AIU and UC Berkeley students conducted field study in Akita between July 9 and 12, 2015.
They visited the Tourism and Population Issue Division of the Akita Prefectural Government to learn of prefectural policies. They also visited Yuzawa and Yokote City to interview Filipino females living there for their research topics. Before the interview session, Ms. Charina Hosaka and Louella Shoji, who have lived in Akita for many years, offered lectures regarding their immigration experience to Japan.
In addition, the students visited Mr. and Mrs. Watanabe, who had been facilitating international exchange activities in Southern Akita and Ogachi Japanese Language School for many years.
On July 12, the students joined a Mass conducted in English at Yokote Catholic Church, and had conversation with local residents and Farther Martin.