Our Mission

The UK-Japan Student Conference is an opportunity for highly motivated British and Japanese students to come together and create a shared vision towards a sustainable future. We create a space for cross-cultural pollination and a forum for discussion on crucial socio-political issues. Our ambition is to support students by establishing a thriving network across borders. We value the idea expressed in an old Japanese proverb: ‘Ichigo Ichie’ (一期一会), which speaks to the idea that we should treasure every meeting, for it will never recur. We never know where we might encounter someone who will influence our lives and values — the friendships established through this particular meeting could be such a turning point. We hope to foster long-lasting friendships amongst participants.

We emphasise experiences that challenge our collective biases and preconceptions,

and reveal alternative approaches towards the conference theme. Having nurtured discussions in an international context, we hope participants will bring fresh perspectives back to their own communities. We strive to incorporate a process of discussion, realisation and action into our design of the UK-JP Student Conference. Student-led debate is invaluable in proposing solutions to the most pressing contemporary issues.

The UK-Japan Student Conference is an opportunity to apply the knowledge attendees have gained during their academic careers. We provide a programme that acknowledges and celebrates a diversity of values through interactions with participants from different backgrounds. We hope the week they spend with us is a fruitful and memorable one with many discoveries.

Our Team

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NICOLE
DOYLE

President

Nicole is a graduate from Oxford where she read History and Politics, who firmly believes in the importance of building lasting friendships that transcend national borders. She has been a part of the UK-JP community since 2019.

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AN

YOKOTA

Finance & Logistics

An is a second-year undergraduate studying History and Political Economy at King's College London. Participant in 2019 and 2020.

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MADALINA BENDERSCHI

Academic Coordinator

Maddie is an Anthropology graduate from UCL, passionate about grassroots politics and human wellbeing. She is working with Imperial College to develop a guided journal supporting young people's mental health in crises such as climate change and Covid-19.

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MIZUHO
INA

Social Media Marketing

Mizuho is a fourth-year undergraduate at Nanzan University, studying American and British Studies.

Participant in 2020.

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YUME

ARAKI

Academic Coordinator

Yume is a second-year undergraduate at Sophia University, studying international legal studies! Participant in 2020.

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YEE HANG
CHONG

Finance & Logistics

Yee Hang graduated from

Shiga University, where he studied Economics. He is currently pursuing graduate
study in Nagoya University, focusing on Economic Policies Management. He was a participant in the
2021 UK-JP conference.

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SAKURA
DOI

Academic Coordinator

Sakura is an English Language and Literature graduate from Keio University, who is currently working with an advertising company.
Participant in 2020.

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DAVID
WATSON

Social Media Marketing

David is a graduate in International Business and Languages from Aston University, and is currently working with a software company. Participant in 2021, he passionately believes in the power of debate &

knowledge sharing.