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UCC students to participate in Dublin protest Byron Murphy

Deputy/ News Editor

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campaign aims to prevent govern- ment from increasing the Student Services Charge (registration fee), which, as has been reported in the Express, is expected to see a huge increase (and possibly double) in the budget. There has also been re- ports of a 10% cut in the grant, which would likely take effect in January and so affect the payments of those already set to receive a grant this year. In a press release the USI stated:

“We are the future of the Irish na- tion. We are the taxpayers of to- morrow. And we are marching so that we have the opportunity to make a better life for ourselves and our children on the island of Ire- land. We are calling on the govern- ment to protect education in the upcoming Budget to allow Ireland to continue to produce world class

graduates who will reignite the smart economy.” UCC’s Students’ Union is urg-

ing students to attend the protest, and providing buses and t-shirts for students who wish to attend. Speaking to the Express SU Presi- dent Keith O’ Brien urged students to voice their discontent in Dublin rather than accepting harsher fees and grant cuts. Mr O’Brien stated: “We really

want to overturn this notion that students are apathetic, but we’re trying to enable them as much as possible. Judging from the re- sponse that we’ve gotten from stu- dents here in UCC...somewhere in the region of three to four hundred already, just via email have said that they want to come on Novem- ber 3rd, and that’s incredibly en- couraging.” Mr. O’ Brien also encouraged

students to become more active in their local constituency by ensur- ing they are registered to vote and by phoning or sending a letter to their local TD voicing their

thoughts on the issue, thereby in- creasing the prominence of the stu- dent voice in Ireland. “If governmental officials, TDs,

backbench TDs and also the oppo- sition parties who inevitably will form the next government...see that there are students that they need to convince for voting for them then they need to have a strong policy on student issues and they need to convince students why they’re worth voting for”. As a result there will be voter registration forms made available on the day of the march also. The march will begin at 12:30

on Wednesday, November 3rd at Parnell Square, Dublin. Buses will be provided free of charge by the SU, but donations towards the costs involved will be accepted. The SU has been in contact with academic administrators in UCC in order to move exams and deadlines from that date, but they encourage students to check with their lectur- ers before signing up for the march.

October 26th 2010 Japanese Ambassador to

Ireland speaks at UCC Byron Murphy

Deputy/ News Editor

University College Cork this week played host to the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, His Ex- cellency Toshinao Urabe. The ambassador’s speech took place on Tuesday October 20th and is the first in a lecture series enti- tled “Ireland and the New Asian Century”, organised by the uni- versity’s School of Asian Stud- ies.

While the ambassador felt that

this would be the century that Asia expends economically and politically, he spoke of some of the problems facing Japan, say- ing the country needs “reinforce- ments”. Mr. Urabe began the lecture

by giving the historical and geo- graphical background of his country, as he felt it would pro- vide an insight into both the cul- ture of Japan and the issues it faces today. One of the biggest problems which Mr. Urabe ad- dressed was the conflict between Japan and China in previous months, concerning the owner- ship of fishing waters. The ambassador hoped that

any conflict could be avoided, saying “We are nations neigh- bouring each other with a small band of water, and our mutual prosperity relies on our relation- ship.” The theme of the lecture was

the idea that this century will be- long to Asia, as the twentieth century belonged to America and the nineteenth century belonged to Britain. As such, Mr. Urabe discussed the trade agreements which are being worked on be- tween Asian trading alliances and Europe. When he was asked about Ire-

land’s part in the new economic century the ambassador seemed positive, stating that Ireland’s ac- cess to the EU and USA, along with the country’s use of the English language, provides a strong advantage moving for- ward. Mr. Urabe also addressed the

international aid projects which Japan is currently engaged in, in- cluding Cambodia where Japan is the biggest aid donor. He out- lined development projects in Africa also, including the provi- sion of water towers and live- stock tools. When speaking of Japan’s

strategy for prosperity in the new century, Mr. Urabe stated the key

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lay with the country’s economic relations with Asia-Pacific coun- tries, citing the Asia-Pacific Eco- nomic Cooperation, with 21 members as a key point in Japan’s economic history. He also spoke of the increased role of health technology, which pro- vides great opportunity at a time when Japan is seeing a high de- gree of societal aging. Speaking to the Express, Pro-

fessor Fan Hong, Head of the School of Asian Studies in UCC, stated that she felt the lecture was very successful, and praised the ambassador’s willingness to discuss “sensitive political is- sues”, including the heated inter- action with China


environmental problems. Prof. Hong also expressed ex-

citement for the remainder of the lecture series, stating of the work which the School of Asian Stud- ies does; “We have tried very hard to develop the great pro- grams, but on the other hand we will try to raise awareness among staff members and students in general about the rise of Asia.” The lecture was regarded by

and large as a valuable one, but some felt there were important elements omitted. One student who attended the speech stated “Though the talk was an interest- ing insight into the economic and cultural evolution of Japan and its local East-Asian neighbours, I felt at times that what was sup- posed to be the heart of the talk- Japan’s relationship with Ireland specifically- was left a little neg- lected and unexplored by the end of the presentation.” The next lecture in the series

will take place at 4p.m. on No- vember 3rd again in the North Wing Council Room and will feature P.S. Raghavan, the Am- bassador of India to Ireland.

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