PIJLC inks Agreement with Josai University (May 15, 2015)

The Philippine Institute of Japanese Language & Culture Foundation, Inc. (PIJLC) signed an Agreement on Mutual Cooperation with the Josai University of Japan on May 15, 2015, in Tokyo. In the Agreement, PIJLC was represented by its President, Mr. Philip B. Sanvictores, while Dr. Noriko Mizuta, Chancellor signed on behalf of the Josai University Educational Corporation.

The Agreement envisions a range of exchanges between Josai and PIJLC faculty, students and interns in the fields of language education and training, as well as intercultural research, activities and projects that foster human talent and internationalization. The signing of the Agreement was witnessed by Mrs. Patricia Maribel C. Sanvictores, wife of PIJLC President Sanvictores, Mr. Yukuhisa Kitamura, Assistant of the Chancellor, and Director Yukio Doi of the Josai University Center for Innovation.

Josai University is a private university established in 1965 by Mikio Mizuta, one of Japan’s highly respected Ministers of Finance, in which capacity he served three terms from 1960-1962 (under PM Hayato Ikeda), then in 1966-1968 and finally from 1971-1972 (both under PM Eisaku Sato).

From the Josai University website, excerpts from the Greeting of Chancellor Mizuta provide a panoramic overview of its past, present and future:

In 1965, Josai University was established in Sakado City, in Saitama Prefecture. In the time since then, JU has seen society rapidly changing as it made its transition from the Showa period to the Heisei period and from the 20th century to the 21st century.

The First Chancellor and President, the late Mr. Mikio Mizuta, was a statesman who devoted himself to Japan’s postwar rehabilitation believing that, for Japan to become truly rehabilitated and developed, it was most important to nurture the capable young people who would be able to bear the future burden for Japan. Thus, under the founder’s school motto of ‘character building through learning,’ JU was founded with a view to educating the ‘youth of a promising future.’

Having supported the founder’s great ambition, and having made unsparing endeavors to bring it to fruition, many faculty members, many other supporters, and what is more, the over 60,000 Josai graduates, who have managed to succeed and make many contributions to society, have laid the foundation of the university. JU owes what it is today to their over 40 years of untiring efforts.

Since its founding, JU has continued to expand, establishing another department and a junior college. Subsequently, Josai International University was founded as an innovation responding to the age of globalization. And last year, another new campus of an urban style was opened in Kioicho, Tokyo, where we offer education that is ahead of the times in meeting community needs.

With the increasing globalization of society, it is an even more important task for us in the 21st century to realize the ‘character building through learning’ evoked in the spiritual legacy of JU. We believe it to be the university’s main educational mission to encourage every JU graduate to live fulfilling lives and do their best to create a peaceful, productive future society and culture which have no social or racial boundaries.

In 1992, the Josai University Educational Corp. established the Josai International University in Chiba prefecture, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs for a broad range of academic disciplines. Presently, there JIU has over 6,000 students with an increasing number coming from foreign countries.

International School Manila donates Books to NCF (May 7, 2015)

The International School of Manila (ISM), through Ms. Naomi Mes, donated numerous Nihongo textbooks for high school and Japanese-English dictionaries to the Nihongo Center Foundation (NCF), Young Achievers International School (YAIS), St. Therese of the Child Jesus Academy (STCJA) and the Senior High School Department of the University of Makati (UMak), during simple rites held on May 7, 2015 at the Board Room of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation (PJFF). PIJLC-NCF officials led by President Philip Sanvictores received the donation.

NCF Trains Filipino Caregiver-Candidates (Dec 1, 2014)

The Nihongo Center Foundation (NCF) entered into an agreement with the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) to conduct preparatory Nihongo training for about 90 Filipino candidates bound for nursing-caregiver jobs in Japan.  This group of students represents about one-third of some 300 nurse-caregiver candidates who will be deployed to Japan under an ongoing Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) signed in 2006 by the governments of the Philippines and Japan and ratified as a treaty by the Philippine Senate in 2008.

This group of trainees were chosen by the Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services (JICWELS).  The rest of the candidates undergo training at the TESDA under the auspices of JFM. It is noted that the number of Filipino caregiver-candidates has been increasing yearly due to strong demand from Japanese hospitals and hospices.  As a result, the implementing agencies for the Nihongo Training component, JFM and the TESDA have been hard pressed in coping with the requirement for teaching the Japanese language. In 2014, NCF was tapped to provide Nihongo teachers and classroom facilities to augment their limited capacities.

The designation of NCF as the Nihongo training institute for Japan-bound Filipino nurses and caregivers reflects the outstanding regard of the Government of Japan for the teaching staff, curriculum design and facilities of NCF in Manila.  For this batch of caregiver-candidates, NCF put up 5 classes to accommodate the 90 students which started in November 2014 and will end in May this year.

The course coverage is as follows:

  1. Minnano Nihongo Elementary Book I (L. 1 – L.25) – four classes made up of about 70 students;
  2. Minnano Nihongo Elementary Book II (L.26 – L.50) – one class of about 20 students with some prior knowledge of Nihongo:
  3. Minnano Nihongo Intermediate Book I (L. 1 – L. 6)

At the end of the course, all the candidates are expected to pass the conventional Level 3 (3級) which is currently designated as N4 level of the reglementary Japanese Language Proficiency Test administered by the Japan Foundation.  In the current batch, about 20 students with some prior knowledge of Nihongo are expected to pass N3.

Opening ceremonies for the NCF classes were held on November 17, 2014 at the Jose P. Laurel Hall, Philippines-Japan Friendship Center Manila along R. Papa Street (University Belt), Sampaloc, Manila. Guests of Honor were Amb. Benjamin F. Sanvictores, Chairman of the Board of Trustees – NCF;  Mr. Philip B. Sanvictores, NCF President; Dir. Nimfa de Guzman, Director for Welfare & Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Dir. Shuji Takatori, Japan Foundation – Manila; Mr. Hiroshi Kozai, Director for International Operations, Japanese Language Department, Japan Foundation Tokyo; and Mr. Hiroyuki Enoki, Labor Attaché, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

Speeches were delivered by President Sanvictores, POEA Dir. De Guzman, Japan Foundation Manila Dir. Takatori, Mr. Enoki, Labor Attaché of the Embassy of Japan, and Prof. Kenjiro Ogata, Academic Advisor of the PIJLC-NCF.

Dr. Edwin P. Mojica served as Master of Ceremonies.


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