OU North American Alumni Association (OU-NAAA) and OU North American Center for Academic Initiatives are pleased to announce that our annual alumni event will be held on Saturday, July 20 in New York City! The President of Osaka University, Dr. Toshio Hirano will attend this event. We are welcoming Dr. Shinji Takagi, an Assistant Director at International Monetary Fund(IMF) as well as “the modern Black Jack,” Dr. Tomoaki Kato, a professor of surgery at Columbia University, as special guest speakers. Please come join us for this great opportunity to meet new people! For more information, please refer to the flyer.
The Osaka University North American Alumni Association (OU-NAAA) was formed in January 2006 to maintain and enhance a highly engaged, vibrant community of alumni and friends in North America. OU-NAAA helps alumni connect with the University, students, and faculty through social networking activities and business networking activities.
All Osaka University graduates currently living in North America and American students who have studied at Osaka University are eligible to join OU-NAAA. The Association also encourages Osaka University students and faculties who have studied or worked in universities in North America to join. OU-NAAA is a membership organization for alumni and friends, as it does not require one to be a graduate of Osaka University. OU-NAAA is looking for prospective alumni who would like to join, support and participate in a variety of alumni events to foster the connection with each other.
OU-NAAA consists of 5 regional branches in the United States – New York, Washington D. C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Thus far, about 500 alumni (including 50 foreign students/ professionals) have been registered and the Regional Director for Osaka University North American Center for Academic Initiatives serves as the chief secretary. The OU-NAAA Board of Directors helps to retain the interest and involvement of alumni in our university. The board offers counsel and advice, serves as a legislative advocate and oversees policy for the operation of the Alumni Association.
15 members and 6 regional event coordinators form the OU-NAAA Board of Directors this year:
Board of Directors
Honorary President: Mr. Tomohiro Yuki
Honorary Advisor: Dr. Hideo Hashimoto
President: Mr. Hitoshi Aratani ’79 (New York, NY)
Vice President: Mr. Toshiyuki Okai ’72 (Los Angeles, CA)
Deputy of Non-Japanese Alumni: Dr. Yoke Khin Yap
Deputy of Sakuya-kai (the alumni association of former Osaka University of Foreign Studies): Ms. Yoshiko Ishida
Treasurer: Dr. Nobuo Ogawa
NY Area: Mr. Hideo Dan and Mr. Tetsuya Onishi
DC Area: Mr. Junichi Kambayashi and Ms. Yuki Onoe
Chicago Area: Mr. Toru Ouchi
LA Area: Dr. Makoto Taketani
SF Area: Dr. Makoto Katayama, Ms. Terumi Joki, Mr. Masaki Yokai
Chief Secretary: Dr. Ryoichi Kuboi (OU-SFC)
Regional Event Coordinators
NY Area: Ms. Kazumi Yamada
SF Area: Dr. Taichi Morita
Chicago Area: Mr. Tomoaki Ishibe
LA Area: Dr. Akiko Iida-Klein
Returning Alumni: Ms. Sidney Niknezhad
Atlanta Area (in preparation): Mr. Shinichi Kondo
The board oversees the alumni association’s administration and programs, monitors budgets and organizes an annual board meeting, special lecture and networking event for OU-NAAA members.
The directors and event coordinators in each area organize a variety of alumni networking events. These events include alumni Christmas dinner parties, alumni New Year luncheons, lectures, welcome and going away parties for Osaka University students, young researchers and resident officers. Each OU-NAAA branch communicates and cooperates with each other to serve the 500 members all over North America.
In 2012, “Osaka Friends Night (a special lecture and networking reception)” and alumni dinner party was held on June 30th in San Francisco. Dr. Akira Takahashi, Trustee and Vice President of Osaka University, and Dr. Tomoaki Kato, a surgeon and a professor of surgery at Columbia University, gave lectures to an audience of 80 (including 50 alumni) who came from all over the United States. Dr. Kato, who is called “the modern Black Jack,” is very famous for multiple-organ transplantation, pediatric and adult liver transplantation. The guests who attended the event enjoyed the lectures as well as renewing their friendships.
This year, alumni reuion will held on July 20 in NY. The President of Osaka University, Dr. Toshio Hirano will attend this event. We are welcoming Dr. Shinji Takagi, an Assistant Director at International Monetary Fund(IMF) as well as “the modern Black Jack,” Dr. Tomoaki Kato, a professor of surgery at Columbia University, as special guest speakers. Please come join us for this great opportunity to meet new people! For more information, please refer to the flyer.
We hope more and more OU Alumni become members of OU-NAAA and expand their network and friendship in North America. Join our local events and alumni reunions and make the most of our OU-NAAA network! Check out the latest alumni news on the OU-NAAA website: https://osaka-u-sf.org/en/alumni/
For alumni registration, please go to the online registration form (https://osaka-u-sf.org/en/registration/) or contact info[at]osaka-u-sf.org. Join your Osaka University North American Alumni Association today!
Our activities are solely funded and supported by the Osaka University North American Alumni Association (OU-NAAA) member’s initial donation made when OU-NAAA was inaugurated as a non-profit organization in 2006, and our fund has been getting lower year after year. In order to serve you better, we ask you to support your alumni association with a special contribution of $100. Your contribution will be spent on a variety of alumni activities to expand our organization and give continuous support for OU-NAAA members.
For making a donation, please make a check payable to Osaka University North American Alumni Association and send it to 100 Montgomery Street, Suite 1270 San Francisco, CA 94104 (Osaka University North American Alumni Association). OU-NAAA is a 501c(3) organization and you can get a tax deduction. In order to get the tax deduction, please write “Osaka University North American Alumni Association,” TAX ID: 20-5603317 on your check.
Below is the list of alumni who support our operation and have made donations. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
Dr.& Mrs. Takashi/Nobuko Yamamoto
Mr. & Mrs. Hitoshi/Junko Aratani
Mr.& Mrs. Hideo/Keiko Dan
Mr. Isao Nojima
Mr.& Mrs. Toshiyuki/Taeko Okai
Dr. Masakazu Sugishima
Ms. Terumi Joki
Dr. Nobuo Ogawa
Dr.& Mrs. Ryoichi / Hiroyo Kuboi
Dr. Michi Izumi
Mr.& Mrs. Hidesuke/Keiko Kokawa
Mr. Tetsuya Onishi
Mr. Akiyoshi Suzaki
Ms. Akie Matsuyama
Mr.& Mrs.Nobuyuki/Yasue Harada
We are still accepting donations. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Toshiyuki Okai, President, the Osaka University North American Alumni Association
Satoshi Kabasawa, Chief Secretary, the Osaka University North American Alumni Association