The JUEMUN Story

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!

Read about recent initiatives

Craig Smith & Lori Zenuk-Nishide JUEMUN Co-Founders


In 2010, the annual JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching) International Conference was held in Nagoya at the Aichi Industry and Labor Centre. The conference co-chairs, Steve Brown and Donna Tatsuki wanted to include a MUN event at the conference for two reasons, 1) to include a student event to add vitality to the conference and 2) to provide an opportunity for teachers who were unfamiliar with MUNs to observe one in action. Lori Zenuk-Nishide, Craig Smith, and a collection of other teachers responded to this proposal by founding JUEMUN.

Site Aichi Industry and Labor Center (In conjunction with the JALT International Conference), Nagoya
Theme Children’s Rights
Committees Sexual exploitation of children, Child trafficking and child labor, Child soldiers, Child marriages, Violence against children
Participants 51 (44 Japanese, 7 International)
Participating Universities 5


Site Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe
Theme Water Issues
Committees Corruption and Mismanagement, Extreme Events, Capacity and Financing, Pollution, Climate Change
Participants 43 (38 Japanese, 5 International)
Participating Universities 4


Site Kinki University, Osaka
Theme Population
Committees Poverty and Inequality, Women and Girls empowerment, Reproductive Health and Rights, Young People, Ageing Population, Environment,  
Participants 63 (44 Japanese, 19 International)
Participating Universities 10


Site Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto
Theme Disasters
Committees Displacement, Food Security, Children, Emergency Preparedness, Protection, Gender Equality
Participants 118 (83 Japanese, 35 International)
Participating Universities  23


Site Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe
Theme UN Secretary General’s Global Initiative in Education
Committees Put every child in school, Improve the quality of learning, Foster global citizenship
Participants 177 (116 Japanese, 61 International, 23 Nationalities)
Participating Universities 49


Site Kinki University, Osaka
Theme Fostering a Culture of Peace
Committees Women’s Equality and Empowerment, Protecting Indigenous Groups and their Cultures, Responding to Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, Protecting Children in Armed Conflict
Participants 276 (199 Japanese, 77 International, 30 Nationalities)
Participating Universities 47


Site Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto
Theme A Quality of Life for All
Committees Protection and Care of Refugee Children (SC Current/Reformed), SDG 3, SDG 4, SDG 11
Participants 316 (224 Japanese, 92 International)
Participating Universities  45


Site Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe
Theme Women’s Empowerment and its Link to Sustainable Development
Committees Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), SDG 5, SDG 8, SDG 16
Participants  175
Participating Universities  45


Site Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto
Theme End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Committees United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), SDG 2, FAO
Participants 167 delegates and journalists, 56 student staff, 23 faculty advisors
Participating Universities 36
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