ASJA Completes Study Trip for SEA Students

The Asia Japan Alumni International (ASJA) recently concluded a short study trip for Southeast Asian students of the Japanese language last November 2 to 5, 2017 in Gunma, Japan. The trip was conducted in order to help students get to know and have a personal experience of Japanese culture.

This time around, there were a total of 25 participants coming from different Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Myanmar just to name a few. One of their cultural activities during the trip was “箸作り”(hashi-dzukuri or chopsticks making) using a traditional Japanese wood planing tool called the “カンナがけ” (kanna-kage).

Watch how the students reacted to the experience and enjoyed carving and painting their own chopsticks the traditional way in this news clip from Gunma TV.


PHILFEJA members attend 22nd ASCOJA conference in Malaysia; 3 product innovations win awards

The PHILFEJA delegation to the 22nd ASCOJA conference held in Malaysia (Photo: G. Ferma)

The PHILFEJA delegation to the 22nd ASCOJA conference held in Malaysia (Photo: G. Ferma)

With nearly 400 total registered delegates, the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA), comprised one of the largest delegation with 44 participants who joined 22nd Conference of the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) held on September 30 to October 2, 2016 at E-City Hotel@One City in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia with the theme “ASEAN-Japan: Bridging Cultural Ties in Trade, Tourism and Technology.”

The conference, which also featured the Asian Japan Alumni (ASJA) International Symposium, was organized by the Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia (JAGAM) a year after it was held in Manila with the successful hosting by PHILFEJA under the leadership of Mr. Philip Sanvictores. The conference’s other major highlight was the holding of Japan Graduates’ Invention Exhibition with the theme “Japan Graduates Impact Lives”. The three PHILFEJA members’ product exhibitions won major awards.

The presentation of product invention-innovation awards to PHILFEJA delegates.

The presentation of product invention-innovation awards to PHILFEJA delegates.

Strengthening trade, tourism, technology and heart-to-heart relationship

In his opening speech, Dr. Ooi Chee Keong, JAGAM president and ASCOJA chairman, explained that “the conference will provide the opportunity to discuss how Japan and ASEAN can work together in trade, tourism and technology for mutual benefit as it provides platform not only to share knowledge but also to foster better relationship and understanding among member countries.” His speech was followed by the keynote message of Y.B.Dato Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Malaysia’s second minister of international trade and industry. He described how “Japan remained as ASEAN’s third largest trading partner and the second largest source of foreign direct investment inflows.” He expects that these rankings will be strengthened substantially with the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community and with the establishment of closer economic ties through various agreements such as the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement as well as the bilateral agreements signed between individual SAEAN member states with Japan.

The congratulatory message of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was also read during the opening ceremonies. He said that “for the coming years from the next fiscal year, Japan will receive a total of 1,000 university students from ASEAN countries at leading-edge laboratories of post-graduate courses of universities.” This, he said, “will reinvigorate exchanges of talented brains, expected to shape our future, and will push up innovation in Asia.” In the same vein, Japan’s former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda assured ASCOJA of Japan’s continued support through the “sincere activities conducted by Asian Japan Alumni (ASJA), the Japanese counterpart of ASCOJA.” In a message read on his behalf, he said that the “heart-to-heart relationship have been central to the basic philosophy of ASCOJA since its foundation and will remain so going forward.”

Conference Highlights

The three-day 22nd ASCOJA conference was also highlighted by an ASCOJA council meeting, a welcome reception, city tour and golf tournament. It was concluded by a dinner hosted by Japan ambassador to Malaysia-Dr. Miyagawa Makio, an invention awards presentation and ASCOJA members’ cultural performance, In the ASJA international symposium, Dr. Philip Ian P. Padilla, PHILAJAMES vice president, represented PHILFEJA by presenting a paper entitled “State of Science and Technology Education in the Philippines”.

The PHILFEJA delegates in a group photo and the well-applauded cultural performance presentation directed by Lavi Penaverde and Dr. Gay Paller during the ASCOJA conference ’s farewell dinner (Photo: G. Ferma)

The PHILFEJA delegates in a group photo and the well-applauded cultural performance presentation directed by Lavi Penaverde and Dr. Gay Paller during the ASCOJA conference ’s farewell dinner (Photo: G. Ferma)

Major Exhibition Awards Garnered

In the invention exhibition, PHILFEJA showcased three product innovations. These were the following: “Bioorganic Fertilizers: Working with Microbes for Agricultural production Sufficiency” by Dr. Mannix S. Pedro and “Increasing Crop Productivity with Vesicular Asbuscular Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant (VAMRI)” by Dr. Marilyn Brown. Dr. Pedro and Dr. Brown are both Japan-trained researchers at the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), University of the Philippines Los Baños. On the other hand, Mr. Dan Leonard L. Rayo, president, PHILCULTAROS and Jose Clemente H. Zulueta, IT professional and expert of Samba Corporation and Portal 4 Youth Foundation, Inc. presented “SAMBACiTIES – an online directory dedicated in promoting tourism and businesses in the ASEAN Region and Japan. ” This innovation aspires in making businesses of ASCOJA members readily accessible to a broader community to provide value to its membership.

The viewing of PHILFEJA and other ASEAN chapters’ booth during the ASCOJA’s Japan Graduates Invention Exhibition .

The viewing of PHILFEJA and other ASEAN chapters’ booth during the ASCOJA’s Japan Graduates Invention Exhibition .

PHILFEJA members’ innovation exhibition garnered medals and certificates as follows:

International Federation of Inventors’ Association (IFIA) certificate of award;
Invention award gold medal;
ASCOJA invention award medal
“Increasing Crop Productivity with Vesicular Asbuscular
Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant (VAMRI)”, by Dr. Mannix Pedro
Invention award silver medal;
ASCOJA invention award medal
“Bioorganic Fertilizers: Working with Microbes for Agricultural
production Sufficiency”, by Dr. Marilyn Brown
Invention award silver medal;
ASCOJA invention award medal
“SAMBACiTIES – an online directory dedicated in promoting tourism
and businesses in the ASEAN Region and Japan”, by Jose Clemente
H. Zulueta & Dan Leonard L. Rayo

Onward to 23rd ASCOJA Conference in Brunei!

As the conference approaches to its conclusion, conference delegates felt the celebration of success, warm friendship and hospitality, understanding and harmony. Finally, they realized ASEAN’s unity in spite of diversity and the social and economic relevance of Japan alumni in more years to come as they witnessed the memento presentation and handover ceremony with Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA), host of ASCOJA 23rd conference.

Conducting the ASCOJA conference in tandem with the ASJA symposium and Japan alumni exhibition of technology and innovation was a bold act and challenging task to do for these demonstrate the significant impact and contribution of Japan alumni in the ASEAN communities. “It was indeed a very enjoyable experience. My family had a grand time here”, says Dr. Ma. Luisa Enriquez, professor at DLSU and past president of PHILAJAMES.

The PHILFEJA delegation in the 22nd ASCOJA conference, Malaysia. Kampai!!

The PHILFEJA delegation in the 22nd ASCOJA conference, Malaysia. Kampai!!


ASJA-ASCOJA Symposium Series Launched

ASJA International of Japan announced in early October the schedule of four symposia to be held in association with counterpart ASCOJA associations in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

Highlights of the Series –

ASJA-ASCOJA Symposium Series for FY 2015 (ending 31 March 2016)

 

Country JAV
(Vietnam)
PERSADA
Indonesia
OJSAT
(Thailand)
JUGAS
(Singapore)
Date 10-13 December 2015 (F) 18-19 December 2015 (F-Sn) 19-20 February 2016 (F-Sn) 4 March 2016 (Sat)
Venue ULIS-SUNHWA, University of Languages & Intenational Studies (VNU), Hanoi Graha Wikta Bakti Hall, Darma Persada Univeristy, Jakarta Kingpetch Room, Asia Hotel, Bangkok Japanese Association, Singapore
Theme Japan ASEAN International Symposium on Education Implementation of Monozukuri Spirit for Local Industries in ASEAN Contemporary Japanese Language Teaching in ASEAN and Possible Roles of ASCOJA Chapters in Promoting Japanese Language for Business Practices under AEC Talent Management and Globalization – the impact on ASEAN and Japan

All ASCOJA Chapter Associations are invited to attend the 2015 ASCOJA Symposium Series, where travel and lodging costs for two (2) official delegates from each country-association will be provided by ASJA International. PHILFEJA will be participating in these symposia with nominations to be provided by the following associations:

Country JAV
(Vietnam)
PERSADA
Indonesia
OJSAT
(Thailand)
JUGAS
(Singapore)
Date 10-13 December 2015 (F) 18-19 December 2015 (F-Sn) 19-20 February 2016 (F-Sn) 4 March 2016 (Sat)
Theme International Symposium on Education Monozukuri for ASEAN Industries Contemporary Japanese Language Teaching in ASEAN Talent Management and Globalization
Nominating Association PHILAJAMES PHILCULTAROS SAPILNIP APPAJU

Click this link for a more detailed prospectus of the Series.


21ST ASCOJA Conference Featured In Philippine Media

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21st ASCOJA Conference a Stirring Success (Oct 2-3, 2015)

The 21st Conference of the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) held on 2-4 October 2015 at the Dusit Thani Manila was a stirring success, according to Mr. Philip B. Sanvictores, President of the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) – host and organizer of the Conference. He cited several significant achievements:

  • The ASCOJA Vision-Mission was unanimously ratified by the ASCOJA Council;
  • The updated Objectives were likewise unanimously approved by the ASCOJA Council (both the Vision-Mission Statement and updated Objectives will form part of the amended Articles of Organization and By-Laws of ASCOJA);
  • Certain other amendments to the By-Laws were approved in principle by the ASCOJA Council subject to final reading and approval by the Board of Governors in its next meeting in Tokyo in end-March 2016;
  • A total of 318 delegates were registered, of which 171 (54%) were foreigners, i.e., from the nine other ASEAN countries and Japan. The rest were delegates from PHILFEJA member associations and guests;
  • Prominent dignitaries attended the Conference, namely:
    • E. Yasuo Fukuda, former Prime Minister of Japan
    • Toshiko Abe, Senior Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
    • Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines
    • Tetsuro Amano, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
    • E. Cesar E.A. Virata, former Prime Minister of the Philippines
    • Ambassador Delia D. Albert, former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines
    • Assistant Secretary Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Director Hans Mohaimin L. Siriban, Northeast Asia Division, Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Governor Jose C. Laurel V, Chairman – The Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation
    • Ambassador Benjamin F. Sanvictores, Executive Trustee – The Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation
    • Wilfrido V. Villacorta – former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the ASEAN Secretariat and Professor Emeritus – De La Salle University
  • ASCOJA Board of Governors
    • Philip B. Sanvictores, President – Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA); host organization;
    • Ooi Chee Keong, President – Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia (JAGAM);
    • Ismadji Hadisoemarto, Vice-President – Association of Indonesian Alumni from Japan (PERSADA);
    • Tan Kay Guan, President – Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS);
    • Samran Chooduangngern, President – Old Japan Students’ Association Thailand (OJSAT);
    • Chin Wei Kah, President – Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA);
    • Si Si Shein, President – Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA);
    • Vuthy Monyrath, President – Japan Alumni of Cambodia (JAC);
    • Dr. Ngo Minh Thuy, President – Japan Alumni of Vietnam (JAV); and
    • Bouasone Vongthavone, President – Japan Alumni of Laos (JAOL).
  • ASJA International
    • Ambassador Takashi Tajima, Director for Japan
    • Samran Chooduangngern, Chairman – ASJA International
    • Jiro Sato, Secretary- General
    • Chikako Hagihara, Secretariat Manager
  • Japan Stakeholders
    • Yoshihisa Ishikawa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) – Tokyo
    • Hideki Yonekawa, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    • Yuichi Kondo, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
    • Takayasu Omura, Japan Association for the Promotion of Internationalization
  • The Conference Theme – “ASCOJA in an Integrated ASEAN” – was thoroughly discussed in Keynote Speeches by Ambassador Albert and Villacorta; these were further discussed in three breakout sessions each presenting three papers from various ASCOJA Chapters focusing on:
    • Education, Research and Development
      • Education and Industry Collaboration by Adeline Pang Li Ching (BAJA)
      • Responding to Challenges in Internationalizing the National University by Fernando C. Sanchez (PHILFEJA)
      • Discourse on Issues and Approaches on How Children Acquire New Language Effectively by Ooi Chee Keong (JAGAM)
      • Moderated by Maricar Prudente, Professor of Science Education, De La Salle University
    • Economic Integration and Business
      • ASEAN Economic Integration through Sub-Regional Cooperation by Eko Cahyono (PERSADA)
      • Improving Business Policies and Infrastructure by Phouphet Kyophilavong (JAOL)
      • Development of Dynamic Capability for Venture Gestation by Goi Hoe Chin (JUGAS)
      • Moderated by Rosalina Tan, Professor of Economics, Ateneo de Manila University
    • Cultural Diversity and Social Integration
      • World Heritage (Pyu Ancient City of Sri Kestra) by Prof Si Si Shein (MAJA)
      • Rice and Tea: Cultural Exchange in ASEAN Countries and Japan by Navarat Laekhakula (OJSAT)
      • Independence and Integration as Parallel Movements in the History of Vietnam by Ngo Tu Lap (JAV)
      • Moderated by Rico Jose, Professor of History, University of the Philippines
    • Consolidation and Wrap-up Plenary Session moderated by Tereso Tullao, Jr., Director – Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies, De La Salle University
  • The social functions and cultural events were very well attended:
    • Welcome Dinner on October 2, 2015
    • Ayala Walking Tour in the afternoon of October 3 for delegates’ spouses
    • Dinner Reception hosted by Ambassador Ishikawa on October 3
    • Golf game at South Forbes Golf Club on October 4
    • Tour of Old Manila on October 4 with luncheon at the Bayleaf Hotel
    • Farewell Dinner on October 4

The 21st ASCOJA Conference was featured in three dailies – the Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and Business World. Copies of the press releases can be viewed in this link. Moreover, the conference was covered by Cignal TV® and featured in its newly launched Bloomberg TV™ (click here to view broadcast footage).

A 110-page souvenir program was produced for the conference. In addition, a Compendium covering all the presentations in printed, video and digital formats is under production, scheduled for release within the year. The 21st ASCOJA Conference was blessed to have a wide array of generous supporters, enumerated in this link to partners, sponsors and advertisers.

A final and all-important accomplishment of the 21st Conference was the determination by the ASCOJA Council of the schedule of annual conferences from 2016 to 2025, as follows:

Year Host Organization Country
2016 Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia (JAGAM) Malaysia
2017 Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) Brunei
2018 Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS) Singapore
2019 Japan Alumni of Cambodia (JAC) Cambodia
2020 Japan Alumni of Laos (JAOL) Laos
2021 Old Japan Students’ Association Thailand (OJSAT) Thailand
2022 Association of Indonesia Alumni from Japan (PERSADA) Indonesia
2023 Japan Alumni of Vietnam (JAV) Vietnam
2024 Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA) Myanmar
2025 Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) Philippines

Links to ASCOJA 2015 Sponsors and Advertisers

CONFERENCE PARTNERS ADVERTISERS
Japan Foundation BPI/MS Insurance Corporation
The Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation Business Trends Philippines
GOLD EMS Components Assembly, Inc.
YKK Corporation
Fortinet
The Laurel Family
JG Law
SILVER The Law Firm of Ingles Laurel Calderon
SGV & Company Lunchbox Diet
Nanpou Tokubetsu Ryugakusei Lyceum of the Philippines University
BRONZE Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation
8990 Holdings, Inc. Netmarks Philippines, Inc.
Bank of the Philippine Islands Uniadex, Ltd.
BDO Unibank Nikkoshi Philippines Corporation
Bonita del Mar Optimum Securities Corporation
EEI Corporation PHILAJAMES Foundation / VastNet, Inc.
First Metro Investment Corporation PIJLC Alumni Batches 4, 5 and 6
Hino Motors Philippines, Inc. Prime Manpower
i-Cube Group, Inc. Quantum Group
Mitsubishi Corporation – Manila Branch Soriano Projects and Ventures Group
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center & Cancer Institute
Servicio Filipino, Inc. Sumitomo Corporation of the Philippines
Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Trend Micro
Toyota Batangas, Inc. WestPac Solutions Factory, Inc.
 Toyota Camarines Sur, Inc. Lionapex Philippines, Inc.
DONORS Abiva Publishing House, Inc.
 Mr. Nelson Licup Eligardi Enterprises, Inc.
 Globe Telecom Toyota Manila Bay, Inc.
 Nihongo Center Foundation, Inc. VaxPlus Corporation

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