November, 2010

Nov 18, 2010

On Friday, October 22nd, APU welcomed JICA Expert Mr. Tsuboi Tatsushi to deliver a Social Outreach Seminar entitled “A Message from Mr. NERICA: The Frontlines of African Aid.”

Nov 15, 2010

Many small- and mid-sized companies in Kyushu have useful technology and knowledge for environmental business like pollution control, energy-efficient products, and recycling. However, they lack the human resources needed to expand this technology and knowledge overseas – specifically, people who understand the culture, business customs, and laws about intellectual property rights in countries they want to expand into. This is happening despite the fact that there are many international students studying at universities in Kyushu who want to work in Japan and around the world after graduating. For these students, it is often difficult to get information about these small- and mid-sized companies.

The Kyushu Environmental Cluster University International Network Exchange Event is a forum to deepen the networks between students and small- and mid-size environmental companies that are expanding overseas. It will feature seminars by managers and foreign employees of companies around Kyushu, and will provide students with knowledge about what the companies are like and help them gain a better understanding of intellectual property rights – a key part of environmental business. There will also be an exchange event afterwards for students to interact with the company representatives.

We look forward to the participation of many international students who are interested in working for Japanese companies, and also welcome anybody from companies that are considering expanding their business overseas.

This This event will be held mostly in Japanese, but simultaneous English interpretation will be provided through receivers.

Nov 12, 2010

From October 4 - October 15, a total of 10 public officials from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru participated in a two-week training course held at APU. The training course was titled "One Village One Product Movement for the Andes Region" and was commissioned to APU by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Last year similar training was held for provincial governors and officials from central and provincial governments of the same countries, but this is the first year of a substantive 3-year plan for training.

Nov 2, 2010

The following is an announcement from the Oita Commerce and Labor Department office regarding the upcoming "Eastern Kyushu Medical Valley Promotion Conference.

This conference is being held to effectively use the blood and vascular medical device industries that have accumulated in Oita and Miyazaki Prefecture. The goal is to promote more industry agglomeration and local revitalization through cooperation in this industry. This event will be held in conjunction with the 31st Japanese Society for Apheresis Conference – Beppu Satellite Symposium, which is sponsored by the Japanese Society for Apheresis.

From APU, Associate Professor Meirmanov Serik (APS) will be a panel member. Medical doctors from Korea, Taiwan and Thailand will also participate in the symposium and talk about the activities on the spot etc.

Anybody interested in entering the medical industry or any industry related to medical devices is highly encouraged to participate in this event.

Nov 1, 2010

As part of “Eco-Techno 2010”, the “Low-Carbon Society Forum at Eco-Techno 2010: The Possibilities of Solar Energy for the Creation of a Low-Carbon Society” was held at the West Japan General Exhibition Center on October 14, 2010. The sponsors of this event were the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kitakyushu City, the Kyushu Association of Solar Energy Production, and the Kitakyushu Thin-film Solar Cell Research Institute. This event focused on the current state of the solar cell industry – a field that is gaining attention as a solution towards creating a low-carbon society. It also discussed issues such as increasing consumer awareness of energy-saving through installing new equipment, and steps Kyushu should take to achieve a low-carbon society.

Professor Yukihiko Nakata, Director of the Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC), participated in this event by giving a lecture.

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