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Messages from an international student of the GIGA Program Vol.3

(1) How did you learn Japanese?

(2) What was the cost of getting set up to study in Japan?

(3) What would you say to students thinking about studying in Japan?

(4) What is the best thing about living in Japan?

(5) What made you choose the school and department you applied to?

(6) What is the most appealing aspect of studying in Japan?

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Application Guidebook for Admissions for the GIGA Program Now Available

Friday, November 27, 2020 – The Application Guidebook for  the “Winter AO 2020 (Global) screening [Admissions for the GIGA Program] ”(September 2021/April 2022 Entry) is now available. Please see the Application Guidebook for detailed information.

  • Information on English Based Degree Program GIGA Program and Admissions Process
  • Scholarships Available Exclusively for GIGA Program International Students

The Keio University Faculty of Policy Management, and Faculty of Environment and Information Studies offer two scholarships for exceptional students accepted through the Winter AO 2020 (Global) screening [Admissions for the GIGA Program]. Applicants may apply for these scholarships the same time they apply for the GIGA Program. Applications for these scholarships will not be accepted after entrance into Keio University.


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Archived videos of the SFC Online Open Campus

On August 21st, videos/live sessions were streamed for the SFC Online Open Campus. You can still watch the archived videos.


  • Mock Lectures
Mock Lecture “Japan in the World: Global Japan vs. Japan First”

Michito Tsuruoka, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management

Synopsis: How do you make sense of the role of Japan and its foreign and security policy in the world? Some would argue that Japan is becoming more active and its mid-set more global. Others might point out that Japan, as a declining power, is more preoccupied with its immediate security challenges and becoming less engaged globally. There exist both elements and the two schools – “global Japan” and “Japan first” – are competing everyday. This competition will shape the direction of Japan’s international engagement. Which camp do you think is winning?


Mock Lecture “Introduction to TOUCH FAB: SFC as a FAB Campus”

Masashi Nakatani, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies

Synopsis: Experiences through the sense of touch are capturing more attention, because they can leave a vivid impression without words. When haptics science meets with digital fabrication tools, you can create a physical object that comforts you. This mini lecture will introduce you to current initiatives undertaken in the TOUCH LAB that utilize the digital fabrication (FAB) environment at SFC.


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[Dec 12] Study in Japan Virtual Fair 2020 (Hosted by JASSO)


Keio University SFC will participate in the Study in Japan Virtual Fair 2020. This is an opportunity for students, their parents, and teaching staff to gather information on studying at prestigious Japanese universities that have degree programs conducted in English.

Faculty members and current students from Keio University SFC will be on hand to present the many facets of the Keio experience.

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (JST)


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[Dec 5] Online Information Session with ICU

International Christian University (ICU) and Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus(SFC) will introduce the unique programs online.

Details are as follows:

  • Date:                  Saturday, 5 December, 2020
  • Time:                  1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (SGT), 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.(JST)
  • Venue:                Online (via Zoom)
  • Participation:     Free of charge (registration is required)
  • Language:          English
  • Registration:   


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[Nov 21] Experience Japan Exhibition 2020


The Experience Japan Exhibition (EJE), our flagship study-abroad fair held in London, is now in its 10th year. This time, however, we will be running it as an online event on Saturday, November 21. This event is perfect for students who are seeking opportunities to study abroad, especially those interested in Japan.

The online seminars will cover topics such as scholarships, employment opportunities, researching in Japan, and more. There will also be a Q&A session where participants can ask questions to students who have studied in Japan, while universities and other institutions will each have virtual booths to introduce their unique programs.

Details are as follows:

  • Date:                  Saturday, 21 November, 2020
  • Time:                  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 midday (GMT), 18:00 p.m. to 21:00 p.m.(JST)
  • Venue:                Online (via Zoom)
  • Participation:     Free of charge (registration is required)
  • Language:          English
  • Website:   


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Messages from the GIGA Program Graduates 2020

In light of ongoing infections with COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), it was decided to distribute a video feed of the Keio President’s commencement and welcome addresses in lieu of holding ceremonies for the September Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonyfor the 2020 academic year.

GIGA students who graduated in September 2020 received their diploma at SFC.


Students’ advice and comments for those thinking about applying to the GIGA Program.

  • SFC was an environment where I was able to acquire diverse field of studies. Although I belonged to a seminar that specializes in education and communication, in the past 4 years I was able to take variety of classes such as linguistics, law, and marketing.
  • In SFC there is no fixed curriculum so you are free to choose courses based on your personal interest. It is great for those who don’t know what to learn or your favorite field of research. You can try different things and decide your major later in the third year. Additionally, in SFC you are allowed to join a seminar from the second semester of your first year which is different from other campuses and universities. Taking seminar early will help you find out what you are good at and want to study.
  • Always keep yourself open to new opportunities. Join a kenkyukai as soon as you can, it’s okay to switch around till you find what suits you. Speaking english is a huge advantage for presenting research abroad. Try and go to conferences and get involved in the academic community, you won’t regret it! Grades don’t matter in the long run, but they are very important in getting scholarships – so try your best but it’s not the end of the world if your grades are bad, other opportunities will come around if you are open minded!
  • Don’t be afraid to take classes taught in Japanese, it will be scary at first, but the teachers are friendly and super understanding so don’t worry!
  • I can’t be grateful enough for the fact that SFC lets its students do whatever they want to do. SFC allows my interests to grow into many different directions, and on top of that, the students always have the opportunity to pursue them. I think this is why SFC is very unique.
  • There are a variety of student organizations and clubs in SFC for both Japanese and international students to join. Highly recommend everyone to join at least one club in your first and second year. You can make tons of friends and learn more about Japanese culture.
  • Circle activities are really important for learning Japanese teamwork values. While you may not think they are important for Job Hunting, being a part of circles is often asked as an interview question to determine how much of a team player the candidate is. The dance circles take up a bit too much time in my opinion, but the important thing is to find something enjoyable, that will distract you from the pedestrian nature of academics.

Related link
Keio News

AY 2020 September Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony (Video Stream)

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Professor Norichika Kanie of the Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance has been selected to a panel of 15 scientists who will draft the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report, as announced by UN.

Professor Norichika Kanie of the Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance has been selected to a panel of 15 scientists who will draft the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report, as announced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. This independent group of scientists and their report will inform the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to strengthen the science-policy interface and to serve as a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.
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Prof. Kanie’s xSDG Laboratory, based at Keio’s Shonan-Fujisawa Campus, aims to address and solve diverse social problems through the lens of the 17 SDGs and conduct broader solution-based research methods that go beyond academic research to formulate best practices for the SDGs.
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Comments from Professor Norichika Kanie


I am honored to be appointed to a group member for an enhanced science-policy interface. I am excited to present the essences for making a better and brighter human and planetary well-being in the era of after COVID19.



Profile of Professor Norichika Kanie:

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SFC Held its First-Ever Online Open Campus Event

For the first time in its history, Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) held an open campus event online for high school students and prospective students who are looking to apply to the Faculty of Policy Management or the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at SFC on Friday, August 21.

Through the videos streamed live on the day of the event, the university conducted an opening ceremony that was hosted by the deans of the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies as well as mock lectures, campus tours by student guides, and Q&A sessions where current SFC students answered questions posed by the viewers.


In addition, the university provided a variety of contents that let the viewers experience SFC online, including on-demand videos that explained the characteristics of learning at SFC and introduced various spots around the campus.

Mock lectures presented a scene that is unique to live-streamed classes, with the viewers posting questions and comments one after another via YouTube’s live chat feature.


The Q&A sessions also generated great excitement among the viewers as current SFC students gave honest answers to the various questions that were posted regarding student life, classes, and what they used to do while preparing to apply to universities.

The total number of simultaneous viewers for live-streamed contents rose to approximately 4,600 people, while the view counts for all streamed contents exceeded 33,000 views by the start of the following week. This year’s open campus event enabled everyone to transcend the limits of time and space to experience SFC together, which was only made possible by being conducted online.


The website for the online open campus event continues to provide many of the contents that were delivered on the day of the event, including video archives of live streams and on-demand videos. Please check them out.

SFC Online Open Campus
Released by: General Affairs Office at Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC)