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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Ben [56th batch (2016 Autumn Forum)] [Indonesia]

Participating in 56th batch (2016 Autumn Forum)Indonesia

Voice before the participation

I am extremely excited that it’s now my turn to experience the wonderful program… but at the same time get nervous… Will the programs meet my expectation… Will I be able to meet the expectation of the organizer of this program?
As months turn into weeks and days, I am finally able to stay calm and relax and tell myself “let the movie begins”. Yes, that’s the kind of attitude I always bring to life: a willingness to try something new, to push harder, to climb higher. I have experienced some successes others can only dream about: graduating from one of the finest technological universities in the world, working in 3 different countries, and enjoying some of the finest things in life, some which money can’t buy, and some which money can.
However, I think it’s time for me to reach the new Everest in my life.
I always admire Japan, not only because they are modern, but because, despite their modern life, Japanese still value traditional values. Japanese people are some of the most discipline, hard-working, professional, ethical, and yet astonishingly polite and humble. So… I am looking forward to heart-pounding 2 months in this training and willing to give my 150% everyday.
But first.. sake please 

Voice after the participation

First of all, I would like to extend my great thanks for an excellent program in IATSS. I learnt a lot during 55 days in Japan.
After coming back to Indonesia, several things have changed. I needed to adapt to my daily life again, but thanks God my business and everything else are still okay 

One thing I start to apply for my life here in Indonesia is attention to detail. I notice Japanese like to pay attention to details. Nothing is too small for Japanese, for example during our IATSS program, IATSS staffs paid attention to details like our meals (including our preference and allergy), our hobbies (when matching with our home parents), etc. That makes me pay attention to details more in my life and my business. Now I even think about whether the condition like room temperature is the best for my employees and my students (I open a school by the way).

As for suggestion for the next batch, I would like to give an advice: be yourself. This advice may sound a bit cliché but I wholeheartedly agree that it is very useful. Learn to accept each and everyone as a unique individual with different skill sets, background, culture, way of thinking, preference, etc. Embrace diversity and try to learn as much as possible about other people including IATSS staffs and fellow participants. Make friends with everyone, do the extra mile, and enjoy everyday in IATSS because a time like this will never come back.
Thank you very much.