On the 17th of December, the Sesa+Me team, together with Tane no Chikara, held a workshop for 5 participants from Drop Inc., an Osaka-based startup consulting firm. The aim of the workshop was to allow participants to experience the practical aspect of SDGs and learn about ways to incorporate sustainable practices into their daily lives,[…]
Awaji Youth Federation follows the mission of Pasona Group Inc. which is “to solve society’s problems”. We also strongly believe that in order to help people around us, we need to share our ideas with them, exchange opinions, receive feedback, and collaborate to achieve our mutual goals. One of the events contributing to establishing connections[…]
UNDOKAI WORLD CUP is a unique event based on school sports festivals called ‘un-dou-kai’. The games at the event are similar to those held at these festivals, but also simple enough that people of all ages can participate and anyone can win prizes. At the end of the third day, a grand prix event is held[…]
When we are young, we often underestimate the influence we have on those around us. You might think that you have not lived enough, that your lack of answers to life’s questions means you don’t possess the power to inspire others. This year’s fellows had a first-hand experience that this is simply not the case.[…]
① What do you consider to be the significance of a program like the AYF for enhancing grassroots diplomacy between Awaji Island and African nations such as Benin?
Mr. Nambu’s vision of bringing young people from all over the World to Awajishima is a wonderful idea…
Category: #Awaji #International Relations #Spotlight Interview date: Sep 2nd , 2018 Writer: David Kpondehou David Kpondehou (Benin), Africa-Japan Business and Networking Specialist David is a young entrepreneur who majored in English Linguistics, Transportation and Logistics an additional two years in business school. He has two years of experience working with the Benin National Shipping[…]
Category: #Awaji #International Relations #Spotlight Interview date: Sep 3rd , 2018 Writer: David Kpondehou Though Japan strengthened its relationship with Africa through the establishment of Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD) in 1993, Japan’s history of trade relations with Africa had already been in development since World War I, with cities such as Cairo[…]
For more than three years, I have studied the Japanese tea ceremony.
AYF -girls Taiko team: Fifita (Tonga), Maryem (Tunisia), Maddison (Australia) and Amanda (America).
Category: #Awaji #International Relations Interview date: Oct 1st , 2018 Writer: Kamil Orbisso Today, the complex and globalized world in which we live is constantly shifting. However, with the creation of many new innovative ideas and trends, we have also witnessed a new rise in extremism, violence, and intolerance with an alarming potential to bring[…]
As its name indicates, Awaji Youth Federation is an organization based in Awaji Island, a region roughly the size of Singapore and located between two major Japanese islands, Honshu and Shikoku. But why Awaji?
One of the many sides of the AYF is entrepreneurship. But what is entrepreneurship? What does it take to start a business?
Freddy, an entrepreneur, designer and entertainer from Singapore who started his own clothing brand at 16…
From solving society’s problems to promoting social innovation, Pasona Group has retained its powerful mission statement since 1976.
As our world’s population continues to rise, agricultural industries are called upon to match increasing demands. According to a 2009 United Nations report, the world will need to double its food production by the year 2050.
[Interview]Takenaka Heizo, Pasona Chairman, on the future of Japan and the importance of regional revitalization
① What do you consider to be the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Japan today?
Prime Minister Abe has already issued several policies to revitalize Japan’s economy….
① Given the current popularity of Japanese culture around the world, how do you think it could be promoted more effectively to convey a truer essence of the Japanese spirit?
①You have an important role as a guardian of Japanese etiquette. How do you see your role in today’s Japanese society?
1.What do you consider to be the most important elements of Japanese culture that AYF fellows should learn to understand and appreciate?
Category: #Interview #Awaji #Agricultural & food Interview date: August 23rd, 2018 Writer: Valentin Defossez From the USA’s sunshine state of California, Amanda was raised in a Japanese-American family. From a very young age, she established a deep connection with the Earth. As Amanda grew up and studied landscape architecture, she became knowledgeable about urban ecology[…]
Category: #Interview #Awaji #regional revitalization #tourism Interview date: Sep 11th, 2018 Writer: KamilQuestion: What is the importance of tourism to Japanese economy now? How do you expect that it will develop in the coming years? Mr. Lloyd: There are three distinct tourism markets in Japan but only one of them is growing substantially. The traditional and largest market is[…]
Category: #Interview #Awaji Interview date: Sep 17th, 2018 Writer: Valentin Defossez What do you want to achieve on Awaji Island? How do you envision Awaji ten years from now? Mr. Nambu: In 10 years, I would like to witness the birth of a new utopia on Awaji Island. In order to create this utopia, it[…]