WMU News

Spring business seminar to be held in Japan

Jan. 24, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Japan's famous cherry blossoms are expected to be in full bloom this spring when a group of Western Michigan University faculty, staff and students visits that country.

The Japanese Business Seminar will be held in Japan from April 23 through May 4. The seminar includes stays in Tokyo, Hikone and Kyoto. Participants will sleep most nights in modern hotels. A weekend home stay can be arranged for those interested in a personal glimpse of the Japanese culture.

"Japan is the world's second largest economy, and it's important for our students to learn about the country's economy, business practices and culture," says Dr. F. William McCarty, professor of finance and commercial law, who is co-director of the seminar. "Both WMU and the state of Michigan have well-established contacts in Japan. Our Japanese university partners, Western Michigan alumni, former exchange students and government officials are all set to welcome participants and share insights."

Participants can hail from any academic discipline, and knowledge of the Japanese language is not required. The cost of the seminar is $1,895 for undergraduate students and $2,015 for graduate students, not including air travel or most meals. Participating students will earn three academic credits, which require pre-approval from Sharon Howes, academic advisor in the Haworth College of Business.

Applications can be obtained by calling McCarty at (269) 387-5857 or Dr. Hideko Abe, assistant professor of Asian and Middle Eastern languages, at (269) 387-6241.

The seminar is one of seven key elements of Focus Japan, a WMU project funded last year by a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Led by McCarty and Abe, Focus Japan aims to strengthen the University's study of Japan's language, culture and business environment.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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