Updated: Jun 27, 2018
Please Introduce yourself !
My name is Yuki Kanayama. I’m a university student in Tokyo. There are two reasons for
participating in this program. First, I want to be a challenger who is willing to fail. I want
to make the most of four years in the university. Also, I want to be a person who can
express his opinion in English. Although I spent a lot of time learning English, I don’t
have enough time to speak English. Therefore, I think that this is a good chance for me to
use English. As for the resolution, I’m going to speak up as often as possible so that many
people can understand what I think. I have never studied abroad so this is the first time
for me to discuss social issues with foreigners in English. Anyway, I hope this program
will help me improve my English and I will make friends with a lot of foreigners.
What is your Table Topic?
What do you think about your table topic so far and what is the goal of your table?
We will study the impact of religions on people. The problem is very difficult to deal with
especially for Japanese like me, who have been indifferent to religions. The reason I am
interested in this topic is that recently I have noticed the word “religious conflicts” pop
up in news program, magazines and so on. However, I realized that I didn’t have enough
knowledge to understand such problems. I think that it plays an important role in
interacting with foreigners, and therefore, it will be getting much more vital in our lives,
although the number of religious conflicts seems to decline. Seen from the outside,
religious violent is very hard to find out, so we have to learn about it and should be aware
what is going on inside. Apparently, this kind of problem is too hard to solve. For
example, when I searched on the internet about Buddhism, I found that Buddhist actually
took violent actions against other people, not only Rohingya issue in Myanmar. I didn’t
know that before. I hope that I, who don’t believe in any religion, will be able to see the
problem from a neutral viewpoint by learning about various kinds of religions. Honestly,
the biggest event which attracted me to this topic is that, when I went to India, I got very
frustrated to be suspended for cows in the middle of the road! I wonder why many
people could see it as usual!