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On October 5th, Shinichi Kitaoka presented a special lecture on “Japan’s modernization and Fukuzawa Yukichi” at the MLIC Hall. Kitaoka is the current president of JICA, and a former professor and president of IUJ. The lecture was part of the new Japan Development Program operated jointly by IUJ and JICA, but was open to any interested students.
The lecture gave an overview of Japan’s modernization after the Meiji Restoration, from the perspective of political and diplomatic history. Kitaoka described the transition from the feudal systems of the Edo period (1603-1868) to the modern political institutions and industrial state of the Meiji era. He highlighted the influence of renowned Japanese scholar and statesman Fukuzawa Yukichi during this era of modernization. Kitaoka offered insight into both the positive and negative aspects of industrialization that served as the foundation of the future Japanese empire. The lecture led to a lively question and answer session.
To learn more about IUJ – JICA Alliance for Development Studies and our Japanese Development Program, please see the following link.
Niigata Nippo (October 10)/
International Onigiri Challange and student’s comments were carried in the Niigata Nippo newspaper.
Here is the link to the aricle (in Japanese):
UX TV (October 12)/
PhD graduate and researcher Nick Chapman and PhD candidate Mike Bosack appeared on TV on October 12. They introduced IUJ to viewers, and visit some of their favorite places near IUJ – including Yairo no Mori Park, Kodamaya Restaurant and the Ikeda Museum.
You can find some photos at