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A Graduation Ceremony for Dr. Reham MOHAMED who completed her research study at Shinshu University was held on the 22th of April at MIF’s reception house in Tokyo.  At the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, directly presented the Certificate of Accomplishment and a memorial medal to the graduating Fellow. After the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO hosted a farewell luncheon for Dr. Reham MOHAMED. At the luncheon table, it was confirmed to enhance the relationships among the Fellows and with MIF.

MIF will be closed consecutively for 10 days between the 27th of April (Sat) and the 6th of May (Mon). In case of emergency, you may reach us at +8180-6586-7600. We are sorry for this inconvenience.


On April 15, H.E. Mrs. Betty Grace AKECH OKULLO, Ambassadress Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uganda to Japan and Ms.Kabaweza TEOPISTA, Administrative Attache 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 7 fellows from Uganda but none since 2001. We discussed how we can increase the number of applicants from the country and both Ambassadress AKECH OKULLO and Prof. Hashimoto agreed to further strengthen the relationship between the embassy and MIF.

On March 20, 2019, Prof. Hashimoto, Chairperson, and Mr. Watanabe, Secretary General, had a meeting with H.E. Ms. Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama at the Panamanian Ambassador’s official residence. Chairperson Hashimoto stated that MIF has ever invited and hosted 2 Panamanian researchers during the past 40 years, however, none since 2004. It is a strong hope for MIF to receive more applicants from Panama. The Vice President replied that 2019 is a special year for both Panama and Japan as it is the 115th anniversary year since the bilateral diplomatic relationship was established. The enhancement of the academic exchange between the two nations is an important subject and the Panamanian Government likes to provide all the necessary supports.

On March 18th, 2019, Prof. Hashimoto, Chairperson, and Mr. Watanabe, Secretary General, received Dr. Pavel PAVLICEK, a 2004 Fellow from Czech Republic. Dr. Hirohisa Uchida, MIF former Chairperson, who was coincidentally visiting MIF also welcomed him. Dr. Pavel PAVLICEK is now conducting his research at Utsunomiya University under a fellowship program provided by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) until the end of this month. Prof. Hashimoto commented that MIF always welcomes Fellows re-visiting Japan and Dr. Pavel PAVLICEK replied and thanked that by knowing Japan through the MIF Fellowship program, his life made a dramatic change.