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A monument commemorating the Korean poet Kim Kirim was unveiled on the grounds of Tohoku University's [JB – see] Katahira Campus on November 30.
Some 60 people joined President Hideo Ohno for the ceremony, including officials from the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Sendai, and groups related to exchange between Japan and Korea.
Kim, whose real name is Kim Inson, was a student at Tohoku University's Department of English Literature. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Letters in 1939. Upon returning to Korea, he began writing poetry while working as a journalist and an academic. He is best known as a modernist poet and critic whose work was heavily inspired by T.S. Eliot and I.A. Richards.
At the unveiling ceremony, President Ohno described the monument as a recognition of the many Koreans who have come to Tohoku University over the years, and ..
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The number of new international students enrolling at United States universities and colleges went down by almost 7% last year, according to official data published this month.It's the second year in a row that the number of new international enrolments in the US has declined, denting a market worth £42bn (£33bn) to the US economy last year.Prof Simon Marginson, of Oxford University, an expert on trends in international students, says there is “little doubt” this downturn is related to the Trump administration.He says it's a combination of the anti-immigration messages putting off applicants and the tightening of the student visa system.'Political environment'The International Institute of Education, which gathers the annual data, asked potential recruits about reasons for not studying in the US, and found a mix of politics, practicalities and cost. ..
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Adopting a sympathetic tone, the Israeli prime minister is reaching out to the Iranian public online and telling them he feels their pain
An Iranian cleric walks past the old main bazaar in Tehran, July 23, 2018.Ebrahim Noroozi/APTrump says would meet Iranian leaders 'anytime with no preconditions' Netanyahu is optimistic about Iran exit from Syria. Top brass in Israel are less convincedPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been intensifying the frequency of his public outreach to Iran, in a kinder, gentler social media campaign that stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s recent round of Twitter saber rattling.
Whether Iranian citizens appreciate or reciprocate the concern for their well-being expressed in the four videos the Israeli premier has posted on multiple social media channels – complete with Farsi subtitles – is difficult to gauge.
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A member of the executive committee of the Iranian parliament (Majlis ), Ali Reza Rahimi has emphasized that inter-parliamentary cooperation, and parliamentary friendship groups have the greatest impact on public diplomacy [underlined by JB].
Iran news: In an exclusive interview with Iran Press on Tuesday, Ali Reza Rahimi said within the Islamic Consultative assembly (the Majlis) parliamentary friendship groups are a part of the structure of the Majlis, and all MPs belong to one or more parliamentary friendship groups. Rahimi added: “All MPs, without exception, belong to at least one parliamentary friendship group.”
Rahimi, a member of the executive committee of the Majlis added: “All parliamentary friendship groups have a chairperson, a co-chairperson , and a secretary. In parliaments of other countries we also have parliamentary friendship groups which frequently engage in bilat..