The Japan-Russian Student Forum was held at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok from September 4th to 8th. Seina Uchida, outbound student of STEPS program participated the Forum as a representative of UTokyo.
This Forum, which 24 students from 14 universities participated, was held in parallel with The 3rd Eastern Economic Forum and is comprised of two programs; discussion and culture. At the discussion program, students were split into groups and extended communication across a broad spectrum dealing with Medicine, Economics, Language and Culture etc., aiming to cultivate a future-oriented collaborative relationship between Japan and Russia.
Ideas and proposals of discussion are summarized as the Japan-Russian Student Forum Joint Proposal for Action and handed to Prime Minister Abe by students representatives of both countries.
Students deepened their ties through visit of aquarium, museums, and other activities offered at cultural program.
Uchida commented, "Discussion with Russian students was stimulus. By being incorporated into the program, I strongly felt that I could play an important role to affect the future of Japan. Now I became able to capture Japanese political landscape and international relations surrounding Japan with a sense of ownership more than ever."