In this short paper, I will present an overview and analysis of the content of greetings posted to the Association of Overseas Technical Scholarships (AOTS) facebook group in the context of the global reach of the AOTS alumni network. In my investigation of how Japanese ODA policies and practices have engendered global networks, I have frequented the Association of Overseas Technical Scholarships (AOTS)' Facebook group. In the wake of the earthquake on March 11, 2011, many greetings came in from alumni who have within the last 50 years attended overseas training courses in Japan, which have been organized by AOTS and partially funded by Japanese ODA channelled through the MITI, later MeTI. In this short paper, I will try to present an overview of the content of the greetings and analyze the greetings in the context of the global reach of the AOTS alumni network.
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Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society, 2013