A "Welcome Hour," a welcome party for new faculty members, international students and administrative staff who joined the University in April 2013, was held at Keyaki restaurant (the Student Hall) on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 18:10. The event is jointly organized by CSIP/SAISUA in spring and in autumn every year. There was a total of 44 participants including President Tsunoyama, CSIP Director Iwase, faculty/staff members and international/Japanese students. SAISUA President for 2013 is Dr. Y. Heo who is a young professor belonging to the Center for Language Research. She acted as a MC of the party. As in the past, the party started with a welcome address by President Tsunoyama. Then, self-introduction by new comers followed. In this term, there are very first students from Kyrgyzstan and Germany to enroll in the Master's Program. In the middle of the party, a chorus group that was newly formed last year by the Japanese students sung two songs to welcome the new comers.