Experiencing the World of Go
― Consider the world we live in, as well as the world of Go. ―
Broad perspective, logical thinking, East Asia, Japanese culture
With the cooperation of:
Toshifumi MIZUMA (The Nihon Ki-in Tokyo Senior Pope)
Go comes from China, and it has been enjoyed in Japan for over 1,000 years. Now there are about 40 million Go players around the world. It is no longer just played in one or two countries. It has become an international game, especially in East Asia. Through playing Go, Japanese people can forge a connection with other countries’ people in East Asia. Countries in East Asia have a long history of contentious relationships. If they can get along with each other via playing Go, it could lead to peace in East Asia or even the whole world.
Also, as mentioned in the title, the world of Go requires a unique view, a broad perspective, which refers to the ability to judge the situation without being misdirected by small movements around you. This same view is necessary for us to play an active part in the world.
Finally, to promote internationalization, Japanese people tend to learn English and Western cultures, but being aware of our own culture and sharing it with the world is also important. Only those who can do both will become global leaders.
l Learn the basic rules of Go
l Investigate how to diffuse Go in the world
l Consider the comparison of Go and Shogi
l Play Go
l Be able to teach foreigners how to play Go and enjoy it
Forming a Global Problem-Solving Network
―Talking with foreign students about global social problems via the Internet―
values, multicultural society, ICT, discussion, problem solving
In Cooperation with:
Glocal Academy (NPO), e-Education (NPO), students and staff at The University of Dhaka (Bangladesh), and specialists at JICA (Bangladesh Computer Council)
In today’s globalized world we must try to solve problems through exchanging opinions and ideas with those who have different cultures, histories, and values. When confronting a problem that seems impossible to solve, it is necessary to discuss it with people who are different from us, to share the problems with them, and to seek the best solution together.
Ergo, it is important for the future of Japan to put its students and those from differing backgrounds and values together, in order to develop the ability to facilitate discussion and seek solutions together.
On various problems in today’s society, we need to create chances to develop our skills on combating social problems as well as to broaden students’ outlooks through experiences discussing “global social problems” with high school and university students in developing countries.
l In cooperation with Japan’s international NGO, which give assistance to developing countries, we worked with the University of Dhaka through a tele-seminar system and had a chance to discuss “global social problems”.
l We listened to presentations by students at the University of Dhaka on their country’s social problems in real time via the Internet.
l Learn about Bengali social problems
l Listen to the Bengali presentations in English and conduct a Q&A
Japanese Archery with Foreign Exchange Students
―Transmitting Japanese values to promote international understanding―
Japanese archery, international understanding, Japanese values, Zen spirit
"Die Ritterliche Kunst des Bogenschiessen” by Eugan Herriget
In Cooperation With:
Foreign exchange students studying at universities in Japan
Thanks to globalization, people are paying close attention to which values are being transmitted throughout the world, particularly Western values. On the other hand, the effort to transmit Japanese values to promote international understanding is still small. Foreign students coming to Japan generally only learn about Japanese culture through events, like festivals, or food, like kaiseki-ryori (tea ceremony dishes, which is a traditional Japanese meal brought in courses).
There are many other parts to Japanese culture which go unnoticed, like Japanese archery. Japanese archery is not only a sport but also a chance to feel and understand the Zen spirit. Through studying with foreign students, we aim to rediscover Japan’s own values and transmit them (in this case, mainly Japanese archery) to exhibit their meaning to the world at the grassroots level.
Hold a Japanese archery class with foreign students, and learn about Japanese archery and its background.
l Practice creating and encouraging international understanding
l Explain the Zen spirit through Japanese archery to foreign students
l Learn to present and transmit the meanings of our activities logically, objectively, and clearly
― Discovering social biases towards and identifying new minorities. ―
minority, socially vulnerable, critical thinking
In Cooperation with:
Tadayoshi AONO (a former officer at Mitsubishi Bank of Brazil)
Mafumi OYAMA (freelance writer)
There are over seven billion people in the world. We unknowingly separate the minority from the majority. It is almost inevitable for us to think we are normal and others are not.
There are several types of definitions for minorities. For example, there are the LGBT, Japanese diaspora, “halfs” (the term in Japanese for Japanese who have one non-Japanese parent), “quarters” (the term in Japanese for Japanese who have one foreign grandparent), and many other types. But it is not always an easy matter of classification and we need to have a wider view.
As globalization gains speed, we have more and more chances to encounter different minorities. We will talk, work, and live with them. Therefore, we must try to understand their nature and feelings. Global leaders must be compassionate, positive, and able to learn from them.
This course aims to help students gain a broader perspective on minorities, identify new minorities, clarify each minority’s way of thinking and living, and enable students to look at Japan’s current social biases in regards to each minority.
l Conduct behavioral analyses of minorities from multi- and counter-cultural points of view
l Discuss current social biases and critically examine them
Not Depending on, but Taking Advantage of IT
― Reconsidering our relationship with IT. ―
dependence, IT, digital age
Today, it’s hard to imagine life without IT (Information Technology). IT includes cell phones, computers, and many other materials. They enrich our lives, of course, but they can also control them.
According to a recent study, the average student uses a smart phone for over 2 hours a day. This was not the case 10 - 20 years ago. Devices have become more useful, which has led to people using them longer. It could be said that IT controls us now.
Then should we still use IT? The answer is not so simple. In this globalized world, the role of IT is growing larger and larger. Globalization has also occurred largely due to IT.
So what should we do? To become global leaders in this age, we have to be more aware of the good and bad effects of IT. We aim to reconsider our relationship with IT, and discover how we can make the best use of IT.
l Engage in “IT Fasting” for a day, then discuss your experience with other students
l Watch a movie with futuristic technology, then discuss how IT will be a part of our future
l Talk about dependence on IT after looking at various foreigner’s views toward IT.
l Talk about the way children should use IT looking at parents’ opinions.
l Learn about the problems of IT devices, such as smart phones
l Be able to transmit our own opinions via IT
l Be able to operate IT devices by ourselves
― Learn about disabled sports aiming to get a better understanding of them―
disabled sports, parasports, Paralympics, purpose in life, lifelong sports
In Cooperation with:
NOSiDE (a private organization)
An employee at Saitama Social Activities Center
What impressions do you have about parasports? In fact, they originally come from sport rehabilitation and they now have a wide variety of forms, such as competitive sports represented by the Paralympics and lifelong sports intending to help maintain your health or enhance your quality of life.
What are the features of parasports? Most people know that they exist, but they don’t know much about them. Disabled sports are, as with many other things, supported by society. Are there any issues concerning this? If so, we should think about the solutions.
As with all sports, parasports are also a tool for interacting with people around the world. In today’s globalized world, we should be more receptive to other people’s points of view and conditions. Better understanding of parasports can enable students to gain a wider view of the world and to be more compassionate towards other people.
l Learn the features of parasports
l Discuss the social issues of parasports
l Gain a more complete understanding of parasports
l Form your own opinions on social issues regarding parasports
Preventing Children from Getting Involved in Cyber-Crimes
― A suggestion of lessons for teaching children about cyber-crimes. ―
information ethics, cyber-crime, information technology
In Cooperation with:
Kita-Urawa Junior High School
Cybercrime Division, Saitama Prefectural Police
Almost everyone is familiar with the concept of cyber-crimes. You probably learned about them in elementary or junior high school, as perhaps you had classes which dealt with them. In spite of many teachers’ efforts, the number of cyber-crimes and other online incidents has been increasing year by year. Why is this happening?
As information technology has developed over the years, IT itself has advanced. But we have not developed along with it. Using IT is like driving a car. It’s very useful, but it’s also accompanied by accidents or even crime. We must know how to both prevent them and protect ourselves, especially in today’s high-tech society.
Today, the Internet has become an essential part of our daily lives. In order to live in a globalized world, we must understand enough to use technology safely. Global leaders, most of all, should be required to have such a skill set, and will need to be able to impart it to younger generations.
l Investigate and analyze what is needed for childrenPlan a creative internet lesson that includes movies, short plays, quizzes, etc.
l Give a trial lesson on cyber-crime at an elementary or junior high school
l Obtain a solid grounding about cyber-crimes
l Be able to explain and teach about them to others
What is Open-Mindedness?
― Achieving open-mindedness and acceptance through sign language―
normalization, barrier-free society, friendly, gesture, sign language
In Cooperation with:
Saitama Hearing-loss Association
Being normal is not a simple matter. Who is normal? What is normal? No one doubts that “normal” is a major keyword today. It’s well-known that many people choose what they should be based on what it means to be normal in their society.
In our highly globalized era, with a wide variety of people in every field of study, being normal generally means treating others as equals. It means believing that another person can do whatever I can. This notion is the basis of open-mindedness and acceptance, but it’s not that simple.
This course will consider what open-mindedness means from a global perspective, and what we can do to promote it. As the world becomes more globalized, the barriers between countries are disappearing, but what about the cultural, economic, or political barriers between people?
l Learn the basics of sign language with the help of a teacher from the Saitama Hearing-loss Association
l Discuss and write a report on normalization, including what still remains to be done, and the best way to achieve a world-wide, barrier-free society.
l Learn to use some simple sign language
l Understand what needs to be done to create a barrier-free society
l Form our own opinions on normalization and being barrier-free, and begin spreading it to the world 続きを隠す<<