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Shibuya University School of Political Science and Economics
1-20-22 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0013 Japan
TEL+81-3323-3801 FAX+81-3-3323-1166

Oct. 28, 2007←手紙を書いた日付

The Graduate School
Massachusetts University
Boston, MA02XXXX
USA

Dear Sir or Madam,←担当者(名前が分かっている場合はMr. / Ms. xxx)
↓出願者と推薦者との関係について

It is a great pleasure for me to recommend Ms. Nami Sugimoto to your renowned program. I instructed Ms. Sugimoto during her junior and senior years in my international economics class held once a week, and also in my international studies seminar held twice a week. At the same time, I gave her guidance on her graduation thesis as the instructor in charge. I am accordingly well acquainted with her ability, character and qualifications.

↓出願者の学力や学習意欲、生活態度などについて
Ms. Sugimoto’s graduation thesis was about the great impact on US-Japan relations and trade friction Japanese non-tariff barriers had. She analyzed the topic not only from economic viewpoints but also from political and cultural aspects. Her work was exceptional, and I awarded her the highest mark.

My international studies seminar is considered one of the most difficult seminars in the Faculty of Political Science and Economics for students due to the strict academic selection criteria. Ms. Sugimoto, however, cleared the hurdle satisfactorily and joined the seminar. She was always enthusiastic about discussing various subjects at my international studies seminar, and she attended frequent study meetings on macroeconomics and microeconomics. She took on the leadership role in holding and attending such meetings. I also attended her wedding, and was impressed to know how many good friends she had.

↓推薦に値する人物であることを強調
She hopes to study in your International Affairs program. I am confident that she is qualified to successfully complete her studies at your school, which is one of the prestigious universities in the US. She is now working actively as a researcher at a Non-government organization, and if she is allowed to study and acquire necessary information on International Affairs at your school, I believe she will be able to work even more actively than now and make a debut on the international scene.

I wholeheartedly recommend Ms. Sugimoto for your favorable consideration.

Sincerely

推薦者のサイン(自筆)
Masashi Toyoda
Professor
International Economics
School of Political Science and Economics Shibuya University