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Xiaochen Su
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PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo, Studied MSc International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (LSE)
PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo, Studied MSc International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (LSE)

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What is the Logic behind Donating Money to a Foundation that Gives Money to Essay Contests?
Japan is a rather small country with an efficient public transport service, so moving across half the country, and then back, in a few hours within the same day is quite doable.  And the author did exactly that today on a trip to Kyoto for an essay contest ...
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When Mental Strength Rather than Skills and Techniques Become the Primary Determinant for Success
Today was the final exam for graduating medical school students at the University of Tokyo.  The final exam took the form of individual clinical simulations, where each student separately, in designated time periods, perform certain required medical checkup...
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When a Niche Market is Put in a Rich, Massive Market, It is No Longer a Niche
It is hard to imagine something that is as uncommonly sought after among the stylish trendy 20-somethings walking around a (relatively) balmy winter afternoon in one of Tokyo's major shopping areas.  Yet, the Reptile Expo in the 4th floor of a shopping mall...
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The Sensitivities of Making an Invisible Community More Visible
At the first sight, the Won Won Shopping Complex looks like any other retail/office building in central parts of Taipei.  The concrete two-floor building is devoid of paint, excess decorations, and frankly, any character that would make it stand out among d...
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Encouraging Signs of a More International Socialization of Japanese Kids
When the author was attending elementary school in Japan as a child, the concept of catering for foreigners within both the school environment and community was practically unheard of.  While foreigners have already been not rare even in a provincial city l...
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Are Some Exam Formats More "Juvenile" Than Others?
One of the favorite tools for teachers in American high schools is the Scantron.  These machine-readable little slips are the key to automating multiple choice tests.  Teachers enter the correct answers in the scanning machine before the multiple-choice tes...
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Isolationist Tendencies Will Hurt Academia's Financial Viability
A few months ago during a trip back to San Diego , the author heard about an initiative ran by PhD students and postdocs at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).  The initiative involves a weekly trip by a few science researchers to the nearby d...
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How Experience Can Create Confidence in a Social Setting
Given the frequency of how many social events for complete strangers are held in Tokyo , it is often interesting to see why many people choose not to participate in any of them.  Some are rather understandable, like the fact that many people (especially amo...
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The Relationship between Political Stability and Business Reputation
When a restaurant or a retail shop advertises itself topic to the general public, one of more common method used is to emphasize its long tradition of operations.  The term "Since (insert year of founding here)" is frequently placed right next to the compan...
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To Promote Real Cultural Exchange Requires Asking Tough Questions on Cultural Differences
When Japanese firms and government market the concept of "Cool Japan" abroad, a few formulas come in mind.  For them, to get foreigners to "like" Japan and its culture, it simply cannot beat a demonstration of what are traditional combined with the country'...
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