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Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

THIS INDEPENDENT TEDx EVENT IS OPERATED UNDER LICENSE FROM TED.

TEDXTOHOKUUNIVERSITY 2017 "OPEN DOORS"

Date: April 2, 2017

Date: April 2, 2017 
Time: 10:30am - 7:30pm
Venue: Qatar Science Campus, Aobayama Campus, Tohoku University (Map)
Participants: 150

Cost: Standard: 6,000 yen, Student: 3,000 yen
Theme: "Open Doors - connecting and sharing"

2017 SPEAKERS LINEUP

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CHRIS BROAD

YouTuber

Chris Broad is the creator of ‘Abroad in Japan,’ one of the largest foreign YouTube channels in Japan, with over 630,000 subscribers and 35 million views. Through the channel, he shares his experiences of life in Japan with the world, with videos. In the last year he’s focused the channel on featuring the region of Tohoku, in the hope of showcasing to the world what he considers to be Japan’s best kept secret.

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TAKURO KAJIYA

Leader of Sendai’s GLOBIS Graduate School of Management

Mr. Kajiya graduated from Keio University with a degree in policy management. After gaining experience in GE Japan, he came to the Tohoku region as a volunteer following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Mr. Kajiya is the head contributor to the foundation of the Graduate School of Management of Globis University Sendai campus, where he hopes that business people in the Tohoku region can be motivated and learn from each other to foster the region’s reconstruction.

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RYOTARO SAKURAI

CEO of Lifebridge Inc.

Mr. Sakurai’s passion is education and globalization. He believes, by learning abroad, that one can learn not only information and one's own specialities, but much more beyond. He is now the owner of LifeBridge Inc., a consulting service for Japanese who want to study abroad.

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YUJI NAKATANI

CEO of Real College

After graduating, Mr. Nakatani quit his job at a pharmaceutical company after two years, and is now the creator and CEO of Real College, the best share space area in Tohoku made especially for students in Sendai. Mr. Nakatani is also involved with government offices, education consulting, regional revitalization, publication, finance, information technology, and event planning, making him in a sense, a “total coordinator.”

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NORIKO OSUMI

Tohoku University Professor

Professor Noriko Osumi graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University with a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Development, and has become the first female professor of Tohoku University’s School of Medicine since 1998. Her research interest covers brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders. She was chosen as one of the 25 Distinguished Professors at Tohoku University from 2008 to 2011.

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YOSUKE KOMATSU

Director of Asuenokibou NPO cooperation

Originally born in Miyagi, Mr. Komatsu came back after the big March 11th earthquake and committed himself to reconstruct the affected areas
As he faced the state of depopulation, he formed the Asu-e-no-kibou (“Hope towards tomorrow”)  NPO Cooperation which aims to develop the community around the town of Onagawacho.

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NORIKO LILY

Interpreter, translator, radio personality

Ms. Lily is the representative of "Lily's TranSupport", a language support group located in Sendai where she works as a English-Japanese bilingual translator.
With the motto of “Connecting People and Languages”, she is continuously contributing in a large amount to the English education in Japan.

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TRISHIT BANERJEE

Student, Tohoku University

Still a sophomore in Tohoku University Department of Science, Trishit Banerjee has achieved much more than many people at his young age.
His passion is education and journalism which lead him to create “The Sentinel” in 2016 which is the first English newspaper not only in Tohoku University, but also in all universities around Japan.

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MAI LIDA

Educator, interpreter, translator, blogger and writer

Mai has always been interested in Japan's relations with the world. It was not until she visited Tohoku that she found beauty in the local regions of Japan, leading her to aspire to bridge the local and global. Currently, Mai resides in Fukuoka where she supports children through English education to envision their dreams, and also serves in interpretation and translation work for local projects across Japan.

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TAKAYUKI FUKUYAMA

CEO | ITONABU

Born and raised in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Mr. Furuyama found his deep interest and passion in the progressive world of IT. After the Great Earthquake, he went back and forth from Tokyo and Ishinomaki to teach  IT education in his former highschool. Finding his calling in teaching young people, Furuyama-san decide to make a platform where everyone can 「learn」and 「play」with the world of IT. Hoping that young people in Japan, especially in Ishinomaki, will not only become a consumer but also a developer in the fast changing world of IT. He then founded Itonabu Ishinomaki, a place where young people can learn more about IT.

PERFORMERS LINEUP

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TOHOKU UNIVERSITY BLUEGRASS CIRCLE | HONEY DUKES

Tohoku University Bluegrass circle is a music circle consisting of 100 members. Bluegrass circle mainly plays American acoustic music using instruments such as the guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and bass. Also, depending on each band, some also play Country, Irish, Pops, Dawg and Jazz. The 20~30 attached bands are active around Sendai city and participate not only in school concerts and festivals, but also in the Street Jazz Festivals hosted by Sendai city annually. The band “Honey Dukes” consists of junior and senior students of the group whom will be demonstrating their music in TEDx TohokuUniversity2017.

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TOHOKU UNIVERSITY A CAPPELLA | DEL MUNDO

A Cappella club “Del Mundo” is a club from Tohoku University consisting of nearly 130 members in total. They are a group that performs not only in Sendai city, but also attends music events and live concerts throughout Japan in small chorus units. A Cappella is a kind of non-instrumental music that contains only singing, and the style of the music can vary widely depending on each group. “Clover”, part of Del Mundo, is a group that is made up of four male voices and will perform relaxing Japanese music with their soft voices.

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