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The purpose of the SGH program:

In today's world, as society, economy, and the globalization of culture rapidly evolve, there is growing international unity. In addition, due to great advances in science and technology and the complex and rapid change of society, new challenges have arisen that can not be addressed using only previously accumulated knowledge and technology. In order to respond to these issues, new globally competitive specialized skills and knowledge in respect to human resources are required. Due to societal changes in the 21st century, it is an aim to be an active leader in the global community and an important objective to achieve this is the development of human resources.

Our SGH research agenda:

To identify global challenges that Hokkaido industries face and provide solutions through the development of its human capital.

Our SGH outline:

Under the theme of "Hokkaido of the future”, we plan to promote internationalization in cooperation with universities, government and private companies to acquire international cultural awareness, industrial, and environmental skills.

Research overview:
・Surveys (fieldwork)
・Hypotheses and Analyses
・Presentation, Dissemination and Evaluation

To nurture interdisciplinary global leaders who actively work within the international arena.

Research Details

The SGH Program prepares students to be global citizens by having them conduct investigative and evaluative research. The focus will be on understanding current global issues, exploring new challenges, analyzing diversity, taking assertive action and developing the ability to think critically.

(1) Foundation - Investigation, Analysis, Discussion, Imaginative Scope

Understanding different cultures and fostering open-mindedness.
Our school’s teachers as well as guest lecturers, e.g., teachers invited from schools like Hokkaido University, will take part in cooperative fieldwork with participating institutions to conduct a deep study on cross-cultural society.
Valuable experience gained through such domestic and overseas training will additionally enhance one’s sensitivity to be more culturally concerned.

(2) Application - Problem-Solving, Diversity, Implementation

Personal Research
Students will decide on a topic of interest and take on an individual research theme.
Example: “Food”, “Tourism”, “Territory”, “Post-war”
Concerning ourselves with topics that are familiar to Hokkaido, we are able to engage in a cultural discourse, think from a global perspective about the challenges at hand and finally find resolutions to these problems..

Group Research
A central research theme will be decided within the group, analyzed and discussed through exchange of opinions.

International Fieldwork
Collaborative research and discourse with participating institutions.

(3) Development - Reporting, Negotiation, English Communication

Students will formulate their own thesis and depending on their language skill level will choose to report on it in English or Japanese.
The paper should demonstrate a clear argument with well-written and comprehensible sentences.
Participants will take part in various competitions both from within their school and off-campus.
A graduation thesis will be composed as well.

(4) Evaluation - Performance Assessment
All aspects of the research and development process are part of a quality assured and verified evaluation program.

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Hokkaido Tourism Proposal Theme Presentation

2015/11/5 (Thurs) / 2015/11/19 (Thurs)

Research Theme

  1. Hokkaido Transportation Bureau’s promotion of visiting Japan
  2. Proposal Theme Presentation
  3. Proposal for Singapore high school students to visit local schools in Hokkaido

1. Speaker Introduction

Ministry of Land, Hokkaido Tourism Bureau, International Tourism Department

International Chief Mr. Kamo Masakazu

2. Overview

Lecture Overview

The following are a number of documents presented

  • Countries that accept foreigners from all over the world
  • Foreign travelers to Japan from (first-world) countries
  • Foreign travelers to Hokkaido from (first-world) countries
  • In order to increase the number of traveler
  • The charm of visiting Japan are the Japanese people
  • Why promotion is necessary
  •  Ministry of Land & Tourism business contents
  • JNTO’s (Japan National Tourist Office) emphasis on 20 markets and the promotion of each market

Finally, Mr. Kamo presented pictures of the foreign areas visited and introduced the features of each

Proposal Theme Presentation

 The challenge of making a proposal for Singapore high school students to visit local schools in Hokkaido was given to students. Referring to the powerpoint materials from Mr. Kamo’s lecture on November 5th, all 12 groups (5-6 person group), shared their information and had discussion. The proposal organization is as follows.

  1. Bid Title
  2. Bid Goal
  3. Bid Goal
    ・Accommodation, transportation means, amount of money
    ・Detailed explanation of training content in the plan
  4. The proposal is within 5 pages, A4 paper size. The PowerPoint presentation material is within 10 pages.


 Presentation of the developed proposal will be held on January 28 (Thursday)


A Talk about tourism in Hokkaido

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Today's research themes

  1. Tourism development and social issues
  2. International cooperation in the tourism sector
  3. Tourism development in foreign countries

1. Implementation content

 Speakers Introduction

Hokkaido University Center for Advanced Tourism Studies
Project Associate Professor Takuro Hanaoka
Assistant Professor Kayo Murakami.
Academic researcher Takashi Fukuyama

October 29th

Research into the tourism industry in developing countries has been commissioned by the Hokkaido Tourism Centre for Advanced Studies. A lecture was conducted of Mr. Hanaoka’s research (with the cooperation of the Zimbabwe government). The theme consisted of the following three points.

  1. Tourism development and social issues:
  • The costs and benefits of the hunting of precious elephants and lions by tourists.
  • The lives of wild animals and the people living in the vicinity.
  • Wildlife protection and tourism in Hokkaido.
  1. International cooperation in the tourism sector:
  • International Cooperation of the tourism sector in Hokkaido which is currently underway.
  • What kind of assistance Sapporo Nichidai high school students can do.
  1. Tourism development in foreign countries:
  • The thrill and difficulty of working abroad.
  • The fun found in the development of tourism.
  • Careers.

 After a brief introduction including the history, facilities and the staff of Hokkaido University, the difference in greetings between Middle East countries and African countries as an introduction of foreign cultures was taught through demonstration. Then, after looking at a number of photos and a video of Zimbabwe, students were asked about their thoughts on the local tourism industry including "elephant and human coexistence". How countries can utilize the natural world and local know-how to aid the tourism industry was introduced within a wide range of activities.

November 12th

 A study on the increase of the tourism industry in developing countries has been commissioned by the Hokkaido Tourism Centre for Advanced Studies, A lecture was conducted by Mr. Murakami and Mr. Fukuyama teacher with an introduction by Mr. Hanaoka. The theme consisted of the next five points by Mr. Murakami.

(1) Career’s working abroad

(2) The task of finding "treasure" in the region.
(3) Threats to the community "negative existence".
  ① Negatives in the surroundings.
  ② Resources.
  ③ An example of the negatives of tourism.

(4) A case study of recycling
  ① The problems associated with Hokkaido’s deer regarding food and tourism resources.        

  ② "White devil" The effect of drift ice on tourism.

(5) The recycling process
  ① How to devise and improve it.
  ② The common points between two cases.

 Mr. Murakami’s theme was "looking for ‘treasure’ in the country of Jordan." High school students were asked about the task of protecting cultural property. There was a brief introduction of the country, the Dead Sea and Petra. The lecture had many photos and a video about the social background of Salto’s museum where a lot of work is being done. Also included was specific work in the museum, the creation of a tourist map, the training of a guide, and involving the local residents in various schemes.

 Mr. Fukuyama’s theme was about the changing the recycling process - a view of "negative presence". A quiz was mixed into the presentation. Students were introduced to Japan's tourism resources. Also included were deer and drift ice, but also the negatives involved for these tourism resources in Hokkaido, the lecture used specific data and photos. Finally, based on the two perspectives of branding (increasing the service value of the product for the customer and advertising products and service value to the customer) students were asked for their thoughts and ideas. These are shown below.

Group study workshop

Sapporo has very heavy snow which is unusual for such a large city. On the theme of "Snow that piles up", students studied and presented ideas in 12 groups of 5-6 people on.
① The disadvantages of snow.

② The potential positive transformation of these disadvantages.

③ The effects of the positive transformation.

The main ideas are as follows:

  • The disadvantages of snow removal.
  • The impact on traffic (sliding, congestion, poor visibility, railway delays and suspended service).
  • The risk of icicles.
  • Using snow for the storage of food.,
  • Creating employment from beautiful sightseeing, hot springs, the snow Festival, skiing, skating, and sports such as snowball fighting.
  • Physical fitness improvement from the removal of snow.



All Japan High School Model United Nations Finals

2015/11/14 (Sat) – 2015/11/15 (Sun)

 All Japan High School Model United Nations

Competition Overview

First Selection:

【Challenge】: 4 reports concerning “Cross-Cultural Understanding” (1 in English, 3 in Japanese)

【Teams】: 80

【Results Date】: 2015/10/1

All Japan Model United Nations Tournament

【Time】: 2015/11/14 (Sat) – 2015/11/15 (Sun)

【Place】: United Nations University

【Agenda】:International Immigration

Brain Drain

Irregular Immigration

Protection of Immigrants Faced with Difficulties


With a total of 80 qualified teams (2 individuals per team), 40 teams were put into Conference A and the other 40 in Conference B. Each team was representative of a country, its interests, peace-keeping goals and policies it intends to propose to other countries through negotiations.

Day of Competition

 Our school became representative of Portugal in Conference A. Over the month and a half period after the results were announced on October 1st, the historical background of international immigration and current situation in Portugal were examined. While doing so, [we] carefully took the time to also think about political measures as we face the competition.

 There were a large number of well-known high schools participating from all over the country, so the atmosphere was overwhelming. Negotiations went underway with countries with the same policies and consensus. On the first day, 7 working papers were submitted in collaboration with other countries. On the second day, of the 7 working papers, 3 were submitted as draft resolutions. Our school’s working paper was also able to acquire sponsorship and together with 12 other countries a joint draft resolution was submitted. In a subsequent vote, all 3 of the draft resolutions obtained the majority vote and all were passed. The draft resolution proposed by our school garnered the most favor out of the 3 resolutions.


 Competition Results

 The draft resolutions submitted by 12 countries are as follows.


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