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DATE OUTLINE PICTURE
2017/
8/28(Fri.)
2nd year
(14th)
2017 Study Tour at Kwansei Gakuin University
(2nd year)
 Four second-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International Senior High School (HIS) participated in the 2017 Study Tour at Kwansei Gakuin University. The main purpose of the HIS students’ attendance was to present their poster, which describes what they did during the first term, to Mr. Nagatomo, an associate professor at Kwansei Gakuin University. They were also given a chance to deepen their understanding of immigration studies by asking Mr. Nagatomo questions. First, the HIS students made a presentation about Japan’s good points, including the aim to have all races and different cultures living peacefully together. (Picture ①)Then, they asked Mr. Nagatomo questions, and they discussed the topic with him. (Picture ②) It was a good chance for the HIS students to get a deeper understanding of the theme.


(Picture ①)HIS students present their report.


 

(Picture ②) HIS students talk with Mr. Nagatomo.
2017/
8/25(Fri.)
1st year
(15th)
2017 SGH Fieldwork in Himeji (1st year)
 Sixteen students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) participated in the 2017 SGH Fieldwork in Himeji. This was the third trip to Himeji. Its purpose was to visit companies in Himeji which employ Thai technical intern trainees, to examine the present situation of the Thai workers, and to think about what should be done in the future. The chief executive officer (CEO) at Shinwa Industrial Co., Ltd. Mr. WATANABE Yosuke, two Thai technical intern trainees employed by Shinwa, the manager of the technical department at Sanko coating Co. Ltd. Mr. YAMANAKA Sunao, two Thai technical intern trainees working at Sanko, and the director of Kansai Metal Industry Cooperative, Mr. SEKI Mitsuhiro attended the meeting.
Mr. Watanabe from Shinwa Industrial Co. Ltd. talked extensively about the process they went through before accepting the technical intern trainees from Thailand. First, he got a repor tfrom a Thai training agency on how they had learned the Japanese language and how they prepared for work. Then he went to the agency in Thailand to explain his company, and finally he decided to employ the trainees.
Next, the HIS students went to observe a factory owned by Shinwa Industrial Co., Ltd. They saw the Thai trainees welding. Then the HIS students went back to a conference room to listen to the director of Kansai Metal Industry Cooperative, Mr. SEKI Mitsuhiro. He talked about how his company took in foreign trainees. Lastly, the HIS students asked the Thai trainees a lot of questions, and the Thai workers answered them. It was a very good chance for the HIS students to learn about the present situation of the technical intern trainees from Thailand.



 

2017/
8/9(Wed.)
1st year
(15th)
2017 SGH Fieldwork in Kobe  (1st year)
 Fourteen first-year students from Hyoro Prefectural International High School (HIS) participated in the 2017 SGH Fieledwork in Kobe. First, they arrived at JR Motomachi station and walked from the immigrant facility to Kobe port to the Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction. The route was used by actual immigrants. At the center, Mr. Amatatsu gave the HIS students a lecture on the history of immigrants who came to and left from Kobe. After the lecture, they went down to the migration museum on the first floor, and Mr. Amatatsu explained the exhibition. He talked about how to collect immigrants in Japan, and how they prepared for overseas trips. Then he described what they experienced before going abroad, during the voyage, and after arrving at their destinations. Lastly, the students moved back to the lecture room and summaraized what they learned from the fieldtrip.
 


 

2017/
7/19(Wed.)
1st-3rd year
(13-15th)
SGH Special Lecture: ”Foreigners”living in Japan today--aiming to make a society where all live peacefully together (1st-3rd year)
  Professor SUZUKI Eriko from the Department of Literature at Kokushikan University gave an SGH special lecture to Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) students. She talked about the present situation of "foreigners (people of foreign origins in Japan)" and what should be done to make a society where "foreigners" and Japanese live peacefully together. Her main points were: ①multiculturalization in Japan ②"inequality" and "foreigners" ③ "foreigners" in the labor market ④ education for children of foreign roots, and ⑤ living peacefully together. She answered several questions during the question and answer session that followed her lecture.



 

2017/
7/10(Mon.)
1st year
(15th)
SGH Study Tour @ Kobe University 2017
(1st year)
On July 10th, all of the Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) 1st-year students went on study tours. 120 HIS students were divided into three groups of 40. One group of 40 students attended an SGH study tour at Kobe University. (Picture ①) In the morning, they learned about the university. Some HIS graduates who are now students at Kobe University came to talk with and encourage the first-year students. (Picture ②) After that, they went to see the university’s library. In the afternoon, KARASHIMA Masato, an associate professor of the Faculty of Intercultural Studies at Kobe University, gave a lecture on immigration studies.
(Picture ③) After the lecture, there was a question and answer session, which was a good chance to deepen the students’ understanding about immigration studies.


(Picture ①) 40 HIS students go to Kobe University.
 

(Picture ②)HIS graduates encourage HIS students.


(Picture ③)HIS students learn about immigration.
2017/
7/10(Mon.)
1st year
(15th)
SGH Study Tour @ Ritsumeikan University 2017
(1st year)
On July 10th, 120 Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) first-year students were divided into three groups of 40, and they went on study tours. One of the groups who went to Ritsumeikan University (Rits) got a lecture from YONEYAMA Yutaka, a professor of the Department of Literature at Ritsumeikan University.(Picture ①) He talked about immigration history, especially, of the Japanese immigrants to the U.S. After the lecture, a question and answer session was held, and it deepened the students’ understanding about immigration. In the afternoon, they toured around the campus of the university.(Picture ②)


(Picture ②) HIS students tour around Rits.
 

(Picture ①)40 HIS students learn about
immigration at Rits
.
2017/
7/10(Mon.)
1st year
(15th)
SGH Study Tour @ National Museum of Ethnology (1st year)
On July 10th, 40 students of Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) went on a study tour to National Museum of Ethnology (NME). (Picture ①) In the morning, they got a lecture from MISHIMA Teiko, an associate professor of the Department of Globalization and Humanity. (Picture ②) She talked about “moving people”. Since the students were making immigration maps, it was a good chance for them to think about why people were moving. Later, the students went around the museum, and studied about the various cultures of the world. (Picture ③)


(Picture ①) 40 HIS students visit NME.
 

(Picture ②) HIS students learn about
"moving people".



(Picture ③)HIS students study about the
world's cultures.


2017/
6/16(Fri.)

The 2017 Liaison Council of SGH
The first 2017 Liaison Council of Super Global High School (SGH) was held at Ochanomizu University, and the bunkyo school building on the Tokyo Campus of Tsukuba University. About 350 people from 123 SGH schools, 56 SGH associate schools, and several education board members participated. In the third part of the meeting, the participants were divided into 11 groups and teachers from 22 SGH schools presented reports to their sub group. Mr. Maekawa, a senior teacher from Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS), reported the results of its SGH research. He talked about how the HIS students made migration maps, joined study tours and fieldwork in and outside Japan, studied in specially tailored school subjects, and participated in an academic conference.

 

2017/
6/15(Thu.)
1, 2 year
(14th,15th)
SGH Lunch-Hour”Street Preaching ”
(1st & 2nd year)
 During the lunch hour, four second-year students, and 24 first-year students who were the leaders of migration map groups gathered in the central hallway, and the first 'street preaching' was held. The purpose of this activity was that the second-year students who made migration maps and reported them last year would share their ideas with the first-year students. (In fact, they did not 'preach' but gave some advice.)(Picture ①) First, the second-year students showed how to make a presentation about migration maps and what they thought about them, and then advised the first-year students about the procedures. The first-year students listened to the advice attentively. (Picture ②)


(Picture ②
 

(Picture ①)
2017/
6/5(Mon.)
1st year
(15th)
SGH Lecture: The Importance of Migration Studies--What Can We Learn by Making Migration Maps? (1st year)
 Associate Professor NAGATOMO Jun from the School of International Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University gave an SGH lecture to Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) 1st-year students. He lectured on the importance of migration studies, and what the students can learn by making migration maps. First he talked about the definitions of 'immigrants and migrants' in social studies---the specific term 'immigrants' mean people who aim to live in another country forever, and 'migrants' mean people who move to another country temporarily including international students. Next he talked about different views ofimmigrants and different immigration policies in other countries. Lastly he talked about why migration studies are important. He said people can get rid of biased views of immigrants after studying about immigrants, and they can also form their own opinions about them. Mr. NAGATOMO answered some questions from HIS students after the lecture.


 

2017/
5/28(Sun.)
2,3 year
(14th, 13th)
SGH Study Tour at 2017 Annual Conference of JAMPS (2nd & 3rd year)
 
The 2017 Annual Conference of the Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies (JAMPS) was held at Seijo University, Tokyo. Two second-year students and eight third-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS) took part. In interest group B, a third-year student Ms. MINEYAMA and an HIS senior teacher Mr. Maekawa presented a report on the relationship between an aging society with fewer children and immigration problems in Japan and Italy.


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2017/
5/24(Wed.)
1,2 year
(15th, 14th)
SGH Report on Study Tour in Vietnam  (1st & 2nd year)
 Twenty-one students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) who had participated in the study tour in Vietnam in November in 2016 reported on it to 1st-year and 2nd-year students. They presented an introduction of Japanese culture and their school, and the results of their research at schools they visited. They also talked about Vietnamese towns and culture. In the end of the report, Thailand was announced as the destination of the next study tour abroad.






2017/
5/1(Mon.)
1st year
(15th)
SGH Keynote Lecture: In Starting Immigration Studies--Why Are Immigration Studies Important?(1st year)

 Professor MINAMIKAWA Fuminori from the College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University made a keynote speech to Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) 1st-year students. He lectured on what is important when they start immigration studies. He talked about international immigrants in the modern world and what immigration studies are about. Later, he answered some questions asked by HIS students.


 

2017/
3/19(Sun.)
1st, 2nd year
(13th, 14th)
SGH Koshien 2017 (1st & 2nd year)
  On March 19, SGH Koshien 2017, a national Super Global High School (SGH) research presentation conference was held at the Nishinomiya-Uegahara Campus of Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU). Twenty-four students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) participated in it. (Picture ①) One group made an oral presentation, three groups made poster presentations, (Picture ②)and one student participated in a group discussion. The students who took part in the oral presentation and group discussion had been selected after passing the first screening. The students from HIS presented their SGH reports on immigration research. The oral presentation group gave their report in English. (Picture ③)After the presentations, the HIS students got a lot of feedback and advice from people all over Japan, and watched other SGH school students present their SGH research. It was a very productive and educational day for them.


(Picture ②)An HIS group makes a poster presentation.

(Picture ①) 24 HIS students join SGH Koshien 2017.


(Picture ③)An HIS group presents its immigration research in English.
2017/
2/18(Sat.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Study Tour in Tokyo 2017 (2nd day)
(1st year)
  In the morning, the HIS students went to Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School (TGUISS) and watched four presentations of Super Science High School (SSH) research and four presentations of Super Global High School (SGH) research. Every research was good and solid because they included preceding research, research, analysis, and consideration. The HIS students learned a lot from the persuasive presentations which used a variety of data. After having lunch with TGUISS students, the HIS students presented reports on their fieldwork in Himeji, the study tour to Vietnam, and the migration maps. (Picture 1) Next, the TGUISS students presented their report about halal dishes in Japan and proposed better halal foods for Muslims in Japan. It was an interesting and impressive presentation. Lastly, the HIS students and the TGUISS students engaged in group work to propose an immigration policy Japan should adopt in the future, and commit it to paper after exchanging their ideas. (Picture 2) It was a stimulating chance for the HIS students to carry on their research.

(Picture 1) HIS students present their reports.


(Picture 2) HIS and TGUISS students exchange ideas to propose a better immigration policy.
2017/
2/17(Fri.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Study Tour in Tokyo 2017 (1st day)
(1st year)
  Thirty-six first-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS) participated in the 2017 Super Global High School (SGH) study tour in Tokyo. (Picture 1) Their goal was to study immigration by discussing the issue with a university researcher and students from other SGH schools.
First, the HIS students visited the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT), and listened to the introduction of the university.(Picture 2) Next, they went on a campus tour to visit facilities including the library. Then, the HIS students presented immigration reports. (Picture 3) Associate Professor SATO Yuriko asked questions and the HIS students answered them. The HIS students talked about their reports on the fieldwork in Himeji, the study tour to Vietnam, and the fieldwork in Ikeda. The students who had participated in these activities all made their presentations that day. Ms. Sato made comments and gave advice after the presentations.
Next Ms. Sato presented an outline of the world policies about accepting international students and highly skilled workers, and the difference in policies between Japan and Germany. (Picutre 4)
She answered questions from the HIS students after her presentation. They learned a lot from the activities.


(Picture 1)36 1st-year students of HIS participate.

(Picture 2) HIS students listen to TIT introduction.

(Picture 3) HIS students present their reports.

(Picutre 4)Ms. Sato presents Japan-Germany policies.
2017/
2/11(Sat.)
1st, 2nd year
(14th, 13th)
SGH:Hyogo-Kobe World Meets for YOUTH
(1st & 2nd year)
  The fourth Senior High School Students' Day for Thinking about International Issues, Hyogo-Kobe World Meets for YOUTH, was held at Kobe International Exibition Hall, and thirty 1st-year and 2nd-year Hyogo Prefectrual International High School (HIS) students participated.
In the morning, a keynote speech was made and a panel discussion was held, and in the afternoon, the HIS studnets met with members of international groups, and joined a poster session. One of the 2nd-year HIS groups talked in English about what kind of migration policy Japan should take in the future with a poster. Another group presented a report on their fieldwork in Cambodia, and the other group made a poster presentation about their study tour abroad. One of the 1st-year HIS groups talked about their survey of Vietnamese people who worked abroad, and another talked about their project of immigration and emigration maps.
In addition, two other groups including the JRC (Junior Red Cross) club, and some students taking a lesson of International Volunteer Study, one of the HIS international subjects, also made presentations, showing their posters.They answered questions from the audience and discussed some issues. The HIS students learned a lot from their activities.








2017/
1/28(Sat.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Fieldwork in Ikeda~
A Visit to ‘Poplar’ Ikeda Satsuki-kai Special Nursing Home for the Elderly(1st year)
 Nine first-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) visited Poplar, a special nursing home for the elderly, in Ikeda City. The HIS students wanted to visit one of the nursing homes which have accepted care worker candidates from the Philippines through the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and learn about the present situation of Japan’s nursing homes and migrant workers there. They interviewed 5 Filipino women at the nursing home.
  First, Mr. Itamiya, the chief director of Poplar, explained this facility, and answered questions from the HIS students.
  Next, the HIS students interviewed five Filipinos working for Poplar, using both English and Japanese. They asked the workers how they felt about working in the nursing home and what they were planning to do in the future.
The HIS students got detailed answers from the Filipino workers, and were able to learn a lot about the present situation of the migrant workers there. They are going to report on the fieldwork and take advantage of their experience in other SGH activities.

 


(Picture①)HIS students visit Poplar Nursing Home.

(Picture②)9 students interview Filipino care workers.

(Picture③)Chief Director Iyamiya introduces Poplar.


2016/
12/19(Mon.)
1st, 2nd year
(14th, 13th)
SGH 2016 Midterm Presentation of Research &C.C.C. Presentation
(1st & 2nd year)

 In 2016 Super Global High Schol(SGH) midterm presentation of research, the 1st-year and the 2nd-year students presented results on migration. Also, the 2nd-year students talked about their overseas study tour in Communication, Cultural Understanding, and Contribution(C.C.C) presentations.

Those presentations were given at the International Exchange Hall of Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS).

 First, HIS Principal, Mr. Akimune and a supervisor at Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education Ms. Matoba made an opening speech.(Picture ①②) Next, SGH in-house promotion committee Chairman Mr. Maekawa outlined the Super Global High School (SGH) project of HIS.(Picture ③) 

Then, the first-year students gave midterm presentations about the result of SGH research on migration:
(1)a report of a debate (in Japanese) about migration in the 1st-term (Picture ④) (2)a report on a visit to two companies in Himeji during the summer vacation (3)a report on the making of World Migration Maps in the second term (Representatives: (A)New Zealand (B)Kenya (C)Vietnam)(Picture ⑤) (4) a report on a study tour to Vietnam in November

Next, the second-year students presented results on migration: (1)a report on the study tour to Cambodia in November last year (2)High School Summit and joint presentations of high-school and university through collaborative research at Kyoto University
(3) a report on the 2016 Winter Conference of Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies in December (Picture ⑥)(4) a report on the study tour to three countries

After the midterm presentations of research was over, the socone-year students talked about the study tour to three countries---the U.K., Canada, and the U.S.(Picture ⑦) to help the 1st-year students choose one of the three countries.



(Picture⑥)Reports on their study tour

 

(Picture①)HIS Principal (Picture②)Supervisor Matoba 

(Picture③)A report on the debate

(Picture④)A report on World Migrant Map

(Picture⑤)A report at JAMPS

2016/
12/3(Sat.)
1st ,2nd year
(14th, 13th)
SGH Study Tour at 2016 Winter Conference of Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies(1st & 2nd year)
 
The 2016 Winter Conference of Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies (JAMPS) was held at Kobe College, and four first-year students and six second-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS) took part in it. In free presentations, a second-year student, MANDOKORO Nanoha, presented a report on the results of a
questionnaire she had addressed to some Cambodian people during the study tour to Cambodia on March 2016. She also suggested what kind of migration policy Japan should take
in the future.

In the following question and answer session, participants asked questions about the analysis and the consideration of the present situation in Cambodia, and the situation in Japan as well. This was the first presentation Ms. MANDOKORA made in the academic conference, and she seemed rather tense, but she was able to answer the questions well.

The other nine students from HIS participated in a symposium on the challenges around the issues of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in accepting foreign workers from the point of view of the business sector.

The HIS students asked the panelists how Japan should send out the information on an improved situation in accepting more foreign workers. Each student seemed to have learned a lot from participating in this conference.


(Picture①)10 students from HIS
 

(Picture ②)Ms. Mandokoro reports at free presentations.

(Picture③)Q & A session
2016/
11/24(Thu.)
1st, 2nd year
(14th, 13th)
SGH Special & Human Rights Lecture
(1st & 2nd year)
 
The 2016 SGH Special & Human Rights Lecture was held and all the students at Hyogo Prefectural International High
School (HIS) attended it. The lecturer Mr. MIYAJIMA Takashi,
a professor emeritus at Ochanomizu University, talked about what kind of multicultural society Japan should be from the viewpoint of migrant studies.

He lectured on: (1)why Europe became "a new migrant continent", (2) four types of migrant, (3) change from migrants
to settlers, (4)how migrants were integrated in society, (5) change from migrants to citizens--how citizenship is considered in the West, (6) multiculturalism and its problems (7) Japan's "internationalization" and its realization (8) Japan facing migrants and the minority (in the 1980s), (9) Japan starting to accept foreign workers (in 1990), (10) why Japan doesn't take in foreign workers by the front door, (11) migrant women's human rights and workers' rights (12) an increase in
permanent foreign residents and settlers, and (13) aiming to live in a multicultural society.

Mr. Miyajima answered questions from HIS students after the lecture.


 

(Picture①)Mr. Miyajima gives a lecture.

(Picture②)A student asks a question.
2016/
11/6(Sun.)
1st, 2nd year
(14th, 13th)
SGH 2016 High School and University Collaborative Research Joint Presentation at Kyoto University(1st & 2nd year)
 
The high school and university collaborative research joint presentation in 2016 was held at Kyoto University Clock TowerCentennial Hall.

About 120 students from high schools in Hyogo prefecture and five teachers and about 40 students from Kyoto University and Kyoto University graduate schools took part.

Five first-year students, 11 second-year students, and four teachers from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS)participated in it. Mr. KISHIMOTO Masashi, an assistant professor at Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics gave a memorial lecture on energy problems.

Then, all groups made a one-minute presentation about their posters and a poster session was followed.
The HIS first-year group reported in Japanese on:
(1)debate about immigrants, and (2) a visit to companies during the summer vacation. The HIS second-year A group reported in Japanese on fieldwork in Cambodia, and the HIS second-year B group reported in English on a vision of Japan which is aiming to live harmoniously in a multicultural society in the future.

In a group discussion after the poster session, HIS students and Kyoto University students discussed issues about
migrant studies.

 

(Picture①)One-minute presentation on the poster

(Picture②)A poster session
2016/
11/6(Sun.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Study Tour in Vietnam(5th day)(1st year)
 The HIS students visited these schools, and had a very good experience of meeting and talking with a lot of Vietnamese people.
 They left Hanoi Airport, and flew via Ho Chi Min to Kansai International Airport on November 6th.



 




2016/
11/5(Sat.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Study Tour in Vietnam (4th day)(1st year)
 In the morning, the HIS students visited Thach That High School. They met twenty eight first-year students. (Picture ①)
The HIS students again gave their presentation and interview. Three of the students were interested in working in Japan. Three more answered that they would be interested if they were assisted in communicating in Japanese. Another three students said that they would be interested in working in Japan if Japanese people understood English better. 17 of them answered that they would like to study in Japan, because some loved Japanese anime, or fashion, and some said that Japanese people were kind. The percentage of the Vietnamese students who were interested in working in Japan was low, probably because the number of the students who were learning the Japanese language was small. After the questions, they talked with each other. Some Vietnamese students played their favorite Japanese songs on their smartphones. The HIS students danced wearing yukata. (Picture ②)Many of the Vietnamese students seemed to be interested in yukata.

In the afternoon, at a hotel in the city, the HIS students asked 12 Hanoi Medical University nursing students some questions.(Picture ③) First, a university teacher gave the HIS students a lecture on the present situation of medical service in Vietnam and in Japan. The HIS students again gave their presentation. In the interview, seven of the medical students answered that they were interested in working in Japan. The HIS students reported the present situation about nurse candidates under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The HIS students mentioned a difficult situation for nursing candidates, showing that only about ten percent of the candidates pass the National Nursing Examination every year. After the presentation, the HIS students asked them if they would like to come to work in Japan despite the difficult situation; Eight out of twelve answered they would come to Japan because they considered working in Japan would be a good experience and Japan was a safe place. When they were asked how they would like to be helped, eight answered that they would like to have assistance in understanding the Japanese language. The HIS students found that the Japanese language education was a big issue here again. Later, the HIS and Vietnamese students were divided into groups and talked with each other.



 

(Picture①)HIS students meet Thach That
High School students.

(Picture②)HIS students dance in yukata.


(Picture ③)HIS students meet Hanoi Medical
Uni. nursing candidates.
2016/
11/4(Fri.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Study Tour in Vietnam(3rd day)(1st year)
 In the morning, the HIS students visited a private school, Alfred Nobel School (ANS), and met 70 students between the 5th and the 11th grade. The HIS students made their English presentation about Japan, their school and their SGH report. After the presentation, they asked questions about working in Japan. Three of them answered that they were interested in working in Japan, and two answered that they would like to study in Japan. When the HIS students asked them what would be necessary for them to work in Japan, they answered that they would like to work in Japan if Japanese people could communicate in English better. The HIS students found that the Vietnamese students there were interested in jobs and countries in which they were able to use English, because they had been receiving education in English since they began elementary school. Later, the HIS students went around the school in groups and talked with the Vietnamese students.

In the afternoon, the HIS students visited Hanoi University of Science and Technology. (Picture ②) They met twelve second and third-year university students who were learning the Japanese language. The HIS students gave their presentation and interviewed the university students. Ten of them were interested in working in Japan, and stated high wages as a motivating factor. All twelve university students answered that they would be interested in working in Japan if they got assistance in understanding Japanese, and eleven of them answered that they would be interested if Japanese people could communicate in English better. The HIS students found that the language barrier was one of the greatest problems. After the question and answer session, the HIS students talked with the university students.


 

(Picture①)HIS students visit Alfred Nobel
School.


(Picture②)HIS students visit Hanoi University
of Science and Technology.

2016/
11/3(Thu.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Study Tour in Vietnam (2nd day)(1st year)
 The HIS students visited Vietnam National University Hanoi in the morning. They attended a lecture about global issues with 35 university students. Later, the HIS students talked about Japan and their school, and their SGH research in English. (Picture ①) After the presentation, the HIS students asked English questions about working in Japan. It was found that all of the 35 university students were interested in working in Japan if they were helped to learn Japanese, and ten of them said that they would like to work in Japan if Japanese people had better English abilities. They found that the language was an important factor when considering what immigration policy Japan should take.

 At Hanoi Sahul Hotel where they had lunch, the HIS students attended a job fair titled STEP HARIMA in HANOI. (Picture ②)The project was hosted by Himeji Employers’ Association. The small and medium-sized companies in Harima District, Hyogo, held a joint company information meeting in Hanoi to employ Vietnamese people.

 After the meeting, the HIS students went to a meeting of the Japan Vietnam Club (JVC) where Vietnamese people learned the Japanese language. (Picture ③) Here the HIS students presented information about Japan and their school, and their SGH reports. They asked Vietnamese people if they would like to go to work in Japan. All of the 35 people answered that they were interested in working in Japan. When the HIS students asked them why they were learning the Japanese language, some answered it was because they would like to work for Japanese companies and some answered it was because they would like to study in Japan. The Vietnamese people got information about Japan on the Internet, and many of them were interested in Japanese culture such as Japanese anime, manga, and celebrities. After receiving their answers, the HIS students talked with the Vietnamese people. (Picture ④) It was a very good experience for the HIS students to exchange views with the Vietnamese people.

 

(Picture ④)HIS students talk with Vietnamese people.

(Picture①)HIS students speak at Vietnam National
University Hanoi.


(Picture②)HIS students visit a job fair in Hanoi.


(Picture ③)HIS students visit Japan Vietnam Club.


2016/
11/2(Wed.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Study Tour in Vietnam(1st day)(1st year)
 Twenty-one first-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) participated in the study tour in Vietnam between Nov. 2 and 6, 2016. On the first study tour last year, the HIS students visited Cambodian villages; Many of the Cambodians, who had gone to work in Thailand, returned home to Cambodia because of low wages and illegal working status. Many of the Cambodian workers had not been educated enough. Previously, the HIS students had interviewed Vietnamese workers in Himeji. To follow this up, the students decided to interview educated Vietnamese people. The purpose of this tour was to determine how to accept more immigrants from overseas, and to propose a way in which Japan can help a large number of immigrants and Japanese people live peacefully together. Another purpose was to make reports, analyze the results, and share their proposals with other students, people in Japan and all over the world.

The HIS students departed Kansai International Airport, (Picture ①)and arrived at Hanoi, Vietnam, at 13:40. They walked around, saw the city influenced by the past rule of China and France, and learned about the history of Vietnam.(
Picture ②)

 

(Picture①)HIS students depart from KIX.


(Picture②)HIS students walk around Hanoi.
2016/
9/26(Mon.)
1st year
(14th)

SGH Project:Debate (Final) (1st year)
 The final of the debate was held. The two teams from the affirmative and negative teams whose scores were the highest in the preliminary rounds played in the final. The theme of the debate was whether Japan should introduce a dual nationality system to take in migrants.
The affirmative side argued:
1. Japan should introduce the system to prevent Japan's population from declining.
2. It should intruduce the system so that both Japanese migrants abroad and internationl migrants in Japan can return to their home countries easily.
3. It should introduce the system to boost the Japanese economy.

The negative side argued:
1. Japan should not intruduce the system because there is an educational gap between children with a dual nationality and children whose parents were born in Japan.
2. It should not introduce the system so that tourist spots will remain unique to visitors from other countries.
3. It should not introduce the system because rights and obligations of the public laws between Japan and other ounctires become complicated.
Both teams showed their own evidence to support their arguments, and debated each other. (Picture ①②)
After the debate, two special judges, Professo MITO Takamichi from the law department of Kwansei Gakuin University and Associate Professor NAGATOMO Jun from the School of International Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University commented on the debate. One of their comments was that it is very important to read a wide variety of books and to then organize these contents into their arguments.(Picture ③)
The negative team won. Both team members and the other first-year students who judged the debate were able to deepen their knowledge about migrant issues through the debate.(Picture ④)


 (Picture ③)Special judges (Picture ④)


(Picture ①②)▲They debate on the stage. 
2016/
9/2(Fri.)
1st, 2nd year
(13, 14th)
SGH Lunch-Hour Street Preaching (1st & 2nd year)
 At the lunch hour on September 2, four second-year students and 24 first-year students gathered in the central hallway. The second-year students tried to advise the first-year students about a debate which was going to be held in the following week. (Picture )The second-year students debated last year. They showed how to debate, and told the first-year students about important points for debate. The first-year students, who were debate team leaders, were eager to listen to the advice from the second-year students.
 
 


(Picture)Four 2nd years advise 24 1st years about
debate--like preachers on the street.

2016/
8/29(Mon.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Study Tour at Kwansei Gakuin University (1st year)
 On August 29, ten first-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International Senior High School (HIS) visited Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU). (Picture ①) The purpose of the tour was to know more about migration studies in order to prepare for a debate that would be held in September. What they were going to talk about in the debate was whether Japan should introduce the dual nationality system to accept migrants. They had prepared questions they were going to ask before the study tour. They discussed those questions with Associate Professors Mr. NAGATOMO Jun and Mr. SHIHO Kei from the School of International Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University. The two teachers taught them how to debate, and told them about some cases of nationality systems in other countries and human rights issues including citizenship. The students actively participated in the discussion with the teachers (Picture ②) and had a good chance to know more about nationality systems and migration studies. They hoped to debate better in September by using what they learned in the tour.
 

 

(Picture ①) Ten HIS students visit KGU.

(Picture ②) HIS students discuss migratory issues
with the KGU Associate Professors.


2016/
8/26(Fri.)
1st year
(14th)
SGH Fieldwork in Himeji (1st year)
 On August 26, 18 first-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) visited two companies in the Himeji area. They interviewed 18 highly skilled Vietnamese workers there. They visited Kajiwara Iron Works Co., Ltd. in Himeji City (Picture ①②) and Takata Industry Consolidated Cooperation (Picture ③④) in Kanzaki-gun. After they listened to the introduction of the companies, they looked around the factories. They interviewed a Vietnamese empoyee at Kajiwara Iron Works and four Vietnamese employees at Takata Industry. In a talk with the companies’ employers, they found that small- and medium-sized companies were lacking highly skilled workers, and that was why both companies started to employ capable Vietnamese workers. The companies said that the Vietnamese people they were employing were so serious and hard-working that they had a good influence on the companies. In the interviews with the Vietnamese workers, they said that the best thing about coming to Japan was that they have been able to learn about advanced technology during their time here. They also said that all their Japanese co-workers were working hard and supporting them, and working in the companies was very comfortable for them. What was troubling to them, however, was the Japanese language. The Vietnamese workers found it difficult to understand the Japanese dialect and ambiguous expressions of the language. Some Vietnamese said that they often have trouble communicating in English, because Japanese people don’t understand them.
The HIS students got a lot of information from the interviews, and they hope it will be helpful in considering what Japan should do in the future.
 
 

(Picture ①②)HIS students visit Kajiwara Iron Works Co., Ltd.


(Picture ③④) HIS students visit Takata Industry.
2016/
8/21(Sun.)
2nd year
(13th)
Hyogo-Kobe GLOBAL HEALTH High School Summit (2nd year)
 On August 21, 2016, the WHO Kobe Centre and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers' Meeting Promotion Council held the Hyogo-Kobe GLOBAL HEALTH High School Summit at Kobe International Conference Center. The summit was held as one of the pre-events of the Kobe G7 Health Ministers' Meeting, which was held in Kobe from September 11 to 12. Fifteen second-year students from Hyogo Prefectural Senior High School (HIS) participated in it and made two poster presentations.
One group made a presentaion in English about a future vision of Japan based on the study of immigration . In 2015, a great number of migrants and refugees flooded Europe, leading to a migrant crisis in Europe. Today, Japan doesn't accept migrants fundamentally, much less refugees. As there are more older people with fewer children in Japan today, it is changing into a society where its population keeps on decreasing. The HIS students acquired various kinds of data from their fieldwork. In this poster presentaion, the group tried to share an idea Japan should adopt so that it could become a multicultural society in the future.
The other group made a poster presentaiton about the same topic as the previously mentioned, along with information about their fieldwork in Cambodia. The field trip to Cambodia was held in March, 2016 in order to research more on the theme of HIS Super Global High School. The HIS students interviewed some peole who had worked abroad on a Cambodian farm where a lot of people went to work overseas. They asked the Cambodians why they went overseas and what social factors made them do so. After considering the answers to those questions, they tried to propose an idea about how Japan should adapt in the future.
There was a question-and-answer session after the poster presentations. The WHO Kobe Centre Director, Alex Ross, discussed the questions with the HIS students in English. He made a comment on some plans the HIS students proposed so that Japan could take in more migrants in the future. He said that Japan couldn't avoid the issue of the decreasing population, and that the HIS students should look into the cases of countries like Germany, which was able to stop the pupulation from decreasing.
He also said that Japanese deep-rooted prejudice against immigrants was a big problem, and that it would be very important for Japanese to get rid of the unreasonable dislike of migrants. The HIS students learned a lot from their poster presentations.
 In the plenary session, the HIS students particiapted in the discussion.
 
 



2016/
8/10(Wed.)
2nd Year
(13th)
SGH Fieldwork@Multicultural Children's Center(2nd year)
 On August 10, 2016, the two second-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International Senior High School (HIS) visited the Multicultural Children's Center and talked with a senior supervisor, HORIUCHI Michiko, of the Human Rights Education Division in the Hyogo prefectural board of education to investigate the HIS's SGH topic on migrants. They tried to find how foreign people living in Japan are assisted in learning the Japanese language. Some students visited Cambodia and interviewed migrants there, and others visited Himeji and interviewed Vietnamese migrants who were working for companies in Himeji. They started to consider the importance of helping migrants in Japan to learn the Japanese language. That was why they looked into the way foreigners living in Japan and children of foreign descendants are taught Japanese. The Multicultural Children's Center is located in the same compound as HIS, and language supporters are sent there to help foreign students learn Japanese at school. The HIS students found how the supporters were teaching the Japanese language. After interviewing the supporters, the HIS students found it would be necessary to keep on sustainable help for the language learners, and to give assistance not only to children but also to their parents in learning Japanese.
 


2016/
7/12(Tue.)
1st &,2nd year
(13th&14th students)
SGH Special Lecture : Which policy should Japan adopt in the age of decreasing population?--Is it right or wrong to accept immigrants ? (1st &2nd year students)
 Mr. MENJU Toshihiro, a chief program officer of Japan Center for International Exchange(JCIE) gave a special lecture to the first-year and the second-year students at Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS). He talked about which policy Japan should adopt in the age of decreasing population---Is it right or wrong to accept immigrants? After the lecture, HIS students asked questions and he answered them.

 

2016/
7/11(Mon.)
1st year
(14th students)
SGH Study Tour @ Kyoto, Osaka, & Ritsumeikan Univ. (1st year students)
 All the 120 students in the 1st year at Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS) participated in SGH study tour at Kyoto, Osaka and Ritsumeikan universities. They visited them to attend a lecture given by a professor who researches on migratory issues, and to have a discussion with the professor in order to have a chance to deepen their understanding about migration studies.

(1) SGH Study Tour at Kyoto University
The 40 students visited Kyoto University by bus. (Picture ①)They got there at about 10 o'clock and visited the Kyoto Museum. After that between 10:30 and 12:00, they had a lecture given by NISHIYAMA Noriyuki, a professor at the faculty of integrated human studies. The theme was how Japan should be in the future in terms of its immigration policy, and how to think about Japanese problems in comparison with French ones. (Picture ②) He talked about the present situation of emigration in Japan and in France, the history of immigration in France, and the way Japan should be in the future. He elaborated on the reason why France started accepting immigrants in its history. He explained that from the viewpoint of demography Japan is going to have the most aging society with few children that no other country had ever experienced. He also talked about the importance of conducting migratory studies in order to think about how Japan should be in the future. After the lecture, HIS students had a discussion and a Q&A session with Professor Nishiyama to deepen their understanding of migratory studies. Later they visited Kyoto University library and had lunch there. They returned to school by bus.

(2)SGH Study Tour at Osaka University
Another group of 40 students visited Osaka University. (Picture ③) They arrived at 9:30, and learned how to use the library with Online Public Access Catalog(OPAC). Later, the eight groups of 5 students tried to find books searched with the OPAC in the library.(Picture ④) Next, they had a lecture given by YAMASHITA Hitoshi, a profesor of the graduate school of language and culture at Osaka University between 10:30 and noon. The theme was how a multicultural society should be, and what Japan should take into consideration when accepting immigrants in the future. He talked about the past immigration and racism issues, and how to solve the current immigration issues.


 

2016/
6/20(Mon.)
1st year
(14th students)
SGH Lecture on Japan's and the World's migration issues (1st year)
 Professor MITO Takamichi from the law department of Kwansei Gakuin University gave a lecture to the first-year students at Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS). He lectured on migration issues in Japan and in the world. After the lecture, Mr. Mito answered questions from HIS students.

 

2016/
6/19(Sun.)

2nd year
(13th students)
SGH Study Tour in Tokyo (2nd day) (2nd year)
 Ten 2nd-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS) made a presentation at Otsuma Women's University about the future of Japan based on the study of immigration . (Picture①)They reported on the European migrant crisis, in which a great number of migrants poured into European nations in 2015. They also said that Japan now basically closes its doors to immigrants and has accepted very few refugees. On the other hand, Japan is changing into a society with a decreasing population due to declining birthrate and aging population. They used the data obtained from their fieldwork, and talked about how Japan should become a multicultural society in the future. Mr. Kubo at Otsuma Women's University, and Ms. Sano at the Japan Society of Social Design Studies listened to this presentation, asked some questions, and discussed the issues with the HIS students. (Picture②)The students had a good opportunity to think about how to improve their proposals.

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2016/
6/18(Sat.)

2nd year
(13th students)
SGH Study Tour in Tokyo (1st day) (2nd year)
 The Japan Society of Social Design Studies(JSSDS) held an open forum at Rikkyo University.(Picture①) The title was 'Thinking again about social designs: what principle underlies a society--with ethics, a system, and reality in mind'., and 10 second-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS) participated. First, Professor Emeritus NISHITANI Osamu of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies gave a lecture about what principle or ethical basis underlies a community. He clearly explained what living together means. Next, Professor Emeritus MIYAJIMA Takashi of Ochanomizu University gave a lecture. He talked about what kind of a community European countries have been aiming to become by going beyond their different national principles and historical backgrounds. He also told the audience how institutional agreements are affected in European countries due to world migration. Then, Ms. SANO Atsuko at JSSDS reported on the present situation of Germany which used to aim at becoming a nation-state. She talked about what kind of community Germany is now trying to become. and what efforts it has been making.
Lastly, the three lecturers held a panel discussion, and answered questions from the audience. Some HIS students asked quesions and participated in the discussion. (Picture②)The HIS students had a good chance to think further about how different people and groups can live together in Japan, and it is related to HIS's SGH research theme of sharing a vision of Japan's future through migratory studies.


 

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2016/6/6
(Mon.)
1st year
(14th students)
SGH Lecture: What migration policy Japan should adopt and how Japan should react to the world situation
 An SGH lecture was given to Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) students by Associate Professor SHIHO Kei from the School of International Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University. He lectured on what kind of migration policy Japan should adopt, and how Japan should react to the world situation. All the first-year students listened to his lecture. After the lecture, Mr. Shiho answered questions from students about things related to migration studies.

 

2016/6/1
(Wed.)
2nd year
(13th students)
SGH Project:Presentation &Discussion about
Migration and Refugee Policy with German Students from Humboldt School
 Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS) students, and visiting German students from Humboldt school gave presentations and had a discussion on migration and refugee policy in English. 12 German students and 22 HIS students participated.
First, four German students from Humboldt gave a presentaton on the present situation of migration and refugees in Europe and German efforts to solve these problems. An HIS student asked them, "Why is Germany trying to take in more immigrants, though there are a lot of problems in doing so?"
The German students answered that Germany is an economic superpower, so accepting more immigrants and refugees is a German responsibility. "(Picture 1)
Next, HIS students gave a presentation on their project to research migration and create a vision of Japan's future, using a poster. (Picture 2)German students asked a lot of questions, and HIS students tried to answer them.(Picture 3)
They continued to discuss things after the meeting was over.

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2016/5/25
(Mon.)
2nd year
(13th students)
SGH Cambodia Study Tour Report Meeting
 20 second-year students who had participated in a study tour in Cambodia between March 11 and 14, 2016 told the first and second year students about their tour. They talked about their activities in Cambodia and their interviews with the local people.

 

2016/5/2
(Mon.)
1st year
(14th students)
SGH Keynote Lecture: The Importance of Migration Studies--What should we learn through Migration Studies?
 The SGH keynote lecture was given to Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) students by Associate Professor NAGATOMO Jun from the School of International Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University. He lectured on the importance of migration studies, and what people should learn through migration studies. All the first-year students listened to his lecture. After the lecturet, Mr. Nagatomo answered questions from students about things related to migration studies.

 

2016/3/25
(Fri.)
1st year(13th students)
SGH Fieldwork in Himeji
 As Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) Super Global High School research, a dozen first-year students participated in fieldwork in Himeji. The purpose of the fieldwork was to visit companies in Himeji, where foreign workers were employed as highly skilled professionals through the project called STEP HARIMA in HANOI promoted by Himeji Employers' Association. HIS students researched about the present situation of small and medium-sized Japanese businesses, and migratory work. They had a chance to think about Japan's future.
The 12 first-year students visited Tsuta Metals & Machinery in the morning, and Sawada Precision Company in the afternoon.
At Tsuta Metals & Machinery, the employment of foreigners was explained to the students. (Picture①)The company first employed four foreign workers when it accepted Indochina refugees. In the 2000s, foreign workers started to be employed as trainees, and in 2015, fifteen foreigners including trainees were employed. They come from Vietnam, Thailand, Peru, and Korea. The company started employing foreigners because the number of workers who wanted to work in the manufacturing industry was decreasing, and the company wanted to continue hiring new workers. The students learned that Tsuta Metals & Machinery is planning to employ two technical trainees, who can work without a working visa, though that limits the period of their stay in Japan. They also learned that there are not enough highly talented university graduates with a science background in small and medium-sized companies. After the explanation, they went to visit factories to see how foreigners were working.
In the afternoon, they visited Sawada Precision Company. They listened to an introduction of the company, and visited the factory. (Picture ②)They learned that six foreign technical trainees and two foreign workers were emplyed. In the factory they were able to interview some workers. After they looked around the factory, the company gave them a chance to talk with three Vietnamese workers. In the interview, they learned that they came to Japan to learn the highly-advanced art of manufacturing in Japan. The workers plan to use the knowledge they gain in Japan to set up companies when they go back to Vietnam. The students also learned that Japanese was used in the company, and that the Vietnamese workers were having a hard time learning Japanese. The company helps them by holding a study meeting to learn Japanese on Saturday and Sunday.
The fieldwork this time gave the students a chance to think about Japan's future. The students hope to utilize their experience in the following research.


 

(Picture ①)HIS students listened to the explanation made by
Tsuta Metals & Machinery.

(Picture ②)HIS students saw Sawada Precision Co. factory

(Picture ③)HIS students interviewed Vietnamese workers
Mar. 14(Mon.)
(2016)
SGH Cambodia Study Tour (4th day)
 At 7:40, they set out to do fieldwork and arrived at Phlong village in Siem Reap Province. In Phlong, the village chief welcomed them. (Picture ①)
The students were divided into two groups and interviewed three families the village chief introduced. They addressed questions to the people who had gone abroad for work. The students asked questions in English, and the interpreter translated English into Khmer. The local people gave answers in Khmer, which were translated into English for the HIS students. (Picture ②)
They had interviews with eight Cambodians in total. They found that most of them went to Thailand, and some of the family members had gone to Korea to get higher wages.
What was different from the migratory workers in Samor village in Takeo Province was that the people from the village of Phlong did many different kinds of work such as farming on sugar cane farms and working in a canned factory or a glove manufacturing factory. They migrated to work abroad so that they could get more income. Like the people in Samor village, Takeo Province, most of the migratory workers couldn't read or write, so they had a hard time collecting information. Illiteracy among workers may force them to get involved in illegal work.
Students gathered a lot of data from the workers on this day.(Picture ③)
After the fieldwork, they passed Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, and arrived at Siem Reap Airport in the evening.
They flew back to Kansai International Airport via Hanoi, Vietnam, and arrived in the morning on March 15th. They finished their Cambodian Study Tour safely. They are going to carry on their research in migration with the valuable experiences they got in Cambodia.

(Picture ④) The group went past Angkor Wat
 

(Picture ①) The HIS group arrived at Phlong village

(Picture ②) HIS students intervied migratory workers

(Picture ③) HIS students interviewed people in Phlong village
Mar. 13(Sun.)
(2016)
SGH Cambodia Study Tour (3rd day)
 In the morning, they had breakfast in Samor village in Takeo Province, and they had one more chance to spend time with the 3 Cambodian international school students and the children.(Picture ①)They started to get used to communicating with people in English and with the local children in simple Khmer. A lot of children gathered early in the morning to say good-bye. The HIS students and children took a commemorative photograph together.(Picture ②)
After lunch in Phnom Penh, they visited Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and studied some Cambodian history. They learned that there are a lot fewer people over thirty years old because many of them were either massacred by the Pol Pot regime or killed in the following civil wars. After the museum visit, they went to Phnom Penh Airport and flew to Siem Reap. They met a Cambodian, Mr. Pong. He learned Japanese at a technical school, and he is now a tour guide mainly for Japanese tourists. At dinner they asked him various kinds of questions about migration. (Picture ④)


(Picture ④) The group interviewed Mr. Pong
 

(Picture ①) HIS students met Cambodian
international school students in Samor village

(Picture ②)HIS students took a photo with the children

(Picture ③)The group visited Tuol Sleng
Genocide Museum

Mar. 12(Sat.)
(2016)
SGH Cambodia Study Tour (2nd day)
 In the morning the group went from the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh to Takeo Province. The students looked at a village's well made with the money HIS students collected and talked with the villagers.(Picture ①)
At noon, the study group moved to Samor village and had local Cambodian food made by the villagers for lunch. There were many children at the Buddhist temple in the center of this village. (Picture ②) The HIS students used a dictionary of the Khmer language and tried to teach Japanese games like rock-paper-scissors and origami to the Cambodian children. They had a good time together. (Picture ③)
After lunch, the HIS students were split into three groups. Each group visited a house, and interviewed migratory workers.(Picture ④)
The HIS students asked questions in English, and interpreters translated these English questions into Khmer and then translated the people's answers into English for the HIS students. In total, nine Cambodians were interviewed, and the students found that most of them had gone to Thailand for their migratory work because they had very little information about other countries besides Thailand. Very few of them can read or write, so they seem to have trouble gathering information relevant to their migratory work. The HIS students gathered a lot of other data, and they had a very good experience.
After dinner, students took part in a cultural exchange with the Samor villagers. The HIS students showed a dance from a famous Japanese animated cartoon, Yokai Watch. Later they did a Cambodian dance with the villagers. The performances finished at 21:00. The HIS students and the villagers got to know each other better through these activities.


(Picture ④)HIS students interviewed
migratory workers at their local houses

(Picture ⑤)HIS students went on fieldwork
in Samor village
 

(Picture ①) HIS students saw the well

(Picture ②) HIS students met villagers at
the temple in Samor village

(Picture ③)The students played with children
in Samor village

Mar. 11(Fri.)
(2016)
SGH Cambodia Study Tour (1st day)
 The Cambodian study tour group gathered at Kansai International Airport at 8:00. They flew via Vietnam and arrived at Phnom Penh Airport in Cambodia at 17:15. (Picture ①)
The group then moved to a restaurant and had dinner with three students from a Cambodian international school. The Hyogo Prefectural International High School (HIS) students asked questions and spoke a lot with the Cambodian students in English. (Picture ②)The Cambodian students spoke about Japan's advanced technology. They also said that many Camobodians had a good impression of Japan because Cambodia was able to install roads and a sewage system thanks to the official development assistance(ODA) from Japan. They would like to go to Japan in the future if they have a chance. People connected with the Cambodian government also joined the meeting and gave a detailed report of the present situation concerning Cambodian migratory workers. The meeting finished at 21:00. The HIS students learned a lot from it.
 

(Picture ①)The HIS group arrived at
Phnom Penh Airport

(Picture ②) HIS students spoke with Cambodian
international school students

Feb. 17(Wed.)
2016
SGH Study Tour in Tokyo (2nd day)
 On the second day of the study tour in Tokyo, the students attended workshops run by staff members from the Office of the United Nations High Commision for Refugees (UNHCR)and Japan Associaton for Refugees(JAR).

First, a staff member from UNHCR, Ms. KITAGAWA Airi, led the students in a discussion about what they would take with them if they had to run away from conflict. (Picture①)

Next, UNHCR Public Relations Officer, Ms. MORIYA Yuki led a workshop.(Picture②) She answered questions that the students had sent beforehand. She explained what assistance UNHCR offers to refugees, and asked the students to sympathize with refugees in harsh conditions. She touched upon the situation in Syria, where a growing number of refugees are running away. She also mentioned that the severe situation near the border of Syria is leading to children fleeing in small boats to European countries. She mentioned that UNIQLO, an apparel company, was sending used clothing to refugee camps, and urged the students to consider how high school students can help refugees.

Next, Ms. AKASAKA Mutsumi held a workshop for the students. (Picture③) She talked about the situation of the immigrants who are coming in to Japan, and the assistance for them. She said that JAR answers as many as 60 calls from refugees a day. She mentioned that Japan has recognized a very limited number of refugees, and emphasized that there are a lot of refugees in Japan, including those who have submitted an application for refugee status, and who cannot return to their own countries. When one of the students commented that more people should assist refugees in Japan, Ms. Akasaka said that it is more important that the people who assist them be eager, and said that the quality of the supporters is more important than the number of the supporters. Because the students listened to people who had firsthand experience working with refugees, they better understood the present situation of refugees.

On the way home, the students wrote a report, and all of them finished their study tour in Tokyo safely. 
 

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Feb. 16(Tue.)
2016
SGH Study Tour in Tokyo (1st day)
 On the first day of the study tour in Tokyo, the students had workshops led by Ms. SANO Atsuko and Mr.OSHIGE Shiro at the University of Tokyo. (Picture①)

Before the workshops, all 32 students had read Ms. Sano's doctoral thesis, and Ms. Oshige's book about Japan's future in the era of immigration and emigration. They also had two study meetings about those reading materials.

First, Ms. KUMADA Akiko, an associate professor from the graduate school of engineering at the Universtiy of Tokyo, introduced the university.(Picture②)

Next Ms. SANO Astuko from the University of Tokyo talked about the German immigration policy. (Picture③)
Before the workshop, the students had sent questions about her thesis, and she answered these questions in the workshop. She emphasized the following point the most: the reason why Germany started to accept immigrants was not because Germany would first have to deal with the problem of the decreasing population in the country, but because it recognized its histroy after World War II. In addition, she quoted the phrase, "Germany did not accept laborors but human beings.", and suggested some important things Japan should consider when it accepts immigrants to Japan in the future.

Then, Mr. Ohige led a workshop. (Picture④)Again, the students sent him questions, and he answered them in the workshop. He emphasized that before Japan tries to decide whether it will take in immigrants or not, it should properly recognize the fact that a great number of immigrants already live in Japan.

After both teachers finished their workshops, the students asked additional questios and they elaborated on the concepts about which they spoke. (Picture⑤)The students could better understand the theory behind immigration policies, and had a very important learning experience .

After the students returned to the hotel and had dinner, they wrote a report about the first day. (Picture⑥)

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Feb. 7(Sun.)
2016
SGH Project: Fieldwork in One World Festival
 For a Super Global High school research, all the first-year students took part in fieldwork during the One World Festival. The One World Festival is one of the largest events in Western Japan, in which around 150 organizations such as non-government organizations/non-profit organizations (NGOs/NPOs), international institutions, govenmental organizations, educational organizations, and companies broadly introduce their international cooperation to solve social issues. The purpose of this fieldwork was to have a chance to think about social issues such as immigration study and a vision of Japan's future.
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On this day the students came to school and rode a bus to a venue in Ogimatchi, Kita Ward, Osaka City. They researched the organizations and the companies they were interested in on the Internet, and visited their booths.
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At the companies' booths, the students asked how many foreign people were employed and how the companies made efforts to solve international problems. At NGO/NPO booths, the students researched how refugees are assisted and how people socially in trouble should be helped. One of the students had an interview with an international student from Vietnam, and learned why she came to Japan. In Vietnam, received a scholarship sponsored by a Japanese public utility foundation, which allows her to attend a Japanesen university.
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At government booths, the students listened to what the Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA) does and how international contributions should be made.

It was a very productive day for the first-year students, who are working on SGH research.,
 
 

(Picture①) 150 organizations

(Picture②) interesting booths

(Picture③) interview
Feb. 6(Sat.)
2016
SGH project: Participation in the Third Senior High School Students' Day for Thinking about International Issues
 The 3rd Senior High School Students' Day for Thinking about International Issues was held at Convention Center at Osaka University. About 260 students from 22 schools including seven Super Global High Schools(SGH) and three SGH Associate Schools from Hyogo, took part in this project. Eleven 1st-year students joined this project from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS).(Picture①)
 In the morning, SURUGA Kazuto, Specially Appointed Associate Professor at the Global Collaboration Center of Osaka University, made a keynote speech. This was followed by four students' presentations regarding different international issues. HIS' own Nanoha Mandokoro spoke about immigration and emigration problems. Professor MATSUSHIGE Hisakazu of Osaka University's International Public Policy Department, who acted as a moderator, also questioned the students about their presentations.
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 She specifically talked about the influx of immgrants in Germany. She said that as Japan's birthrate declines and the population ages, social issues such as depopulation in local areas, rising security expenditures, and a shrinking workforce, will become more serious. She proposed inviting more immigrants to Japan in order to help solve thses problems.
 In the afternoon, 41 groups presented their posters in a poster session. Two groups from HIS showed their posters and explained their projects.(Picture ③)
 
Group A talked about making World Immigration Maps, while group B presented about a debate held at HIS. They both answered questions from other participants. Both groups were asked why they studied immigration, and they answered that they want to propose a plan that lets both Japanese people and immigrants live happily in Japan. Some people said that Group A's maps made it easier for other students to visualize the flow of immigrants. Other people thought group B was good because their presentation on the pros and cons of letting more immigrants into Japan was in an easy-to-understand format.

 

(Picture①)Eleven 1st-year students from HIS

(写真②)Ms. Mandokoro, a panelist

(写真③)Participating in a poster session
Jan. 23(Sat.)
2016
SGH Study Tour in Kwansei Gakuin University
"High School Students' Open Forum"
A Super Global High School(SGH) study tour was held at Kwansei Gakuin University. The EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ Kansai) held a symposium and an open forum for high school students at the central auditorium in Nishinomiya-Uegahara campus. The symposium was about Japan's assistance for refugees and the European Union's policy on refugees. Twelve of the first-year students from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS), who researched migrants for SGH, participated in this symposium. (Picture ①)

In the morning, Mr. IGUCHI Yasushi, a professor at the School of Economics at Kwansei Gakuin University, made a keynote speech on the current situation and challenges faced by the EU in accepting refugees. Ms. KOIKE Yuriko, a member of the House of Representatives, gave a special lecture on the current situation and problems with Japan's refugee assistance.

In the afternoon, high school students participated in the open forum. There were three sessions: (1)The EU's measures for refugees, with emphasis on recent Syrian refugee issues, (2)Whether Japan should accept refugees, and (3)How Japan should take in refugees. Students from Osaka Prefectural Kitano High School, Hyogo Prefectural Nagata High School, Kwansai Gakuin High School, and others took part in a heated discussion. The participants from HIS spoke out positively and contributed much to the forum. (Picture ②)


(Picture ①) 12 participants from HIS

(Picture ②) an HIS participant speaking at a forum
Jan. 18(Mon.), 2016
2015 SGH Lecture by Mr. Ando, the First Graduate
A 2015 Super Global High School(SGH) lecture was given by ANDO Sakai, one of the first graduates of this school. He spoke about "Japan seen from the United States of America, a multicultural nation with emphasis on coexistence--what Japan needs in order to become such a muticultural nation".
 Mr. Ando is now studying economics in a graduate course at Columbia University. The first-year students were interested in the lecture by Mr. Ando, who had studied at this school. In the question and answer session, the students asked a lot of questions about migrants, his life in America, and his school life in this school.


 

Dec. 22(Tue.)
2015
SGH Research Makes "World Migration Maps"
 For the Super Global High School(SGH) reseach project, the first-year students made "World Migration Maps", spending 6 periods of integrated studies (C.C,C.) on Oct. 10th, 19th, 26th, Nov. 9th, 16th, and 30th to complete the project.
 The students were divided into 12 groups of ten, and each group researched one of 12 nations. In cooperation with Society and Information classes, the students used data from the website "THE GLOBAL FLOW OF PEOPLE"to create their maps.
 Each group illustrated the immigration to their nation from other countries and the emigration from that nation to other countries on a world map printed on a large piece of paper. Then, they considered the possible causes of the migration in the 12 nations and wrote them down.
 The students showed their migration maps during the SGH Midterm Presentation of Research held in December. The finished maps are displayed in school so that others may gain knowledge from this research.

Click here for 'World Migration Map'
Dec. 17(Thu.)
2015
2015 SGH Midterm Presentation of Research (1st-year students)
C.C.C. Presentation (2nd-year students)
In 2015 Super Global High Schol(SGH) midterm presentation of research, the 1st-year students presented results on migration, and the 2nd-year students talked about their overseas study tour in Communication, Cultural Understanding, and Contribution(C.C.C) presentations. Those presentations were given at the International Exchange Hall of Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS).
 First, HIS Principal, Mr. Akimune and Chief Supervisor at Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education Ms. Katsura made an opening speech.(Picture ①)
 Next, SGH in-house promotion committee Chairman Mr. Maekawa outlined the Super Global High School (SGH) project of HIS.(Picture ②)
 Then, the first-year students gave midterm presentations about the result of SGH research on migration: (1)a report of a debate about migration (in Japanese) in the 1st-term (Picture ③) (2)a report on a visit to a canned fruit company during the summer vacation (3)a report on a visit to a university during the summer vacation (a discussion on migration at Kwansei Gakuin University) (4)a report on joint presentations of high-school and university through collaborative research at Kyoto University in the second-term (5)a report on the SGH special lecture (by Ms. SEYA Rumiko) (6)a report on the making of World Migration Maps in the second term (Representatives: (A)Dominica (B)Brazil (C)Germany (D)Cambodia (E)Australia)
(Picture ④) (7)a report on the 2015 Winter Conference of Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies in December.
 In the latter half, the second-year students talked about the activities of the C.C.C. projects: (1)an outline of local surveys about the overseas study theme"Easy Peasy Japanesey" (2)what they learned in C.C.C.(Picture ⑤) (3)each report on the overseas study tours:(A)the UK (B)America (C)Canada)(Picture⑥) (4)a demonstration and an explanation of a presentation at foreign elementary and high schools(Picture ⑦)
 Lastly, the principal gave a closing address, commenting, "All the presentations were better than I had expected."(Picture ⑧)
 

(Picture ①)Ms.Katsura (Picture ②)Chair Mr. Maekawa

(Picture ③)About the debate(Picture ④)Migration maps

(Picture ⑤)About C.C.C (Picture ⑥)About study tours
(Picture ⑦)Overseas presentations(Picture ⑧)Principal
Dec. 12(Sat.), 2015
SGH Study Tour in Nagoya
 The 2015 Winter Conference of Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies(JAMPS) was held in Nagoya on the campus of Chukyo University on December 12. 16 first-year students and 2 teachers from Hyogo Prefectural International High School(HIS) participated.(Picture ①)
 All the students participated in free presentations. Five of them participated in Free Presentations 1, three joined Free Presentations 2, and four students participated in Free Presentations 4. Each chose presentations they were interested in.
 This was the first time that they had taken part in a real academic conference. They were nervous at first, but some of them were active enough to ask some questions. When they said, "I come from Hyogo Prefectural International High School," the audience seemed impressed that the high school students were joining the academic conference.(Picture②)
All the students learned a lot and they were greatly inspired.
 In Free Presentations 1, the students listened to a presentation by Ms. SANO Atsuko from the University of Tokyo, whose data was used by an HIS group in a debate. When Mr. Tasaka, an HIS student who quoted her data said to Ms. Sano that he had read her paper, Ms. Sano seemed to be greatly interested because he was only a high school student. Later the HIS students talked with her and they took a picture together.(Picture ③)
 

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Venue for the conference, Nagoya Campus of Chukyo University

(Picture ②)Participation in Free Presentations

(Picture ③)With Ms. Sano from the University of Tokyo