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20th JAOS/FGER Meeting Held

Feburuary 22, 2017

at AIG Training Center ( Kinshi-cho, Tokyo)

We held the 20th JAOS/FGER (Foreign Government Educational Representative) meeting. The FGER gave a report on the latest trends and the annual activity of studying abroad, Mr. Yokoyama of the Philippine Department of Tourism compared the trends of studying abroad in Japan with Asia, Executive Secretary of JAOS, Hoshino announced the trends in Japanese study abroad based on JAOS statistics, and there was an enthusiastic sharing of information by the attending organizations. There were 28 organizations from JAOS and 10 from FGER (U.S. Commercial Service, Japan-U.S. Educational Commission, Embassy of Canada, British Columbia Trade and Investment Representative Office in Japan, Australian Embassy Marketing Office, Trade and Investment Victoria, Trade & Investment Queensland’s Office in Japan, British Council, Campus France, Philippine Department of Tourism).

JAOS talked about Trend on Japanese students at ICEF Japan-Korea Agent Roadshow Seminar Program

Feburuary 20, 2017

at Keio Plaza Hotel 43th Fl. (Moonlight)

The seminar targeted overseas educational institutions wishing to invite Japanese students, and gave an update on the current situation and trends of the study abroad market in Japan. Overseas educators and study abroad agents (97 study abroad agents for the ICEF) attended.
JAOS Director, Yokoyama, was asked to present a seminar titled, “Update and Trends- The Study Abroad Market in Japan.” The seminar reported the trends of Japanese study abroad students, the number of JAOS applicants, and other statistics.
Host: ICEF

JAOS/Education New Zealand Co-Hosted Agent Workshop and Social Gathering

June 30, 2017

New Zealand Embassy

This was a workshop of roughly 4 hours, which began with an introduction of the SIEBA (Schools International Education Business Association of New Zealand), NZ’s National Association for schools (primary and secondary), and involved announcements by SIEBA’s Executive Director John van der Zwan regarding explanations of the role, positioning, and agents’ benefits of SIEBA; monitoring of agents, who must protect students abroad based on the Code of Practice; new efforts, such as the standardization of formatting for procedural documents that must be submitted; and reminders on ongoing activities.

This was a highly satisfying workshop, as it allowed participants to ask questions and share their opinions, in addition to the information provided by the Executive Director.

” 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.

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