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Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship 2004

A Fellow looking down the city view and the Tokyo Tower from the Mori Building
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- Monday, July 12, 2004 (Day12) -
  Mori Building, Co. / Roppongi Hills Vist  

(Comments by Lori Megivern, 2004 Fellow, on July 15, 2004)


Present a Japanese engineer, scientist, environmentalist or business person is a problem and they will not be satisfied with a simple resolution. Key concepts of aesthetics, technology, environment, creativity, maintenance of balance between present, past and future, and safety factors will be included in every solution.

The issue we learned about today was responsible development of available land. Mr. Yohashi, public relations specialist from Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, patiently described the need for an ARTelligent, efficeint, and green vertical city to provide global human living for the Tokyo populous. The seventeen-year-old project was started in 1986. Land ownership was exchanged for shop space or a Roppongi Hills apartment. Design creation of the model city was achieved with consultation of worldwide renowned architects. Medical, police, library, amptheatre, cinema, art center, handicapped accessibility and a sky top city overlook deck are combined with shops, restaurants and housing. Rooftop gardens are included for beauty and for earthquake damage control. The method of construction tells a historical and cultural story to the astute observer and reveals the values of the new Tokyo.

Thank you, Mr. Mori, for implementing your vision for Japan and the world!

Dialogue: 'Zest for Life' and Education
(Comments by Julie Dyer, 2004 Fellow, on July 15, 2004)

The last day of the study tour afforded us the opportunity to wrestle with common issues facing educators across Canada, Japan, USA, Australia and the UK. Presentations by representatives from each of these countries highlighted many commonalities and some similarities in our struggle to make education meaningful, engaging, fair, and rewarding in the promotion of global citizens.

This forum titled 'Zest for Life' is a movement in Japan to free up some of the constraints felt in the delivery of Japan's education system. Many views were shared and perspectives given. There were similarities the presentations from the visitor countries in terms of curriculum assessment and ways to improve both teaching and learning across these countries.

The discussion centred on representations of Japan outside of Japan curriculum materials developed ad the way in which cram schools and entrance exam provide such a strong focus for Japanese students. The cram school is unique to Japan so this was of particular interest to the KKC fellows. A lively and engaging discussion ensued among the audience with a common bond felt between invited guests, KKC and this year's fellows.

We all realised what a wonderful experience the two weeks had been and one of those unique and special times in all of our lives.


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