UCR Hosts Panel with Japanese Delegates

On March 12, a panel with a former Japanese Ambassador and four Japanese delegates discussed U.S.-Japan Relations with UCR community.

On March 12, UCR hosted “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan,” a panel discussion of Japanese delegates speaking on U.S.-Japan relations. Photo by: Carlos Puma

On March 12, UC Riverside hosted a panel discussion with a former Japanese ambassador and a team of four Japanese delegates to engage the UCR campus in dialogue about Japan-U.S. relations.

This panel discussion was a part of a Japanese government project called “Walk in the U.S., Talk on Japan,” where delegates meet and hold discussions with local communities and various organizations in order to strengthen Japan-U.S. relations. The discussions provide the public with an opportunity to have an honest exchange of opinions on relations with Japan. The Japanese Consulate Office in Los Angeles invited UCR to be part of this delegation’s tour.  The event was co-sponsored by UCR Extension and the School of Public Policy.

The individuals from the panel were dispatched to the U.S. because of their efforts in conveying the strengths and appeal of Japan. They are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including a former ambassador, a business consultant, a female singer-songwriter, an English teacher and a college student.

The Japanese delegation included Ichiro Fujisaki, former Japanese ambassador; Takuro Yoneyama, former head of Mitsui and founder of Nisshin Global Corp., a global business that connects small Japanese businesses to foreign business partners and consumers; Azusa “Hanah” Tobimatsu, outreach coordinator of Japan Foundation, a legal entity with the objective of promoting international cultural exchange through a comprehensive range of programs around the world; Momoka Seino, a violinist and singer-songwriter; and Erika Takeda, a fourth-year student at Keio University.

Seventy-five UCR students as well as several teachers and high school students from the Riverside Stem Academy and other community members attended the panel discussion and reception.  UCR students included School of Public Policy Student Ambassadors, undergraduates majoring in public policy and global studies, students involved with Japanese clubs on campus, and students who are participating in a UCR faculty-led summer 2015 study abroad program to Japan. The event was designed for students who are interested in Japan, Japanese culture and Japanese-U.S. relations.

Prior to the panel and discussion with the larger group, the delegation met with Chancellor Kim Wilcox, Anil Deolalikar, dean of the UCR School of Public Policy, Sharon Duffy, dean of University Extension, Reiko Sato, lecturer in  Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, and Valerie Hodge, associate director of International Education Programs at Extension.

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