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GLOCOL Seminar & FIELDO Global Expert Lectures #4: "SCJ Live -- Taking a look at the Children of Vietnam"

2010-12-22 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Fieldwork, Internship and Experiential Learning Design Office (FIELDO) will hold series of lectures regarding international career paths. Specialists involved in international activities and in international and domestic organizations will talk about their experiences and career paths.

This 4th lecture is being jointly held by GLOCOL and Save the Children, Japan on Wednesday, December 22, 2010. The guest speaker, ARAI Ayaka, from Save the Children, Japan, will talk about detailed activities of non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.

Although Vietnam has achieved significant economic growth recently, the gap in the standard of living between urban areas and rural areas due to the rapid economic growth has become a problem.

  • What is the current situation of children in Vietnam?
  • What problems do communities have?
  • What can we do to solve these problems?

SUMIMURA Yoshinori, associate professor of Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), will speak about Vietnam, viewing the situation from a wide point of view, and ARAI Ayaka, from Save the Children, Japan, will talk about support activities there. We plan to have a live report from a Save the Children, Japan staff member in Vietnam.

Please consider learning about NGO activities in Vietnam and discussing the situation of children in Vietnam. The organizers look forward to full attendance.

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Venue: Conference Room 9B, 9th floor, TKP Osaka Umeda Business Center

TKP Gate Tower Building, 5 - 4 - 21, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka City

Sponsored by: Osaka University Global Collaboration Center, Save the Children, Japan


  • SUMIMURA Yoshinori, Associate professor, Global Collaboration Center
  • ARAI Ayaka, Save the Children, Japan

Admission is free.

Quota: 60

How to apply:

Please register by sending your (1) name, (2) address, (3) email address, (4) what you'd like to hear a report on, and (5) how you heard about this seminar to


Part 1 -- Keynote Speech

SUMIMURA Yoshinori, Associate professor, Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

Associate Professor Sumimura, involved in Vietnamese area studies for a long time, will deliver the keynote speech.

Part 2 -- Reports

ARAI Ayaka, Save the Children, Japan

Ms. Arai handling Vietnam projects will report on children's current situation and support activities in Vietnam. As part of her report, we plan to do a live interview with KOSHIKAWA YOSHIKO, a Save the Children staff member, currently working in Vietnum.

Part 3 -- Free session

This is a session in which you can talk with the lectures and view photos showing NGO activities in Vietnam.

Brief bio for Ms. Arai

After joining Save the Children, Japan in August 2009, Ms. Arai has traveled between Vietnam, Myanmar, and Tokyo as an officer overseeing assistance to these two nations.

For the last 10 years, she has been involved in international cooperation activities in Southeast Asia.

Publications: Laos -- between Wealth and Poverty, Commons, 2010

Brief bio for Assoc. Prof. Sumimura

Dr. Sumimura is an Associate Professor of GLOCOL and the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University. His specialties are cultural anthropology and Vietnam area studies and he has studied the cultural dynamics in Vietnam since 1996. He is conducting anthropological research about war memories, uses of plants, and health based on his field studies. Recently he has been active in research, education, and practice related to food safety in Vietnam.

Date: 2010-12-22 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Organizer: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Osaka University, and Save the Children, Japan
Registration: Prior registration is necessary. The first 60 making application will be able to attend.

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