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Osaka University Alumni Reunion held in Tokyo


"Osaka University Alumni Reunions in Tokyo" have been held annually since 2009 in order to bring alumni living in the Kanto region up-to-date on the current situation at the university. Once again, the reunion was held at Gakushi Kaikan in Tokyo with some 240 persons with alumni, current faculty, staff and students attending.
The Thursday, December 5th reunion opened with a talk by President Toshio HIRANO, who spoke on the current situation under the title of "OU Today." His talk was followed by a greeting from KUMAGAI Nobuaki, President of the Federation of Alumni Associations and Former Osaka University President.
Following the greeting, EBARA Miki, Vice Dept. Head, NHK World News (who graduated from the School of Letters in 1987), delivered a speech titled "The Wave of Globalization -- The Path Osaka should Take." With references to her experience in covering the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and overseas postings and citing the communication ability of Osaka people, she talked about her expectations for Osaka and Osaka University in a globalized Japan. She closed her talk with a hearty cheer for OU.
The second portion of the program, a time for socializing and mixing, began with a toast by SUGIMASA Shizuo, Tokyo Branch Manager, Alumni Association of the School of Law. Hosted by YAMANOUCHI Shigemi, a singer and Russian culture researcher (who graduated Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 1971), representatives of branch offices of alumni associations in Tokyo and Kansai area spoke on their recent activities. Undergraduate and graduate students at different schools exchanged business cards and caught up on one another's lives.
In closing, the university expresses its sincere appreciation to all persons for their participation in this year's reunion and that it looks forward to seeing many of you again next year!

President KUMAGAI



President Hirano (4th from the left) and participants


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