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The 1st MIF Study Tour for the Academic Year 2018 was organized between June 10th and 13th, 2018. 13 MIF fellows from Egypt, Myanmar, India, Romania, Malaysia, Nigeria, Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh visited Kyoto, Nara, Miyajima and Hiroshima. This tour is organized by MIF annually and it gives important opportunities for the fellows to understand the cultures and tradition of Japan and think profoundly about the world peace.

On May 7, H.E. Mr. Thurain Thant Zin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Japan, together with Ms. Khaimar Wint Zin Thant, Second Secretary, visited MIF and had a very constructive meeting with Prof. Toshiaki HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, and Prof. Keiichi KATAYAMA, Executive Director. MIF has ever invited 15 fellows from Myanmar since 1985. During this academic year, MIF will host 3 Burmese female researchers/scholars. In addition, most of the enquiries MIF receives recently are from Myanmar. This tendency seems to continue more. Under such circumstances, both Ambassador Thurain Thant Zin and Prof. Hashimoto agreed to further strengthen the relationship between the embassy and MIF.

On April 24, H.E. Mr. Gustavo AYARES, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chile to Japan, together with Ms. Catalina BARCELO, Second Secretary, visited MIF and had a very constructive meeting with Prof. Toshiaki HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, and Prof. Keiichi KATAYAMA, Executive Director. MIF has ever invited 8 Chilean fellows since 1987. However, the total number of applicants from Latin American nations are decreasing recently. Ambassador AYARES agreed to continue conversations with MIF in order to make Latin American researchers/scholars pay more attention upon MIF Fellowship Program.

Graduation Ceremonies for 3 MIF Fellows from Tunisia, Algeria and Mozambique was held on the 30th of March at MIF’s reception house in Tokyo.  At the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, directly presented the Certificates of Accomplishment and memorial medals to the respective Fellows. After the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO hosted farewell luncheon where the Fellows promised to develop the relationships among the Fellows and with MIF. All the 22 2017 Fellows have returned to their home countries.

On the 22nd of March, MIF received a delegation consisting of teachers from high schools affiliated to Tokai University. The purpose of their visit this time was to understand Dr. Shigeyoshi MATSUMAE’s philosophy to found MIF and our current fellowship program. The presentation was made directly by Prof. Toshiaki HASHIMOTO, MIF Chairperson, and there was an active Q&A session after his presentation.