Intercultural Communication Center (ICC)Waseda University

【Registration Period:Oct.1st-Oct.22nd, 9:00AM】(Student Diversity Center Collaboration Event 2020 Vol. 3) Online Talk Session: How should we live as university students in the age of the Coronavirus ?~The new era of “books, people, travel” and various ways of thinking~ (October 29th)
Guest: Mr. Haruaki Deguchi (President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University)


“Books, people and travel enrich one’s life.” 

Have any of you heard this phrase before? 

These are the words of Mr. Haruaki Deguchi, President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, who has visited  1200 cities around the world, read over 10,000 books and is uncommon as a traveler. 

“A Complete History of Philosophy and Religion”, “Real Strength at 60 Years Old”, “Worldwide History”, etc. are just some of the bestsellers that Mr. Deguchi has produced and you’ve probably glimpsed them in many bookshops before. 

Now, the Student Diversity Center is working together to create a special talk session and has invited Mr. Deguchi as the guest speaker! 

“What is the secret to having a more fulfilling student life for students living in this era of Coronavirus?”
“What are the attitudes we need to create a society filled with diversity where everyone can live their life with the satisfaction of being themselves?” 

These two themes will be covered deeply by Mr. Deguchi’s talk. 

There are many students who have had to cancel their study abroad plans, seen their club activities disappear and the campus life they pictured confronted with the very different reality because of the Coronavirus. 

In this situation, what ways of thinking and actions should we prioritise in order to give meaning to this irreplaceable time when we are students? 
Furthermore, what attitudes do we need to place importance on for the future of this society that will soon become our responsibility.  

“Standing on the shoulders of giants”, let’s spend some time thinking about the future of ourselves and our society.  

We’re sure you’ll pick up some good hints about what to do from here on out! 

*If you need accommodations such as reading material in advance or computer notetaking etc., please fill in the form below and return it to us before Oct. 8th. If you wish to apply after that date, please contact us to discuss the situation, we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Date & Time

October 29, 2020 (Thu.) 16:30 – 18:00
(You can enter the Zoom meeting room from 16:25. If you try to enter earlier than this time you will be directed to the “waiting room”, in that case please wait patiently for the event to start.)


Zoom (the Zoom URL will be sent to you by email the day before the event)


Waseda Students, Staff


Japanese. (Q&A possible in Japanese and English) Computer note taking  provided (Japanese). 




Required. Please apply via MyWaseda

*Personal information will only be used for this event.


Around 100 people. (If there are a large number of applications a lottery will be held to decide participants. Results sent by email on the deadline day.)

Registration deadline

October 22nd (Thu.) 9:00am

◆Guest Profile: President DEGUCHI Haruaki (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University)◆

Deguchi Haruaki was inaugurated as the 4th President of APU on January 1, 2018.
Mr. Deguchi is the cofounder of Lifenet Insurance, the first independent Japanese insurance company created in 74 years. He served as President and Managing Director from the company’s founding in 2006 until 2013, when he became Chairman and CEO. Previously, Mr. Deguchi held various roles with Nippon Life Insurance Company in a career that spanned nearly 35 years, including president of the company’s London-based subsidiary and general manager of the international business division.
He holds a degree from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University.


Waseda University Student Diversity Center (ICC・Office for Students with Disabilities・GS Center)


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


TEL: 03-5286-3990   E-mail:[email protected]

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