Wayne Osako, who studied at ICU from 1990 to 1991 as an OYR (exchange student) from the University of California, Riverside, played an instrumental role in the issuance of the “Go For Broke” stamp that honors Japanese-American soldiers who served during WWII. We asked Wayne to share his story.
Chair of the JICUF Board of Trustees Phyllis Larson will leave her role and the Board in March. She studied at ICU in the 1960s. We asked her to reflect on her time at JICUF.
JICUF launched an official Instagram page in January. We introduce student photographer Ryota Nakanishi, who will contribute photos of the ICU campus every Thursday.
The Japan ICU Foundation’s work is centered on building connections between people. While we have had to put some of our regular work on hold, online programming has enabled us to maintain and even expand connections during the pandemic. Here are some online programs that we have implemented in the past year.
JICUF has been exploring ways to continue supporting the ICU community in a drastically changed environment. We are excited to announce three new initiatives: the Global Alumni Speakers Series, Japan and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Common Good Grant Project.
The JICUF Board of Trustees recently adopted new mission and vision statements that reaffirm our founders’ vision.
Ms. Fusae Nara graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1983 and the Graduate School of Public Administration in 1985 with a concentration in International Law. We asked her about her story.
In July, JICUF launched a series of online meetings with UNHCR to discuss higher education initiatives for refugees in Asia and the Pacific with institutions across the region. Two sessions have already been held, with about 80 participants representing close to 20 countries across the region. Two more sessions will be held in September.
Last fall, ICU graduate student Philip Reed, majoring in Japanese Culture Studies within the Comparative Culture department, was awarded a grant from the JICUF Student Activities Fund to conduct fieldwork at Mt. Kōya.
A statement of solidarity from the Japan ICU Foundation