Meet the Secretariat
We are excited to present to you the Secretariat of JMMUN 2022! They are striving to make this year’s JMMUN a memorable one for all!
A Letter from the Secretary-General
Dear delegates and faculty advisors,
It is my utmost pleasure to welcome you to the 7th annual Japan Metropolitan Model United Nations!
My name is Rinka M, and I am a high school student here at Senzoku Gakuen.
I will be serving as your Secretary General, and I am absolutely thrilled to present to you this year’s conference, which will be a hybrid of both online and offline debates!
This year’s theme is Innovation x Renovation. Which parts of the existing system need replacing, renewal, renovation? Which calls for entirely new approaches, creativity, innovation? Reviewing the footprints of the past and writing the history of tomorrow, we invite all delegates to be a part of this exciting journey.
While COVID continues to impact our daily lives, I believe that with the power of diplomacy and cooperation, we can move forward together toward a better future. We hope that JMMUN will be a fantastic opportunity for all of you to think of creative ideas to improve the current world, and also to rethink existing systems.
As one of the biggest student-run all-English MUN conferences in Japan, JMMUN is honored to create a platform where delegates from not only Japan but also overseas can come together and share their diverse ideas. I would like to thank everyone for taking part in this amazing journey, and I wish you best of luck for the conference!
In service and leadership,
Japan Metropolitan Model United Nations
Esteemed delegates of JMMUN 2022,
Hi! My name is Rinka, and I will be serving as your Secretary General for the two days. Firstly, thank you very much for being a part of JMMUN! It is an honor to welcome you to this year’s hybrid conference, and I hope this will be a memorable and valuable experience for all of you.
I was born in Tokyo, Japan, and I grew up in Singapore. Through my experience with intercultural exposure, I became increasingly interested in international affairs, world history, and urban studies. I also love to read, listen to music, and travel.
One piece of advice I would like to give to all of you is to remember to enjoy the conference! Make a lot of friends, socialize, and have fun! As much as MUN is an academic experience, it is a great opportunity for you to go out of your comfort zone and to get to know students from outside of your school.
I hope you are all as excited as I am for JMMUN 2022! I am looking forward to meeting you in person or on Zoom. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
Deputy Secretary General
Hello everyone! Welcome to JMMUN 2022, and thank you for joining us. My name is Mai Mitsui, and it is an honor to be serving as deputy secretary general. I am a student at Senzoku Gakuen high school and currently in my second year. I was born in Malaysia, spent my childhood in California and have lived in Japan ever since I was nine. My experience with MUN started when I was in my first year of junior high school. At first, I was not able to understand the concept of MUN and struggled to figure out why the older students found interest in it. However, over the years I was able to join many wonderful conferences which now leads to me fully loving MUN. I hope that our conference could be an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the fun of MUN and a chance to experience new cultures and meeting people. Once again, I would like to thank everyone for joining us, especially with the COVID-19 going on, and hope you all stay healthy while preparing for the conference. JMMUN 2022 will also be the last conference for me before graduation, so I am really looking forward to working with you all and making memories throughout the conference. Good luck everyone!
Head of Press
Welcome to JMMUN! My name is Kanon Kurabayashi, and I am the Head of Press. Throughout the conference, the press crew will be interviewing delegates and creating the newspaper of JMMUN, which will be published after the conference has ended.
I am excited for this conference as ever, and I look forward to participating in this conference from a different standpoint than usual.
Throughout my delegate experience, I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve especially felt that preparation can be a pain sometimes. But then again, it pays off to be overly prepared. I hope that this conference will be a memorable and unforgettable one for you delegates, and feel free to check out all the updates from JMMUN and our socials. To an amazing conference of 2022! (glasses clink)
I am honored to be a part of JMMUN 2022. I have been advising the MUN club at Senzoku Gakuen for 8 years and have been with JMMUN since its inception. It has been wonderful to see the conference grow year by year and to see the innovations and evolutions that take place with each iteration, just as it is wonderful to see MUN spreading more and more through Japan. I think this years theme is especially important. While it feels like there is no end to the global challenges facing us, and that many of the joys we have taken for granted have new costs and risks associated with them, it is absolutely imperative that we approach the future in the spirit of positivity and improvement. I believe this conference speaks to that, as it continues, despite adversity, to achieve new heights. We thank you for being a part of that. On a personal level, I love reading and writing literature, cooking, and cats – so if you see me at the conference, please share book recommendations, recipes, and cat memes.
This year’s conference marks my second official experience with the model United Nations program at Senzoku. I’ve been impressed with the level of diligence and sophistication displayed by the students in the planning and implementation of the JMMUN conference. Each year, students delve into complex issues that weigh heavily on the lives and futures of millions of people, amassing a wealth of evidence and understanding in the process. I find it inspiring to see students at the junior high and high school level engaged in this level of discourse and in mobilizing their peers to make lasting change in the world. The model United Nations program fulfills a vital role in the shaping of the lives of young people as global citizens, providing an impetus to peer beyond national boundaries and cultural barriers. While students in classrooms can easily perform research on the climates, customs, and conundrums of communities worldwide, MUN participation demands that students take this intellectual endeavor a step further by encouraging them to dwell within the data of another land and see the world through a new set of eyes. The value of this act is profound on two levels. Foremost, students must address and, perhaps, overcome their own preconceived notions about other cultures. More intimately, students develop their capacity for empathy by recognizing their limits of their own perspective and the challenges faced in other locales. Given all that MUN represents, I am excited to be a part of this year’s conference and the JMMUN Press team. I look forward to a fascinating and illuminating conference in 2022.