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WASEDA University Newsletter from WOL No.7 (2010-12-28)

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From the past Waseda of Japan to the future WASEDA of the world

As Waseda University marked its 125th anniversary on October 21, 2007, we made a resounding pledge that within the next 10 years, Waseda would elevate its status as a Japanese university to become a truly global university.

Today, as we confront problems on a worldwide scale, including the seemingly insoluble challenges of global warming and economic disparity, we are deeply concerned about the decline in Japan's clout in the international community. In these difficult times, it is especially important that universities, which have striven for the pursuit of truth and remained uninfluenced by power and authority or the imperatives of immediate gain, to play a vigorous role in opening a new era.

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Opinion Weekly Opinion

The Significance of Tone of Voice for Japanese

Akihiro Tanaka
Assistant Professor, Waseda University Institute for Advanced Study

Is the person in front of me right now angry or happy? This may sound like an obvious question, but in fact it is not always as easy to judge as it may seem. It is very likely that the smiling face of an innocent child really does show that they are happy, but your subordinate at work who approaches you with a smile may actually be feeling very angry.

Japan has long been regarded as a society where people read the atmosphere. As social animals, we humans live together for better or worse by reading the atmosphere as well as each other's feelings, to a greater or lesser extent, in order to maintain good relations with each other. The act of guessing how another person is feeling is one part of reading the atmosphere.

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Research Waseda Research Zone - Latest News on Project Research -

Building an international network as a base for Japanese literature and Japanese culture research

Waseda University International Institution for Japanese Literature and Culture

Waseda University, taking advantage of its 125th anniversary in 2007, alongside starting up the mid-long term university management plan "Waseda Next 125", with the aim to establish a "research Waseda" which holds water internationally, as a university we systematically and strategically put effort into setting up fields stressing research promotion. In order to achieve this aim, in April 2009, a new research initiative organization was put in place to strategically promote research over the whole university, and in 2009 and 2010, in-campus research project entries, covering the four research initiatives, were asked for each year.

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Reviews sports

A culture of class divisions within stadiums

Masayuki Ishii
Associate Professor of the Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University

The kicker sets the ball and an announcement calls for silence throughout the stadium. The stands grow quiet. The kicker takes a slow running start and kicks the ball, which traces a graceful arc and clears the goal bar. The stands explode with applause. Just like a golf putt or a save in tennis at Wimbledon, a rugby penalty kick is performed in silence.

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