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    1. My One and Only
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    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
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    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
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    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
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    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
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    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!
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    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
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    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
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    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
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    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
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    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
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    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
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    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
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    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
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    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
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    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
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Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

Name: Shuhei Nishiyama
Nationality: Japanese
Status at Waseda University: 4th year at the School of Law

I interned at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in the Press Office of the Public Affairs Section for 6 months from last October to this March. Some people might think that it is weird that I interned there because I am a law faculty student, so I would like to explain why I interned there a little bit.

I studied abroad at the University of Washington in America till last summer. There, I engaged in volunteer activities  for the 3rd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Through Waseda’s volunteer center, I made a video introducing this event to the victims in Tohoku. Through this volunteer work, I learned how difficult it is to edit and make a video that conveys a clear message to the viewers, and I became interested in this field. When I came back to Japan, one of my study abroad program* ’s officers sent this internship opportunity to me and recommended that I apply for it. In the end,  I was successfully accepted!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN3mvENxq6w&feature=youtu.be

My tasks as an intern were mainly  divided into three parts. First was writing articles for “American View,” which is an official magazine of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and translating government related English articles into Japanese  and vice versa. Second was broadcasting those articles to the readers thorough SNS such as Twitter and Facebook. Third was supporting video message recordings or photo shoots of the Ambassador and editing them with computer software. In addition to these tasks, I helped out at Embassy hosted events for the Japanese press or guests.

About the “American View,” it was first time for me to write an article for a general audience. I was really struggling with it. After rewriting and revising again and again with an official editor, I finally finished writing one article about U.S.-Japan baseball. I was really honored to have it published. I learned  the importance of trying to improve an article with whatever methods I have available. At the same time, I realized the importance of narrowing an article’s scope and making it attractive to readers.
http://amview.japan.usembassy.gov/cultural-exchange-through-baseball/ (Japanese only)
 

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Interviewing Jose Altuve with other reporters at the U.S.-Japan Baseball reception
(Nishiyama is first from the right)

The next step is advertising these articles to people. It is a really important part of making an article. Writers cannot be satisfied with just finishing the writing of an article. During my internship period, I luckily attended some lectures about “social advertisement” and practiced these methods by advertising “American View” articles. When and how we posted the messages on SNS really influenced the response of readers. We analyzed them and tried to catch more attention from readers in future articles. I felt that this field was really interesting and had a lot of potential. Also, through this task I was able to work with other employees and interns. Working with others has  a number of merits. On the other hand however, it is easy to get into trouble by wasting time or getting out of hand with too many ideas and so on. In the future I would like to work on how to control these situations and make a group really effective.
   
About my last task, which was the shooting and editing of videos,  I almost had no prior techniques or knowledge; therefore, I had to learn everything that I did at the embassy. Video recording required much more hard work and preparation than I had expected. At the same time, I learned how to use PC software like Photoshop. These techniques are useful in every field, so I really appreciate that I was able to learn this through the internship. Also, I attended lectures about inserting subtitles into English videos. Making subtitles is different from translation. It was hard to use both of these techniques correctly, but after the lecture, I felt my skills really developed compared to my first efforts. 

Lastly, I would like to talk about my internship’s highlight which came in March, my last month of the internship. At the beginning of the month, First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Japan was announced. After that, a storm  of activity came into the embassy. We prepared articles about her, broadcast these articles through SNS, and set up a recording studio for her.  Normally when an American VIP visits Japan, the White House and the MOFA supervise the visit . The embassy has to work between them as a bridge. Officers and staff need to attend lots of meetings and go to the actual sights in order to simulate the visit. Even though I could not accompany them, I was able to experience the reality of international politics. It was a great opportunity. During her visit, I attended some events and felt the high level of security. Even if she stays at a sight for only one hour, lots of people are involved behind the scenes and prepare for it for far longer hours. I could experience the background this time, so in the future, if I am on the front side, I will never forget this experience and remember to appreciate lots of people’s hard work. Also, I realized that my study abroad program was made possible with lots of people’s support. After her visit, everybody was exhausted, but we cheered for our achievements. I felt a sense of unity with them. Shaking hands with Michelle Obama and talking with her was my best moment of my internship.

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The reception held for First Lady Michelle Obama at the embassy
 

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A photo taken at the send-off for Michelle Obama held at Haneda airport

Also, around the same time, Derek Jeter the former SS of the New York Yankees who retired last year, came to Japan to participate in a charity baseball clinic event for the Great East Japan Earthquake with Hideki Matsui. Because I had previously written an article about U.S.-Japan baseball, I really wanted to write this article as my last achievement of this internship. I wrote the proposal in English by myself and brought it to my supervisor’s office and negotiated with him about writing the article about the event. I talked to him about the importance of the event and why I wanted to write the article. Persuading an American officer was a really hard task for me, but I managed to do it. Also, from this I got to experience the American way of working. On the day of the event, I went to the sight with another intern, conducted an interview, and took photos with other professional journalists. I was totally overwhelmed by all of this, but I survived somehow. The next week, I finished writing the article. I achieved this all by myself. This whole process  helped me to grow.
http://amview.japan.usembassy.gov/jeter-matsui/ (Japanese only)
 

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At the baseball charity event with Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui

Looking back, all the projects I’ve participated in from before my study abroad up until now seem to be linked by a single thread. I’m thankful to all the people who made this experience possible and grateful to my coworkers at the embassy for their kindness and support.
 

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A Photo taken with my former colleagues at the press office of the embassy


* The Global Leadership Fellows Program (GLFP): Started in 2012, GLFP is a special four year program designed to foster a respect for multiculturalism and diverse thinking in the next generation of global leaders in collaboration with various famous American universities. The program selects a group of roughly 15 first-year students and allows them to study abroad for a year in America.  Upon their return, their curriculum focuses on themes related to solving global issues and encourages students to participate in various international seminars and work closely with American students studying abroad in Japan. 


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