The Center For Professional Exchange

The 2010 CEPEX spring board meeting was held in Tokyo two weeks ago on Sunday, May 9th.

Chairman of the Board: Yukio Tada; Co-Chairman & CFO: John Basalla; Vice Chairwoman: Mieko Nakabayashi

Presentations given by the George Mason University undergraduate students in JAPA 310: Japanese Culture in a Global World on the empirical research projects that they undertook on aspects of the increasingly globalizing Japanese cultural phenomena as part of their coursework.

  • Japan’s pretty soldiers: Sailor Moon as a gateway to Japanese interest
  • Separate but equal: Japanese games vs. American consumption
  • Japanese Idol
  • Simple and clean: Japanese influence on modern furniture design
  • Why haiku gained popularity
  • Localizing the global: American remakes of J-horrors

2010 Inaugural Contest

The 2010 CEPEX Japan Studies Award contest is open to undergraduate students in good standing currently enrolled in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. There is no restriction on the major or field of study the student is pursuing. Nor is it required that the participating student to be enrolled in a Japanese language course. All forms of media are accepted. Students are solely responsible for developing content and submitting their entry.

Japan Related Careers: Roadmaps from Experts and Alumni

On April 15, CEPEX and Georgetown University’s department of East Asian Languages and Cultures collaborated to present “Japan-Related Careers: Roadmaps from Experts and Alumni.”

Dr. Jordan Sand, Chair of the EALC Department, offered some welcoming remarks. Justin Manger, (Director of the Washington, D.C. office), explained the role of CEPEX, and Susan Taylor, Outreach Officer, moderated the panel. Three experts, Nick Szechenyi of CSIS, Yuri Ann Arthur of the Department of Commerce, and Randall Beisecker of the Department of State, shared their experiences in pursuing Japan-related careers. They advised attendees to go and experience Asia, not to be afraid to try jobs in several different fields, and not to study Japan in isolation from other countries and issues.
After their initial remarks, the panelists took questions from the audience, and a stimulating discussion took place. Dr. Kevin Doak, a professor in the EALC department, made some closing remarks, and encouraged students to apply their knowledge of Japanese and Japanese culture to a broad array of job opportunities. The panel discussion was followed by a reception and networking, attended by most of the audience members.