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GSICCS

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April Entry 2016

September Entry 2016

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Master’s Program

Application Guide

(Intramural Selection Recommendation)

Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies

WASEDA UNIVERSITY

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<Contents>

1. Number of Students Admitted ··· 2

2. About Applications (1) Application Requirements ··· 2

(2) Application Period / Screening Schedules ··· 3

(3) Study Plan / Directed Research ··· 3

3. Application Procedures (1) Method of application ··· 4

(2) Screening Fee ··· 4

(3) Period for Payment of Screening Fee ··· 5

(4) Method of Payment of Screening Fee ··· 5

(5) Notes on of Preparing Your Application ··· 6

(6) Application card with examinee’s number sent by mail ··· 6

4. Application Documents (1) Important points for preparing the application documents ··· 7

(2) List of application documents ··· 7

(3) Notes for each application material ··· 8

(4) Return of Submitted Documents ··· 9

5. Screening (1) Screening Method ···10

(2) Test-taking Guidelines for Waseda University Admissions Exam ···10

6. Announcement of Result (1) Result Announced ···10

(2) Notification by Mail ···10

(3) Online Announcement of Screening Results ···10

7. Entrance Procedures (1) Entrance schedule and procedures ··· 11

(2) Entrance documents ··· 11

8. Others Registration, Academic, and Membership fees ··· 12

<Appendix> Waseda University Convenience Store Easy- Pay Systems for Entrance Exam Fees ···14

Waseda University Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card, Union Pay, and Alipay ···15

If you expect to require special care during the entrance examination or after entering the university due to a disability or serious medical condition, etc., please contact the GSICCS office.

≪Handling of Personal Information≫

Waseda University utilizes applicant information (addresses, names, dates of birth etc.) collected at the time of application in order to carry out operations such as the entrance examination, announcement of the screening results, and enrollment procedures. We will take necessary and proper measures to protect such information from leakage, disclosure, or unauthorized use. All or part of the above operations may be outsourced to an agency. In such case, the agency will be contractually required to maintain necessary and proper management. Please note that the personal information may be used as materials for studies and researches to improve our entrance examinations. The information will be statistically processed to prevent any individuals from being identified.

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For Admission in April 2016 / September 2016 Admissions, GSICCS will conduct “Intramural Selection by Recommendation” for prospective students from the various undergraduate schools at Waseda University.

1. Number of Students Admitted

A limited number of students

2. About Applications

(1) Application Requirements

Applicants must fulfill all the following criteria to apply to “Intramural Selection by Recommendation”.

1. Applicants for admission in April 2016 must be certified to be able to graduate in the fall semester of Academic year 2015 by their respective undergraduate schools.

Applicants for admission in September 2016 are to be certified to be able to graduate in the spring semester of the Academic year 2016 by their respective undergraduate schools.

*Applicants whose home universities are overseas partner universities of Waseda University and who are currently enrolled in the undergraduate school at Waseda University through the Double Degree Program are eligible to apply through “Intramural Selection by Recommendation” if they are to be certified as able to graduate by their respective undergraduate schools at Waseda University and are scheduled to earn a bachelor's degree.

2. GPA obtained by the method prescribed below must be more than or equal to 3.0 with regard

to the subjects taken to be counted toward graduation on the Official Transcript issued by Waseda University.

[(No. of A+ credits x 4) + (No. of A credits x 3) + (No. of B credits x 2) + (No. of C credits x 1) + (No. of Failing Grades x 0)]

Total number of registered credits

* The GPA will be rounded to the second decimal place.

3. Applicants must obtain a recommendation letter from his/ her supervisor or other appropriate faculty member of Waseda University, to certify his/her abilities and knowledge.

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(2) Application Period / Screening Schedules

①Application Period and Screening schedules are classified as follows according to the period of Admission.

<April Entry 2016 >

Application Period October 1 (Thu.) 2015 - October 8 (Thu.) 2015

Result Announced November 27, 2015 (Fri.)

Admission procedure period

November 30, 2015 (Mon.) - December 9, 2015 (Wed.)

<September Entry 2016 >

Application Period April 4 (Mon.) 2016 - April 11 (Mon.) 2016 Result Announced June 20, 2016 (Mon.)

Admission procedure period

June 21, 2016 (Tue.) - June 30, 2016 (Thu.)

(3) Study Plan / Directed Research

On applying, please write your choice of Study Plan in the designated space on the “Application form”. At the same time, if you already have a preference regarding your Directed Research seminar (see the lists below), please also write the course title in the designated space.

When the results of the screening are announced, successful candidates will be informed of their allocated Directed Study seminar based on the contents of the research plan they have submitted. ≪Study Plan: Language & Communication≫

The aim is to deepen general understanding of communication conducted through the medium of language, by engaging in studies in the fields of both theoretical and applied inquiry. Among specific study themes are how the individual and society are bound together by language, and the role of language in education policy-making in global society.

Language and Society

Writing Studies and Education

Speech Communication and

Language Acquisition

Teaching English As a Second Language

Interpretation Studies

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≪Study Plan: Culture & Communication≫

The aim is to study the emergence of cross-cultural differences through the recognition of diverse cultural representations in global society, thus coming to a new understanding of the dynamics of culture. At the same time, the course promotes analysis of and research on the concepts and theoretical frameworks underlying global culture.

Film Studies

Culture and Media

Cultural Studies

Culture and Translation

The Literature and Intellectual

History of Japan

Visual Culture

Culture and Philosophy

*In AY 2016 (Both April and September Entry), we are not accepting application for Media Studies which is one of “Directed Research” in ≪Study Plan: Culture & Communication≫.

≪Study Plan: Society & Communication≫

A major theme is how, in globalized society, various forms of information circulate without regard to national boundaries, and what kinds of benefits and problems such information flows can create, with the aim of promoting research that actively seeks to understand and resolve the tensions involved.

International Relations

Public Diplomacy

Economy and Society

International Political Economy

International Legal System

In selecting your Study plan / Directed Research, please refer to the following site: ○GSICCS Website

http://www.waseda.jp/gsiccs/faculty/index_en.html http://www.waseda.jp/gsiccs/pdf/GSICCS_Overview.pdf

○Waseda University Researcher Database

https://www.wnp7.waseda.jp/Rdb/app/ip/ipi0201.html?lang_kbn=1

○Waseda University Syllabus Search

https://www.wsl.waseda.jp/syllabus/JAA101.php?pLng=en

Important Notice:

When you submit your application documents, please be sure to check the following URL. http://www.waseda.jp/gsiccs/index_en.html

Faculty in charge of Directed Research may be changed from AY 2015.

3. Application Procedures

(1) Method of application

Send your application using a squared No. 2 size commercial envelope. On the front of the envelope stick the prescribed label for sending the application documents and make sure to send it by Kan’i

Kakitome Yubin registered mail. In case of a last minute deadline, use the Kan’i Kakitome Sokutatsu Yubin registered express mail service for sending your application.

(

Application must be postmarked by the deadline.)

(2) Screening Fee: 25,000 yen

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from candidates who have not paid this fee will not be accepted.

Moreover, except for the cases explained on page 6, paid fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

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Period for Payment of Screening Fee <April Entry 2016>

September 28, 2015 (Mon) - October 8, 2015 (Thu.)

<September Entry 2016>

April 1, 2016 (Fri.) - April 11, 2016 (Mon.)

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Method of Payment of Screening Fee

Please pay the screening fee, by using one of the following methods.

<Payment at a convenience store>

To make a payment at a convenience store, you must complete the designated application procedure in advance by accessing the “screening fee convenience store payment site” (https://e-shiharai.net/) [Japanese only] on the Internet from a personal computer or a mobile phone and complete the prescribed online procedures. After accessing the website, please make the payment at a convenience store.

After making the payment, detach the “Certificate of Payment of the Screening Fee” on the Screening Fee Handling Description, paste it to the designated space (“Screening Fee Payment Certificate” [入学 検定料・選考料取扱明細書]) on the “Application Form ②”, and submit it. Check the details on the screening fee payment method on page 14.

●The payment can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week , including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. However, please note that application via the website will end at 23:00 on the last day of the payment period. Similarly, you will not be able to make a payment at a convenience store after 23:30 on the last day of the payment period.

●If a family member or acquaintance of an applicant conducts the procedure for the applicant, the family member or acquaintance must enter the applicant’s information.

≪Payment by credit card, China Union Pay or Alipay (online payment)≫

To make a payment by credit card or online payment system (China Union Pay or Alipay), please access the online screening fee payment website (https://e-shiharai.net/ecard/) and complete the required procedure.

After completion of the payment, enclose the printed “Result” page in the application envelope with other necessary application documents. And please check (✔) in the space for “Credit Card ” of “Application Form②”. For details, please refer to “Waseda University Screening Fee Payment by Credit Card, Union Pay in the appendix on page 15.

●The payment can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week , including Saturdays, Sundays, holidays. However, please complete to make the payment by a credit card by 23:00 Japan time on the last day of the payment period.

●The payment can be made with a credit card held in the name of a person other than the applicant. However, the applicant’s information must be entered in the “Basic Information” page of the screening fee payment website.

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(5) Notes on Preparing Your Application

●As a general rule, application documents and screening fees are not returned. A full screening fee will be refunded if you fall into one of the categories below.

1) You paid a screening fee but failed to submit the required application documents. 2) You paid a screening fee but submitted the application documents after the deadline. 3) You paid a screening fee and submitted the application documents, but your application was

rejected before screening due to the following reasons.

・ The submitted application materials are not complete enough to meet the application requirements.

・You do not meet all the eligibility criteria.

If you fall into one of the categories above, please contact the GSICCS office at (e-mail: gsiccs@list.waseda.jp).

*If you have made a payment by credit card, handling fees which may be incurred for refund must be paid by the applicant. Also, if you have made a payment by wire transfer from the bank outside of Japan, all handling fees to be charged for refund to that bank must be paid by the applicant.

●You may be deemed to have committed a dishonest act if you falsified, fabricated, or plagiarized a document, material or information submitted in your application. In such case, any decision taken on your application may later be invalidated, and the application documents submitted and screening fee will not be returned.

●Application documents must be completed for you to qualify to be screened. If we contact you concerning your application, please follow our instructions immediately.

●Application documents can be accepted only by mail. No applications at the GSICCS office will be accepted.

●Applications arriving after the deadline will not be accepted.

●No answers concerning the arrival of applications will be given. For checking the arrival of your application, please use the postal tracking service (EMS service for overseas applications) and check directly by yourself.

●Enquiries regarding the status of your application or the number of applicants will not be accepted.

(6) Application card with examinee’s number sent by mail

After the application deadline, all applicants will be sent an application card with examinee’s number to the address they provided on their application form. If you did not receive the application card with examinee’s number by 10 days before the date of result announcement, please contact the GSICCS office (Tel: 03-3208-0467, E-mail: gsiccs@list.waseda.jp) immediately. The application card will be exchanged for your student card after university entrance, so please look after it carefully.

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4. Application Documents

(1) Important points for preparing the application documents

●Please download all necessary forms from the graduate school website, and print them in A4 size.

http://www.waseda.jp/gsiccs/admissions/application_en.html

●Sections marked with ※ in the prescribed forms are for office use only.

(2) List of application documents

(a) Submit all necessary documents from the list below by the deadline (○ = required, △ = required if applicable). Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

(b) For documents marked with *, please use the prescribed forms.

(c) For details about preparing each document, please refer to “(3) Notes for each application material”, pages 8-9

Required Documents Language to be

used Remarks ① * ○ Application Form ①② English or Japanese Attached 3 photos ② ○ Certification of Expected

Graduation English or Japanese ③ ○ Original copy of Transcripts of

Academic Record / GPA English or Japanese

④ * ○ Research Plan English 2 copies ⑤ * ○ Reason for Application English

⑥ * ○ Career Plan English ⑦ * △ Graduation Dissertation and

other Evidence of Research English optional ⑧ * ○ Recommendation Form

(Evaluation Form) English or Japanese Refer to page 8

⑨ ○

English Examination

Official Score Report from the one of the followings:

TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS(Academic) Or

Original of Score Report of Common entrance examination for Graduate School

(GRE/MAT/GMAT/LSAT)

English or Japanese

⑩ * △ Statement of Financial

Resources English or Japanese

Only for international students ⑪ △ Photocopy of Passport - Only for non-Japanese

applicants

⑫ △

Copies of both sides of Residence Card /

Special Permanent Residence Certificate / Alien Registration Card

- Only for non-Japanese applicants

⑬ * ○ Prescribed label for sending the

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(3) Notes for each application material

①Application Form①②[prescribed form]

●When filling out the forms, you can either write by hand or type the information adding your signature by hand.

●Three copies of a color photograph measuring 4cm in height by 3cm in width, taken no more than three months prior to the application, must be attached to the designated space on the Application Forms ① and ②. The photograph should show a frontal view of the applicant’s face and shoulders, with no hat, background, or border. The photo must clearly identify the applicant. Write your name in ballpoint pen on the back of the photos.

●For those who pay the screening fee at a convenience store within Japan, please affix the certificate of receipt (入学検定料・選考料取扱明細書の「収納証明書」) that you will receive to the appropriate section of the Application Form ②. and submit it together with the other application documents.

●For those who pay the screening by a credit card, please attach a photocopy of the “Result page” to the application form. And please check (✔) in the appropriate space on “Application Form ②”.

②Certification of Expected Graduation

●Applicants must submit original certificates. (Photocopied or faxed copies are not acceptable.) ③Original copy of Transcripts of Academic Record / GPA

●Applicants must submit an original copy. (Photocopied or faxed copies are not acceptable.) ●If it is not possible to have “Transcripts of Academic Record / GPA” issued, please attach your

“grade report” printed the from Waseda-net portal.

●For transfer students, please submit previous undergraduate academic transcripts. ④Research Plan [prescribed form]

●Please describe in detail the research plan which you wish to pursue at GSICCS, including the theme, approach, and methods, etc. which you intend to use. Refer to the designated form for details.

●Please write a Research Plan written in English around 800 words and attach to the prescribed form (Two copies should be submitted.)

⑤Reason for Application [prescribed form]

Touching on the nature of your previous studies, please state in detail your reasons for wishing to enter GSICCS.

Please write your Reason for Application in English around 200 words. ⑥Career Plan [prescribed form]

Please describe your career goals in detail, touching both on how you plan to achieve them, and on what significance your experience at GSICCS will have in the process.

Please write your Career Plan in English around 200 words.

⑦Graduation Dissertation and other evidence of research [prescribed form]

If you wish, please provide a detailed description of your graduation thesis (or other research outputs relating to your intended research theme). Submission is optional.

Please write your description in English around 200 words. ⑧Recommendation Form (Evaluation Form) [prescribed form]

●In principle, applicants must submit a Recommendation Form (Evaluation Form) written by your supervisor in charge of seminars of undergraduate school.

If the Recommendation Form from supervisor is not available, please submit two Recommendation Forms (Evaluation Form) written by the Faculty of Waseda University.

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●Letters must be sealed, or sealed with a tally impression, or signed and submitted without being open.

⑨English Examination Score Card from the one of the following: TOEFL / TOEIC / IELTS

(Academic) Or Score Report of Common Entrance Examination for Graduate School (GRE / MAT / GMAT / LSAT)

< If you have NOT completed an undergraduate or graduate program conducted in English,> ・Please submit one (or more) of the Original English Examination Score Card of

TOEFL(iBT), TOEIC, or IELTS〔Academic〕

< If you have completed an undergraduate or graduate program conducted in English,>

・Please submit one (or more) of the Original English Examination Score Card of TOEFL(iBT), TOEIC, or IELTS〔Academic〕

Or

Score Report of Common Entrance Examination for Graduate School (GRE / MAT / GMAT / LSAT)

*TOEFL: Official Score Report / TOEIC: Official Score Certificate / IELTS: Test Report Form *Certificates issues within two years of the last day of the application period will be deemed valid. *TOEFL-ITP and TOEIC-IP is not accepted as application documents.

*Please use the institution codes in the case of sending your certificate directly from the examination organizations. TOEFL: 4232 GRE: 0569

⑩Statement of Financial Resources [prescribed form] <Only for international students> ●On the prescribed form, explain how you intend to cover expenses during your stay at the school

(school and living expenses for 2 years for Master’s Program). ●Please make sure that the statement is signed by the applicant.

●Applicants receiving funds from a “Government/sponsoring agency” should submit a certificate indicating the amount to be received, the length of the sponsorship and the specific characteristics of the scholarship or funding.

⑪Photocopy of Passport

If you are an overseas applicant with non-Japanese nationality, please submit a photocopy of the passport page with your photo and all pages with personal information including your visa status. ⑫Copies of both sides of Residence Card / Special Permanent Residence Certificate / Alien

Registration Card

If you are a domestic applicant with non-Japanese nationality, please submit copies of both sides of the Alien Registration Card / Residence Card / Special Permanent Residence Certificate. In the event that you do not have the above Card, please submit a photocopy of the passport page with your photo and all pages with personal information including your visa status.

⑬Prescribed label for sending application documents [Prescribed form]

●Please place the prescribed label on the envelope for submitting application documents to the GSICCS. Please make sure to send them by Kan’i Kakitome Yubin registered mail.

(4) Return of Submitted Documents

Waseda University returns ONLY documents that cannot be reissued. If you wish to have materials returned, please write a separate request (specifying the documents and the reasons why you want to have them returned) and submit it along with other application documents. Waseda University will verify the request and return only the documents which cannot be reissued. Academic transcripts, Recommendation letters will not be returned. Please be aware that return of documents may take one to two months.

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5. Screening

(1) Screening Method

The decision whether to accept or reject will be based on the results of evaluation of all the required documents submitted.

(2) Test-taking Guidelines for Waseda University Admissions Exam

Waseda University has provided the following guidelines so that all examinations can be properly administered and all examinees have an opportunity to perform in a fair and equitable environment. Please read the guidelines carefully and approach the examination in a serious manner.

1. You may be deemed to have committed a dishonest act if Waseda University determines that you have falsified, fabricated, or plagiarized the document(s), statement(s), or information submitted for your application.

2.In addition, the following responses may be taken if a dishonest act is identified.

●The applicant may not be allowed to continue taking the examination or allowed to take any other entrance examination given by Waseda University during the year. (Screening fees will not be returned.)

●The results of all entrance examinations taken by the applicant at Waseda University during the year may become invalid.

6. Announcement of Result

(1) Result Announced

<April Entry 2016>

Result Announced November 27, 2015 (Fri.)

<September Entry 2016>

Result Announced June 20, 2016 (Mon.)

(2) Notification by Mail

For all applicants, the screening results will be sent by mail to all the applicants to the mailing address specified on the application form on the day of the announcement.

Successful applicants will also find enclosed a “Certificate of Success in the Entrance Examination”, “The request for bank transfer of tuition and fees” and “Guidelines for entrance procedures” / “Information concerning entrance procedures”. All of notifications will be issued by mail, no notification will be issued at the GSICCS office.

(3) Online Announcements of Screening Results

Announcements will not be made on the traditional campus notice boards. However, considering the convenience of the applicants and as an auxiliary method only, examination results will be announced online. They will be uploaded at the following site from noon on the date of announcement for a week.

http://www.waseda.jp/gsiccs/index_en.html

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7. Entrance procedures

(1) Entrance schedule and procedures

①The transfer of “registration fees, school fees” as well as “the submission of documents” for entrance is required for the completion of the entrance procedures.

②All of submission of documents must be by mail.

*The following information is provisional. For details, please refer to the “Guide for entrance procedures”

*Please note that “Period of Admission” cannot be changed once applied under any circumstances.

<April Entry 2016> Period for transferring school fees

November 30, 2015 (Mon.) - December 9, 2015 (Wed.)

Period for sending the entrance documents

Mid February, 2016 -March 4, 2016 (Fri)

<September Entry 2016> Period for transferring school fees

June 21, 2016 (Tue.) - June 30, 2016 (Thu.)

Period for sending the entrance documents

June 21, 2016 (Tue.) - July 8, 2016 (Fri.)

(2) Entrance documents

① “Written Oath and Guarantee” “Consent for the Handling of Personal Data” ② Certificate of Residence

③ Certificate of Graduation / Completion Transcripts (※Only for applicants with “Expected Graduation” at the time of application.)

④ Entrance Procedure Form

⑤ Photograph Card for Student ID Card ⑥ Student Cards (x 2)

⑦ Bank Transfer and Automatic Debit Transfer Application Form ⑧ Other

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8. Others

●Registration, Academic, and Membership fees

<Academic, and membership fees for students admitted April 2016>

(in Japanese Yen)

Academic year

Time of payment

Academic fees Membership fees Total Tuition fee Educational environment improvement fee Seminar fee Waseda University student health promotion mutual aid association fee First year At time of admission ( 2016 Spring) 329,500 60,000 2,500 1,500 393,500 2016 Fall 329,500 60,000 2,500 1,500 393,500 Total 659,000 120,000 5,000 3,000 787,000 Second year 2017 Spring 332,000 60,000 2,500 1,500 396,000 2017 Fall 332,000 60,000 2,500 1,500 396,000 Total 664,000 120,000 5,000 3,000 792,000

<Academic, and membership fees for students admitted September 2016>

(in Japanese Yen)

Academic year

Time of payment

Academic fees Membership fees Total Tuition fee Educational environment improvement fee Seminar fee Waseda University student health promotion mutual aid association fee First year At time of admission ( 2016 Fall) 329,500 60,000 2,500 1,500 393,500 2017 Spring 332,000 60,000 2,500 1,500 396,000 Total 661,500 120,000 5,000 3,000 789,500 Second year 2017 Fall 332,000 60,000 2,500 1,500 396,000 2018 Spring 334,000 60,000 2,500 1,500 398,000 Total 666,000 120,000 5,000 3,000 794,000 NOTE:

1. If you are currently enrolled in, graduated from, completed, or withdrew from an undergraduate, graduate, or specialized program of Waseda University, you are not required to pay the entrance fee (registration fee). For more information, please refer to the handbook on entrance procedures sent to successful applicants

2. As a rule, we do not return submitted documents or refund school expenses and fees (the entrance fee and school expenses for the first semester). However, if you do not enter Waseda University due to unavoidable circumstances or fail to meet the entrance qualifications prior to enrollment, we may refund only the school expenses for the first semester (but not the entrance fee).

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school expenses and other fees to that school and are later accepted by another Waseda graduate school which you prefer to enter, you can enter the preferred graduate school and request to have the amount you have already paid transferred to that school. However, this procedure can be done only when the

enrollment procedure periods of the two graduate schools do not overlap.

For more information about the procedure for receiving such refund, refer to the handbook on entrance procedures mailed to successful applicants.

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GSICCS

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Waseda University

1-6-1, Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050

TEL: +81-3-3208-0467 FAX: +81-3-3208-8401

E-mail: gsiccs@list.waseda.jp

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