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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-
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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
    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,
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    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!
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    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
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    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
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    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
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    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
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    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
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    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
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
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    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:Dec, 2016

Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene

Name: Bilguun Chuluunbaatar
Nationality:  Mongolia
Status at Waseda University: 1st year, Graduate School of Business and Finance

On December 2nd, 2016 I had the opportunity to participate in a special event held for foreign students by the First Lady of Japan, Mrs. Akie Abe at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. The students invited to participate in this event were MEXT government scholarship students studying at various Japanese Universities who possess a firm command of Japanese. When I heard that only two students would be selected from Waseda I realized that the selection process would be quite competitive, but I decided to give it a shot and fortunately I was accepted as a participant.

The 22 foreign students who participated in this event hailed from 17 different countries and are currently enrolled at universities all across Japan, such as Hokkaido University, Hiroshima University and Kyushu University. Aside from one undergraduate student, the majority of the participants were Master’s and Doctoral students pursuing a wide variety of research here in Japan.


The event hall before the opening speech

The event began with some warm words of welcome from Mrs. Abe. Mrs. Abe spoke in a very understated and friendly manner which I found to be quite engaging. In her speech, the First Lady mentioned that as the wife of the Prime Minister she often traveled to foreign countries and was told by many people from around the world about how much they loved Japan. Such comments made her curious to meet with those students who had chosen Japan out of all the countries in the world to study in.



After that, each student gave a short self-introduction and described their various research topics. I was really impressed with the wide variety of fields and research topics that my fellow students were studying. In my self-introduction, I focused on how the Great Kanto Earthquake of 2011 had drastically changed my way of thinking up until that point.

Originally I was I majoring in Japanese language education at the Mongolian National University of Education. During my 3rd undergraduate year, one year after the disastrous events of 3/11, I visited Japan through a program that brought foreign students to the affected areas in an effort to strengthen international support for disaster relief.

As someone who comes from a seismically stable inland country, that was the first time I realized how severe and unpredictable natural disasters could be. I told the First Lady that I was very moved to see how courageously the disaster victims were working to rebuild their communities and that was the experience that made me decide to study full time in Japan in the future.


kokuhi5.jpgAfter our self-introductions, we tried our hand at making sushi under the supervision of a chef from a world famous Ginza sushi restaurant. It was the first time for all of us to make sushi ourselves, so we all tried our hardest to make each piece as well as we could.

Since sushi is normally made by laying a piece of fish on top of rice, I had assumed that the taste of sushi comes down mostly to the type and quality of the fish used, but the chef explained that the rice, especially how it is cooked and seasoned, is an equally if not more important contributor to the final product. Although I have been in Japan for almost 3 years, I don’t often have the opportunity to eat sushi, so I never really paid attention to the different flavors of sushi. But thanks to this sushi-making experience, I feel like in the future I would like to learn more about the flavors of sushi and be able to describe them more fully to my fellow Mongolians.

After eating our self-made sushi, we received a tour of the Prime Minister’s residence. As we walked through the various rooms of the manor, it became obvious how sturdily built it the complex was. Mrs. Abe’s secretary explained about how some of the events surrounding the “Feb. 26th Incident” happened right in the Prime Minister’s residence, and showed us some of the historical remnants from that time. “The Feb. 26th Incident” refers to an attempted coup d’etat held from February 26th to February 29th, 1936 when a group of young army officers influenced by the radical “Kodo” army faction lead a group of 1483 soldiers in revolt against the government.


We were also shown a room that contained a number of rare ornaments and artifacts that had be sent to Mr. and Mrs. Abe as gifts from various parts of the globe: a veritable trove of cultural treasures from all over the world! Among the objects on display, I even saw a bow and arrow that had been given by the President of Mongolia himself. A very curious room indeed!

After the tour, the day’s events were brought to a close. Thanks to the warm words of Mrs. Abe, the support of the MEXT directors, and the opportunity given by Waseda University, I was able to experience a day that I shall not soon forget.

During my time as a student here in Japan, there have been times when nothing seems to be going well, but there are also days where I feel like I’ve learned and accomplished a lot. This day was certainly one of the high points of my student career here in Japan, and one which reminded me of all the people and institutions supporting my studies here. Exchanging comments and opinions in Japanese with students from so many different countries made me very excited to continue in the future to foster friendly international relations even beyond the borders of Japan and to make the most of my time here in Japan learning about and appreciating different cultures. 





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