Waseda University

Waseda University was founded in 1882 by Shigenobu Okuma, later Prime Minister of Japan, with the aim of fostering contemporary Japanese leaders. It has since developed into a comprehensive university with now more than fifty thousand students and staff, comprising 13 Undergraduate Schools, 23 Graduate Schools, and other Research and Affiliated Institutes.

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Others might be more inspired by American democracy if the US were widely seen to be a just and tolerant society and its leading politicians were not loudmouthed xenophobes. Justin Lane/EPA

Western democracy needs humility to step beyond its own shadow

The value of democracy needs to be restated and defended, rather than presumed. In doing so, there is value in adopting a more tempered stance, one that understands its worth but also its flaws.
Donald Trump’s boastful and bullying leadership style encapsulates many of the worst features and sentiments of today’s world. Darron Bergenheier/flick

Humility’s value for democracy in dark times

In a world out of balance, one in which arrogance and unaccountability combine in a corrosive synergy, humility can offer a powerful alternative vision of how to approach democratic government.
It will get easier. Shrug via PathDoc/shutterstock

Learning to speak English? Making yourself understood isn’t all about the accent

Being able to communicate effectively in a foreign language is a challenge faced by many of us. If you’re a newcomer to a country, conveying a message in a language that is not your mother tongue is often…
President Obama and senior US officials watch the raid on bin Laden. White House

Arab world won’t miss bin Laden: he was never that popular anyway

Superficially the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1 in Pakistan is a spectacular event; the sort that might one day elicit the “Where were you” type question from a curious youth hearing about al-Qa’eda…

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