ABEST21 Global Knowledge Network
-Online Japan Studies Seminar-

“Future in Asia and what coexistence in the age of economic, social and cultural globalization should be like.”


The Seminar is targeted at students who will play an active role in the globalized society. As a part of the international cooperation towards sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region, this Seminar aims to further deepen the “understanding of Japan” for the university students based in the ASEAN who are interested in the Japanese economy and culture. Lectures will be given by the mentors who act as the driving forces behind the Japan’s development in the 21st century, referring to their experience and future prospects.


ABEST21 International

3.Supporter’s organization

  • Embassy of Japan in Indonesia
  • Embassy of Japan in Malaysia
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency


Persons who have been actively involved in the front lines of the various fields with international experience in the globalized Japanese society.

  • ITO Haruyoshi, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University
  • ITO Miwa
    Senior Deputy Director, Health team 1, Human Development Department,Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • IWABUCHI Kensuke, Ph.D.
    Chairman, Japan Rugby Football Union
  • KINUTANI Kenji
    Head of Start-up Business Promotion Office, SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION
  • MINEMURA Kenji
    Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, The Asahi Shinbun
  • NAKAYAMA Toshihiro, Ph.D.
    Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
  • NISHI Kyoko
    Director, Administration Division, Livestock Industry Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
  • OKAYASU Shigemi:
    Director & CEO, STC SHIPPING PTE. LTD, Singapore

5.Target audience

The Seminar is open to the students of the following six universities.

  • School of International Politics, Economics and Communications, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia
  • School of Business, IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia
  • Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Faculty of Business and Economics, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor Darul Ehsan
  • Faculty of Engineering, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

6.Participation Fee

Participation in the Seminar is free of charge.

7.Lecture Content

Mentors will deliver their lectures based on their experiences in the Japanese society. Learning about their careers will be an opportunity for the students to deepen the understanding of Japan.

8.Seminar Structure and Process

The Seminar consists of sessions by the mentors, one session by one mentor, delivered online. One session is allotted 60 minutes, of which 30 minutes is for “Mentor’s Lecture” and 30 minutes is for “Students Discussion”. “Students Discussion” will be held in teams. Based on the topic proposed by the mentor in advance, each team will discuss and summarize their opinions, and present the opinions during the discussion session. In the final session of the Seminar, each team will give topic presentations. The best presentation will be awarded.

9.Seminar Schedule

Considering the possibility of participation by the senior students, the Seminar is scheduled during the period from November 2021 to January 2022. There will be no Seminars on Friday. Exact schedule will be set taking into account the time difference between the participating countries.

Session Date   Time
(Tokyo time)
  October 20 (Wed.) 15:00-16:00 Seminar Orientation
  November 10 (Wed.) 12:00-13:00 Opening Ceremony-JICA Presentation
1   17 (Wed.) 12:00-13:00 Associate Professor ITO Haruyoshi, Ph.D.
2   20 (Sat.) 12:00-13:00 Professor NAKAYAMA Toshihiro, Ph.D.
3   24 (Wed.) 12:00-13:00 Senior Deputy Director ITO Miwa
4 December 1 (Wed.) 12:00-13:00 Director & CEO OKAYASU Shigemi
5   8 (Wed.) 12:00-13:00 Director NISHI Kyoko
6   8 (Wed.) 15:00-16:00 Chairman IWABUCHI Kensuke, Ph.D.
7   15 (Wed.) 12:00-13:00 Head KINUTANI Kenji
  22 (Wed.) 12:00-13:00 Japan Embassy in Indonesia
    15:00-16:00 Japan Embassy in Malaysia
8 January 12 (Wed.) 12:00-13:30 Student Team Presentation

10.Contact and Information about the Seminar

Information about this Seminar will be posted on the bulletin board for “Japan Studies Seminar” on ABEST21 website. Information will not be sent individually to each student.

– JSS Mentors only –

For Mentors Only

– JSS Students only –

For Students Only