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Finding a Way With Waste: Student Project Innovates by Upcycling

Written by Shota (Japan / Class of 2020) Each year, over 620,000 tons of food is wasted in Japan; enough to feed almost a million people for an entire year. When we first heard this statistic, we were imbued with a want to try and change this. With UWC ISAK Japan behind us, supporting us, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to start a project called REシクル (Reshikuru) which works to reduce food waste in a few key ways. We harness one of the largest sources of food waste in Japan, rice bran, and upcycle it into a

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The Importance of Perspective in Leadership

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” -Oprah Winfrey

Sympathy is a good thing. It comes from a sincere compassion for the well-being of others. The world needs more of it. But there is something intrinsically unique and powerful about empathy, where shared experiences help people connect on a deeper level that rooted in mutual understanding. This understanding is what makes empathy transformational.

A recent unit in Mr. McGibbon’s Leading With Others course sought to explore the concept of

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Campus Opens for Model UN Conference

Written by Poum (Class of 2020, Thailand)

On January the 18th, 2019, we welcomed 13 students from different schools. We, as the Model United Nations (MUN) Club, were very excited as this was something we were planning for and working hard for, especially An with the help of Ayana and our club members. Since October, we we discussed the possibility of having UWC ISAK’s first overnight activity, and for us not to keep MUN just as something exclusive to our community, but to open the experience up beyond our campus.

MUN is not just an academic experience, where we compete

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Expanding our Professional Network

One Life Realize Your Potential Be a Catalyst for Positive Change

What do you hope to do with the one life you have to live? This is a difficult question for many of us, and a question that many of us explore throughout our lifetime – a question about our purpose. According to Bill Damon, purpose is “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at the same time meaningful to the self and consequential for the world beyond the self.”

In order to explore their purpose, through a series of activities in the G10 Leading

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Kiryu Excursion

Written by Lucy (Class of 2020, Canada)

“I knew we were lost!” Marah, my roommate from Libya, wails worriedly. I pat her shoulder consolingly, but she pays no attention. “And it’s your fault!” She accuses Ricardo, a student from Ecuador, who is holding the map. I am unable to contain my laughter. “We’re not lost,” he assures us just as our friend Aniqa from Pakistan catches up. “Where are we?” She asks. We had just been visiting the Kiryu zoo up on a mountain, and had decided to walk down the other side. Ricardo claimed it was a shortcut

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Debating Perspectives At IIMUN

Written by Poum (Class of 2020, Thailand) 

On Friday, November 16th, we set foot on an adventure in Tokyo! A group of 7 students from UWC ISAK Japan’s Model United Nations (MUN) club participated in the International Indian Model United Nations (IIMUN) alongside hundreds of enthusiastic delegates from all over Japan. 

Model United Nations, more commonly known as MUN, is a simulation of the United Nations, where students represent a member country and discuss important contemporary world issues. During the conference, students (or “delegates”) will typically present papers and debate on resolutions in committees emulating those in the United Nations,

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New Student Group, SNOW, Is Starting

Written by Ayana (Class of 2019, Japan)

A group of students has taken over what used to be known as Student Union, and is rebooting it as SNOW – Seito No Wa. Seito means “students” in Japanese, and Wa can mean “circle”, “harmony”, or “talk” depending on the Kanji used. The mission of the group is “To provide structure and resources for students to take initiatives for the better of the community”, and the group aspires to do so through three different committees.

The three committees are: assembly, problem solving, and mission outreach. They all consist of three to six

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Obon Celebrations!

To wrap up our Orientation program, we organized an Obon celebration! Obon, or Bon Festival, is one of the major holidays in Japan and is a time to honor the spirit of one’s ancestors. Celebrated either in mid-July or mid-August (depending on the region of Japan), it is often commemorated with the Bon Odori (Bon Dance). Here at UWC ISAK Japan, our returning students choreographed their own Bon Odori, taking from classic dances and adding a little modern spin to it. For many of our new students, it was a fantastic induction into Japanese culture, as well as a great

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Summer School Update: Mindful Leadership by Design

It has been a few days since Summer School 2018 kicked off with the arrival of bright and enthusiastic students from all over the world! They are all curious and motivated to learn the importance of leadership to become change-makers for the better future. Over the next two weeks, we will be introducing you to the Summer School curriculum, starting with today’s coverage of the Mindful Leadership by Design (MLBD) workshop!

Mindful Leadership by Design is used to describe the leadership model at UWC ISAK Japan’s Summer School, which encompasses the six essential skills we believe is crucial for

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