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Supporting the Future of Japanese Language Education in the US
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Location:  George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center (Amphitheater),
800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
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Date:  November 5, 2017
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Time AgendaSpeaker
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1:30pm-3:00pm
Reception
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3:00pm-3:15pm
Registration
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3:15pm-3:20pm
Welcoming RemarksTakehiro Shimada, Minister of Communications and Cultural Affairs, Japanese Embassy
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3:20pm-3:40pm
Why Study Japanese?
● In today's world, why learn Japanese?
● How does learning Japanese benefit you, our community, and our country?
Amb. John R. Malott, President, Japan-America Society, Washington DC
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3:40pm-4:00pm
Employment Opportunities for Japanese Language Speakers
● What are Japanese companies looking for?
●  What makes a candidate stand out?
● Opportunities in the US vs. Opportunities in Japan
Satoru Mokonuma, TOP NY
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4:00pm-4:10pm
Japanese Programs Nationally
● What is the status of Japanese language learning across the United States?
● Who are the students, what are their motivations, and how are they recruited?
● What are the national challenges that we face?
Yoshiko Mori, Vice President of AATJ
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4:10pm-4:20pm
Japanese Programs in the Washington DC Area
● What is the status of Japanese language programs in our local schools?
● Who are the students, what are their motivations, and how are they recruited?
● What are the challenges that we face in the National Capital and Mid-Atlantic region?
Takae Tsujioka, Co-President of MAATJ
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4:20pm-5:00pm
Panel Discussion
Advocating for Japanese Language Education What are the perspectives of various stakeholders, and how do they advocate for Japanese language learning? What kind of challenges and obstacles have they overcome? What kind of support do they need for the future? Finally, how can we all become effective advocates of Japanese language education?
● Grassroots (Parents)
● Japanese Private Sector
● Educators
● Students
● Professionals
John Malott, J-LEARN (Moderator)
William Matsuzaki, Head of Middle School of Harford Day School Bel Aire, MD and Immediate Past Co-Director of the Advocacy Committee of AATJ
Shinichi Hori, JCAW Director and General Manager of Mitsui & Co (USA) Inc.
Yuka Ohta, J-LEARN
Emily Howard, GWU Student
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5:00pm-5:30pm
Question and Answer Session
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Purpose On November 5, 2017 at the George Washington University Amphitheater, J-LEARN will co-host a seminar that will discuss the current state of affairs with respect to Japanese language education in the Greater Washington DC region (to include VA Beach) in cooperation with J.LIVE Talk.
Through this seminar, we hope to reflect on why studying Japanese is important, examine who is currently studying Japanese, address opportunities and challenges to Japanese programs, and discuss ways in which advocacy for preserving such language programs can be improved.
By bringing together students, parents, educators and key stakeholders with an interest in Japan and Japanese to discuss the importance of continuing, preserving and promoting Japanese language education in the US, we hope to fine tune advocacy techniques and strategies in order to build a more robust advocacy toolbox.
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