On Saturday, September 8 the 高二F students opened their Mini- MUN Conference. The theme was: Renewable Energy in Developing Nations. The session began with one-minute country position where all delegates spoke to share their country’s thoughts and concerns on the theme. Next the delegates proposed topics for debate and discussion such as the pros and cons of solar energy or the costs of wind energy. Participation was active and all delegates worked hard to express themselves. After a short working lunch, the afternoon session included the 高一F students as the press corps and observers from other grades and parents. The afternoon session opened with a keynote speech from Mr. Fukuhara, our principal and ended with a final vote on a proposed resolution. The Chairs awarded four prizes: Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, Honorable Delegate, and Best Position Paper. The students felt very successful after their accomplishment.
今年のテーマは”Renewable Energy in Developing Nations”(発展途上国における再生可能エネルギー）でした。セッションは各国の代表が1分間でその国の立場を述べることから始まり、そこで全ての代表者はテーマについての自分の国の考えや懸念を発表し、他の国の代表者と共有します。その後、太陽光発電の是非や風力発電のコストなどのディベートやディスカッションのテーマが提示されました。生徒たちは積極的に議論に参加し、自分たちの考えを熱心に表明しました。昼食後のセッションは高一Fの生徒が記者として参加し、また他学年の希望する生徒達も見学しました。午後は福原校長先生の基調スピーチから始まり、そして終わりには決議案への投票により終了しました。
最後には議長から4つの表彰（Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, Honorable Delegate, and Best Position Paper ）があり、生徒達は達成感を感じていました。
以下は参加した生徒と、お手伝いをしてくれた姉妹校(Dana Hall School)の卒業生2名の感想です。
MUN was my traumatic experience for me; when I participated MUN conference last October, which was just one month after starting the exchange program in the U.S. I literally did not understand anything that was happening there, and it was the longest four hours of my life. However, I thought it might be worth challenging again, considering my continuous effort during the exchange program, to improve my communication skills in English. One week before the MUN, I realized that there was no way to escape and I finally decided not to embarrass myself as last October in the U.S. I decided to aggressively challenge MUN conference at TJK. I kept moving forward by researching for hours and hours after school, and ended up with having so many print outs that I was still printing out until the last moment on the day of MUN. As a result of my challenges, I was surprised to find myself aggressively putting up y country’s placard, speaking up, listening to other delegates’ motions, taking notes, and being named “Honorable Delegate.” It feels wonderfully good when you’ve overcome a traumatic experience and become confident from it. From this MUN experience, I’ve learned that challenges lead your efforts to improve your weaknesses, and doing your best moving forward doesn’t betray you even though it might be stressful. I’m now excited to participate in a MUN conference again.
I appreciate having the opportunity to experience Mini Model United Nations at school. This was my first time to have a formal debate. My position as delegate required me to be well-prepared, active, listen carefully, and respect others. As everyone had their own points of view, many different ideas were produced and the energy from each group’s participation made me feel more energetic about being involved in the discussion. Even though I wasn’t familiar with speaking and hearing the formal language, I found participating in the conference enjoyable. Eventually, I learned skills for what I was required to do. Thus, this opportunity became so special and meaningful for me.
＜Dana Hall 卒業生＞
I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to return to TJK. Last year I was so impressed by the determination, spirit, and eloquence of the students, and this year was no different!
When Sofia and I arrived, we immediately saw how much time and effort the eleventh graders had committed to preparing for the Model UN simulation; they asked us questions that reflected their solid understanding of both the challenges surrounding renewable energy, and their country’s stance on the issues. As Sofia and I emphasized during our time with the students, one of the challenges of Model UN is learning how to advance creative solutions within a strict, and at times confusing, procedural framework. The rock star eleventh graders quickly integrated the verbose procedural language into their statements and became pros at the complicated debate structure! They were able to write, debate, and vote on two resolutions. Sofia and I are so proud of all that they have accomplished.
Aside from Model UN, I had a great time practicing debate skills with tenth graders, discussing my experience at Dana Hall with ninth graders, and touring around Tokyo with my amazing host family! I was also thrilled to have the opportunity to talk about global initiatives to control and eliminate nuclear weapons with the twelfth graders. I got to know the twelfth graders during last year’s Model UN simulation, so it was really fun to reunite with them.
Thank you again to the students and teachers who were so gracious and welcoming. Sofia and I truly appreciate all that you did to provide us with a rewarding, memorable, and fun week in Tokyo!
I had the opportunity to travel to Tokyo, Japan for the first time in order to help TJK in organizing their second Mini MUN. Although I have done Model UN for over 6 years, I must say that this experience was one of the best ones I have had. I was not sure what to expect, but my ten days in Japan were met with amazing hospitality from TJK teachers, students and my host family. Furthermore, I was incredibly amazed by the TJK grade 11 student’s preparation in both English and Model UN. Their public speaking skills and Model UN abilities are beyond compare. I am super thankful to have been given the opportunity to help with TJK’s Model UN, and hope to be able to return next year.