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[Humans of ISC67] Participant Edition:

#1 Please introduce yourself!

I'm Ami, a participant of ISC67, Table 5. I'm from Japan and currently a senior student at Aoyama Gakuin University located in Tokyo. I'm majoring in international politics and development economics, and writing my thesis in behavioral economics. I've engaged in volunteering in the Philippines (since I was in high school) and a marginal village in Japan (during my uni), so these experiences motivated me to join ISC67 and go to grad school after my graduation.

#2 What is your favorite thing about your country/city? Why?

There are many attractive points that make Japan special, but I would say the food is the best. In Japan, there are various types of restaurants such as Japanese, Italian, French, Chinese, Thailand, Indian, Vietnamese, and so on, but all of them are absolutely fantastic. The food is delicious no matter where you eat. Additionally, common Japanese dishes, such as ramen and fish set menus, are readily available at reasonable prices. Moreover, normally, Japanese dishes do not use much oil, making them healthy. Japan is the only country in the world where you can eat such high-quality food at such a low price.

#3 What made you want to join ISC67 and your table? What would you like to achieve through the conference?

I have two reasons why I am applying to ISC67. First, I would like to deepen my thoughts on global issues before I go to graduate school abroad. After graduation, I plan to go to graduate school abroad to do my master's in development economics to learn how to deal with global issues academically. Since I was in high school, I engaged in volunteering in developing areas to contribute to solving global problems such as poverty. And I believe the ISC67 opportunity to share my ideas and discuss global issues surely enhance my thoughts and provide a different view for me. Second, I am looking forward to gaining new perspectives by exchanging ideas and knowledge with people from diverse backgrounds. For my experience, I have lived in Hong Kong, Korea for my father’s job, and the UK for studying abroad, so I know the importance of meeting new people and exchanging ideas. I think this program is a precious opportunity to meet new cultures, thoughts and values. To pursue my goal to contribute to ISC and get new insight, Table 5 is the best choice because it is directly connected to my personal experience of volunteering.

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