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Super Global High School (SGH) Activity Report
February 6, 2016
2nd-year presentations


Second-year SGH presentations took place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, during which 2nd-year Mikunigaoka SGH students presented their six BoP business plans. The six plans were further developed since being presented for the 3rd High School Business Plan Grand Prix in October 2015. Mr. Shunji Nagai from Japan Finance Corporation was invited to the event. The presentation content and delivery were reviewed by SGH Management Guidance Committee members and other guests for the presentation of awards.

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Presentation topics

1. Bananice: Turning Bananas into Business

Team Sankyu Peso

First-place winner

“Bananice” is a mash-up of “banana,” “nice” and “ice,” and means “banana ice cream.” The BoP plan involves buying ice cream ingredients—primarily bananas and coconuts—from small-scale growers in the Philippines, processing them locally (including producing ice cream cups from stems otherwise discarded after the fruits had been harvested), and exporting the end products to Japan, where they will be sold.


2. Japanese Tea in the Philippines: Promoting the Culture of Enjoying Green Tea

Team W Island Tea

Second-place winner

The BoP business plan involves growing, processing, and selling green tea in the Philippines. Sales will take place at stores dedicated to green tea, where the product line-up and décor will be themed on Japan. Goals are to promote green tea drinking in the Philippines, and promote the active employment of women.


3. Coconut Dentifrice: Saving Philippine Teeth with Japanese-style Tooth Brushing

Team C&C

Second-place winner

The BoP business plan involves producing organic toothpaste from Philippine coconuts. The plan can be expected to provide economic support to jobless and/or low-income people by providing stable incomes to coconut producers, and by creating new manufacturing jobs. The plan also seeks to contribute to the improvement of dental hygiene by promoting correct tooth brushing.


4. Japatern Umbrellas

Team JPT

The BoP business plan involves making paper out of banana leaves and stems, which are otherwise discarded by small-scale banana producers in the Philippines, and using the banana paper to make affordably-priced, well-designed Japanese umbrellas for marketing in Japan, thereby contributing to new job creation in the Philippines.


5. Cocodress

Team Cocodress

Focusing on the problem of poverty among coconut growers in the Philippines, the BoP business plan proposes the production and marketing of coconut-derived salad dressing. Since the coconut is a specialty of the Philippines well-loved by its people, the plan proposes marketing the salad dressing in the Philippines, as well as in Japan, a country with a large population of health-conscious consumers. The product will be sold at brick-and-mortar as well as online stores. Coconut producers can expect extra income by producing the salad dressing, potentially alleviating the problem of poverty.


6. Japinoy Education

Team Koresupo!

This BoP business plan proposes temporary staffing to solve job shortages in the Philippines, where the population is growing, and labor shortages in Japan, where the population is shrinking.

(This team was not considered for awards, because it proceeded to the final of the High School Business Plan Grand Prix as one of the country’s ten finalists.)

The presentations given by 2nd-year students were excellent, with careful thought given to their structures and slides to ensure clarity. Actual product samples like the toothpaste and umbrella were also presented to the judges to aid understanding, which was very thoroughgoing. The teams entered their plans to the High School Business Grand Prix in October 2015. Five of the six teams made it to the top 100, but instead of being satisfied with their achievements, the teams refined and developed their plans further for this presentation event by visiting research institutes for study, and/or visiting companies for advice. The students’ progress over the past two years was amply demonstrated by their energetic presentations, and by their earnest responses to questions. In May 2016, the students will translate their proposals into English and then present them in front of overseas students studying in Japan. All of us involved look forward to the further progress of our inaugural SGH students.











Super Global High School (SGH) Activity Report

1st-year presentations (February 23, 2016)

First-year presentations took place on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Mikunigaoka High School to present the fruits of studies conducted over the previous year. Presentations were given by two student teams: the Marylhurst Team, scheduled to travel to Portland, Oregon in March; and the Nishimoto Team, scheduled to travel to the Philippines in August. Topics were as follows:

1. Nishimoto Team

1) Welcome to Sakai!
2) Intern de Return: Solving Daycare Shortage
3) Haken de Hakken: Let Us Find Your Job

2. Marylhurst Team

1) Biodiesel
2) City Planning
3) Green Building
4) Waste Disposal
5) Eco-shuttle


Research conducted by the Nishimoto Team demonstrated accomplishment uncharacteristic of 1st-year students. Despite tackling, perhaps ambitiously, the very current issues of Sakai’s revitalization and tourism promotion, daycare shortage, and greater participation of women in society, they managed to clearly communicate their research outcomes in a well-organized manner, successfully employing a hypothesis, verification, and a proposal. Most impressively, they substantiated their statements by conducting proper interviews with various facilities, corporations, university faculty, and others. One of the groups even provided an income and expenditure plan, which was surprisingly advanced for 1st-year students. We very much look forward to their BoP plans next year.

The Marylhurst Team gave their presentations in English. This year’s 1st-year students have really good English skills, and even students who had experienced difficulty in November were speaking fluently this time. Their topics covered Portland’s environmental policies and urban planning. At this stage they have not yet conducted field work, hence their investigations are not as in-depth as the ones conducted by the Nishimoto Team, but during the field work expected in Portland in March, the students are looking to study in greater depth the environmental conservation and urban planning programs of the City of Portland, which are reputedly top-class in the United States.

All of the students demonstrated exceptional presentation skills, possibly because they have learned from watching the 2nd-year presentations. Their presentations were organized in a manner that was very easy to understand, true to Mr. Daigo Higashi’s rule of giving center stage to the audience. We look forward to the future progress of these very bright second-batch SGH students.


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Super Global High School (SGH) Activity Report
January 10, 2016
Mikunigaoka Students Compete in Final Round of High School Business Plan Grand Prix

The final of the 3rd High School Business Plan Grand Prix hosted by Japan Finance Corporation was held at the University of Tokyo on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Team Koresupo! formed by 2nd-year Mikunigaoka SGH students was among the ten national finalists, and competed with its BoP business plan. Although the team missed the Grand Prix, the team’s confident presentation was inspiring, and was voted the second most impressive presentation by audience members. Team members worked really hard for the event, practicing their presentation over the winter holidays.

Team SGH Sankyu Peso, which was among the country’s 20 semifinalists, was invited to watch the event and interact with students from other schools, which proved very fruitful. We wish to express our sincere thanks to Japan Finance Corporation, to Mr. Daigo Higashi, who provided guidance for the presentations, and to the many people who offered support. Thank you all very much.















(With Mr. Taichi Murakami, Livesense Inc.)



Super Global High School (SGH) Activity Report
August 2, 2015
2015 Philippines Fieldwork Report

1. Period of stay:

From August 2nd (Sunday) 2015 to August 9th  (Monday) 2015 (7 Nights, 8 Days)

2. Number of Participants:

19 Students (second grade student: 19), 5 teachers. Total 24 participants.

3. Attended Staff:

Former Kwansei Gakuin University Professor Nishimoto Shoji, Osaka Kyoiku University associate professor Tanaka Makiko, Osaka Prefectural Mikunigaoka Senior High School teachers Mr Yamawaki Tatsuo, Mr Otsuka Masayuki and Ms Tanaka Kazuyo.

4. Fieldwork Schedule

Asian Development Bank courtyard
Enderun University
Meeting our buddy for the first time
Payatus, Quezon City
Engineered Sanitary Landfills

GK Farm (Gawad Kalinga)
Rice planting experience

GK Farm
Business Development Session

GK Farm (Gawad Kalinga: give care)
Founder Mr Tony Meloto (In the middle)


Enderun University memorial tree planting
University President Mr Ed Rodriguez (front left),
Philippines University student Tanaka Mitsuo san (middle)

Last day in the Philippines
At the dinner table



Philippines Fieldwork day schedule


Local Time
1 2nd
Kansai International Airport 4th floor 07:20 Middle entrance on the 4th floor
Kansai International Airport departure 09:55 PR407 bound for Manila
Ninoy Aquino International Airport arrival 13:00 Exclusive bus to hotel
To Malayan Plaza Hotel 15:00 Check-into hotel
  17:00 Meeting
  18:00 Dinner at SM megamall
Stay at Malayan Plaza Hotel

Breakfast: No

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: No

In-flight meal

2 3rd
Hotel departure 08:45 Walk to Asian Development Bank
Asian Development Bank arrival 09:00 Training at Asian Development Bank
  12:00 Lunch (Asian Development Bank cafeteria)
Malayan Plaza Hotel departure 12:45 Exclusive bus to Quezon City
Quezon City arrival 14:00 Training at Biodiversity Management Bureau
Quezon City departure 16:00 Exclusive bus to the hotel
Hotel arrival 18:30 Dinner at SM megamal
  20:00 Meeting
Stay at Malayan Plaza Hotel


Lunch: No

Dinner: No

3 4th
Hotel departure 08:00 Exclusive bus to Enderun College
Enderun College arrival 08:30 Meet with buddy at Enderun College
  11:30 Lunch
Enderun College departure 12:30 Exclusive bus to Payatas
Payatas arrival 14:00 Training at Payatas
Payatas departure 15:30 Exclusive bus to the hotel
  17:30 Dinner at SM megamal
Hotel arrival 20:30 Meeting
Stay at Malayan Plaza Hotel


Lunch: No

Dinner: No

4 5th
Hotel Departure 07:00 Check-out of hotel/ exclusive bus to GK Farm
GK Farm arrival 09:30 Check-in at GK Farm
  10:30 Training: Tour of the Enchanted Farm
  12:30 Lunch
  13:30 Training: Social Enterprise Demo 1 (plush and play)
  15:00 Break
  16:00 Training: Social Enterprise Demo 2 (making fertilizer)
  16:45 Fellowship night
  19:00 Dinner
Stay at GK Farm

Breakfast: Yes

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

5 6th
All day training at GK Farm 07:00 Training: A day in a life of a farmer (rice planting experience)
  08:30 Breakfast
  10:00 Training: Business Development Session
(Social Business Models and Innovation)
  12:00 Lunch
  13:30 Training: Master Chef Challenge
  16:30 Community Interaction
  19:00 Dinner
  20:00 Meeting
Stay at GK Farm

Breakfast: Yes

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

6 7th
All day training at GK Farm 07:30 Breakfast
  09:30 Training: Golden Duck
  11:00 Training: Environmental trends in social enterprise
  12:00 Lunch
GK Farm departure 14:00 Check-out of GK Farm/ exclusive bus to hote
  18:00 Dinner at SM megamall
  20:30 Meeting
Stay at Malayan Plaza Hotel

Breakfast: Yes

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: No

7 8th
Hotel departure 08:00 Exclusive bus to Enderun College
All day training at Enderun College 08:15 Presentation preparation at Enderun College
  12:00 Lunch
  14:00 Presentation and Award Ceremony
  18:00 Exchange assembly, dinner
  20:00 Exclusive bus to hotel
Hotel arrival 21:00 Meeting
Stay at Malayan Plaza Hotel

Breakfast: Yes

unch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

8 9th
Hotel departure 10:00 Check-out of hotel
Chinese restaurant near airport 11:00 Lunch
Ninoy Aquino International Airport departure 14:00 PR408 bound for Kansai International Airport
Kansai International Airport arrival 19:05 Dismissed

Breakfast: Yes

Lunch: Yes

Dinner:  In-flight


5. Student Survey Results


2015 Portland Fieldwork Survey

(1) How was the Philippines Fieldwork as a whole?

(2) How was the training at Asian Development Bank?

(3) How was the training at the Biodiversity Bureau?

(4) How was the visit to Payatas?

(5) How was the experience at GK Farm?

(6) How was the buddy system with the Enderun College students?

(7) How was the presentation at Enderun College?

(8) How was the Hotel?

(9) How was the food?


6. Student Opinion


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