On 10th February 2020, AYF Academy conducted a workshop as part of its university outreach program. The workshop was conducted for International Pacific University (IPU) at their campus in Okayama, and 22 students were in attendance. The team proposed several themes to the university, and finally settled on Global Leadership. To delve deeper into the[…]
From March to June 2019, one AYF alumni had the opportunity to complete a three-month internship with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Pema Yangchen, an AYF fellow from 2018, gained valuable experience, skills and a deeper knowledge of sustainable development during her internship; skills which she is already using back at AYF.[…]
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…
① As a vice president of African Diplomatic Corps, how do you think African governments can extend the reach of their diplomacy in Japan to regional areas such as Awajishima?
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[…]
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 the Managing Director of the Africa Society of Japan, could you comment on the current situation in Africa and its future potential as one of the world’s most major population centers?
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?