Dec 19, 2016
APU organized a field study from November 27-29 for students in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Master’s Program) enrolled through the JICA project. These participants are international students from a variety of programs, studying with the goal of becoming policymakers in their home countries or regions. These programs include the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)1, with participants from China, Tajikistan, and Laos; Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE)2; and Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS)3.
The primary purpose of this field study was to acquaint JDS students with the type of discussions usually conducted in international organizations, in order to nurture their understanding of the issues such organizations face. Students visited International Monetary Fund (IMF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), IBM, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and other related institutions. Furthermore, students were able to experience Japanese culture and history through the visits to the Edo Tokyo Museum and The Currency Museum of the Bank of Japan’s Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies.
Monday, November 28 was dedicated to studying the activities of the public sector. The visit to IMF included a presentation by Dr. Giovanni Ganelli, Deputy Head of Office for IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, who provided a succinct summary of the current status of the global economy. At ADB, Dr. Peter Morgan, Senior Consultant for Research at the Asian Development Bank Institute, gave an immensely informative and intriguing presentation which focused on detailed accounts of monetary policies currently being implemented by advanced economics and the vulnerability of the financial sectors of these economies. Mr. Takshi Matsuo, Representative, Japan Resident Office, ADB, introduced the activities of and the strategic options pursued by ADB.
November 29 was designed for students to experience the activities of the private sector. Students visited the headquarters of IBM Japan, a major consulting firm which focuses on IT system support and business integration, and the Tokyo Stock Exchange, in which most major Japanese corporations are listed and their stocks re actively traded every day to the amount of 1 trillion yen per day. Through these visits, students gained first-hand knowledge on the dynamic activities of business communities in Japan.
Overall, while the schedule was rather tight, students were able to familiarize themselves with the ongoing discussions in the global economic, financial, and commercial sectors in both the public and private arenas. The whole study tour was conducted under the guidance of Professor TSUKADA Shunso, APS.
1. Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS):
APU has accepted 275 students since the establishment of the APU graduate schools in 2003. Among APU-JDS alumni, one graduate has become the Deputy Director General of the ASEAN Affairs Department in Myanmar and is active in development of the region.
2. Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE):
In 2011 Japan set up a five-year program to support human resource development and restoration in Afghanistan, in which 100 young Afghans study at Japanese graduate schools every year through ODA (Official Development Assistance).
3. Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS)
Japanese Prime Minister Abe launched the Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) with regard to sustainable development in recognition of the importance of fostering upcoming generations who will play a key role in creating the future of these countries.