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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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Blog:May, 2013

Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -

Name: Theodore Miller
Born: 1971
Country of origin: USA
Period of enrollment at Waseda University: 1991-1992
(exchange program from New York University)
Current job: President of Empire Entertainment Japan
Older brother is the movie director Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball,” etc.)
Oldest brother is the president of Empire Entertainment NY


・Please tell us about your current job.

Empire Entertainment Japan is a production company dealing in many fields. Besides organizing
live events and concerts, we also produce motion pictures, TV shows, commercials, movies, as
well as working in casting, marketing communications, and consulting. Every staff is a producer;
it is not uncommon for them to structure plans on how to market a potential client’s company
brand before approaching them and getting work themselves.

Companies have public relations departments, clients (both existing and new), as well as
employees. There are also people who wish to become future employees. Through producing
entertainment contents like events, our job is to figure out how to achieve a company’s goals,
plan a project, and then manage it. 

Examples include a social event for employees of a large company, or a promotional event for
a new product released by a famous brand. 

By taking on the production side of these events for our clients, we allow them to focus on other
aspects of the event like the content and presentation. Organizing events require manpower,
so we sometimes recruit and employ additional staff. 

Other than events, we also offer marketing strategy consultations and work alongside our
client companies. We also handle online planning and production through entertainment content.

Shooting of a commercial

Organizing an event

・Please tell us your history from graduation to where you are now 

I returned to Japan after graduating from NYU, and was employed by Dentsu. Then I worked
for Gateway for 4 years, where I was head-hunted and became President of Livedoor. I started
my current company in 2005, and after gradually increasing the number of employees year by
year, we now employ 11 employees and 5 to 6 interns. 

・Can you tell us about your experience studying at Waseda University?
How did this experience affect what you are doing now?

I think I learned a lot about how to interact with other people. The university was my first
opportunity to really start socializing. I joined the “Kendo Dokokai” and the “Niji-no-Kai.” My
relationship with the other members of the “Kendo Dokokai” in particular was very important
to me, and we still keep in touch today. I can always turn to them if I ever need help, so they
give me a sense of security. You have to be a social person in order to create networks, but
networks like seniority-based hierarchy and classmates are already socially pre-established,
which serves well when you start working in a company. The things I learned from my
relationships with my seniors and juniors –the respect you show to your seniors and the
responsibility you have to your juniors– helped me during my time at Dentsu. The structure
itself was a network, and to this day it has helped me with building relationships with others.
In America, students study hard in college, and have many opportunities to learn about how
to interact with people while in high school. This is probably the opposite of how things are
in Japan. Also, once employed by a Japanese company, you are taught how to do the job
from very basic level. Therefore, there is a tendency to employ people who seem interesting
and have potential and competence, rather than people with expertise.

・What was the motive for working in Japan?

After studying at Waseda for one year, I went back to NYU for my senior year. The Japan
Society happened to be holding a nationwide Japanese speech contest, which I entered and
won. The prize was a round-trip business-class flight to Japan. I was an intern at Dentsu
New York at the time, and the employees there suggested I take an employment test in Japan.
I timed my trip to Japan for the interviews, and Dentsu later made the decision to employ me. 

・Please give us a few final words for the students at Waseda 

If there is something you want to do, try it! They say that students who are entering the workforce
now will go through an average of 7 to 8 types of jobs throughout their career. When I add up all
the different jobs I’ve had up until now as well as my current position (company director,
producer, marketing and sales representative), I have gone through 6 to 7 types of jobs. Rather
than deciding on what you want to do, it’s better to know what you don’t want to do from an early
stage. This will naturally allow you to discover the things that excite you. In order to gain this
kind of sharp perspective, you need to learn to dive in, head-first. Improving your Japanese is
also important. Some Japanese people are lenient towards foreigners who speak poor
Japanese, but it’s not good to rely on that. Bring your level of Japanese language and cultural
understanding up to the same level as Japanese people. I believe this is the minimum
requirement and a foundation to work in Japan. Perhaps this can be said for Japanese people
working abroad as well.

Miller Office.jpg
At his office

14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"

Name: Miki Nakamura
Affiliation: SILS, 3rd Year (At the study abroad period of Feb, 2013)
Program duration at India: Feb 6 ~ 19, 2013


Second from the left at front

Visiting India had always been a dream for me, as I always had an interest in Indian cuisine.
Experiencing the local curry culture was the actual reason why I signed up to the short term
program. Although my original motive was lighthearted, this trip later became a valuable
experience; one that would greatly change me.

1. Classes at Chowgule College ~The Languages of India~

At Chowgule College, we learned about the food, dance, religions, languages and history of Goa.
What impressed me most were the lessons in linguistics. The people of India are educated
and fluent in three languages: Hindi, which is their communal language, English and their
“state language”. Any person who lives in a particular state, regardless of age, can speak in
their state language. The reason behind this lies in India’s history. Before colonization, India
was simply a region made up of several communities which used their own language.
However, British rule forced all these different communities to be one country labeled “India”.
For Indians, their country is home to them, and yet it isn’t. “India” is simply a cluster of
numerous states grouped together, and it is these states that Indians call home. Even now,
the people have a strong sense of pride in their home state as well as their unique state
language. Even now, after being bundled into one country at the end of colonial rule, their
pride in their home states still live on beautifully. It is this pride that allows the legacy of their
language to be passed on. I was deeply interested in this history and language structure of
India, as it was unlike our culture in Japan.  


2. My experience in Delhi and Agra ~The gap between rich and Poor~

After receiving plenty of warm welcome and kindness from the students at Chowgule College in
Goa, we headed to Delhi and Agra for some sightseeing. World famous heritage sites like the
Taj Mahal and Agra Castle were on our itinerary.

I had already travelled through Thai, Vietnam, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Austria, but nothing
shocked me as what I witnessed in India. I witnessed moments which have since been
imprinted into my heart, and still refuse to leave my mind.

There were always beggars around the Taj Mahal and Agra Castle who would reach out their
hand to ask for money every time they made eye contact with a tourist. Many of them were
elderly people and children. There was one old woman who had no energy to move, but stuck
her hand out and whispered “money” to us. A child with only one arm kept following us. We
saw an old man with disabled arms and legs who could only crawl on all fours. A small
hungry girl and her brother kept shouting “Hello, Hello” repeatedly to our Japanese group.
There was an old man who, despite having no legs, was desperately trying to move himself
towards up to me. Every time I made eye contact with them or witnessed them, or whenever
they called out to me, my heart ached severely.

I thought the students at Chowgule College must have been brought up in very wealthy families,
compared to these beggars. You can see a difference in their eyes when you compare the
beggars to those who grew up in wealthy homes. (I am not implying that people who beg have
no kindness or compassion) Those who live comfortable lives have enough space in their
hearts to offer kindness and compassion to other people, as well as dignity and pride as
human beings. Should we not be offering those beggars on the streets something more than
just money or food which can only help them for the day, but dignity and pride as humans?
A piece of bread which will be gone within the day is still extremely important for their survival.
But that piece of bread isn’t going to save or change their lives. So what can we give them?
What can they do to help themselves and their own lives? All throughout the 14 days of the
program, I kept thinking about the gap between the rich and the poor. In Japan, global hunger
and economic inequality felt like other people’s issues, but by coming to India I was able to
experience firsthand so many things through my own skin, sight and emotions. It was an
extremely valuable and unforgettable experience. I can never, ever, allow myself to forget what
I had experienced in India.


3. My thoughts for the Future

I had not expected a short trip studying abroad would change my views on life and emotions so
dramatically. Since returning to Japan, the way I see the world has changed. I would really like
to participate in other programs while studying at university. I’ve also developed an interest in
volunteering overseas. Just like the people of India offered me kindness and compassion, I
now have a desire offer something in return, instead of just being on the receiving end. This
world is so vast and large. Right this moment, as we are able to live our lives without worrying
about water or food, somewhere in the world people are suffering from starvation or illness.
I strongly feel that this is a reality we must not forget. The 14 days I spent participating in the
India Program has become a treasure which I will value for life.


4. Final Words

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my story until the end. I am really grateful for it.
I wrote this essay while questioning myself; “What can I do?” At the same time, I wanted to ask
you, the reader, “What can you do?”. Please, join me in asking ourselves this question together.

“What can I do?”

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