Great Transformation of East Asia and Japan

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Great Transformation of East Asia and Japan

Featuring: Mitoji Yabunaka, Former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs &
Professor, Ritsumeikan University


Friday, June 5, 2015

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
5:30 pm – Registration
5:55 pm – Presentation and Q&A
7:00 pm- Reception
7:20 pm – Adjournment
Venue: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Fee: $10 JASC & CCGA Members/$20 Non-Members/ $5 Students


About the Speaker:
Mitoji Yanunaka entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1969 and served at the Embassy of Japan in South Korea, Indonesia and the U.S. After becoming Director of the Second North America Division, North American Affairs Bureau(specializing in US-Japan economic friction),he was a Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies(IISS) in London. Subsequently, he became the Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva, Director of the General Affairs Division of the Foreign Minister’s Secretariat, and Deputy Director-General of the Asian Affairs Bureau. Then he served as the Consul-General of Japan at Chicago. In 2002, he was appointed as the Director-General of the Asian and Oceanic Affairs Bureau and took part the role of the chief representative of the Japanese Government at the Six-Party Talks on the North Korea nuclear issue. He then became the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and served as a G8 summit Sherpa. He also became the chief negotiator of the Economic Partnership Agreement with Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. In 2008, he was appointed as the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. Following the retirement in 2010, he is currently Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Adviser to Nomura Research Institute as well as Professor at the Ritsumeikan University and Osaka University. His books include Economic Negotiations with the United States、 Destiny of a Nation. and The Path of Japan.

Special thanks to the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago

Special thanks to our sponsor: Kirkland-Ellis-Logo-WWH_4_2015

Summer Japanese Language Courses

The Japan America Society of Chicago
Japanese Language Courses!
Summer Term (8 Weeks: July 6 to August 27, 2015)
Fee: $225 Members & Continuing Students /$250 New Student
(Includes “Busy People” Textbook. Additional $35 fee may apply for purchase of “Kanji Book”)


Enrollment closes on Monday, June 29, 2015


The Japan America Society of Chicago now offers 7 levels of Japanese language courses. Each is tailored to the level of expertise and type of study required by students. Weekly lessons provide students with an opportunity to begin the study of Japanese or to sharpen previously acquired skills. All courses are taught by an experienced native instructor of the Japanese language. 一緒に楽しく日本語を学びましょう!


Beginning Japanese Level I                                              Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm             

Designed for students with no previous instruction in Japanese, this course strives to develop an understanding of basic elements of Japanese grammar, expressions, and writing system. Textbook: Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I.

Beginning Japanese Level II                                           Thursday evenings 7:30-9:30 pm  

A continuation of Beginning Japanese Level I, this course will build upon previously learned basic elements of Japanese grammar and expressions.  Writing system will include a review of katakana, hiragana, and an introduction to basic Chinese characters (Kanji).  Textbooks:  Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I (from Lesson 7). 

Beginning Japanese Level III                                        Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:30 pm   

A continuation of Beginning Japanese Level II, this course will build upon previously learned basic elements of Japanese grammar and expressions. Textbooks:  Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I (from Lesson 12)  

Beginning Japanese Level IV                                         Monday evenings 7:30-9:30 pm    

A continuation of Beginning Japanese Level III, this course will build upon previously learned basic elements of Japanese grammar and expressions.  Textbooks:  Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I (from Lesson 14)  

Intermediate Japanese Level II                                         Tuesday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm

Designed for students whose level is comparable to passing the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 4, or have completed Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I. Emphasis is on grammatical expressions, basic conversation, and development of Chinese characters (kanji), up to approximately 100 characters. Textbooks:  Japanese For Busy People, Vol. II (from Lesson 3)  


Intermediate Japanese Level  III                                       Monday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm           

A continuation of Intermediate Japanese level II. Class to include reading projects and group discussion on Japanese culture and customs. Textbooks: Japanese For Busy People, Vol. II (from Lesson 8).

Conversational Japanese                                              Wednesday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm 

Developed for students who have an understanding of Japanese grammar, and a minimum knowledge of 150 kanji. This class will provide a forum for basic Japanese conversation between students and instructor. Topics of conversation will be determined by the instructor, along with various reading assignments. Textbook: Japanese For Busy People, Vol. III (from Lesson 6) and various handouts.



 Please note that completion of this form will serve as your reservation. You will receive a phone call only if the class minimum is not met. If a minimum number of students is not reached, the class will be cancelled and payments refunded. Students are expected to attend all classes so that all students can proceed in their learning at the same pace. If the instructor is absent, the term may be extended. To be considered enrolled in the class, prepayment is required. We accept payment by Credit card, Check, Cash, and Money Order. If, after attending the first class, one does not feel the course meets his/her needs, a student may transfer to another level, or receive a refund. The Society must be informed of such an intent within 24 hours after the first class is held. No exceptions will be considered, and refunds will not be issued if students contact JASC after 24 hours.