The Japan University English Model United Nations conference (JUEMUN) has been held every year since it was founded in 2010. The conference is organized by a volunteer team of university students, staff and teachers, at several host universities, who believe that JUEMUN is a wonderful way for students to learn about the most challenging global issues our world faces today by representing the government of a nation, other than their own homeland, at a simulation of United Nations meetings.
It is a worthwhile challenge for students to endeavor to think the thoughts, and feel the feelings of people from other cultures as Japanese and International students use English in formal speeches, informal conversations, committee discussions and debates on different national positions to seek agreement on brave new solutions to confusing problems, old and new.
Why did we start JUEMUN in 2010? For many years JUEMUN teachers had attended MUN conferences around the world in Shanghai, Vancouver, Berlin, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, Melbourne, Beijing, Washington D.C., Rome, Seoul, Prague, Duisburg-Essen, and many other cities. At every conference we searched the list of conference delegates for students from Japan’s universities. Too few! Too quiet…
We hope that JUEMUN will give Japanese university students the experiences, the skills,
and the courage to attend international conferences outside of Japan!
Craig Smith & Lori Zenuk-Nishide JUEMUN Co-Founders