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About Shonan Neighborhood Association


Organization name

Shonan Neighborhood Association


August 1, 2021


executive committee

Activity content

Shonan Neighborhood Association aims to be one of the platforms for students to get involved in campus management at SFC. The SFC Student Assembly, which is held at least once a year, is the supreme decision-making body, and all SFC students can participate. We aim to contribute to the development of SFC and the success of SFC students through information dissemination to SFC students, welcome events for study groups, and activities aimed at realizing gender equality and carbon neutrality at SFC.

​Executive Committee Introduction


​Beles Runa Nakawaki Julia

​Yuki Amasaka


​Tetsu Soejima

​Riko Igarashi

​Madoka Iino

​Philosophy of the community association

completely new

What we are trying to create is none other than the SFC residents' association/UNION. Modern, innovative, and SFC-like autonomy that is in line with the existing SFC——We will continue to challenge ourselves to find the way of autonomy in the future. To that end, we will have a wide range of perspectives with the participation of diverse stakeholders and listen to everything.


There is a residents' association to encourage each and every free-spirited SFC student from Minerva Forest. In this society and on this campus, we aim to be a neighborhood association that makes us realize that no one is powerless, and that we are individuals who can respect each other.

A truly “all SFC”

The Shonan Neighborhood Association belongs to all SFC students. That's why everyone decides how the residents' association should be, and creates a residents' association that everyone wants. And we aim for a universal, interactive democracy where truly 'all' SFC students can participate in autonomy. I believe it will make this academia rich and vivid.

actually useful

We will continue to be a community association that is practical and serves the public interest by thoroughly facing the current situation of SFC and delivering the necessary support to those who need it. Rather than talking only about fantasies and becoming empty theories, we believe that one of our missions is to provide merits and benefits to SFC students who live in reality, even if only a little, and we practice the spirit of improvement every day.

everlasting creation

In an ever-changing society and an ever-changing SFC, we have no choice but to search for “SFC autonomy” forever. The Shonan Neighborhood Association is not finished once it is created, but because it is something that can be constantly considered and improved, it is a source of possibilities and can continue to have values that can be handed down to future SFC students.

​Characteristics of residents' association

Refers to a system in which citizens directly participate in the decision-making or execution of national decisions. The reasons for adopting direct democracy are: (1) the total number of students at SFC is about 5,000, and the population is small compared to the system of electing members of parliament; is considered difficult. When the Shonan Neighborhood Association is regarded as a government, SFC students (= citizens) play a role of monitoring, controlling and approving their actions. The Charter stipulates that the SFC Student Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the Shonan Neighborhood Association.Every SFC student is a voter, you have the "right to submit agenda" and "voting rights" and can directly participate in the decision-making of the Shonan Neighborhood Association. Also, if you are an SFC student, you can join the Shonan Neighborhood Association, and the Shonan Neighborhood Association cannot refuse you. therefore,Structure in which SFC students directly participate in the execution of the Shonan Neighborhood Associationis.

direct democracy

The Shonan Neighborhood AssociationProhibition of having a single representativedoing. Reasons for this include the fact that no one person is held accountable and that one person cannot reflect the diversity of SFC. This system is also adopted by student unions in other countries. Therefore, normal decision-making is made by the Executive Committee in consultation. What is a group leadership system?A system that aims to prevent individual dictatorships by sharing power among multiple leadersis. As a general rule, executive committee members are elected by election within the community association. Normally, if there is a difference of opinion among the members of the Executive Committee, we aim to reach an agreement as the second best, but if necessary, we will ask the public opinion by holding an SFC Student General Meeting or a simple vote by SFC students.

Group guidance system

here“Making decisions and policies based on consensus building”is defined as Although the Shonan Neighborhood Association stipulates the duty of dialogue in its charter, since it adopts a direct democratic system, there is a disadvantage that there are fewer opportunities for discussion compared to the SFC student assembly system alone. Therefore, under a certain theme, we will organize a group of people involved."Section"By setting up, we will secure a place for discussion. The name "subcommittee" comes from the policy subcommittee of a political party that specializes in discussing and examining specific fields. On the other hand, as the only permanent subcommittee, the "Self-government Research Subcommittee" is established in the charter. In the self-government research group, we do not set up the "daimoku" that other groups have, but make policy proposals and discuss from the standpoint of one citizen and one SFC student. This makes the SFC characteristicOverall view and expertiseWe will strive to build a consensus while balancing

consensus principle

In addition to the three elements mentioned above, there are other features such as:

All of these are stipulated in the Charter.

​Information for each institution and department
  • executive committee…is the decision-making body of the Shonan Neighborhood Association. It is composed of five executive members elected from within the neighborhood association and approved by the SFC Student Assembly.

  • subcommittee…An organization established by the Shonan Neighborhood Association to collect opinions from SFC students in various positions and to provide a place for exchange among SFC students.

  • Secretariat…It is an organization that will be the actual working unit of the Shonan Neighborhood Association. We carry out activities necessary to maintain the Shonan Neighborhood Association, and to realize the ideals of the Neighborhood Association and the decisions of the Executive Committee.

    • Public relations department…This is a department that promotes the Shonan Neighborhood Association and various events operated by it.

    • Finance Department…This department manages the assets necessary for the activities of the Shonan Neighborhood Association.

    • SecretariatA department that records, stores and manages the activities of the Shonan Neighborhood Association.

      • Translation DivisionA department that translates materials and important documents published by the Shonan Neighborhood Association.

      • Regulation Management Division…This is the department that deals with the charter and regulations of the Shonan Neighborhood Association.

    • General affairs department…This department is solely responsible for operations that cannot be covered by the public relations, finance, and secretarial departments. I handle a wide range of tasks, including personnel affairs, SFC student meetings, and public relations.

      • Information Management Division…This department manages personal information and group information held by the Shonan Neighborhood Association.

    • special committee…It is an organization for the secretariat to cooperate with people who are not secretariat members. Even people who are not members of the Shonan Neighborhood Association can participate.

    • Project team…This is a department for carrying out projects that cannot be handled by the public relations, finance, secretarial, and general affairs departments within the secretariat.

Autumn 2020

As a new business, we launched the Kenkyu Kaimoura Project (commonly known as KMP). At SFC, where there are many research groups, various information is provided and plans are provided to support matching between students and research groups. In the fall semester, in addition to assisting students in attending seminars and holding joint briefing sessions, we also released an open syllabus with the cooperation of each study group in order to complement the official university syllabus.

*Currently, the open syllabus is not open to the public.

new arrivals

The Shonan Neighborhood Association Preparatory Committee started a full-fledged welcome activity for the first time, and many first- and second-year students at that time joined. Until then, the regular meetings of the Preparatory Committee, which had been held once a week, were divided into regular secretariat meetings aimed at processing clerical work, and regular meetings of the Research Division (currently the regular meetings of the Autonomy Research Division) aimed at thinking about the state of autonomy. ), and became a system twice a week.

Midnight preparations radio start

Preliminary members have started a free talk project on the twitter space on topics related to autonomy and topics that are completely unrelated to autonomy. Some professors and student representative Kenta Yamada also participated as speakers. By the way, scripts are not prepared in most cases for the late-night preparatory radio. The free atmosphere of the preparatory meeting was apparent, such as the direction of the radio being entirely entrusted to the preparatory member in charge.

Shonan Neighborhood Association Establishment Approval Vote

A vote to approve the establishment of the Shonan Neighborhood Association was held on the website of the Keio Election Commission, asking all SFC students (including graduate students) whether or not to establish the Shonan Neighborhood Association. At the preparatory meeting, we launched a special site called "UNION AGORA" and worked on this vote with all our strength. The result was 221 votes in favor and 14 votes against, and the establishment of the Shonan Neighborhood Association was approved.

E-FES held

A 24-hour continuous online event named Dialogue Festival was held. In addition to performances and discussions by SFC artists, there was also a round-table discussion with the then deans of the Faculty of Policy Management and Environment and Information Studies (Professor Tsuchiya and Professor Wakita).

On this day, the "Shonan Neighborhood Association Preparatory Committee" was reorganized and the "Shonan Neighborhood Association" was launched. After being a temporary member for one year, we became a regular member of the Zenjuku Kyogikai. From this point on, the Shonan Neighborhood Association began its journey as the SFC student council.

A Special Committee on Gender Equality was launched.

SFC student general meeting was held. At the first general meeting, the agenda items included the election of the second Shonan Neighborhood Association Executive Committee member and the approval of the SFC Gender Equality Statement by the Gender Equality Commission. We also invited professors and held an "SFC DISCUSSION".

The second executive committee was appointed.

We welcomed new members for the first time as Shonan Neighborhood Association. It was the first face-to-face meeting for the entire university in three years, but many people participated and joined. We created leaflets and pamphlets introducing the Shonan Neighborhood Association and distributed them mainly to new students. On SNS, information such as how to organize courses was sent to new students.

We held a "startup project" for the purpose of creating a community for new students and getting them familiar with SFC.

Mr. Koichi Nakagawa of Mitsubishi Research Institute held a lecture titled "The Crossroads of War and Peace - How will you live as an SFC student?" with the cooperation of the SFC Arabic Language Laboratory. It was the first lecture held by the Shonan Neighborhood Association, but it was well received by many people.

Participated in the Tanabata Festival and exhibited a classroom project for the first time as a Shonan Neighborhood Association. At the Tanabata festival, we invited members of the Shonan School Festival executive committee and professors to participate in the radio project "#Midnight Neighborhood Association Radio Tanabata Festival Special Broadcast".

A public study session on self-government was held, with guest representative Kenta Yamada and president of the Ritsumeikan University Faculty of International Politics Student Self-Government Association.

In the latter half of the year, as part of the KMP, we held a "study group welcome party".

The 2nd SFC General Assembly was held. Under the title of "SFC Design by SFC Students Thinking about SFC's Autonomy", we invited professors as guests and held an SFC DISCUSSION. As this was the first face-to-face meeting and the polling place was set up at SFC, the number of SFC students who voted far exceeded that of the previous year.

We have released a web app that summarizes SFC's empty classrooms.

I attended ORF held at SFC. We managed a distribution project called "ORF BROADCAST". Teachers, SFC secretary, Shonan Keiiku Hospital staff, Fujisawa city staff, Endo district federation chairman, and many other students participated, and we were able to contribute to the excitement of ORF.

A session titled "Future 'Sustainable SFC'" was held with teachers and student representatives.

Following the results of the SFC student assembly, the revised charter came into effect. In order to enable more people to participate in self-government in various ways, we introduced a "collaborative group system" and strengthened "subcommittees."

​The 3rd Executive Committee has been appointed.


Spring 2020
Summer 2020

Movement toward the formation of the Preparatory Committee


From around October 2019, SFC student volunteers gathered together to launch the project to create a student union at SFC. Not only did SFC students, but also the Zenjuku Council, say that "SFC should have a residents' association, just like other campuses." On January 25, 2020, the predecessor of the Shonan Neighborhood Association, the Shonan Neighborhood Association Preparatory Committee, was officially launched.. The name "preparatory meeting" was decided from the viewpoint of "preparing" to create a future residents' association.

Start of Shonan Neighborhood Association Preparatory Committee (predecessor organization of Shonan Neighborhood Association)

The Shonan Neighborhood Association Preparatory Committee has started full-scale online activities while society is shaken by the corona wreck. Regular meetings are held in May when we welcome new members, including first-year students. We also considered support measures for circles whose activities have become difficult due to the corona disaster. I participated in the "Online Tanabata Festival" held on July 4th in the form of a live commentary via twitter.

There was a proposal for a campus tour for SFC20 (students enrolled in 2020), but since volunteer professors and others implemented a similar project, it was decided to hold a preparatory meeting.There was no implementation of

In August, we were able to "provisionally join the Zenjuku Association," which had been in talks with the Zenjuku Association for some time, and this was the first step toward returning community association fees to SFC. At this time, we were one step closer to considering whether we could have a face-to-face welcome at the autumn festival with the new welcome executive committee and the autumn festival executive committee. However, due to the second wave of the new coronavirus, it was forced to be canceled.

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