「探究」千里フェスタ代表発表の要旨と英文要約 | Summaries of Project Research by representatives for Senri Festa in English and Japanese


At Senri Festa, our presentation meet, one group from each of ten Project Research classes present their research as representatives. Click here to read the summaries of their researches.

 2017 年度 課題研究「探究」千里フェスタ代表発表
1.     TPP の挫折から考える日米 EPA の在り方とは?
What do you think of EPA between Japan and the US based on the setbacks of TPP?
2.     LGBT の労働環境を改善するには
To improve labor environment for LGBTs
3.     開発教育によるグローバル人材育成のための教育
Education For Global Leaders By Development Education
4.     小学校での外国語活動は必要なのか
Is it necessary to learn a foreign language at elementary school?
5.     男女平等に家事をするためにはどうすればいいのか
What should be done for wives and husbands to share housework?
6.     「ワンオペ育児」知っていますか?
Do you know
7.     両親が協力して子育てをできるようにするにはどうすれば良いのか
How Can the Parents Cooperate with Child Care
8.     児童虐待の負の連鎖を止めるためには
Stopping the negative chain of the child abuse
9.     アメリカ第一主義政策の及ぼす影響への最良の対策とは何なのか
What is the best practice to the effect of America first policy?
10.  私たちにできること ~高校生がファストファッションを動かす!?~
      What can we do? ~High school students change the fast fashion!?~ 














The Town Schoolで


《What we have learned in New York | ニューヨークで学んだこと》

I have found many hints about how to live my life from now on.
I learned many things on this trip to New York, and this experience was very good for me.
On the first day, we mainly listened to our guide’s explanation about New York while we traveled around the New York City on the bus. Our guide told us historical background of many places and famous constructions. During this process, I was very surprised that the cityscape clearly expressed the gap between the rich and the poor, which was wider than I expected. For example, there was some trash in the area around the apartments for people who have poor wages. I was surprised at that because we can only find urban or rural area in Japan.

Also, we went to Ground Zero at which 9.11 took place. This memorial park was built at the urging of the victims’ families. When I heard this, I thought it was a great effort. I felt the strong hearts of people aiming to tell younger generations about the 9.11 terrorism, the negative history of America. I thought that we had many earthquake disasters in Japan, so if Japan builds monuments artistically like Grand Zero, visitors from other places can learn what happened in the area.
On the second day, we met Ms. Eva and had a look around the Town School. Its facilities and devices were wonderful. Also, I changed my stereotypes a lot because of the story that Ms. Eva told us. I thought diversity meant the difference of gender or race and that it exists only in abroad, such as in the States. However, it was a misunderstanding. I was told that there are many diversities in Japan because diversity meant not only visible things but also invisible things, such as personality, dialects, habits of the area and the habits of family. Understanding the meaning of diversity was a good experience for me.
Next, we went to the Tenement Museum. We learned the hard situation of immigrants at that time. For example, a Jewish immigrant family had to carry the buckets of heavy water up to their room because running water was not available. Also, when I heard the story of an Italian immigrant family, I learned that their descendants still lived in New York. I was really impressed with the fact that thanks to the immigrants who faced many difficulties, their descendants can live happily now. I thought that the treatment and life of immigrants have changed in a big way at the present compared to the past.
On the third day, we could not go to the United Nations because of the heavy snow, which reached to my knee, but we visited Mr. Numata, who worked for the United Nations and heard his story. What I was most interested in was his story about future possibilities. He did not work at United Nations at first. He did another job before getting this job. Until hearing this story, I had thought that I would get only one job and keep doing it until I become old. So, I was shocked and impressed by his story, and I almost cried. This becomes a somewhat personal story, but I have two dreams. A realistic dream and a big one. The big one, “to become a space exploration researcher” requires high abilities in mathematics and science. So, I gave up the dream. However, after hearing his story, I recognized that my possibilities are not only one, and I can challenge myself to do what I want to do whenever I like. Also, I was given bravery and my ambition increased. This special experience was a
very good opportunity which related to my life.
On the fourth day, we visited ADL and took a training program. One of the most interesting things was about “micro-aggression.” It means discrimination through words or behavior done unconsciously. For example, if a person looks Asian but can speak English fluently, I might say, “You speak English well!” to a person. In this case, my behavior has become a discrimination because we cannot tell if this person was brought up in America. If this person is an American, this remark includes a nuance considering the person’s appearance. We have learned that we must not discriminate in the education process, and we must give advice when we see people discriminate against someone. However, micro-aggression has a possibility that anyone could do it, regardless of race in daily life. Therefore, I thought we had to pay attention more and think about what we say before we say it. This experience was very good for us to learn a deeper understanding of discrimination.
This trip to New York was really meaningful and a great experience for me. I was able to get valuable information and knowledge about discrimination and diversity, not only about something visible but also about something invisible such as personality. Also, I thought about them more deeply. I have found many hints about how to live my life from now on.
( N.H. )
We have a responsibility to make a peaceful future.
After finishing this tour, I realized that I absorbed and discovered many things that I had never learned in Japan.
We had lectures from people who are trying to make the society better. Although all of their stories were interesting, I received the greatest impression from Ms. Vega, an educator. So, I am going to focus on Ms. Vega first.
She teaches the importance of having diversity to young children at a private school in New York. And she showed us her school.
Actually, I found a big difference between the educational environment in Japan and that in the United States. For example, there were many round desks so that students can communicate with other students and teachers in class. In Japan, it is common that students use their own desk facing teachers and learn separately, so I discovered a gap.
I found another gap, which is the method of studying. According to Ms. Vega, she does not teach the importance of diversity by talking to students directly, but in natural ways such as letting them play with dolls with various types of skin color. A lot of paintings that they made were displayed everywhere in the school, and I was also able to see diversity by viewing them, because all of them were not the same. I thought this study system where students can study with joy is needed in Japan because it is very attractive for me and I can expect that young students will try to experience many things positively.
Before meeting Ms. Vega, I heard the word “diversity” a few times, so I had a stereotype that it only meant differences of skin color. That image has literally changed. Moreover, I regret my lack of knowledge, and I thought that understanding a lot of diversities can change the world in a good way, because there are still many things we do not know. I was so impressed with her words: ”Difference is just a difference, nothing else.” She helped us notice that we have a responsibility to make a peaceful future.
In this tour, we learned a lot of things that we had never learned, but I think just having a memory will not help to make society better, so I want to share what I have learned in this study tour with many people from now on.
( C.I. )
I gained a more concrete image of what I want to do in the future.
In my trip to New York, I discovered and learned about many big issues in many kinds of ways by many kinds of people. That enabled me to grow  and to have a more concrete image of what I want to do in the future.
There were a lot of experiences that impressed me, but the most impressive one was the visit to The Town School, which is a private nursery and elementary school located in Manhattan. I felt that the school was established to be an advanced school, just like Senri high school. However, there were big differences between the American definition of "advanced" and the Japanese one.
Regarding the facilities, the school is adopting many new technologies like big touch panel monitors used as blackboards. Although technologies are advanced in the school, it also uses original fittings like round tables in order to promote discussions. Of these facilities, the most surprising was the moving chair to satisfy students who wants to move. The way of education is advanced too: arts and human rights education. Arts represent a big part in the achievement of objectives of each grade. Human rights are taught to young children with books compiled by teachers.
The interaction with Ms. Vega, a Puerto Rican who works at The Town School was also full of discoveries. We met her on the 3rd and the 5th day and had a lot of discussions.
One of the discussions was done after a tour of the school with her. We listened to Ms. Vega's Human Rights lecture. The main theme was diversity. We did an activity and discussion about the definition of the word and its related vocabularies. When we shared our opinions, Ms. Vega told us that we all have an A, and that it was unnecessary to worry about making mistakes. I was impressed by this idea and I thought that having this in mind is very important when doing discussion.
Another thing that was impressive was the quality and the amount of questions that Ms. Vega asked. On our 5th day, when we were again with her at the Town School to listen to Ms. Maxwell’s lecture about the relationship between diversity and marketing, Ms. Vega asked many good questions to her for us though it was us that should have asked. As I managed to ask only one question, which was about how to get newer ideas all the time to do marketing because it was difficult to think of questions, I felt the necessity to be always ready to make questions. I think that by doing this, I can learn the lecture more deeply. I felt the same thing when we listened to a lecture at MTV, which was about Ms. Agarwal's way of giving impact to the society and her opinion about the relationship between diversity and media. I was so impressed when Ms. Vega asked questions to her, too.
At ADL, we had a workshop which focused on micro-aggressions and social issues in the US. Micro-aggressions are verbal aggressions done by a person unintentionally. This is often done by people who want to say good things about a person. Usually, micro-aggressions occur in a place with diversity. However, listening to the lecture, I came to know that micro-aggressions can take place even in Japan, a country where we thought that there is not so much diversity. That enabled us to realize again the existence of diversity in Japan (the first time that we realized this was when doing activities with Ms. Vega).
Finally, I would like to mention exhibitions and the atmosphere that I experienced in New York. We visited a lot of museums: at the MOCA, Museum of Chinese in America, I heard not only about Chinese immigrants, but also about the American history. At the Tenement Museum, I was able to learn about the life of immigrants by a building that was conserved from that time. At the Metropolitan museum, I learned various types of paintings, painters... It was meaningful to have seen the very building and objects that people in the past used or saw. However, what moved me the most was the city of New York. Indeed, I was impressed by the dynamism and the size of the city which was much bigger than I had expected, but I was more surprised by the differences of idea and character of people, even the manner and way of living. This thought made me think about what an immigrant state should be. Thus, experiencing the atmosphere of the history and the city of New York itself, by visiting museums and by "living" there, was very enriching.
This trip helped me to grow especially by giving me the occasion to think about the approach that I should take toward diversity. I had thought that this New York trip is one of the goals of what we learn in lectures or during various trips that Senri High School organizes, but I felt that this experience created a new goal in me, which is to experience more foreign countries. I think that I am closer to it now with what I experienced there. I want to use what I have learned in New York when making decisions and would like to tell it to other people so that my experience can remain in many people's mind as well as mine.
( R.I. )
I was able to find good hints to enhance the current Japanese education methods.
I learned the importance of diversity through the New York study tour.
On the first day -when I was very surprised because it was so cold-, I learned history of New York by walking around the streets. I knew about Ground Zero where two airplanes crashed into two buildings, but I did not know that many firefighters who tried to save people died there, and some Japanese people were working in the building and killed. I was able to learn new things, and learned about American history deeply. In addition, we drove Manhattan Island from the south end to the north end, including Chinatown, Harlem, the Fifth street and so on, so we learned the background of New York streets deeply.
Also, I felt the gap between the stereotype that I had before about New York and the real of the city that I actually saw on site. Although I thought that all of New York City was gorgeous and urbanized, I found in the real New York that all places are not filled with tall buildings, there are disparities between rich and poor among residents the surroundings, and so on.
I was surprised because the view and the race of residents changed when we just moved two blocks. Such a thing is never seen in Japan. From this, I felt that New York and the people are full of diversity and everyone recognizes and respects differences such as one in culture and one in religion, while respecting each other and living together.
On the second and third day, we visited many spots, such as the Town School, MOCA, Tenement museum, Metropolitan museum, and the American Museum of Natural History. The museum about immigrants was so fantastic, and I learned the reasons why immigrants decided to immigrate to New York, and how they came to this city. The main reason why immigrants came to America is the America was free by religion, race, so on, and everything was realized among people.
 Furthermore, I was able to find good hints to enhance the current Japanese education methods at the Town School. There were a lot of opportunities to learn naturally about many differences from each other, such as race, identity, gender, environment, and so on by using attractive tools and technology. Such a situation is the most effective for the students to learn about realizing differences from each other, and to be global leaders.
On the fourth day, we experienced a workshop at ADL, and I heard the stories from people who are trying to change the world by visiting MTV’s office. I was able to learn the connection between the marketing field and diversity, and the importance of media to convey messages to many young people, so I could see the diversity from various perspectives through these experiences.
Each experience was so meaningful, and I had a valuable experience. Through the New York trip, I gained understanding of diversity as very important in the world which is becoming globalized. Thus, I learned from the abundance of wonderful diversity of New York.
(K. I.)
The best thing on this New York trip was that we can actually communicate and talk with many people.
What is your image of New York? I imagined New York was so gorgeous like a skyscraper city, but my image of the city changed after this trip because I saw New York carefully and heard those who are taking actions to change the society. I learned many things.
To begin with, I would like to write about a word, “diversity”, which I heard many times there. I knew the meaning of the word only from a dictionary. It said that it means a world where various people live together, so I thought Japan has no diversity. We met Ms. Eva Vega, who is a really great and strong woman. She provides ingenious education to do away with discrimination, and she said Japan has diversity because various people live in Japan. Then, I realized Japan has diversity. Thus, I thought the society that Japan should be is not a diverse society, but the one where all people understand diversity well.
Also, she showed us her school. I had heard that students can learn about human rights in this school, so I thought there would be many lessons about human rights like in Japan. However, I realized that they can learn about human rights naturally. I think Japanese schools can absorb some of this way of teaching. For example, there were baby dolls of different skin colors, a special mark on the restroom for LGBTs, and photos of various families to let students know about various types of family. In this way, they can understand “diversity” naturally.
In addition, we heard about the relationship between marketing and diversity from Ms. Lisa Maxwell, who is a real career woman. I was very surprised that protecting human rights raises a company’s profits. I was interested in  marketing, so I was really interested in her story. If I can work in the marketing field, I want to refer to her story.
Also, we heard a story from Mr. Numata who graduated from Senri High School and worked in United Nations. I had heard of the people who worked in the United Nations just on the Internet or TV, but I had never heard an actual story, so it was a really new experience to me. I am thinking of working for United Nations and studying at graduate school in the US, so I learned what I should do.
At ADL, which takes actions to try to protect human rights, we learned aboult human rights practically. I think Japan should teach human rights in an active way like ADL. For example, all students have to speak naturally in classes and exchange their ideas.
At a company named Viacom, which is located in Times Square, we heard a story from Ms. Noopur Agarwal. She told us why and how to do activities. I asked more questions here than at other places, so I was glad to realize that my skill was improving.
I think the best thing on this New York trip was that we can actually communicate and talk with many people, and it was a lot better than getting information from TV and the Internet. I want to tell about this experience in the future, and I want to improve Japanese society. I reconsidered my dream during this trip. My dream had been just about my own profits before, but this trip has shifted my dream toward other people and Japan. I want to keep my motivation caused by this trip forever and to learn more.
その他にも、マーケティングと人権の繋がりについてもお話を聞くことができました。本当に「キャリアウーマン」であるLisa Maxwellさんからお話を聞きました。人権を意識してビジネスをすることが会社の利益に繋がるということにとても驚きました。また、マーケティングに興味のある私にとってとても興味深いお話でした。私が、実際にマーケティングの仕事につけたなら参考にしたいと思いました。
( K. O. )
They all do something that they want to do.
Through this trip I learned a lot of things.
First of all, the period of preparation study before the trip was really unforgettable. For example, we learned the vocabulary that we would use in U.S., the way to ask questions, and also about American history. At Senri High School, there are many opportunities to learn outside school, and many learning programs. However, this is the first time I studied so many things to prepare for the program. It made me feel that to learn beforehand is really important, and it reminded me that I should do so from now. In addition, I found that even though we prepared many things for the trip, in the U.S we could not answer some questions, nor could we give good reactions as well as I had thought. I think it is because of lack of knowledge and lack of experience. From this, I feel that going to some unfamiliar places in person is really important to get experience, and it also relates to how much confidence you have.
I met a lot of different types of people, such as our local tour guide, a person who worked for the United Nations and people working for a private school and companies. They have different backgrounds and had different environment to grow up in, and they chose different living ways for the future. However, they have at least one thing in common: they all do something that they want to do and they like to do. To live in the same way, I am going to learn and experience many kinds of things. This will make my foundation stronger, teach me how to be flexible and how to be independent, so I can have the ability to do whatever I want.
After the presentation by Eva, I changed my mind a lot. In her presentation, she introduced her school. The thing that impressed me most was the monitor in front of the entrance. In the monitor, there appeared many photos showing different structures of actual student’s families. Some parents are black and white, some are gay-couple, and some are adopted families. Through the monitor, students can see that there are many kinds of families, and no family is “strange”. Also, in her school, they have a gender-free restroom. In her school, she tries to convey diversity by details.
One sentence that impacted me a lot in her presentation is “Difference is just a difference, nothing else”. I was taught to be nice to minority communities, and we should not discriminate against them. However, I found that this thought can become a discrimination. After this project, I learned that even “consideration” can sometimes hurt others. For example, you may tend to give way to the disabled people, but it can make them think they are different from others, so they may really feel sad and painful, because their bodies are already different from others, and the only thing they want other people to think is they are the same as anyone else. I know judging if the consideration will become a discrimination or not is really, really difficult, because some disabled people think the consideration around them make their life easier and for such people, consideration never becomes a discrimination. I will consider all such things in order not to hurt others. Therefore, I will try to change my old thoughts, and convey the things I learned in New York to others.
( Y.O. )
My way of thinking about the difference changed completely.
Every single day during New York study tour was very interesting and fulfilling. In this training, I met Ms. Eva Vega and many other people. I visited many places and listened, watched, felt and learned and I had a very good experience. The most impressive thing about this training was about "Difference". Various people I met in this trip talked about the difference. Ms. Vega said "Difference is just a difference, nothing else." There are various differences among people, such as skin color, sex, religion and way of thinking. However, it is just a difference, and there is no problem, she said. Others, like Mr. Numata, a graduate of the Senri High School and ex-UN officer, said, "The pace of things is different for each person, so you should do it at your own pace, and it is important that you do it well. When I heard these stories, I thought that my thoughts and actions bad been too much influenced by others. I tended to think that people around me were doing this, so I should do this. I think that I had a bit of shame about the difference between others and me. When I heard those stories, I thought that a difference is a good thing rather than a shame. I think I should think that people around me do that, but I want to do this. In that way, I think that it is important to have your own will and to challenge yourself without fear of failure.
I was amazed at the streets of New York and how different the scenery was from area to area. Until I visited New York, I thought the city had accepted many immigrants and they were living together in the same district. However, in reality, the districts where the black people live and the areas where the Chinese live are in their respective locations according to their race. Even in the same New York, when I moved only about a minute by bus, the scenery and atmosphere changed drastically, and I felt the difference between the rich and the poor. Through that, the things and people that I thought looked the same had a difference (diversity) though some are easy to understand and others, difficult to notice. If I compare it to people, you can tell the race difference by appearance, but you can not tell who are LGBT people and the background of individuals ( custom, environment, career, etc.) by appearance.
In contemporary society, I think that there still exist prejudice, bullying, and discrimination against minorities with such differences. They are not always obvious and they exist also in ordinary life. For example, a toilet where men and women are divided can be, to LGBT people, painful. The example solution of this problem is to make more toilets that all people can use. I would like to think about what we can do to eliminate such pains in ordinary places.
My way of thinking about the difference changed completely after participating in the training. Before participating in the training, I did not think that I was being influenced by the opinions of others and I did not think there was such a difference between the rich and the poor in New York. I was able to notice that by participating in the training. Also, I was told that it is the young generation now that can change present society. For that, first of all, I would like to tell a lot of people about this experience and start with what we can do around us. I will change the future society.
今回の研修で最も印象に残っているのは、「違い」についてです。今回の研修でお会いした様々な方が違いについて話しておられました。まず、Evaさんが話していたのが”Difference is Just a difference , nothing else”という言葉です。肌の色、性別、宗教、考え方など人と人の間には様々な違いがある。でもそれは、ただの違いであって、何の問題も無い、と話していました。また、千里高校卒業生で国連職員だった沼田さんは物事のペースは人それぞれ違う。だからゆっくりでいいから自分のペースで、その代わりしっかりやり遂げる事が大事。違いを楽しめるようになれればいいと話しておられました。
( Y.M. )
The most important thing we learned from Ms. Vega is the story about equality and equity.
At NY study, we were guided around the city of NY by a guide and we talked with some great people, for example people from private companies, people who worked for UN, and Ms. Eva Vega who is an educator.
On the first day, when we arrived at NY, we visited some places in Manhattan. There are a lot of globally important spots; one of them is Ground Zero. At Ground zero, there were memorial pools built in the same positions where the two tower buildings stood. And on the walls around them, the names of people who were killed by the terrorism were inscribed. I felt the very sad past event by seeing the real thing and hearing the story from the guide. And in the NY city, there were many people of different races and they were living together. NY has Chinatown and the area that many black people live in. I was surprised to know NY has many faces.
 On the second day, we went to the Town School where Ms. Eva Vega is directing its diversity education and we were taught about diversity from her. I think the most important thing we learned from Ms. Vega is the story about equality and equity. In Japan, the idea of equality is popular. But she said what is important from now on is equity. Equity means to give support to a person as needed so that they can do something as well as others if they want to. I was surprised because I had not known this idea before and I want to do something with this idea.
On the third day, we were going to visit the United Nations Headquarters and Anti-Defamation League, but we could not because of the heavy snow. Instead, we visited Metropolitan Museum and American Museum of Natural History. Then, we went to Mr. Numata's house in the evening. He worked for United Nations for more than 20 years. And he is one of the fifth generation graduates of our school and he abolished school uniforms then. He went to US to study and get an MBA after graduating Senri high school. After that, he started to work at a drug company in US. But a few years later, he was ordered to relocate in the Japanese branch of the company. He had wanted to work in US so that was not what he wanted to do. At such time, he was advised to be a UN staff by his old friend and he took examination of UN. Then he passed the test. And he started working for UN. I think that was a great thing because I think it is difficult to change jobs and succeed in them. So I want to challenge anything like him. Next, Ms. Yoshino Aki talked to us. She works in Congo for the International Organization for Migration. She studied at the graduate school of Columbia University in US after working at a company in Japan. She said that she sometimes forgot her wish to work for the world because of busy everyday lives. At such time she remembers what she really wanted to do and why she worked hard then. She said the most important thing is to continue to have passion. I think it is a very good phrase for me. So I want to treasure this phrase and do anything in the future.
I learned a lot of things in this NY study tour. So I want to make use of this great experience from now on. And I want to be a good person like global leaders who taught me many things.
の研修では、ニューヨークの街をガイドの方に案内してもらったり、企業の方や国連職員の方や教育者であるEva Vegaさんからお話を伺いました。
2日目、私たちはこのNY研修をサポートしてくださったEva Vegaさんが働いているTown Schoolという学校に行って、多様性について教えてもらいました。Evaさんは教育者であり、現在はこの私立の学校で幼稚園児や小学生が多様性について学べるようにプログラムを計画・運営されています。Town Schoolでは、廊下やホールに生徒の芸術作品を飾っていたり、生徒1人1人が学習に集中できるよう教室のデザインにこだわっていたりと、私たちが通っている日本の学校とは全く違いました。そのEvaさんのお話の中で一番印象的だったのは、平等(equality)と公正(equity)についてのお話です。日本では、全員に同じように接することが平等で一般的にそれがいいとされていますが、Evaさんがお話していた公正では、助けが足りてない人にはより助けを与えて最終的に全員が同じことを出来るようにするというというもので、私たちがこれからやっていくべきなのは公正の方だと言っていました。私は今まで平等という考え方しか知らなかったので、このお話を聞いた時にとても驚きました。そして日本でもこれから大事にしていくのは公正の方だと思ったので私自身がこれからこの話を意識して行動していこうと思いました。
3日目は、国連本部や人権擁護団体に行くはずだったのですが、大雪のため伺うことができず、そのかわりにメトロポリタン美術館とNight Museumの舞台でもある自然博物館に行きました。日本とスケールが違って面白かったです。そして夜に国連で長く働いておられた沼田隆一さんと芳野あきさんという方から沼田さんのご自宅で夕飯をいただきながらお話を伺いました。沼田さんは千里高校の5期生で、制服を廃止した方です。沼田さんは千里高校を卒業後、アメリカで就職するためアメリカの経営学大学院に留学されました。そしてアメリカで製薬会社に就職することができたのですが、働き始めてから数年後日本支社に転勤を命令されたそうです。沼田さんはかねてからアメリカで働きたいという思いが強くあったため、しばらくは自分のしたいことが本当にできているのかという疑問を持ちながら働いていました。そんな時に旧友から国連職員を勧められ、試験を受けてみたところ試験に合格し、それから20年以上国連に勤められたそうです。私はこのお話を聞いて、人生の選択肢は1つだけではないのだなと感じました。私は日本で働いていくなら1つの会社でずっと勤めていくことが大切だと思っていたので、驚きました。でも、沼田さんのお話を聞いて、私ももっといろんなことに挑戦していきたいなと思いました。そして沼田さんのような方が同じ千里高校の生徒であるということがすごく誇りに思えました。次に芳野あきさんからお話を伺いました。芳野さんは、高校生の時に1年間メキシコに留学していた経験があり、コロンビア大学の大学院に通っておられました。現在はInternational Organization For Migrationという組織のコンゴ民主共和国常駐事務所で公衆衛生のために働いています。私が芳野さんのお話を聞いて1番印象的だったのは、情熱、つまりパッションを持ち続けることが大事という話です。芳野さんは社会人として普通に就職してからお金を貯めてコロンビア大学院に通われたそうです。ですが、普通に社会人としての毎日が忙しく、コロンビア大学に行きたい、世界のために働きたいという想いが時々薄れてしまうことがあったそうです。そんな時芳野さんは、自分の原点に立ち返って、一体自分が何のために頑張っているのかもう1度思い出してからまた生活に戻っていたそうです。私はこのお話を聞いて、何かを成し遂げたいと自分が思う時に情熱をなくさないようすることはとても大事だなと感じました。この話を忘れないように日々の生活を過ごしていきたいです。そして私も芳野さんのように情熱を持ち続けていきたいと思いました。
( M.T. )
I was able to find a role-model for me.
I had wanted to join this trip since I was a first-year student. My dream about career relates to sightseeing.
And sightseeing industry needs to think of connection between people abroad and people in Japan because many foreign people visits Japan now. So, I wanted to learn about cultural backgrounds of foreign people and what they like. Above all, I was impressed by two people's lecture. The first person is Ms. Lisa Maxell.
She is vice President at MasterCard now, but she is a woman and did not have academic background when she moved to the States. On the day we were going to meet her, we had heavy snow, so we heard her story though video call, but I learned many things.
She said that understanding what people like or dislike and making CM which can stimulate people's sympathy are so important. And she showed us a CM she made. That CM is about diet medicine, and said we want to eat pizza, but we don't want to be fat. When I watched it, I was excited and impressed me strongly. I remembered watching Tokyo Disney Resort 30 years anniversary CM. It was about the connection between every life stage in a girl's whole life and Tokyo Disney Resort. It was on YouTube and successfully gathered a lot of comments such as “I want to go”, “I sympathized”, and “ I was moved to tears.” And that year, the number of people' s attendance was highest ever level. Like this, Ms. Maxwell's story is real and can lead to success at business, and I learned diversity is not only about race or something like that but it contains people's ideas and what they like.
The second person is Ms. Noopur Agarwal. She works for a famous TV station MTV. In her story, she taught us the importance of media to us. She actually makes videos for young people which can help to solve social problems. That video focused on individuals and gave me a strong impact.
Also, she accurately understands young people and media, so she thinks she can tell important messages through smartphones and TV because young people use them many times. I have never thought that, so I was surprised and thought using media is a good way for business.
I want to work for a company named Oriental Land, which manages Tokyo Disney Resort in the future, and want to change its working environment.
For that, I should be a manager at the company. But woman's manager is not many yet. So, it is a challenge for me. Therefore, Ms. Maxell is the person I want to be like. She is a woman manager and professional of business, and trying to change society.
This study trip's good points for me is that I was able to find a role-model for me and I leaned that understanding people through communication is important for business and to change society. Ms. Maxell and Ms. Agarwal both treasured focusing on individual people, not as a whole.
I think it is necessary for business, and for changing society, and also it is a base of human relations. And many foreigners will come to Japan because this world is becoming globalized. I think we need more diversity when we make society that everyone can live happily. So, I will study English more to better understand them.
1人目は、Lisa Maxellさんです。彼女は女性で学歴も高くありませんでしたが、努力を重ねて今は、MasterCardの副社長として働いています。その日は大雪でLisaさんが会場に来ることができずテレビ電話でしたが、たくさんのことを学べました。
そして2人目は、Noopur Agarwalさんです。彼女はアメリカの有名なテレビ局であるMTVで働いています。その時のお話では、メディアが世間に与える影響について、教えてくださいました。彼女は実際に若い世代に向けて、社会問題を解決できる足がかりになるような番組、ビデオを作っています。それは日本の高校で人権学習をする時のようなものではなく、とても自然に問題について考えられるようなもので、実際に見たビデオは、個人個人に焦点をあててインパクトを与えるようなビデオでした。彼女は若い人達とメディアに関する事を的確に理解しておられて、若い世代はテレビを見たりスマートフォンを使ったりすることが多いので、それを利用することで重要なメッセージを伝えることができるそうです。
(N. T.)