Application Guidelines

The 67th International Student Conference

Japan Resident Participants (JRP)

UPDATE: The Recruitment for Japan Resident Participants (JRP) is now over!

Thank you so much for the many applications! (Updated on April 27)

1.Table Topics at ISC67

Overall Theme: “New Normal: Unity without Boundaries”

Table Topics: (For more details, refer to https://www.japan-isc.org/discussion-topics

 

Table 1 Political Activism and Participation: Why They Take Part in Politics

Table 2 Nuclear Politics: What We Can Do for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Table 3 Food Security: How the Global Government Should Sustainably Feed 8 Billion

Table 4 Migrant Laborers: Rethinking Migrant Labor Rights in The Pandemic

Table 5 Participatory Urban Planning: Developing Inclusivity & Accessibility in the Globalized Cities

2. Eligibility

  • You must be dedicated to this conference, motivated, and responsible during all activities of the conference.

  • You must be enrolled in a college, university or graduate school inside Japan, and be above 18 years old as of June 1st, 2021.

  • Note: If you are enrolled in a college, university, or graduate school outside of Japan but are currently residing in Japan (e.g. due to the COVID-19), you can apply either through IRP or JRP channel.

  • You must have a proficient level of English to be able to join academic discussions in English.

Note: Since the conference will be held online, participants will need a stable internet connection. The application used for the video conference will be “Zoom”. Please download the application prior to the event.

3.Application Period

March 25 – April 15, 2021 at 23:59 (Japan Standard Time)

We will close the application form at the designated time, so please be careful of the time upon submitting your application form.

※The deadline has been extended to April 25, 2021 at 23:59 (JST) 

Note: For applicants that submitted their application before April 15 (the original deadline), you will receive information regarding your first screening results according to the original schedule.

 

Note that this application is for Japanese Resident Participants (JRP). The application for International Resident Participants (IRP) has finished as of March 17, 2021. Please check your qualifications carefully before you submit the application.

4.Application Procedures 

Please respond to the designated Google Form: https://forms.gle/Hu1YAJXEaBHYJ8YN6 

 

  • All the responses must be in English

  • You will be asked to upload a picture of your Student ID

  • You will be required to choose up to 2 tables of your choice and respond to table-specific questions of the 2 tables you have chosen. 

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Questions that will appear in the application form:

 

  • General Application Questions

    • What is your reason for applying to ISC67?

    • What is your goal in attending ISC67? How do you intend to achieve your goal?

    • What do you think is important when working as a team?

    • What do you keep in mind when discussing with someone whom you have never been in contact with?  

  • Table-specific Questions (Since you will choose up to only 2 tables, you will only answer 2 sets of questions from this list)

    • Table 1

      • What form of political activism have you taken part in and why is your participation important to the democratic process as a whole?

      • In your country, what is the main obstacle for stunted political participation?

      • As a policy proposal, what is one way we can increase political participation worldwide for the incoming young generation?

    • Table 2

      • Do you think that nuclear weapons are necessary for the international community? Why or why not? (Any position is welcomed)

      • What do you think is the biggest obstacle if we were to denuclearize the entire world? How would you address that?

      • Are you for or against peaceful uses of nuclear weapons? Why or why not?

    • Table 3

      • How would you define “Food Security”? While some people in the world experience lower food security than others, which causes should the world focus as its first step? 

      • In your opinion, have developed countries effectively contributed to improving food security in the international community? Or has their advancement rather created a larger gap of food security between nations? 

      • In some developing countries, an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact on food supply. How can companies in developed nations support them to decrease the risk of hunger and promote dietary health? Read one of the case studies from the links below and identify the relationship between the pandemic and the issues of food security and provide a possible solution for Japanese companies. | (1) https://cutt.ly/Ck5u6Ay / (2) https://cutt.ly/2k5itNE / (3) https://cutt.ly/Bk5ii32 

    • Table 4

      • What is the most important thing in "work" for you?

      • Do you think that the government should accept more workers from abroad to Japan?

      • If you were the spokesperson for Japan, what would you do for the current situation on migrant labor?

    • Table 5

      • Ideally, governments should take into consideration the individual experience in shaping the built environment. This could be in the forms of surveys, interviews, open call for ideas, invitation to participate as a civilian, etc. Have you participated in such an effort? If not, how would you encourage people to participate in one?

      • Using your own city or hometown as an example, what ways have people made initiatives to improve the city? What problems arise with their initiatives?

      • How do you envision the future environment for the future generations? What qualities should it have? List at least 3 things future environments should have, and 3 future environments shouldn't have. 

      • (optional) There are lots of depictions of cities in movies, books, and comics that are set in the future like Panem in Hunger Games, New Port City in Ghost in a Shell, San Fransokyo in Big Hero 6, etc. From your experience, which fictional city is your favorite and why?

5.Selection Process

First Screening (March 25 – April 15, 2021): Written application screening via your response to the form

Second Screening (April 20 – April 27, 2021): Online Interview via Zoom.

For those who submitted their application within the extended deadline (April 25)

  • First Screening (April 16 – April 25, 2021): Written application screening via your response to the form

  • Second Screening (April 28 – May 2, 2021): Online Interview via Zoom

6.Participation Fee

Since the conference is held entirely online this year (ISC67), the participation fee is, in principle, free of charge. However, if you wish to attend the Advance Conference from May 15 to May 16 in person, the fee will be 8,000 yen (tentative).

 

Please kindly note that although the Advance Conference is scheduled to be held in person, all programs might be held online depending on the situation of the spread of the COVID-19. In the case that the event is held online, no fee will be charged.

 

Information on the details of the Advance Conference as well as the payment procedures will be updated later once there is further information.

7.Tentative Schedule

  • For those who submitted their application within the original deadline (April 15th)

  • April 19:   Notification on your First Screening will be sent to your email. 

  • May 4: Notification on your Final Results will be sent to your email. (※ Updated on April 16)

  • For those who submitted their application within the extended deadline (April 25th)

  • April 26: Notification on your First Screening will be sent to your email. 

  • May 4: Notification on your Final Results will be sent to your email.

  • April 19: Notification on your First Screening will be sent to your email.

  • April 30: Notification on your Final Results will be sent to your email.

  • May 15-16: Advance Conference (details of the event TBA)

  • May: Monthly Study Session

  • June: Monthly Study Session and Cultural Event

  • July: Monthly Study Session and Cultural Event

  • August 7: Interim Presentation and Recreation Event

  • August 8-21: Intensive Table Meetings and Cultural Event

  • August 21: Deadline for the Final Outcome

  • August 22: Final Forum and the Closing of the Main Conference

 

  • ※ This year’s conference will be held online due to the outbreak of COVID-19. We will update if there are any changes in the places as well as the schedule of the conference. 

  • ※ The Advance Study Tour will not be held this year due to considerations on health risks of the participants 

 

For question regarding the application, please send your inquiries to japan.isc67@gmail.com