This is a great article written by a friend of mine who attended Waseda University while I was there, and is now studying Japanese in Japan. It is about the gap among the top Universities in Japan and the mindset of those associated with those Universities, specifically Waseda and Tokyo University.
One interesting point he makes is that there is a perception that people go to Tokyo University in order to learn, and people go to Waseda to skip class and play mahjong!
To me, it seems like the faculty at Waseda is doing all it can to close the gap between it and Tokyo U. It is attracting more foreign students with the School of International Liberal Studies, and has more female students then ever before. Recruiting students with a high motivation to learn is they way to raise the reputation of the school. The alumni, however, think the school is going in the wrong direction. The women and foreign students put to much pressure on the Japanese males to actually do work at school. I don’t really understand what the problem is, but I’m not an old Japanese man.
Give the article a read and follow his blog Tokyo Remix.
I know I want to write about some of the social issues in Japan (like hikikomori) for my research paper, but I’m looking for an “artifact” to anchor my paper to. From the beginning, I was thinking about the drama LIFE but later found other possible artifacts. Then I realized the BBC documentary and Michael Zielenziger’s book are more like resources for my research and not what I’m basing everything around, so I tried to find where I could watch the drama. It seems like the videos on Mysoju and Dramacrazy aren’t working. Even the ones on Tudou don’t work anymore. The ones on YouTube are incomplete and only subbed in Spanish. I can watch those if I’m desperate. I think I’ve found the whole series on Youku! :D
Though I’m still trying to figure out if I can even use LIFE as my artifact because it’s supposed to be ambiguous.
Got an email about a language & literature scholarship.
To apply, please submit two documents: a) 1-page personal statement (be sure to include your name and student ID#, and the name of the scholarship) describing how you became interested in languages/literature, particular experiences that have shaped that interest, and how you think your focus of study benefits you as a person.
Okay, yeah, I can probably do that. And then the second one:
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