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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.

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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.

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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.

Announcements

  • The Lesson Study practice originated in Japan. Teachers collaborate in planning, observing and analyzing a research lesson with focus on student performance. By building a tested body of knowledge, the school enables students to benefit from the efforts of a group of teachers rather than just a few individuals. For

  • PHILAJAMES General Assembly 2019 will be held on Jan. 26, Saturday, at Kamay Kainan along Kalayaan, Quezon City, from 11 AM. Latecomers (such as those with morning classes or appointments) can catch up, within reason. Elections will be held. Those who have not paid their annual fee of P500 can

  • There will be a meet up for PHILAJAMES members in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Nov. 30, 2018, 10:30 AM, at ECHOstore, Eton Centris, as announced in the PHILAJAMES NCR Facebook page. The main agenda is to organize members to make PHILAJAMES NCR a strong support group for the

Recent Events

  • Predeparture orientations are held annually in April and in October so it takes some effort to make them a little different each time. Fortunately our March 9 orientation succeeded in this regard. Mr. Toshiyuki Taguchi, special adviser on scholarships and youth programs, focused on why Japanese scholarships continue to be

  • PHILAJAMES held its 2019 General Assembly last January 26 at Kamay Kainan in Quezon City. JICC guests and members socialized and enjoyed the Filipino lunch buffet before the GA formally started with reports from outgoing Execom officers and other directors. NL Chapter Head Dr. Jojo Ramos came all the way

  • A record 67 MEXT scholars were given a pre-departure orientation at the JICC Hall in September. Minister and Consul General Atsushi Kuwabara congratulated the scholars, advised them to make the most out of the opportunities given to them, and expressed the hope that their work will contribute to the furthering

New Features

  • 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,

  • The UPRHS Class of 1994 to which I belong will host the December 2019 homecoming as Silver Jubillarians. It is a significant homecoming for any Ruralite as it coincides with our school’s 90th year anniversary. As if by premonition it was floated in one of our 2017 batch meetings that Prof. Liza may

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