Humans of ISC65: Miyuki IIyama

Our next featured advocate is Miyuki Iiyama, a student at Soka University with a major in economic. Spending 9 months in Australia and being able to interact with people from various cultures has motivate her to learn more about the world as well as its current situation.


"(...) marine pollution should be tackled by all countries, not only one country. All countries should cooperate together to reduce the amount of plastic wastes and change the way of disposal."



Q1. Please tell us what are the reasons/motivations that made you apply for ISC65?

Hi, everyone. My name is Miyuki Iiyama.

I am a senior student at Soka University, Tokyo. My major is economics.

I have studied abroad to Australia, a multiethnic country, for 9 months last year and met various people from all over the world. Through the interaction with those people, I was able to learn different perspectives and cultures, which enabled me to find an interest of cultures of different countries and enriched my experiences.

From that experience, I started to feel that I would love to connect with many foreign students and international students in Japan and learn more about the world in terms of cultures. In addition, I would love to discuss global issues and exchange opinions with foreign students because I have never had an opportunity to talk about global issues although I studies very much in my university.

Therefore, I applied this ISC 65.

I will do my best to make the conference meaningful and worthy and will also build friendships with many other students.

Q2.What do you think about your table’s topic?

My table topic is about marine plastic pollution.

This issue is very serious not only in Japan but also in the world. I think, we can improve the situation if individuals change their behaviors of plastic consumption.

The ocean is connected and has no borders. Therefore, marine pollution should be tackled by all countries, not only one country. All countries should cooperate together to reduce the amount of plastic wastes and change the way of disposal.

In addition, plastic pollution is mainly caused by plastic wastes which are used by us in daily lives, such as packaging, plastic bags, and pet bottles. Thus, it should be possible to solve this issue through changing our behaviors to reduce the plastic consumption and not to dispose wastes around rivers and the ocean.

In this conference, I would like to discuss how we can motivate people to care about the environment in normal lives.

Q3. Can you tell us a little bit about your hometown?

My home town is Taito Ward in Tokyo. It is a famous for Asakusa (Kaminari-mon and Nakamise) and Ueno zoo in which the latest baby panda, Shan-Shan is living. Many both domestic and foreign tourists visit and enjoy staying in my home town every year.

Also, there is Sky tree, the tallest building in the world in next Ward, Sumida Ward. Sky tree has a big shopping mall at the bottom, and we can purchase various Japanese goods.

My favorite place is riverside of Sumida river in Taito Ward. Many cherry blossoms are planted along the river and fully bloom every spring. That is awesome!!

I like running under the cherry blossoms along the river.

Moreover, firework festival is held on Sumida river every summer. 20000 fireworks bloom in the dark sky which is fabulously beautiful!