Please introduce yourself!
Hello. My name is Remi Nakazeki. I was born in Tokyo, but grew up in New York. Thus, I consider both cities as my home towns.
I am currently 20 years old, and I am doing a double degree program between Keio University in Japan and Sciences Po in France. I’ve studied in France for two years, so I will be going to Keio University for another 2 years from this fall to finish up my undergraduate degrees. As for hobbies, I enjoy playing the violin and traveling. Since I grew up in 3 different countries, I speak fluent English, Japanese, and French, and I am currently in the process of learning Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian. As you can probably tell, I am also very passionate about learning new languages.
I applied to be a participant of this conference because I strongly believe that this experience will be a crucial and meaningful push to opening the door to my future
dream. In the future, I aspire to work in the field of Development Economics, focusing on education in developing countries. I wish to work for the United Nations and various NGOs, and become one of the thousands of hands to help shrink the disparity in chances received based on given circumstances, particularly in developing countries, and aspire to contribute to the global society as not only one Japanese, but also as a global citizen. Thus, discussions with students from around the world in a conference like this will be a very valuable experience for me.
What do you think about your table topic: 21st Century Education?
My table’s topic is “21st Century Education.” As globalization gains momentum, and the wold is becoming more and more integrated, what are the skills necessary for Japanese students to survive in this world? This table approaches this question through both Japanese and global perspectives, and hopes to achieve our ultimate goal, which is to find an answer to this daunting question. Having received education in several countries, I have naturally developed the habit of comparing different education systems in various countries. Through this, I have noticed differences in school curricula, teaching styles, student attitudes, and exam types between Japanese schools and schools abroad, mainly in the States and in France. Utilizing my long overseas experience as well as my Japanese background, I hope to discuss with my table members about the type of skills needed to be taught in Japanese elementary schools, and aspire to write up a proposal that will inspire both the Japanese government and schools in Japan. If our proposal becomes one of the first steps to changing and improving the education system in Japan, I would be more than delighted.