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” Trend on Japanese Students” , seminar by JAOS for Overseas Educational Institutions

December 7, 2016

at Hotel Okura

Executive Secretary of JAOS, Mr. Tatsuhiko Hoshino, served as a keynote
speaker at  Alphe Workshop held at Okura Hotel on December 7, 2016.
The workshop, organized annually by Study Travel Ltd. provides platform
to match overseas educational institutions with study abroad agencies based in Japan.
Mr. Hoshino presented to over 40 overseas educational institutions on
topic titled  ” Trend on Japanese Students” based on statistics compiled
by 36 JAOS member companies regarding trends of Japanese student
global mobility.

Workshop sponsored by JAOS organization vitalization committee

December 6, 2016


We invited Noriko Matsuo, a former announcer of Fuji Television Network, as a lecturer in order to further boost the communication skills necessary for reception as a counselor for studying abroad. Combined with her experiences of actually being interviewed by various kinds of people as an announcer, she gave us a pleasant talk about knacks of being a speaker such as articulation and ways to speak and also knacks of being a listener to whom customers would be willing to talk and open their minds.

Seminar on Information Security Measures for Study Abroad Programs

December 2, 2016

at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., Tokyo Shin-toshin office building(Shinjuku)

As IT security measures are one of the most important management tasks for study abroad agents, in this seminar we heard about “Cyber Risk and Personal Information Protection: Examples of Accidents and Response Required for Study Abroad Agents” from Tokio Marine & Nichido Risk Consulting Co., Ltd. Mr. Matsushita. The participants listened intently.
Organized by: JAOS Study Abroad Study Council Cooperation: Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., Tokio Marine & Nichido Risk Consulting Co., Ltd.

Seminar on study abroad in Malaysia

November 17, 2016

at Zenken Plaza conference room

First, we welcomed Mr. Mohd Yazid Abd Hamid, Chief Executive Officer of Education Malaysia Global Services, and he talked about Malaysia’s acceptance policy for foreign students and the role of Education Malaysia Global Services. Then, English Malaysia Representative Ms. Wai Cheng spoke about international students who go to Malaysia to study English. Next, Marketing Manager Mr. Tokunaga from the Malaysian Tourism Bureau introduced examples of Japanese people studying in Malaysia. The seminar, organized by three organizations, included much content and much positivity could be felt for the future of study abroad in Malaysia.
Organized by JAOS, Education Malaysia Global Services

JAOS 25th Anniversary Ceremony

November 16, 2016

Keio Plaza Hotel Main Building 5th Fl. (Concord Ballroom)

This year, JAOS held a commemorative ceremony to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
This grand event was attended by former Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister, Hakubun Shimomura; Member of the House of Councilors, Kusuo Oshima; Premier of the Queensland Government, Annastacia Palaszczuk; New Zealand Ambassador, Stephen Payton, The Japan-US Education Committee/Executive Director of Fulbright Japan, Matt Sussman and others, including about 200 guests from various ministries and agencies, embassies, universities, educational and cooperative organizations, and JAOS members.


JAOS 25th Anniversary Press Conference

November 16, 2016

Keio Plaza Hotel 4th Fl. (Keyaki Banquet Room)

A press conference was held prior to the JAOS 25th Anniversary Ceremony.
With Chairman Yamada and President Sone in attendance, Secretary-General Hoshino presented the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) findings from a January 2016 survey of 36 JAOS member companies entitled “Survey on the Status of Japanese Studying Abroad by 36 Study Abroad Agencies”.
JASSO findings indicate that: “more than twice as many Japanese are actually studying overseas, and that a large number of students had been overlooked”, in stark contrast to figures released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.  The press conference was attended by 14 reporters, from various media companies, who showed strong interest in the discrepancy in calculations and findings.


JAOS Fall General Meeting 2016

November 16, 2016

at Zenken Plaza conference room

A total of 64 people from 51 member companies/organizations (including proxy statements from 11 companies) attended the JAOS Fall Meeting of 2016. An activity report from each steering committee and an explanation about the JAOS study abroad assessment test were given by Executive Secretary Hoshino. Following the resolution of the Articles of Incorporation and the resolution of personnel changes of the executive directors, Mr. Sone was appointed as new President of JAOS. President Sone made a report on preparation status of the 25th anniversary of JAOS activities to be held after the general meeting.

Awarded the British Business Award (BBA)

November 11, 2016

at Hilton Tokyo

JAOS won the award in the UK-Japan Partnership category of the British Business Award (BBA) ceremony of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ)!
This was the first time that the initiative of “British short-term study abroad campaign for middle and high school students” campaigned by the British Council and JAOS campaign was evaluated and selected by BCCJ’s BBA selection committee. The trophy was given by the British Ambassador to Japan Mr. Yamada to Mr. Matt Burney, the representative of the British Council in Japan.
Organized by The British Camber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ)
Photo of the British Business Award Award ceremony

JAOS Business Seminar in Osaka “The study abroad industry in five years’ time and current trends of Japanese studying abroad”

October 3, 2016

at Ryugaku Journal cnference room (Osaka)

In the first part of the two-part seminar, JAOS Executive Secretary Hoshino commented on “trends in studying abroad in Japan”. The second part was a Panel Discussion with the theme of “Analyzing the Study Abroad Market in Five Years”, where panelists Vice Chairman Kato (Study Abroad Journal Vice President) and Mr. Horie (Global Study) spoke about the future of the study abroad business. Participants also asked questions and actively exchanged views on the future of the study abroad business.

JAOS study abroad business seminar “Learning from examples of crisis management in the study abroad business”

September 14, 2016

at Zenken Plaza conference room

With the growing need for global human resources and much attention being paid to studying abroad, the environment surrounding studying abroad such as terrorism, disturbances occurring in various parts of the world, bankruptcy of educational institutions, increase of natural disasters, etc. is getting more harsh. From the viewpoint of crisis management, panelists spoke about preparation for these risks. Panelists: Yoshiko Fujinaga (President of the Japan Association for Certified Study Abroad Counselors (JACSAC), Executive Officer of the York International Study Abroad Center / Study Abroad Counselor), Yukari Nakatsuji (How to Walk the World, Co., Ltd. T & E Study Abroad / Travel Division Study Abroad CS Department Manager and Client Consultation Office General Manager of Service Management, External Affairs Officer), Mr. Atsuhiko Mushi (Director of East Travel Insurance Service Center, AIU General Insurance Co., Ltd.).

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