The Cancellation of the IATSS Forum Spring Batch (May to July 2020)

We regret to announce that the 63rd IATSS Forum, scheduled from May to July 2020, has been canceled for the following reasons.

  1. The number of COVID-19 infections in Japan still continues to increase at this moment, and it seems that this trend may continue for a while.
  2. Under these uncertain circumstances, we cannot guarantee a safe and healthy environment for participants and people concerned at the IATSS Forum.
  3. Travel to Japan may be restricted by the governments of respective countries.
  4. Upon the completion of the program in Japan, there is a risk of traveling restrictions back to respective countries from Japan. Even if participants are able to go back to their respective countries, they may be requested to engage in self-isolation for 14 days.

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Jen [59th batch (2018 Spring Forum)] [The Philippines]

Participating in 59th batch (2018 Spring Forum)The Philippines

Voice before the participation

Warm greetings from the sunny Philippines!

My name is Jen and I am a lawyer by profession and a perpetual student of life. As April ushers in summer in the Philippines, my excitement grows as I count the days leading to the 59th IATSS Forum Program this May. I feel so privileged to be selected to represent my country and be a part of the extraordinary group of emerging young leaders selected from different ASEAN countries.

My participation in the 59th IATSS Forum Program is filled with the hope of growing my perspective as a professional, as well as sharing my own views to others. It is very refreshing and liberating to be a part of a learning program that is focused on developing young leaders from various fields. Training for 55 days in Japan is an exciting prospect for me since this is the first time that I will be away from my home country for an extended period. I intend to make the most out of this journey, knowing that it is an opportunity for personal growth above everything else.

I look forward to learn from other individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures and fields and I hope that I will be able to contribute to enrich my co-participants’ unique experiences. I expect that the activities lined-up for us by the hardworking IATSS Forum Staff will expand our views and even create opportunities for collaboration. I truly hope that the 59th batch will be able to create a bond that goes beyond the duration of the IATSS Forum Program. Lastly, I am eager to explore and immerse myself in Japanese culture, discipline and practice. I have always admired the Japanese way of life and I cannot wait to find ways to translate it to my practice as a professional as well as in my daily life.

See you soon in Japan!