Student Executives, Faculty Advisors, and Mentors
Nirupan Sivakumaran is a third year student studying International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. As the managing director, Nirupan is charged with the challenge of coordinating students across Canada and Japan with the collective goal to support our rural populations.
Nirupan’s area of interest is in public policy, politics, and community engagement. He was the campaign director for TDSB Trustee Parthi Kandavel, and has represented Scarborough-Agincourt at the City Youth Council of Toronto.
Jonathan Ge is a second year Rotman Commerce student at the University of Toronto. He heads the Toronto research team and manages all operations in North America.
Jonathan is an avid social entrepreneur and passionate about politics. He is interested in researching policies that can improve economic prosperity for all. Jonathan also believes that social entrepreneurship has opened a new path for youth to make their impact on the world.
Junichiro Koji is an Associate Professor at the Department of International and Regional Studies, Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate Campus. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science Specialization in Canadian Studies from the University of Ottawa. His research interests include Canadian politics, immigration and integration policy, and regional development. Since his return to Japan, his research involves the sustainable development of rural Japan and Canada.
Before taking the current position, he served as a research officer responsible for youth policy at the City of Montreal as well as political analyst at the Japanese Embassy in Canada
Mark Woo is a secondary school teacher in Toronto. He currently works as a researcher for the CAN-JPN project Toronto team.
Mark has taught history, politics, economics, and social sciences for fourteen years. He is the founder of several province wide debate conferences in Toronto.
Members & Associates
Members & Associates
Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate.
Ryota Iio is a third year student in the Department of International and Regional Studies of Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate Campus. Born and raised in Akita Prefecture, he has a keen interest in agricultural policies in rural Japan. He is also the director of Table for Two Hakodate (TFT-Hakodate), a global initiative to provide school meals for children in developing countries.
Naori Abe is a second year student in the Department of International and Regional Studies of Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate campus. Born and raised in Hokkaido, she is currently studying International Relations.
Ryo Onodera is a fourth year student in the Department of International and Regional studies of Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate Campus. Born and raised in Sarabetsu village of Hokkaido, he has a keen interest in public–private partnerships in rural Japan. He is also the founder of Santarun, a global charity to deliver Christmas gifts to children at hospitals. In 2015, he served as a member of the Hakodate's population reduction problem committee. He is currently participating in the 2016 Regional Revitalization Policy ideas Contest.
Kanta Yamazaki is a third year student in Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate Campus. He studies international corporation.
Keisuke Motomura is a third year student in the Department of International and Regional Studies of Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate Campus. Born and raised in Hokkaido Prefecture, he has keen interest in Japan's inhabited house problem. He also takes part in a project for renovating houses to protect traditional landscape in the city of Onomichi.
Haruna Kawata is a second year student in Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate Campus. She belongs to the JCC group and is interested in cooperating with international students. After graduation, she wishes to represent Japan in diplomatic work within developing countries to improve Japanese relations.
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Henry Hongyu Chen is a University of Toronto graduate, majoring in Toxicology, and minoring in East Asian Studies and Chemistry. He currently works as a researcher for the CAN-JPN project international research team. Henry’s interests include Japanese history and the state of economy in Japan. His past experience includes volunteering at the Toronto Rehab. (2014-2015)
Shunya Kawai is a recent master’s graduate in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University. He has developed a wide range of research interests, such as immigration and population dynamics in Japan, historical, social, political construction of the concept of race and ethnicity in Canada, identity politics of Japanese Canadians in Canada and Japanese Brazilians in Japan, and etc.
He hopes to leverage his knowledge and experience for the further research and development in the relation of immigration, population increase, and social welfare in Canada and Japan.
Ian Yiran Zhu is a fourth year student majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Psychology and Economics at University of Toronto. He is currently a researcher and webmaster for the CAN-JPN project international research team.
University of Tokyo, Keio University, Waseda University
Zhang Yinghan is a member of the Tokyo team and a second year student at Keio University pursuing political science as a major. He has received both the western style of education in Singapore and the oriental style of education back in China and currently in Japan. His passion for International Relations was kindled when he took the course China Studies in Chinese during his junior college (Equivalent to Year 11 and 12 in the US) years. He was fascinated by the fact that one has to consider the interests of all parties which are differing and dynamic, yet at the same time contain unvarying similarities, which by and large reflects humanity. Through participating in this project, he aspires to discover the commonalities of countries in facing the depopulation problem and foster common interests in them. In addition, via interactions with various stakeholders, he strives to improve his negotiation skills which is essential for being proactive in the international political arena
Risa Sato is a fourth year student in Waseda University. She studied abroad in Washington D.C., the United States for one academic year and studied International Relations in East Asia.
Risa has a keen interest in rural revitalization, 地方創生, and approach problems with international perspectives. Currently she works with international students and local people in Aomori to promote toruism for foreign visitors.