Winners Announced for the Spring 2019 Stanford e-Japan Award

Renee Ohnuki giving her final presentation for Stanford e-Japan
Renee Ohnuki giving her final presentation for Stanford e-Japan. Ohnuki is one of the three student honorees for Spring 2019.

Stanford e-Japan is an online course that teaches Japanese high school students about U.S. society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations. The course introduces students to both U.S. and Japanese perspectives on many historical and contemporary issues. It is offered biannually by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). Stanford e-Japan is currently supported by the Yanai Tadashi Foundation. The Spring 2019 cohort was the eighth group of students to complete Stanford e-Japan.

In Summer 2020, three of the top students of the Spring 2019 Stanford e-Japan online course will be honored at an event at Stanford University. The three Stanford e-Japan Day honorees—Rinko Kawamoto (UWC ISAK Japan, Nagano), Renee Ohnuki (Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba, Saitama), and Kota Watanabe (Waseda University Senior High School, Tokyo)—will be recognized for their coursework and exceptional research essays that focused respectively on “Hollywood and U.S. Society: A Study Through the Ages,” “U.S.–Japan Drone Technology Collaboration and Its Application to Photocatalytic Technology to Resolve Air and Water Pollution,” and “A More Sufficient Language Learning Environment for Foreign Students in Japan: A Comparison with the American ESL Education System.”

Isshin Yunoki (Kaisei Academy, Tokyo) received an Honorable Mention for his research paper on “The Characteristics and Social Influence of Traditional Music in Japan and America.”

In the Spring 2019 session of Stanford e-Japan, students from the following schools successfully completed the course: Canadian Academy (Hyogo); Clark Memorial International High School (Osaka); Fudooka High School (Saitama); Hiroo Gakuen High School (Tokyo); Hiroshima Jogakuin Senior High School (Hiroshima); Hiroshima University High School (Hiroshima); Hokkaido Sapporo Minami High School (Hokkaido); Ichikawa Gakuen Senior High School (Chiba); Inagakuen Comprehensive High School (Saitama); Kaisei Academy (Tokyo); Kaishi Kokusai High School (Niigata); Kaiyo Academy (Aichi); Katayama Gakuen Senior High School (Toyama); Katoh Gakuen Gyoshu Senior High School (Shizuoka); Keio Shonan Fujisawa High School (Kanagawa); Komaba Toho Senior High School (Tokyo); Kwansei Gakuin Senior High School (Hyogo); Kyuyou High School (Okinawa); Senior High School at Otsuka, University of Tsukuba (Tokyo); Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba (Saitama); Shiba Junior and Senior High School (Tokyo); Tokyo Metropolitan Mita High School (Tokyo); Tokyo Minamitama Secondary Education School (Tokyo); UWC ISAK Japan (Nagano); and Waseda University High School (Tokyo).

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SPICE offers separate courses for U.S. high school students. For more information, please see the Reischauer Scholars Program (online course about Japan), Sejong Scholars Program (online course about Korea), and China Scholars Program (online course about China).

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