations
Academic Supervisor at Waseda: Kurt W. Radtke (formal) and Horiguchi Kenji
Present Residence(Country, City): The Netherlands, The Hague
Present Affiliation and Position:  Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’, Research Fellow

What is your primary job responsiblity?
I spend most of my time doing research on the political economy and diplomacy in East Asia and am also responsible for the (co)management of Clingendael Asia Studies. This involves publishing in (academic) journals and newspapers (towards a doctoral degree); organizing and participating in seminars, expert panels and conferences; building (inter-)national networks; providing input to policy makers and address the media; giving lectures at Clingendael and elsewhere; and providing management support.

How did you reach your present position?
After graduating from GSAPS, I returned to the Netherlands and worked at the Embassy of Japan in The Hague for a year. While experiencing ‘international relations’ in practice in this way, I realized that I would rather work in between theory and practice. Clingendael provides an excellent opportunity to do so. As a member of the newly established Clingendael Asia Studies group, I can work in the field that I know best and learnt about while at Waseda: East Asia, with a focus on Japan!

What is the most impressive memory at Waseda?
The open mind of Waseda students and staff! Students from Japan and elsewhere in Asia whom I met during my study became friends for life. Also, professors were very willing to discuss just about anything ? in class and afterwards. For example, Professor Horiguchi of the School of Political Science and Economics ‘adopted’ me in his seminar, when I contacted him as I was doing research for my MA-thesis on farmers’ interest groups.

What kind of experience at Waseda was good for you?

My stays at Waseda were invaluable learning opportunities for international relations from a Japanese perspective, both from official lectures and through informal interaction with students from Japan and other countries in the region. I use these lessons every day in my current job, and the learning process continues…when I come to Japan on an official research trip, I visit the library and have discussion meetings with my former professors and fellow students!

Any message to the WiN members?
The experience I gained from studying abroad really changed my life in a very positive way, both professionally and personally. I hope that many students before and after me have (had) the same experience. All the best to each of you!



 

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