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Temple Alumna Inspires Tsukuba Student Athletes (元学生アスリートの米テンプル大学職員が筑波大学で特別講義)

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By John Szalas, student writer and junior International Affairs major

In recent years the Japanese government has begun reforming  its collegiate athletic institutes to create a single governing organization similar to the NCAA in the United States. Currently Japanese college level sports are treated more like clubs operated under federations of each sport and have no nationwide level of organization or support. Taking its own initiative for this, the University of Tsukuba, a school famous for producing many famous athletes and experts in various fields, is collaborating with Temple University’s Philadelphia  Main Campus to learn what the America’s system is like and adapt practices which might best work in Japan. In the future, students from Tsukuba may have the opportunity to go to Temple’s Main Campus to see how the athletics program operates.


On December 12, the University of Tsukuba invited a former athlete and staff member of Temple’s athletic department to give a lecture in their credit-bearing lecture series. The lecture series is organized by Tsukuba’s Athletic Department and open to all students as an elective where they can hear from former athletes and various experts in the sports industry. Alyssa Drachslin is a Temple alumna who led Temple’s volleyball team during her time as a student. At Temple, she was named Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2016. After graduating she decided she wanted to improve the athletic department to make sure future student athletes can not only succeed in school and sports, but also in a career afterwards. Currently she works for Temple’s Athletic Department as a Coordinator for Leadership and Professional Development. Her lecture was about her athletic experience, the NCAA, and how Temple manages and supports its own student athletes.


University of Tsukuba Athletic Department’s Mr. Shinzo Yamada (left) and Temple University’s Alyssa Drachslin (right)

She started off her lecture explaining about the structure of the NCAA. It organizes, regulates, and supports various sports. She also discussed how the NCAA organizes collegiate sports programs into tiered divisions and how this supports students. Division 1 schools are larger, have bigger budgets, and offer more athletic scholarships. Temple University qualifies as a Division 1 university.


Drachslin went on to explain the lifestyle most college student athletes have, as well as some programs which support them. One such program is called Verified, which helps students focus on career goals as they juggle their athletic, academic and other commitments. A new program Drachslin has helped create is the Temple Flight Leadership Academy, which helps students hone teamwork, communication, and leadership skills they develop through sports, and then apply those to future careers. While sports are a high priority for student athletes, Temple makes sure they are prepared for the world after Temple.


Hopefully Drachslin’s lecture will inspire students to help create such programs as Temple has and envision their future career in various paths. Megumi Kameyama, a Tsukuba cheerleader and freshman in Library Sciences thought “it’s great for former athletes like Alyssa to work for Temple and support the organization that helped her succeed.”

Personally, I would say the lecture was successful since many students gave Drachslin a positive reception. Reforming the organization of collegiate athletics may lead to the further development of sports in Japan, and to even more success in the Olympics and other sporting events. The Olympic Games in summer 2020 in Tokyo may provide us a chance to see.



<Student writer>  John Szalas is studying International Affairs at TUJ in order to gain a better understanding of the international world to make it a better place. He speaks English, Hungarian, and soon to be Japanese. John also makes a mean chicken and dumplings😉


TUJ-Sophia joint Career Fair 2018 – Global Job Hunting in Japan

by Adio Alexander (sophomore international business major)


This year’s TUJ-Sophia University joint career fair, held on Sophia’s Yotsuya Campus, on July 4 gave students the opportunity to connect with domestic and foreign companies here in Japan. I first attended the joint career fair last fall. I heard each company’s presentation before they moved to individual booths in the adjacent meeting room. The presentations allowed students to learn about this year’s participating companies.


Companies ranged from accounting firms to food service companies to the very popular IKEA furniture retailer. Each company’s representatives were friendly, engaging and ready to answer questions. I asked a few representatives what kind of people they want to hire. Keio Plaza Hotel said, “People who are willing to work in a multicultural environment and make people happy.” PABCO, an automotive company, said “Someone who wants to have an impact.” Mitsuboshi Belting, a manufacturing company, gave a more specific answer: “First and foremost, we want someone who will stay and work with us in Japan for five years. After that, we’d like them to consider working abroad. But the first five years in Japan are key.” I also took note of companies’ language expectations. IKEA and enworld, for example, made it clear that much of their business is conducted in English. Other companies such as PwC and SG Holdings stressed that those with a command of business level Japanese would have an advantage. “We’d feel more comfortable if you could speak Japanese. I personally feel more comfortable conducting business in Japanese,” said a representative from PwC.




I was particularly interested in Universal Aviation, a ground handling company for private jets. What initially got my attention was the idea of serving anyone from diplomats to sports stars. When the two representatives said they were TUJ alumni I felt a proud and confident knowing that people from my university had such interesting jobs.


Student participants seemed much more diverse and interactive than last year’s attendees. There were a lot of one-on-one conversations between students and representatives. Seeing new participating companies like Universal Aviation and IKEA was great, and seeing companies from last year’s event like Keio Plaza Hotel or enworld let me know these companies are seriously interested in diversity.


As I plan to work in Japan after graduating, I appreciate events like this career fair that provide me with a glimpse of the Japanese business world and help me imagine where I might fit in it. I would encourage all students, regardless of nationality, age, year or major to attend in the future. You never know what opportunities are out there.


<student writer> Adio Alexander

Adio is a sophomore international business major, interested in specializing in economics and world trade. She is trilingual — English, Japanese and Mandarin — and hopes to be able to speak five languages by 2020. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and watching old films.


フィリー・ファナティックが神宮球場にやってきた!(“Team TUJ” with Phillie Phanatic in Tokyo)


“Team TUJ” representatives with Phillie Phanatic (Phillies), Tsubakuro & Tsubami (Yakult Swallows), and Doala (Chunichi Dragons) at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo on May 3, 2018.










Yakult Swallows fans doing their famous “umbrella dance” to Tokyo Ondo when the team scores. (“Team TUJ” in Temple RED)




2回表終了時には、球場内のバックスクリーンに「Team TUJ」が大写しで登場!「ファナティック応援団」も大いに盛り上がりました。



“Team TUJ” on the big screen after the top of the second inning.







Former Phillies Coach Charlie Manuel sends a video message to Tokyo baseball fans. Manuel played for the Swallows in the 1976-78 and 1981 seasons and contributed to the team’s 1978 championship win.



Temple “T” flag !?


 ….Or Swallows’ Tetsuto Yamada fans.







2020 Tokyo Olympics Paralympics construction site (in the back) 


Swallows fans celebrating the team’s win with umbrellas.














Navigating Japan

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by Adio Alexander (sophomore international business major)


If there’s one thing about Japan that doesn’t cease to astound me, it is the sophisticated and extensive public transportation system. Everything from buses to monorails to the futuristic Shinkansen keep people moving nationwide at an unbelievable rate.

Not only is Japan’s public transport extensive, it is also both reliable and user-friendly. You can buy tickets or various passes quite easily, as every station has ticketing machines as well as a manned window for those who need assistance. There are also different kinds of tickets and passes that work for multiple means of transport— for example, PASMO can be used on trains, subways and buses alike.


Furthermore, you can bet that 90% of the time, if the train says it’s going to leave at 9:45, it’s going to leave at 9:45. Delays or cancellations are minimal, especially when the weather is free of wind or precipitation. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t always have alternative routes and schedules in mind, as any means of transport may be subject to delays. The good news is that delays are announced immediately, so you’ll always be aware if you need to make adjustments to your plans.

Of course,  Japan’s public transport can look intimidating to the newcomer — the volume of people, how they all look like they know where to go and because you don’t, you’re in the way, all the various maps that really don’t help you that much because despite English being written on them, you still don’t know what they mean. And just when you’ve figured out what station you need to get to, you now have to figure out what platform you’re to wait on!


It was incredibly overwhelming for me at first. So much so that for a couple of weeks, I was too afraid to go anywhere other than school. Once I began to venture out a bit, however, I realized that going pretty much anywhere was just as easy as going to school. I could get on any subway, train or bus, and with the touch of my pass, I was on my way.

It is for this reason I’d strongly encourage all TUJ students to take advantage of this amazing resource. It is while we are students that we have the most time and flexibility to explore and travel.  Japan’s public transport makes it convenient for us, so why not use it?


<student writer> Adio Alexander

Adio is a sophomore international business major, interested in specializing in economics and world trade. She is trilingual — English, Japanese and Mandarin — and hopes to be able to speak five languages by 2020. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and watching old films.


International Festival of Friendship (みなと区民まつり2017)

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by Jada Davis (senior Journalism major and Study-Abroad student from Temple Main Campus)


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TUJ student volunteers and staff  (Photo by Minato City)



The Minato Citizen’s Festival was held on October 7 under a light rain. Ten volunteers from TUJ took taxis to Tokyo Tower. Our main duty was handing out flyers to visitors at the festival. We were assigned to different locations and rotated positions every hour. Language barriers made distribution of the flyers difficult, but I found that an enthusiastic “Hello” or “Konnichiwa” helped. The flyers were advertising our section, the International Friendship Square. Booths lined the square, each for a different country: Georgia, Germany, Nigeria, Lesotho, the Philippines, the Maldives, Bolivia, Singapore, and Brazil. Each booth featured food and souvenirs — German sausages and beer, Nigerian folk crafts, special pork jerky from Singapore.



The first performance in the Friendship Square was a German folk performance. Songs were performed by a yodeling singer and a young musician playing the German longhorn. The singer enraptured the crowd with her distinct style of singing and dancing. Her act was a great start to the day. An acrobatic show came next. An elderly man spun various objects on top of his parasol. He also skillfully cut through various objects with a sword. Loud drums announced the next performance — a Ghanaian dance troupe. They commanded the attention of everyone. During their dance, they pulled in several members of the audience, including me, to dance along. It was a lot of fun.



Now it was time for lunch. I was able to get to know my fellow volunteers. I learned that one of the volunteers, James, was an American veteran attending TUJ on the GI Bill. I met his Japanese wife and three-month-old daughter during our lunch break. They were a beautiful family and represented the meaning festival — the coming together of different cultures. After lunch there were three more performances. And we were allowed to roam around other parts of the festival. It was beautiful to see how Japanese people show their appreciation for different cultures. This experience was very gratifying, I was thankful to be able to experience the internationality of Japan.


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(Photo by Minato City)