The people of
ASEAN-Japan

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Japan andASEANStories of people who connect people from different countries

Stories about the people from government officials to those active in NGOs/NPOs and private companies who connect the people of ASEAN and Japan

Brunei Darussalam

From Student to Mentor, Guiding the Next Generation of Bruneians to Japan [Mohammad Raymie Othman]

Mohammad Raymy Othman, who came to Japan from Brunei as an international student in 2011, experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake.Since he returned to Brunei, he has been working as a teacher and supporting young Bruneians who are interested in studying in Japan.

Mohammad Raymie Othman, a teacher from Brunei came to Japan and experienced the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Since returning to Brunei, he has been helping to guide young Bruneians who are interested in studying in Japan while working as a teacher.

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Vietnam

Japan and Viet Nam. Hoping for a deeper understanding of each other's people and culture. [Nguyen Viet Ha]

Vietnamese Nguyen Viet Ha came to Japan as a government-sponsored student in 2000 and studied venture capital and financial engineering.He has been living in Japan for over 20 years and is currently busy managing a company and working as a university lecturer.Meanwhile, in 2023, Japan and Vietnam will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Nguyen Viet Ha, a Vietnamese national, came to Japan in 2000 as a government-sponsored student and studied venture capital and financial engineering. She has lived in Japan for more than 20 years and is currently busy running a company and lecturing at a university. Meanwhile, in 2023, Japan and Viet Nam celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Having been involved in business between Viet Nam and Japan for many years, what are the changes in Viet Nam-Japan relations as seen by Viet Ha, and what are her hopes for the future?

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Thailand

I want to provide a healthy mind and body through Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand [RIKA]

RIKA, whose father is Thai and mother is Japanese, is a former world champion in the Thai martial art Muay Thai.Currently, he is attracting attention for his fitness that incorporates the Muay Thai ritual ``Wai Kru''. What does Muay Thai mean to RIKA?

RIKA, who has a Thai father and a Japanese mother, is a former world champion in the Thai martial art of Muay Thai. She is currently attracting attention for her incorporation of the 'Wai Khru' rituals practiced in Muay Thai. What does Muay Thai mean to RIKA?

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Japan

Entrepreneur's Culinary Journey: Creating a Singaporean Corner in Japan [Mark Namiki]

Mark Namiki, who grew up in Singapore to Japanese and Malaysian parents, came to Japan six years ago with his Singaporean wife, Melissa Yap.While enjoying raising children in Japan, I am determined to spread authentic Singaporean cuisine to Japan and continue my activities.

Mark Namiki, a Japanese/Malaysian raised in Singapore, came to Japan six years ago with his Singaporean wife, Melissa Yap. While they enjoy raising their children in Japan, they are determined to take this opportunity to introduce authentic Singaporean food to Japan.

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Indonesia

Promoting tourism cooperation among ASEAN [Eddy Krismeidi]

For over 20 years, Eddie ChrismaidyASEANWe have seen the changes and development of tourism in countries.CurrentlyASEANTourism Association(ASEANTA) as chairman, formerlyASEANAs an employee of the secretariat,ASEANIt promotes tourism cooperation between countries, fosters cultural exchange, collaboration and mutual understanding among local people, and contributes to strengthening regional bonds.

Eddy Krismeidi has been watching the changes and development in tourism in ASEAN since more than 20 years ago, currently as the President of the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) and formerly as an officer at the ASEAN Secretariat. Eddy actively promotes tourism cooperation among ASEAN countries, fostering cultural exchange, collaboration, and mutual understanding among the people to strengthen regional ties.

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Vietnam

Bridging two countries with music [Hai Trieu]

Widely known as the singer of "Va hoa se no", the Vietnamese version of NHK's Great East Japan Earthquake recovery support song "Hana wa Saku", Hai Chu connects the people of Vietnam and Japan through her songs.Folk songs that inspire longing for life in Japan

Widely known as the singer of the song "Va hoa se no,” the Vietnamese version of the Japanese song “Hana Wa Saku” produced by NHK as a charity song of their Earthquake Disaster Relief Project, Hai Trieu bridges the people in Viet Nam and Japan through his songs.

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Insect Expert Working on Nutrition Improvement through Entomophagy in Lao PDR [Shinjiro Saeki]

Laos, with its beautiful rural scenery, is not only a rice-producing country, but also known as a country that eats insects.Mr. Shinjiro Saeki, an insect expert who is also known as the "Mushi Sommelier" who enjoys eating insects and the organizer of the "Delicious Insect Life®" project, is using his expertise to improve nutrition through eating insects in Laos. .

Lao PRD boasts beautiful scenic countryside and is renowned for producing rice and eating insects. Insect expert Shinjiro Saeki, also known as the Mushi Sommelier (Insect Sommelier), enjoys eating insects. In addition, as the founder of the Oishii Konchu Seikatsu (Tasty Insect Life) project, he is employing his knowledge to create a nutritional enhancement approach for Lao PDR through insect consumption.

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Philippines

I want to share the lifestyle and culture of ASEAN countries with the young people of Japan [Erjo Coscolluela]

Ejo Coscorela from the Philippines,ASEANShe has experience as Managing Director of Youth Organization Japan Chapter and until March 2023 worked as an English teacher at a junior and senior high school in Tokyo.Mr. Aijo has consistently focused on education andASEANWhat is the reason for sticking to mutual understanding among countries? (This interview was conducted when Mr. Ejo was an active teacher.

Mr. Erjo Coscolluela, a native of the Philippines, was the managing director of the Japan Chapter of the ASEAN Youth Organization. Until March 2023, he was teaching English at a combined junior high and high school in Tokyo. What is the motivation behind Erjo's unwavering commitment to education and mutual understanding among ASEAN countries? (This interview was conducted when he was still teaching in Tokyo.)

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Indonesia

Connecting Indonesia and Japan utilizing the power of social media [Ayu Sakamoto]

Social media has changed the way people communicate and share information, and has become an indispensable platform for people from different countries to connect and deepen their cultural understanding.Content creator Aya Sakamoto makes use of her fluent Indonesian language to deliver content related to the Japanese language and culture to her large number of Indonesian followers through social media.

Social media has revolutionized how people communicate and share information, offering a platform for people from different countries to connect and gain cultural understanding of one another. Ayu Sakamoto, a prominent content creator is fluent in Indonesian and shares a wealth of information on Japanese language lessons and other helpful content related to Japan to her large followers who are mostly Indonesian.

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Indonesia

I want to convey the charm of the culture that Asian resorts encompass [Mr. Minoru Masushima]

Since the 1990s, resort photographer Minoru Masujima has introduced the splendor of resort hotels in Southeast Asia in many women's magazines and books.In July of last year, she shot over 7 hotels, which is a great achievement for a Japanese photographer.

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Myanmar

Seeds of new culture and peace in Asian coffee! [Hirofumi Yamamoto]

Coffee is widely cultivated and produced in Africa, which is considered to be the birthplace of coffee, and in Central and South America such as Brazil.However, the production volume is increasing in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, and the quality is also increasing.

Coffee is widely cultivated and produced in Africa, which is considered to be the birthplace of coffee, and in Central and South America such as Brazil. However, the production volume is increasing in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Lao PDR, and Myanmar, and the quality is also increasing. We interviewed Mr. Yamamoto, who is in charge of production areas for Umi No Mukou Coffee, which handles coffee from more than 30 countries, including the ASEAN region.

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Malaysia

Cuisine has no borders! Learning from Malaysian cuisine (Ms. Oto Furukawa)

Photo courtesy of Faiz Zeo Mr. Oto Furukawa, an editor and writer, discovered the appeal of Malaysian cuisine after staying in Malaysia. She hosted the "Malaysia Gohan no Kai" and continued her various activities after returning to Japan.

Oto Furukawa, an editor and writer, discovered the allure of Malaysian cuisine during her stay in Malaysia. She founded the “Malaysia Gohan Kai” (Malaysian Food Society) and has continued to host numerous activities after returning to Japan. We are happy to bring you delicious Malaysian stories that will make you hungry simply by hearing them.

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Brunei Darussalam

From Student to Mentor, Guiding the Next Generation of Bruneians to Japan [Mohammad Raymie Othman]

Mohammad Raymy Othman, who came to Japan from Brunei as an international student in 2011, experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake.Since he returned to Brunei, he has been working as a teacher and supporting young Bruneians who are interested in studying in Japan.

Mohammad Raymie Othman, a teacher from Brunei came to Japan and experienced the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Since returning to Brunei, he has been helping to guide young Bruneians who are interested in studying in Japan while working as a teacher.

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Vietnam

Japan and Viet Nam. Hoping for a deeper understanding of each other's people and culture. [Nguyen Viet Ha]

Vietnamese Nguyen Viet Ha came to Japan as a government-sponsored student in 2000 and studied venture capital and financial engineering.He has been living in Japan for over 20 years and is currently busy managing a company and working as a university lecturer.Meanwhile, in 2023, Japan and Vietnam will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Nguyen Viet Ha, a Vietnamese national, came to Japan in 2000 as a government-sponsored student and studied venture capital and financial engineering. She has lived in Japan for more than 20 years and is currently busy running a company and lecturing at a university. Meanwhile, in 2023, Japan and Viet Nam celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Having been involved in business between Viet Nam and Japan for many years, what are the changes in Viet Nam-Japan relations as seen by Viet Ha, and what are her hopes for the future?

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Thailand

I want to provide a healthy mind and body through Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand [RIKA]

RIKA, whose father is Thai and mother is Japanese, is a former world champion in the Thai martial art Muay Thai.Currently, he is attracting attention for his fitness that incorporates the Muay Thai ritual ``Wai Kru''. What does Muay Thai mean to RIKA?

RIKA, who has a Thai father and a Japanese mother, is a former world champion in the Thai martial art of Muay Thai. She is currently attracting attention for her incorporation of the 'Wai Khru' rituals practiced in Muay Thai. What does Muay Thai mean to RIKA?

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