Boosting MBA programs

The second Japan MBA Case Competition (JMBACC) will be held Nov. 30 at Aoyama Gakuin in Shibuya, Tokyo.

The current champion, McGill University, will defend its title against nine Japan-based schools and two Asia-based schools, to compete for the JMBACC trophy.

During the event, each team will give a presentation on a pre-selected business case in front of nine judges from various industries.

The competition is jointly organized by MBA students at the Aoyama Graduate School of Business, Hitotsubashi ICS, and McGill University.

The mission of JMBACC is to draw on the inspiration, spirit and tradition of case competitions held worldwide to bring together stakeholders of business education in Japan, MBA programs, past and present students and corporations.

By doing so, JMBACC aims to facilitate and stimulate a more competitive MBA market, which will in turn benefit school programs, alumni and corporations.

For more details on the organization or the event, please visit the website, www.jmbacc.org , or contact them at info@jmbacc.org .


Support for Palestinians

A special screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “Omar,” followed by a panel discussion, will be held at 6:40 p.m. Nov. 26 in Tokyo.

Jointly organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Rikkyo University, Meiji University and the International University of Japan, the film will be shown at Rikkyo University’s Ikebukuro campus.

The U.N. has named 2014 as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, with Nov. 29 designated as International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The film is set to hit screens in Japan next year.

The discussion will feature Maher Nasser, acting head of the U.N. Department of Public Information; professor Yukie Osa from Rikkyo’s Graduate School of Social Design Studies and Department of Sociology; Takashi Asai, chairman of Uplink Co.; and Yuka Kaneko from the Japan International Volunteer Centre. It will be moderated by Kaoru Nemoto, director of UNIC.

For more information, call 03-3985-4876.

Off to the races

The 56th annual Asahi Shimbun Cup Keirin Festival will be held at the Kokura Bicycle Racetrack in Kitakyushu.

The four-day event kicks off Nov. 21, with the finals scheduled to be broadcast live on Nov. 24 from 4 p.m. to 4:52 p.m.

Kokura is known as the birthplace of professional bicycle racing in Japan.

In addition to food stalls providing local fare, there will be beauty products for female visitors and a special area for children to ride Strider bikes during the festival.

In commemoration of the festival, an original QUO card worth ¥500 will be offered to five lucky readers.

To apply, please send a postcard with your name and contact information before Nov. 25, to J−kakari at the head office of Keirin Festival, Asahi Kokoku at 7-16-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

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