Age: 25 Nationality: Colombia 2nd Generation Fellow Languages: English, Spanish, French Hobbies: Storytelling, Swimming, Food Santiago is a person with immense curiosity and a robust appetite for learning. He is always looking to try new things, especially if they are food or travel related. He believes that the more things you do outside your[…]
Rosakebia Estela Mendoza Age: 28 Nationality: Peruvian 2nd Generation Fellow Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French (basic) Hobbies: reading, writing, hiking Rosakebia Estela Mendoza graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts, located in Taiwan, with an MA in “Cultural and Creative Industries”, and has interdisciplinary academic training in science, humanities and the arts. She[…]
Nicholas Wayne Lloyd Age: 24 Nationality: England 2nd Generation Fellow Languages: English Hobbies: Writing, Photography, Basketball, Strategy Games Nicholas is a proud “Jack of all trades”; a person that excels in developing a variety of flexible skills to be able to adapt to the situation, instead of being defined by a singular role. He[…]
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?
For more than three years, I have studied the Japanese tea ceremony.
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…
[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….
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?
➀What are your thoughts regarding the importance of Japanese calligraphy today?
Many people believe in kotodama, or the living soul of a word.
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[…]
[INTERVIEW] Mbuli Charles Boliko, Director of the Liaison Office in Japan for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations talks about FAO and agriculture for the future
Category: #interview #Agriculture & Food Interview date: Sep 27th, 2018 Writer: David Question: Could you tell us about FAO’s mission to achieve zero hunger and your activities in Japan? Mr. Charles Boliko: FAO is a specialized agency under the United Nations which focuses on issues related to food and agriculture. Its main objective is to[…]
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[…]
Title:Category: #Interview #Entrepreneurship Interview date: Sep 28th, 2018 Writer: David In your opinion, how can entrepreneurship solve social issues? Can social entrepreneurship be profitable? Mr. Katsuse: In order to be sustainable, all business, including entrepreneurship, requires an emphasis on solving social issues even if it must make profits to be sustainable. With increasing awareness of[…]
Category: #Interview #Regional Revitalization Interview date: Sep 26th, 2018 Writer: Valentin Defossez What were the main problems facing Kyotango when you became mayor? Mr. Nakayama: I became the mayor of Kyotango one month after six smaller towns had merged into one, and at that time it was full of problems, which covered a wide spectrum[…]
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[…]