Where our society has popped up in the media around the world.


18:00 2nd April 2011 – NHK Radio (Link).
Seiji-san gets the Leeds Uni and Leeds University Union Japanese Society message to Japan on NHK radio!


1st April 2011 – Mainichi.jp (Link).
A major Japanese newspaper reports the support that Leeds students have shown for the people of Japan.

英国リーズ大学、震災復興支援活動を通じて義援金1万1千ポンド寄付 – 毎日jp(毎日新聞)

この度の東北関東大震災により亡くなられた方々のご冥福をお祈り申し上げますとともに、被害を受けられました皆様に心からお見舞い申し上げます。

イギリス国立リーズ大学(所在地:リーズ市、イギリス)で、東北地方太平洋沖地震により被災された方々のために集めている義援金が1万1千ポンドに達しました。 

大学の協力のもと、留学中の日本人学生や日本語学科に在籍している学生を中心に、募金活動、追悼行事、そして千羽鶴をつくるイベントや、灯篭イベントなどのチャリティイベントなどを行って集めた募金は、全てイギリス赤十字に寄付されます。

現在、リーズ大学のホームページにはトップページに大きく日本への応援メッセージが掲載されています。(添付画像)

◆日本人研究員の想い
2009年からリーズ大学で研究員として働いている今井 洋(いまい ひろし)さんは、この度のリーズ大学の活動について、「特にリーズ大学の顔であるメインのホームページに日本への応援メッセージが掲載されたのは、おそらくこれが初めてのこと。 日本のメディアにも伝えてもらえれば、リーズ大学からの応援メッセージが日本まで届くのではないか」と、日本事務局まで連絡をくれました。

◆リーズ大学学長のメッセージ
昨年初来日を果たしたリーズ大学学長、マイケル・アーサー教授は、日本の協定校、提携企業、日本在住の卒業生に、哀悼の意を表すとともに、リーズ大学のメンバーは一丸となり日本を思い続ける旨を伝えました。

リーズ大学は日本に1,000人を超える卒業生が在住し、30校以上の提携校があり、毎年30人以上の日本語学科の学生が日本の大学に留学します。 現在リーズ大学に留学中の日本人は141人おり、リーズ大学インターナショナル・スチューデント・オフィスでは在学中の日本人学生のサポートに取り組んでいます。

Thanks to Global Cafe for their translation of the article. (Link).

University of Leeds, UK, donated 11,000 pounds through donations Disaster Relief Activities

We pray for you and those who died in the northeast of the Great Kanto Earthquake of this time, I would like everyone was sincere sympathy vulnerable.

National University of Leeds, UK (Location: Leeds, UK), and reached the 11,000 pounds collected donations for those who have been affected by the Tohoku region Pacific Ocean earthquake. 

With the cooperation of universities, especially students who are enrolled in Japanese and Japanese students studying in the department, fundraising events, memorial events and making paper cranes, and do charity events, events such as lantern donations collected will be donated to the British Red Cross all.

Currently, the website of the University of Leeds has appeared in the top big messages of support to Japan. (Picture attached)

Japanese researchers thought

Imai Hiroshi has worked as a Research Fellow at Leeds University in 2009 (Hiroshi Imai) said, the activities of the University of Leeds this time, “was published messages of support to Japan’s homepage main the face of the University of Leeds in particular is that this is probably the first time. You can tell people to take the Japanese media, Japan might have to receive messages of support from the University of Leeds, “and gave me contact the international office.

President’s Message University of Leeds

First visit to Japan last year played the President of the University of Leeds, Professor Michael Arthur, the Japanese partner universities, business partners, alumni living in Japan, with an expression of mourning, members of the University of Leeds United and I shall continue to work together told.

University of Leeds alumni living in Japan for more than 1,000 people, more than 30 schools have partner schools, the students studying at Japanese universities for more than 30 Japanese department each year. Leeds University studying in Japan now has 141 people in the International Student Office University of Leeds is committed to supporting students studying in Japan.


30 March 2011 – Yorkshire Evening Post (Link).

University of Leeds makes 1,000 paper birds for Japan

Pictured from left are Chieko Sudo, Carley Radford and Ayako Oda.

The University of Leeds has created 1,000 paper birds to show support for people in Japan following this month’s tsunami.

The event, 1000 Origami Cranes for Japan, took place in the Global Café at the Students’ Union lounge between 3.30pm and 7.30pm on Monday.

Students and staff donated £2 to learn how to make an origami crane, a mystical bird in Japan, and to also find out more about Japanese culture.

Katy Manns, head of the International Student Office, said: “I think that it’s really important for people in Japan to know that here in the UK we are thinking of them and wanting to support them.”

The idea came from the university’s Japanese Society whose members met just after the disaster on March 11 to plan how they could help the victims.

Photographs taken during the event will be sent over to families who were victims of the disaster.

Activities co-ordinator Emmeline Beazley said: “It’s wonderful to see that staff and students from the UK and all over the world at the university are united in supporting the people of Japan.”

In addition to this event, which raised nearly £400, society members Ayaka Nakasone and Ayako Oda collected donations of nearly £11,000 from around the campus.

All money will be given to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

The president of the society, Carley Radford, said: “We’re so happy so many people turned up to show their support for the people of Japan in their time of need.

“It was amazing watching hundreds of staff and students making the origami cranes and we’re delighted to have raised so much money.”

The red-crowned bird is a traditional symbol of harmony and is a holy figure in Japan.

Hiroshi Imai, a Japanese member of staff, said: “I felt a lot of support from people at the university for the survivors in Japan.”

The society has recently been nominated by the university’s Riley Awards for being the best group.


February 2011 – Embassy of Japan Web Magazine (Link).

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