Jerudong International School (JIS) students had an insightful week of Japanese culture and language during its Enrichment Week Programme dubbed the “Japan Experience”.

The week-long programme was one of the activities offered in the school’s annual programme held at the end of school year. 

Some 10 students had the opportunity to hear a lecture on ‘Energy Policy and Eco Policy in Japan’ delivered by the Japanese Ambassador to Brunei, His Excellency Motohiko Kato, to conclude the “Japan Experience”.

During the lecture, the ambassador shared with the students and teachers on Japan’s advanced technology and sophisticated waste management and recycling systems.

Some of the examples include the usage of gold recycled from old mobile phones to make gold medals for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the increasing use of renewable sources of energy such as the geothermal power generation and the hydrogenation project in Brunei.

“People (Japanese) in the past suffered terrible environmental pollution but we overcame it and people have been trying to clean our country, preserving our natural environment,” the envoy told The Bruneian yesterday.

“For Brunei, His Majesty The Sultan has always been stressing on the importance of preserving greenery and environment. So, it is a great attempt for the school to have such programme for the students to learn about Japan more,” he added.

Throughout the week, the students had the opportunity to take up Judo conducted by the Brunei Judo Federation and learned to make sushi by the ambassador’s personal chef held at his residence.

Japan Week concluded with the participating students’ slideshow presentation followed by a performance by the students; a rendition of a popular Japanese song ‘Sukiyaki’, prior to receiving their certificates of participation.

Present at the closing ceremony were JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow, Second Secretary at the Japanese Embassy Hiroki Akasaka, JIS Dean of Higher Eduction Russell Mann and JIS Japan Experience Programme Leader Andrew McCulloch.



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