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What is UK-JP?

The UK-Japan Student Conference (UK-JP) is an independent academic exchange programme by students, for students. Founded in 2016, this annual summer programme aims to encourage and foster intercultural dialogue among students of various backgrounds from UK and Japanese universities, by providing a platform for youths to discuss and propose solutions to pressing contemporary issues.

Depending on the year, participants spend just over a week in Japan or the UK attending lectures by experts on numerous exciting topics, exchanging ideas with fellow university students from across the UK and Japan. In addition to academic exchange, there will be plenty of social events and time for participants to build lasting connections that transcend national borders.

Our Mission

The UK-Japan Student Conference is an opportunity for highly motivated university students across the UK and Japan 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 UK-JP. 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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RYAN
LEE

President

Ryan is an undergraduate studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, at the University of Warwick. He has a keen interest in exploring opportunities for youth to engage in meaningful intercultural conversations about philosophy, politics, and policy. UK-JP Participant in 2023.

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ANGELICA
MARCELO

Academic Coordinator

Angelica is studying Philosophy at the University of Glasgow -- but studied abroad in Kyushu University for 6 months. She was a participant in the 2022 UK-JP Conference.

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DANIYAAL
A.

Academic Coordinator

Daniyaal is a Social Work graduate from the University of Strathclyde. Daniyaal is currently a full time Social Worker, also participating in research around ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ and ‘People of Colour’. He was a previous UK-JP 2023 participant.

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YUKA
NATSUKAWA

Academic Coordinator

Yuka is an undergraduate studying Global Management at Chuo University. Participant in 2023.

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TOKO
OMICHI

Academic Coordinator

Toko is an undergraduate studying the social sciences and the data sciences at Tsuda University. Participant in 2023.

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NATSUKI 
KASHIWABARA

Finance & Logistic

Natsuki is an undergraduate at Keio University who is currently on an exchange year at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, US. Participant in 2022.

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IAN
TAM

Finance & Logistics

Ian is an undergraduate student at the University of Glasgow studying Economics. He was a participant in 2023.

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TAMAKI
SUGAWARA

Finance & Logistics

Tamaki is an undergraduate studying sociology at Rikkyo university. Participant in 2023.

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HARUKI
TSUJI

Finance & Logistics

Haruki is a first-year undergraduate at Tokyo University. He is currently in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participant in 2023.

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TILLIE
LAM

Marketing

Tillie is an undergraduate studying English Literature with Japanese at University of Sussex. During her studies she spent a summer abroad at International Christian University. Participant in 2022.

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HARUKA
KURATA

Marketing

Haruka is an undergraduate student studying business, entrepreneurship, and investment at Keio University. Participant in 2023.

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FUKI
OKAMOTO

Marketing

Fuki is an undergraduate studying Economics and Business Administration at Kyoto University. Participant in 2023.

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