Member Voices

1. What Fukuoka’s seminar is like?

・Fukuoka’s seminar is a place where you can improve yourself. In the seminar, we are able to acquire business knowledge and practical marketing skills through study with the actual examples of companies. Also, we can develop communication skills, that will definitely be needed in our future careers, by having discussions and presentations in class. (Emina, 2018)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is the best place for students who want to join an active seminar. We don’t just work from a textbook, but we have active presentations, discussions and share our opinions every week. Also, each seminar member has a responsibility toward their tasks and respect other members; we are building up “our” seminar for new discovery. (Hiyori, 2018)

・In this seminar, all members need to participate and study hard to have a logical/critical perspective which is necessary for business. So, members are diligent and the seminar itself is very proactive.  At the same time, we have the chance to communicate with each other, so there is a good relationship between the members. (Kana, 2018)

・Fukuoka seminar teaches us advanced skills of how to analyze business structures. I think this seminar is very good for people who want to learn the core elements of business. The three divisions of sub seminars are also one of the factors that attract students. (Manaka, 2018)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is a place where you can increase your knowledge along with your peers who are also eager. This seminar provides an opportunity to broaden your horizons through readings and discussions every week. Reading can be tough at times but it is enjoyable to share ideas with friendly seminar members and learn new perspectives. (Miyu, 2018)

・The seminar is the best place for students to communicate with each other. The students can have friendly communication regardless whether they are senior or not. Junior students can ask for advice and a lot of ideas from senior students. Also, professor Fukuoka always answers our questions. The seminar is one of the places which makes me comfortable and allows me to improve my skills. I think I am lucky to be in this seminar, since I learn a lot of things. (Runa N., 2018)

・Fukuoka Seminar is very active in discussions and presentations. We look at the global strategic management from three different perspectives. Those are Marketing and PR, culture and communications, and business models. We can combine the different ideas from these three perspective, along with member’s opinions to create new knowledge for ourselves. (Ryusei, 2018)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is very useful for people who are interested in working on a global stage. There is active interaction between the students. Every week we have a case study to discuss, as well as presentations every few weeks on a book students choose. Therefore, for students who want to increase their knowledge about business, this seminar is very good to join. All seminar members are  kind and willing to answer your questions; you can easily get help on things you don’t understand. (Sha, 2018)

・Fukuoka’s  seminar is very proactive. Everybody is active both in class and out of class. The first time I went to Fukuoka seminar’s party, I was surprised at the atmosphere that everybody plays hard. In the class, everyone has their own point of view. Through this seminar, I think student not only can gain knowledge itself, but can learn how to keep good relationships with other people.  (Takashi, 2018)

・One of the best things about Fukuoka’s Seminar is that we all enjoy learning and growing together. The weekly case readings and presentations are somewhat demanding but it helps bring the best out of us. Every member is required to be an active participant which is one of the key factors in our seminar. To fully enjoy the freedom and opportunity in this seminar you have to be willing to express your thoughts and ideas. Overall, this Seminar can be a great opportunity for those who really want to grow and want to have fun doing so. (Michael, 2018)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is an attractive place for students who are hungry for knowledge. Every week, a fair amount of readings are assigned and we all must be prepared to discuss them during class. Students who are really hungry for knowledge not only finish the readings, but complete further research and analysis to share during discussion time. By completing this extra work, not only does the professor think highly the student, but more importantly, the student has taken the initiative and has shown responsibility towards the task. (Manaki, 2017)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is one of the biggest seminars in terms of the number of students. We have members of various backgrounds, which enables us to stimulate each other by expressing our various thoughts through weekly discussions and presentations. The seminars are sometimes tough, having to tackle number of readings and preparing for presentations. However, we try to enjoy ourselves and have fun at the same time. The class sempais are very friendly and there is no strict sempai/kohai atmosphere so it gives all of us more chance to speak out in class. (Misaki, 2017)

・One of the features of Fukuoka’s seminar is that the seminar is student led. We are very active in both presentations and discussions, with all students getting involved. Everyone respects each other’s opinion, so there is no need to be afraid of expressing your own thought. (Hitomi, 2017)

・Our seminar is very proactive and we are always exploring and trying to find something new and interesting. If you join us, you can help shape this seminar too. (Kae, 2017)

・We divided our seminar into three groups based on what we are really interested in and each group do presentations every week. So that we can learn from each other and teach each other. I believe that by joining this seminar and sharing ideas with professor Fukuoka and other students, we can expand our possibilities. (Kei, 2016)

・This seminar allows us to learn about global strategic management by dividing the class into 3 groups: business model, marketing and PR, and cultural communication. The class is student based lecture where 2 groups present what they have read and gained. Not only presentations, but discussions after each presentation to deepen our understanding and to critically looking at each topic. I like how the class is organized since we are able to learn about the other aspects as well as our own. From the discussions and presentations, I want to be able to critically think and be able to speak out my own opinion in a global mind through investigating and learning from others. I am happy to take part in the new generation of this seminar. (Rio, 2016)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is a demanding class with lots of reading and presentations. I meant it in a good way! Everything we learn in class is definitely interesting and helping us understands the “big” management of business. (Mayu, 2016)

・In this seminar, we learn what is international business from 3 points of view: the business model, PR, and culture. (Honami, 2016)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is a place where all students participate well and work hard to pursue their interests in the field of business.  It is not only a class where we all work seriously but it is a place where we can all have fun in a serious-friendly atmosphere. (Daiki, 2016)

・In the seminar, students are independent, and mainly the seminar is conducted by the members. Being a member of Dr. Fukuoka’s seminar means you have to read a lot, think a lot and discuss a lot to keep up, but from that every member learns a lot. Although I wrote that the seminar is mainly conducted by the members, of course Dr. Fukuoka is always there for us when we need help. I am really honored to be the first generation of this seminar. (Yuhei, 2016)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is fun but it is not something that’s easy, as we have a lot of readings, discussion and presentations. Yet, all the members work hard together and we have great and meaningful times. The atmosphere of this seminar is really good I think and everyone is close no matter how old you are! (Ren, 2016)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is like being at home. We study business in groups and can learn various aspects of business practice and theory. The class is also very small so it’s easy to study in class. (Yuka, 2016)

・We usually run this seminar by ourselves, which means that our individual works are essential and very important. I’m studying about business model in my group. I am hoping to make this seminar even better with students planning to enroll in this seminar next year. (Kaho, 2016)

・In addition to the acquisition of academic knowledge which includes international businesses, strategies and communications, you will have a lot of opportunities to develop your critical/logical thinking and presentation skills through engaging in Dr. Fukuoka’s seminar. This seminar is divided into 3 groups, including intercultural communication, business model and PR marketing. Each week, we have presentations from 2 groups and have fruitful discussions. (Sakiko, 2016)

・One of our seminar’s principles is “work, hard play hard”. We do classwork seriously while having fun. Our seminar is a pretty open environment. If you have an idea, you can speak to the class and start discussing about it. That’s how we do it. (Taiki, 2016)

・It has been my honor to join Dr. Fukuoka’s seminar. I’ve been waiting for opportunities like this. I’m truly excited about things we are going to do with all the seminar members; the business contest, summer camp etc… We are serious about our seminar work, but at the same time we are trying to be relaxed and have fun. Just like what Dr. Fukuoka says, “Work hard, play hard”. (Sachiko, 2016)

・Fukuoka’s seminar is a place where all students are involved and try their best to make something good out of every week’s classes. But also at the same time we try to have fun with the members and creating strong friendship between senior and junior students.In my opinion our seminar has a fun and positive atmosphere. We work hard when we have to and the rest of the time we chat with each other and have fun with the members. Also I feel that seminar is one of the few places where junior and senior students of GIS can become close. (Ken, 2016)

・Although the seminar is still new, indeed having a seminar with three major core fields; Business Model, Marketing & PR and Culture & Communication, is useful in a way that you could learn broader and diverse things at one time. Having our healthy discussions after presentations and going through every detail explained by our professor really helped us learn not just basics but the true essence of a business world in the book and in the reality. (Angel, 2016)


2. Reasons why I joined Fukuoka’s seminar

・I have main two reasons. First, I want to learn about web marketing and there’s a PR marketing group focused on marketing. Second, the atmosphere is very nice, and all the members are friendly. So I thought I can study what I’m interested in as well as having good experiences through the classes, summer camp and parties. (Kana, 2018)

・The reason I joined this seminar was because I wanted to learn more about business and I also wanted to improve my presentation skills. From looking at senpai’s presentation, I thought joining this seminar will improve both presentation skills and my knowledge about business from many aspects. (Manaka, 2018)

・I joined this seminar because when I went to the seminar for the first time to look around and see what it’s like, the member of this seminar were discussing actively and they seemed to be having fun. In addition, I wanted to learn about business models, something which I hadn’t really studied before so this helped me to understand how companies work. (Manami, 2018)

・I enjoy Fukuoka’s seminar because I can learn about international business through many case studies. Using these case studies of various companies allows me to understand what is truly important in the field of business. Also, thanks to the great seminar members and professor, I could make most out of this seminar. (Miyu, 2018)

・Firstly, I liked the atmosphere of the class when I visited Fukuoka’s open seminar. The members of the seminar were very kind and friendly. Second, I wanted to enhance my knowledge of business. I have been taking Dr. Fukuoka’s classes since I was a freshman. I wanted to study how to use the knowledge I had leaned in those classes in the real world by taking this seminar.  (Rena, 2018)

・The reason why I join Fukuoka’s seminar is that the business is the most interesting topic to study. I want to take an MBA in the future, so it is important for me to learn the basic ideas of business. Also, I want to make sure which field of business I want to learn more about. When I was introduced to business, I had no idea what business is. But now I am studying business as my major, it is necessary to understand each field clearly. Therefore, I chooses this seminar to learn business more deeply and grasp basic skills. (Runa.N, 2018)

・I joined Fukuoka’s seminar because I was interested in Marketing. In this seminar, we can learn global business through real case studies so the contents of the class is very suitable for me. In addition, the nice senior students are also one of the reasons why I decided to join. They are very kind and teach me a lot. I am proud of being a member of Fukuoka’s seminar. (Runa. U, 2018)

・I have taken Dr. Fukuoka’s classes since I was a freshman. By taking these business classes, I found out how much business captured my interest, so I decided to join his seminar. Also, when I heard about and saw this seminar, every student seem to have their own goals for the future. Therefore, the atmosphere is really nice and the seminar is full of respectable people, which made me want to be a member. (Saya, 2018)

・I joined Dr.Fukuoka’s seminar because I was interested in business and wanted to work in a multinational company in the future. By participating in the open seminar I got attracted to the atmosphere of the seminar and I like how we have the chance to do presentations several times. I was thinking to join this seminar ever since I looked at the list of seminars that GIS provide, but I actually made up my mind to join after participating in the open seminar. (Yuka, 2018)

・I’ve taken Dr. Fukuoka’s classes many times in my first and second year. Because I have learned so much about business from him, it made me want to know more about the field. I like both the way he teaches and his personality. Also, when I visited the open seminar, I liked the atmosphere and this was key in helping me to make my decision. (Kae, 2017)

・The reason why I decided to join Fukuoka’s seminar is because I was interested in the field of business. I have been taking Dr. Fukuoka’s courses since I was a freshman and I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of his field. (Hitomi, 2017)

・I chose to join this seminar because I simply wanted to gain knowledge about business after taking some business-related courses in my freshman and sophomore year. I also was interested in joining Fukuoka’s seminar because I liked the open atmosphere I experienced when visiting the open zemi last fall. (Misaki, 2017)

・There are two main reasons why I joined Fukuoka’s seminar. The first reason is because of the atmosphere created by the students in the class. Not only are we rivals, but also members of a great team who can accomplish the class motto of “work hard, play harder” together. The second reason is the content of the course. In this class, students can learn the various factors of business and marketing through multicultural perspectives. (Manaki, 2017)

・One of the reason as to why I decided to join this seminar was because of my personal interest in the field of marketing and PR. Advertising products or services are very crucial in our consumer world and how to boost profits. (Daiki, 2016)

・I joined this seminar from the reason that I wanted to gain business knowledge and wanted to discuss my thoughts with other members of the seminar. (Yuhei, 2016)

・I’m interested in advertising and PR so I chose this seminar. Thanks to the three core systems, I can learn about other fields too, besides my interests with my kind and fun members. (Mari, 2016)

・I joined Fukuoka’s seminar because I want to work for a multinational corporation in the near future. (Kei, 2016)

・The reason I decided to take this seminar is because the focus of the seminar is on students. So, we have to proactively learn in the classroom. When I took his business negotiation class, it was fun to consider cultural differences. So I wanted to learn more about them through this class. Also, I wanted to improve my speaking ability. We give weekly speeches in class in groups and it has pushed me to improve. (Yuka, 2016)

・The reason why I decided to join Fukuoka seminar is because I like to talk about business in general and it is the perfect place for me to conduct my research on “Regional Brands”. (Taiki, 2016)

・The reason why I joined this seminar is insufficient compare to the other students…. However, I’m getting more and more interested in to this field thanks to this seminar! I think I made a right choice on choosing seminar so far 😀 !! (Mayu, 2016)

・I’ve decided to join Fukuoka seminar because I took part in an international business contest a few years before, and I am interested in more academic business. (Nami, 2016)

・I decided to join this seminar because I am interested in joining multinational cooperation in the future. I am especially interested in cultures and communications.  I want to start with understanding our own Japanese national color and how we act in business scenes in order to contrast the differences with other cultures. (Rio, 2016)

・I’ve had an interest towards business since I was in high school. And in GIS they provide business or economics classes however I wanted to go more further than those classes provided therefore I chose Fukuoka seminar to deepen my knowledge and thoughts in the field of business. (Ken, 2016)

・I joined this seminar as I am dreaming of having my own hotel business someday. Having only little knowledge in business field, I know this seminar will fill what’s lacking in me to be successful and be productive in my future career and my future business plans. Dr. Fukuoka is a considerate professor, always letting us express our opinions and share a lot of things about business and his experience which helps us visualize our focus in this field. (Angel, 2016)


3. What is Dr. Fukuoka like?

・I think Dr. Fukuoka is a supportive and caring person. He always helps our studies, paying his attention to each student and giving useful advice. He helps us to learn not only marketing knowledge, but also social rules and how to behave as an adult from him. I feel that he cares about each member of the seminar a lot and that leads to the good atmosphere of the seminar too. (Emina, 2018)

・He is very kind and answers all the questions we ask. He also tries to make us realize what we are lacking and helps our understanding about the information we learn each week. Therefore, we can learn everything related to the topic. (Manami, 2018)

・Dr. Fukuoka is very kind and teaches us many things, not only business. He is sometimes strict but what he taught us makes us become more mature as a member of society. I am so glad to join in the seminar and take lessons from Dr. Fukuoka. (Runa. U, 2018)

・Dr. Fukuoka has a really good technique to draw students’ opinions. He always puts good questions to us. I got a lot of stimulation from him. Also, he is a good communicator, so we talk a lot with Dr. Fukuoka.  (Ryusei, 2018)

・Dr. Fukuoka focuses on communication between students, so he cares about the seminar members and has time to talk with us. Moreover, he always pushes students to be more active and learn more. He encourages us to be enthusiastic people. (Saya, 2018)

・He doesn’t just answer students questions, but also gives direction for students to come up with their own answers. This process of thinking and speaking critically is tough but will be useful for the job hunting.  (Yu, 2018)

・Our professor’s expertise and experience in the business field has helped all of us to obtain new knowledge and understanding of global management. As an individual, he is also very kind and open minded which helps us be free to express our ideas and thoughts. He is also very approachable for any type of advice, in or outside the business field. (Michael, 2018)

・Dr. Fukuoka is very kind and always gives us beneficial advice. In addition, he communicates kindly with all the students and is easy to talk to. (Hitomi, 2017)

・I feel he aims to connect his lessons to the real world, so it is always easy to understand the concepts he is talking about. He really dedicates his time to the students, helping to broaden our horizons. Also, he he encourages students to try many things, not just studying. He is very focused, but at the same time he is very friendly and has a good understanding of his students. (Kae, 2017)

・Dr. Fukuoka is a kind professor. He is very supportive and always tries to push the seminar members to study harder and at the same time, he encourages us to also play harder outside the classroom. He often emphasizes the importance of being able to balance both school and time outside the classroom. (Misaki, 2017)

・Since Dr. Fukuoka has gained experience as a university student, businessman, and an educator, he is a person who has a wealth of knowledge and can view things from  various perspectives. He understands the most effective ways to both teach and influence us. (Manaki, 2017)

・Dr. Fukuoka set the slogan of the seminar “work hard, play harder”. In class we stick to this slogan and we work seriously doing presentations, group discussions and so on. We play harder outside class with everyone including the professor. (Daiki, 2016)

・Dr. Fukuoka is a very hardworking and enthusiasm about study during the classes yet funny and friendly at the same time. Sensei is also a great adviser for my career path and tells me tips on job hunting anytime. (Ren, 2016)

・Dr. Fukuoka is easy to talk to. He made time for my group to talk outside of class about our textbook change. He’s very helpful and reliable as a teacher. He always thinks the proactivity of members is the most important. So he respects what we want to do most in the seminars. (Yuka, 2016)

・Dr. Fukuoka, who is my favorite teacher, is always willing to help students and is very supportive. I really enjoy studying with everyone in this seminar who is always hardworking and friendly. (Sakiko, 2016)

・Dr. Fukuoka kindly gives me appropriate advice for my studies and future goals. (Mari, 2016)

・Dr. Fukuoka creates a friendly atmosphere where it lets everyone actively participate in discussions and questions. (Rio, 2016)


4. What are the members like?

・All member of the seminar are friendly, talkative and kind. Everyone respects each other and I’m proud that I could become one of them. (Hiyori, 2018)

・All members are friendly and supportive. Teamwork is one of the important things in the seminar. Because we can create a great atmosphere, we can have a thoughtful discussion every time.  (Rena, 2018)

・The members are also very kind and all of them respect personality. Therefore I feel very comfortable to study with them. In addition to that, members are all willing to participate the discussion and other activities. I enjoyed every event that was held. (Sha, 2018)

・All members are very kind and when the time comes to study, they study hard, and when the time comes to play hard, they play hard. The atmosphere of this seminar is very active and everybody can voice their opinion regardless of the senpai-kohai rules. (Takashi, 2018)

・The members are very friendly and everyone has a commitment to study hard and speak their ideas in the seminar.  (Yu, 2018)

・The members are very friendly and close, so I feel at home when I’m in the seminar. We often have a chance to go out to dinner and have a chat with each other. This relationship creates an atmosphere where each student can express their opinions freely and work together to solve difficult case studies. (Yuka, 2018)

・The members of the seminar are friendly and are cooperative in trying to create a good atmosphere. We all try our best to support each other in our studies and get the most out of our seminar activities. (Misaki, 2017)

・All members are friendly and the senpai/kouhai are very close. We have fun together not only in the class, but also outside the class as well. (Hitomi, 2017)

・There are many seminar members who likes to “work hard, play harder”. Team work is essential in this seminar and students encourage each other to work together. (Kae, 2017)

・Students from Fukuoka’s seminar are not only earnest students who complete their work, but are also members who can joke around and have fun. Together, we create a great atmosphere and work hard, play hard. (Manaki, 2017)

・Dr. Fukuoka’s seminar has great members who are always willing to participate and cooperate in the seminar. We always share our different opinions and looking from each other’s perspective help us look at both sides of the story. With the Professor’s advice we are corrected and led to have the right thinking and the right direction towards this field of study. (Angel, 2016)

・In Fukuoka’s seminar there is no strict senpai/kouhai atmosphere so I think everyone has a good time in the Fukuoka’s seminar. (Ken, 2016)

・The seminar members are very friendly and we all work well together and get along. (Daiki, 2016)