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The reason we started supporting students studying abroad
Daishin Corporation was founded seven years ago. With the belief that social contribution activities are necessary for the companys everlasting prosperity, we repeatedly discussed the form these contributions should take. As a result, we decided to support young people who seriously aspire to study abroad for the reasons noted below.
Generally, Japanese people are not very good at expressing themselves. We sometimes have opportunities to attend international conferences where we have observed that Japanese attendees, even though there may be several, rarely speak or interact. Of course, many Japanese people are active on the international stage, but on average, the ratio of Japanese who actively speak in a foreign language on such occasions seems low.More+
The quality of Japanese products is globally recognized, and it is remarkable that Japanese economic power has been consistently developing since the Meiji Restoration in 1868. However, while Japans economy is considered first-class, its politics are considered second-class; we seldom see a talented Japanese person emerging who can undertake the leadership of the worldwide community. It is unfortunate that sincere effort is not always fairly recognized.
Essentially, Japanese people are not very talkative. As symbolized in typical Japanese expressions such as silence is golden, actions speak louder than words, and sense the atmosphere, there is a lack of consensus on the importance of people being able to express their opinions and perspectives in their own words to make it easy for everyone to understand them. It may be easier to live in Japan for people with a similar mindset, but as the world is becoming smaller and international competition is intensifying in all aspects, it has become more important to understand the perspectives of others and to be able to express your own in the international society. Sometimes, it is important to make your point and make others understand you to maintain close relationships. A simple reason for Japanese people being less talkative is their lack of English-language skills. Because of the lack of practical English education and the considerable difference between Japanese and English, it seems that a low percentage of Japanese people speak English, even when including those who speak broken English. If you are poor at English, it is not possible to fully make non-Japanese people understand your point.
Recognizing this situation, we hope to give as many Japanese youths as possible the opportunity to have logical conversations with foreigners and share information about Japan with others. Therefore, we decided to offer scholarships to young people who seriously aspire to study abroad. We believe their experience outside Japan will help them rediscover the beauty of Japan and give them the opportunity to gain confidence. Moreover, with an aim of maintaining their self-motivation, we do not cover the entire cost of studying abroad. However, we do support the cost of tuition and travel for one year of study in undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and MBA programs. As a result of such exchanges between Japan and other countries, a greater number of Japanese people will be able to speak logically, and friendship and interaction between Japan and other countries will be promoted. We believe this will benefit both Japan and the countries we work with.
June 6, 2011
Scholarship student report (updated every month)
--We focus on fostering globally competent talents who, as Japanese, are able to express their own thoughts when communicating with foreign people--
<Life in the lab>
It has been 5 months after I started my research in U.S. The winter here is very cold, or even freezing, and it is usual that we have under 10 degree Celsius during a day. But as my friend said, it was more severe than present in their child days. Due to the global warming, the winter gets unstable: we have both warm and freezing days. For instance, it was around -10 degree Celsius last week, yet in this week we have several degree and can go out with light clothes (It should be still cold though, I gradually gets used to it). The residents here feel the change of climate over the winter season recently.
Talking about global warming and climate change, my research will play a part of an important role to tackle those issues. Let me try in this month explain my research in this stand point of view. The Paris agreement in COP21 or Kyoto protocol are the famous environmental policy for these global issues. The scientific background of these policy was offered from IPCC (Intergovernmental-Panel of Climate Change) which summarize the scientific/engineering outcome from researchers all over the world. Much before the IPCC was established, the global warming was firstly claimed in 1960 from the observation at Mauna-Loa mountain in Hawaii. The author, Dr. Keeling, found a close similarity between temperature rise and CO2 concentration over the decades. After a dense discussion for the several decades, the discourse that recent temperature and related environmental changes are from anthropogenic cause such as green house gases.
It has been a while that we see the policy makers saying: “under 3-degree (or 1.5-degree) increase in 2100”. The number of 3 or 1.5 (or recently, 2.3) are given from IPCC report. But, how do they calculate these numbers? The answer is, numerical modeling of the earth. Scientists created models that represent various physics in the earth, and run them under specific emission scenarios on the super computing systems. The research team from several countries including Japan joined this modeling work, and more than 5 different models were created. As a result, the models overall predicted 3.0 degree increase in 2100 under certain emission scenario. This is the source of numbers and various impact assessment studies have been conducted based on these results (e.g., how frequent droughts/floods would be? How much would economic impact be? Are there any effects on the agriculture, especially food production?).
Although IPCC and most of the world researchers support these numbers, it is actually very uncertain what would happen in a local (less than 100 km) scale. Those models are good at predicting large scale change (e.g., what will be a global average temperature rise?), but very inaccurate in a small scale (e.g., what will be a temperature rise in Tokyo, or even over Japan?). The model accuracy in several areas are still very limited according to the comparison between model simulation and historical observation. Therefore, we cannot predict accurately what will happen in a country, state, or city scale which is practical scale to discuss solutions. This is essentially because the models contain errors in their structure. By reducing those errors models can predict current and future states more accurately.
The SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite lead by NASA and CNES (French space administration) will observe the distribution of water all over the world with high-resolution images. My research is to merge the satellite information from SWOT into the models and correct their structural errors. My algorithm will learn the error structure from simulated results up to now and correct it. The technique has a same mathematical background with machine learning or artificial intelligence, and it might be easy for my algorithm to imagine that the AI will fix model errors by learning past mistakes. By implementing this, the models will be able to predict future states more accurately as stated above. This is not only beneficial for climate change prediction, but also for droughts and flood prediction. The more accurate results for future prediction will be used for impact assessment studies or disaster prediction, and further solid management policy can be established. These are the other aspects of my research outcome, and I hope my research will have effects on various policy making and management decision all over the world.
I would mention my struggles for this month as catching up the new technologies. It was surprising that the new technologies were spread very rapidly in this country, even in an academic community. The most popular example is the Slack. Even though some Japanese companies already use this communication tool, this tool is much more prevailing over U.S. including private companies and academic communities. Another example is the new programming language, Julia. Although Python is the most common language in data science in Japan, this Julia gradually increase users in the U.S. due to its flexible grammar and fast computation (100 times faster than Python). Even in the academic field, some people around me had already started to use this language. In addition to these, the remote meeting is very common. For the remote meeting they use web-browser based meeting tool rather than the Skype, as it is easier to join and secured.
For me it was hard for the first time to catch up and get used to those new technologies. But it is good that I can learn things in a dynamic and state-of-the-art technical environment. I will take advantage of this opportunity and would like to bring some fresh technologies to Japan.
For the first time I experienced the incident that the car engine would not start when I took a car with my friends. It was due to the extremely low temperature. It was lucky that the engine started after 10 minutes of our tries, but I heard that some cars have to be connected to the external batteries to stimulate engines. Even it was only 10 minutes, it was severe that just sat and waited under -15 degree Celsius in the car. This was my iconic and unique experience in this season.
The U.S. experienced a government shut-down in these months. Although a severe incident has not happened around me, but several public institutions have stopped their operation. NASA is also the case, and the due date of proposals I wrote in January was delayed one month due to this shut down. The situation right now here is very unusual. The midterm finished and now part of the government is dominated by an opposition party. There would be a dynamic change in this country.
Comments of a 2017 Scholarship Student
My world has been definitely broadened through this year.
Graduated from Japanese University in March 2016, 24 years old
It has been a year after I was warmly sent off from Daishin Scholarship members. Through this year, my world has been definitely broadened. I have unintentionally achieved my goal which I aimed to accomplish thorough my study abroad, for instance, debating in English with my professor without any hesitations or launching a new project with my fellow students. Thanks to all the support from Daishin Scholarship, I managed to spend this year without having any concern on my living expense nor working budget. With much appreciation of having this precious opportunity, I will put much more effort on my study for the following year.
Comments of a 2014 Scholarship Student
I would like to share the knowledge gained during my study abroad not only with Japan but also with the whole world.
Graduated from Japanese university in March 2014, 23 years old
It has already been three months since I started my study abroad. There has been trials and errors as I sometimes face unfamiliar issues, but I stay positive and believe that every challenge is an opportunity for further growth. In the U.S., I find myself in an environment where, through close contact with students who come from all over the world, every day I can learn something new both at school and in my life outside school. And I realize that this opportunity to go forward, to realize my future dream while stretching my capacities to their maximum, is thanks to the Daishin Scholarship. I am really determined to do my best in order to meet the expectations of everyone who has offered me this precious chance, and I shall strive to give back from the knowledge and experience learnt during this time not only to Japan, but also to the international community.
Comments of a 2013 Scholarship Student
I will do my best to make more progress through my studies and a new life.
Graduated from a Japanese university in March 2013, 23 years old
While I was very anxious about whether I would be able to keep up with my studies in a graduate school overseas and in my competence to communicate in English when studying abroad, my greatest concern was the expenses required for an overseas education. However, the staff at Daishin Scholarship supported me by listening to my concerns and helping me in various ways, even before I was granted the scholarship. I received great moral support. I have just arrived in London. I aim do my best in graduate school and in my new life in an English-speaking environment so I can make greater progress in my studies as well as in my life.
Comments of a 2012 Scholarship Student
Studying is not easy and involves many challenges, but I can feel myself growing. I will make every effort not to waste this year.
Graduated from a Japanese university in March 2012, 24 years old
Attending a graduate school abroad was not an easy choice for me from the aspects of time and cost. However, after I started studying in the UK, I realized that this was the best investment of my life, and I do not regret my decision. Of course, the studying is not easy and involves many challenges, but I can feel myself growing and I am already excited to see the kind of skills I will gain within a year. Thanks to the Daishin Scholarship, I have the opportunity to study in the best location, London. I appreciate it very much. I will make every effort not to waste this year.
If you are interested in this scholarship, please check the items below
- Awaji Platz, Non-Profit Organization for Supporting Youth Independence
- With the help of Awaji Platz, a long-established organization supporting NEETs (young people Not in Education, Employment or Training) and socially withdrawn youth in the Kansai area, we provide members of the younger generation, who are the future of Japan, with on-the-job training on an irregular basis.
- Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund
- We are helping their mission to support orphans in the region affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
- Kopernik Solutions
- We empathize with their concept to efficiently and permanently improve the world using the power of technology.
- Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
- We support the fight against Ebola hemorrhagic fever.