MONTLY NEWS
May of 2009
“Co-Regulating Counsillors’ meeting was held”

     The 3rd Co-Regulating Counsillors’ meeting of the second stage, “Development Center of Mongolia – Japan human resource” project was held in the Center in 29th May. During the meeting, the improvement and implementation of the project were discussed with the responsible organizations (NUM, Ministry of Finance, Mongolia, Ministry of Argiculture and Industry, Mongolia, Japanese Embassy in Mongolia, and JICA)

     The meeting started with the speech of the president of NUM and the introduction to the related persons. Then, the fiscal year report-2008 of the center and the operation plan for 2009 were introduced. The report-2008 shows tha the operations of Business, Japanese language and Computer study departments and library and activites aimed to strengthen the relationship between two countries implemented successfully according to the plan.
The operation plan for 2009 focuses more to increase the training tuition fees balancing the tuition fee income and expense. In addition, the center plans to prepare the salaried teacher of the business training, develop the model organization, take part in the implementation of the two-staged loan project by JICA, and expend its cooperation with the government of Mongolia and other non-governmental organizations. Japanese Language department announced that it plans to conduct new training, improve the training quality, organize regularly Japanese language education symposium and meeting of the research team of Japanese language education, conduct radio Japanese language course supporting rural development spite of their TV Japanese course on the Education channel. The library plans to improve its equipment and tools, and widen their customer-oriented service. The participants of the Co-Regulating Counsillors’ meeting gave some necessary ideas related to the center management and we, the center staff will try to reflect the ideas in our daily and future operations. (Nakamura Mitsuo, director)
The first Mongolian Olympiad of Soroban Abacus
     The Mongolian Soroban Abacus Association organized the first Mongolian Olympiad of Soroban Abacus among the students, who are taught the abacus on 9th May, 2009. Totally 30 students from 54th secondary school and Naran secondary school competed in the completion that was held in the Mongolia – Japan center.
The sponsors were the ministry of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia, Human resource development center of Mongolia and Japan, newspapers “Mongoru Tsuushin” and “Suragch”, and NTV television.

     МAlso, the Japanese Abacus Association, the Osaka Abacus Society, Osaka Trade and Industrial Bank, the Abacus producing company Kamekasa, Eco Trade Co., Ltd and Juulchin Co., Ltd cooperated to organize the competition.
The competition guests consist of Mr. Kidokoro, the plenipotentiary ambassador from Japan to Mongolia, Mr. Ishida, the director of JICA in Mongolia, Mr. Tumurbaatar, the leader of the Mongolian Soroban Abacus Association, Mr. Tuvshintugs, supervisor and Yamada, and teacher of Soyol Erdem University.

     Teacher Yamada is organizing the abacus course in three schools: 54th secondary school, Naran secondary school and Soyol Erdem University. Mr. Kidokoro, plentipotentiary ambassador told he was studying abacus when he was a secondary school pupil and Mr. Ishida wished good luck for all the Olympiad participants.
     The Olympiad started with the song about abacus by Yamada teacher and participants. The Olympiad abacuses were received just a day before the Olympiad. And, the participants had the abacuses while they were singing.
The Olympiad has three stages: count via reading, count via understanding and count via planning. Every stage took 20’ and the participants read and counted the tasks that were in Japanese.
     After the grading all the points, the students from the 54th secondary school took the first three places: Enkhnomuun took the 1st place with 43 points, Delgermaa had 2nd place with 29 and Chinguun with 28 points took the 3rd place.
The Olympiad winners from the 54th secondary school were proud of their teacher Nakanishi saying he managed and supervised us well. The winners received the Japanese – Mongolian dictionary by Demberel with the wish to improve their Japanese language knowledge and abacus skill too.
It is sure that the first Olympiad experience will be the lifetime memory for the participants.       Japan abacus was created about 400 years ago. Nowadays, 3rd and 4th grade pupils study the abacus thanks to the elementary education program that ruled to teach it.
(Kh. Garmaabazar, senior officer)


~ About the 40th open workshop~

      Hello. The Mongolia – Japan Center organizes regularly “Open Workshop” to strengthen the relationship between the two countires. We organized our 40th open workshop titled “Volunteer protection of landshaft; Protection project of Ugi lake eco-system” on 23rd May. The open workshop that aims to contribute to the participants’ education invited Japanese and Mongolian experts to work as the workshop teachers. The present workshop lecturer was Mr. Sato Shingo, expert and regulator of the Protection project of Ugi lake eco-system by JICA. Let me give brief information about the present workshop.

      The social structure of Mongolia and its people’s attitude to the society has changed within 20 years since the nation changed its social and economic systems after the democracy, 1990. The population of the capital city, Ulaanbaatar increased rapidly creating the environment problems and losing the traditional lifestyles. The traditional culture and beautiful natural shape are in the edge to be destroyed because of the climate warming and desertification that are caused by the worldwide climate change.
      During the period of the high economic development dated from the war, Japan had focused only the economic profits and did anything related to the environment. Therefore, the reconstruction that removed the original natural shape and tradition started and the Japanese traditional city planning and culture were near to be destroyed. And then, some local administratives have organized activities to protect landshaft with their citizens since 1980. The policy on protection of the landshaft that aims to “create beautiful country” had been made in 1990s and the law on landshaft was approved 2004 that encouraged citizens’ volunteer activites to protect their landshaft.
“Landshaft” not only means the visible environment but also it includes many concepts that made it. Our environment is changing its appearence year by year. And every one has his/her image of it. The word, “landshaft” that includes the meanings “appearance” and “see” become popular among Japanese people.
Landshaft means to discover the natural features and scenes, and protect and improve them protecting the environment.
Landshaft started every where of Japan and local administrative, private sectors and non-governmental organizations and individuals united to the landshaft operations. Let’s think about the local issues and the future operations to protect environment through discussing Ugii lake project.
(Lecturer: Sato Shingo)
(Prepared: Kh. Ulambayar, senior officer)


Japanese language course on TV

      “Funny Japanese language”, a TV Japanese language course has been broadcasted since 19th under the cooperation agreement with the Mongolia – Japan Center and “Knowledge hour” of “Education”, TV channel.
The TV channel was established in 2007 and has 24-hours broadcasting that consist of news, education, health and entertainment programs. The channel has about 1.3 million viewers and 75% of rural viewers and 45% of urban viewers watch cognitive programs on the channel.
The television course aims to teach elementary knowledge of Japanese language for thousands rural viewers who want to study Japanese. The teacher who came from the JICA teaches the course and the pupils are from “Sakura” secondary school that focuses more foreign language training.

      The native teacher and Japanese grammar explanation on TV make the course more specific than others. Also, the course shows a short documentary avout Japanese education, culture, technology and specific characteristscs after the class.
      The course is broadcasted regularly every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5PM on “Knowledge hour” of the “Education” TV channel. So then, you can learn there Japanese language.
(N. Delgermaa, assistant of Japanese language course)

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~Try it~
      Everyone knows that unheard diseases like “Bird flu”, “SARS” and “Hand, mouth and leg disease” have appeared within the recent 2 – 3 years. The most harmful disease in these days is “H1N1” or “Swine flu.”

      We have enough warning information on these transmitted diseases via newspapers, TV and radios. However, it is clear that we cannot prevent from the diseases. What precaution measures do organizations take? It is said that the service organizations such as movie theatre and other public places implemented the operations to make longer the break time after each performance to avoid the crowd.
We speak and speak about preventing but there is hard to find the real implementing operation. .

      Therefore, we share our experience to prevent from the disease with you.
Most of Ulaanbaatar residents know well that Japan center provides trainings of Japanese language, business and computing also library service. Since its service status, the center has implemented preventing measures since the first news about the “H1N1”virus broadcasted. We do not only take preventing measures because of this virus we always prevent and take precaution measures during the period when a flu risk is high. Maybe, you think that how we prevent and what measures we take.

It’s enough if you have bandage, choloramin liquid and plastic tools to spread out the liquid.
Wrap the places where people touch more such as a door handle with a bandage and then spread out the liquid until it will be wet. This is very efficient method to prevent. We, the service officers wrap all the door handles with bandages with the choloramin liquid and clean all the equipments and tools with the anti-bacterial liquids before the center opens everyday.
We always do wet cleaning everywhere of the center and change inside air by opening the windows to prevent from the diseases.
We are sure that you will not have any complicates to utilize these methods at your home and organizations.
Everyone should be aware about his/her health condition even for others. Yes, being healthy makes you successful and wealthy.
(D. Lkhagva and G. Udvaltsetseg, service officers)
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