Editorial: Building Momentum

We are delighted to note that, after four months of publication, our new website has received more than 4,000 visitors. While this is partly due to our website's link to the JICC section of the Japanese Embassy’s website (www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp>culture), we, PHILAJAMES members, have no doubt also spread word about it. Please continue to do so. Our website is now also linked to the PHILFEJA section of the PJS website (www.philippinesjapansociety.com>philfeja). This will ensure our colleagues in other organizations can be updated on our events and affairs.


43567999_2149980761922540_3576460627914260480_n (1)

Grand Reunion

PHILAJAMES will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2022. It's still a few years from now but we want to gather as many of us together for a grand reunion so it's best to start preparations early.

First thing we need is a new directory. Our last one was in 2000 so all members must provide updated personal information. Active members for 2018-2019 and those who took part in the recent JICC Survey this Oct. have provided some updated personal information. We will be preparing a more comprehensive form for our directory and association needs however so keep visiting our website or closed group PHILAJAMES Facebook page for the announcement on this.


Call for Contributions

Do you have old PHILAJAMES newsletters, photos, and souvenirs? Do you have information or knowledge regarding studies, policies, advocacies, conferences or courses worth sharing with our members? Do you have any good news concerning any of our members? Do you hold events or join activities with other alumni of the Japanese university you attended? Do you have a project in mind that our members might be interested to help out with?

If you do by all means contact us. We need contributions in the form of materials, information and ideas.


  • You are invited to the…PHILAJAMES GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS18 January 2020 (Saturday)Time: 1100-1400 HRS, Registration starts 1030 HRSVenue: Max’s Fried Chicken Scout Tuazon21 Scout Tuazon St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro ManilaNote: Annual Membership Dues, 500 PHP

  • Tsaa & Tsika Series [C]TEA|SCENES: A Forum on Issues Confronting the Present and the Future of the City and Its People 16 August 2019 4 PM Faculty Lounge, G/F, Building 3, College of Architecture, UP Diliman FREE ADMISSION. Register thru: https://forms.gle/CP1LRJdiFg3a4ntu7 PANEL MEMBERS: Kristoffer B. Berse, PhD. Director for research and creative

  • Come join us and listen to our very own PHILAJAMES member Mr. Henry Co Former Governor, Board of Investments as he delivers the Keynote Message See You! at our INDUCTION AND TURNOVER CEREMONIES on May 18, 2019 / Saturday 3:00-6:00 PM ELKS CLUB Corninthian Plaza Bldg., Paseo de Roxas, Makati

Recent Events

  • The Philippine Association of Japanese Government Scholars (PHILAJAMES), under the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA), significantly contributed to the critical success of the ASJA-ASCOJA-PHILFEJA’s ASEAN-Japan Relations Caught on FIRe (Fourth Industrial Revolution) Symposium. This international event co-hosted by the ASJA International (Asia Japan Alumni) of Japan and the ASEAN

  • This fiscal year’s induction and turnover ceremonies held on May 18, 2019, at the Elks Club in Makati, formally started the term of Ms. Lavi Penaverde, our first president from the MEXT Young Leaders Program. Mr. Henry T. Co, a former governor of the Board of Investments and former chairman

  • The PHILAJAMES Southern Luzon Chapter held its Induction and Awarding Ceremony last April 29, 2019 at the UPCO Social Hall, University of the Philippines Los Baños. UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., a former president of PHILAJAMES-SLC, gave the welcome address to more than 50 members in attendance. Mr.

New Features

  • Ever wondered who developed and maintains our website? Why look far when our members have homegrown talent, right? This is true for our website as it’s Jam Sapuay, the daughter of PHILAJAMES members Engr. Samuel Sapuay (MS Civil Engineering, Kumamoto University) and Grace Sapuay (MS Fisheries, Kagoshima University), whom we

  • Hon. Yoshiaki Miwa, the Consul of the Japanese Consular Office in Davao City, joined officers and members of PHILAJAMES-Mindanao in spreading holiday cheer at the Southern Mindanao Medical Center’s House of Hope last December 14, 2018. Association members shared their Japanese experiences, and taught the children a Japanese song and

  • When I proudly posted about Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. being one of our distinguished PHILAJAMES members on our FB page on June 22, 2018, I didn’t know he had been afflicted with throat cancer and was undergoing treatments for it. He was quite visible,

Site Visitors

(since October 31, 2018)