Sun & Star | Walk in the U.S., Talk on Japan

Monday, October 23, 2017 (5:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)

Program Schedule:

Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6:00 p.m.
Buffet Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

Panel Speakers:

Shotaro Oshima, Chairman of the Institute for International Economic Studies, Visiting Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Former Ambassador to South Korea

Ambassador Oshima started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1968. Before retiring in March 2008, he served as Japan’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, and as the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea. Earlier in his career, he served in embassies   in Thailand, the U.S., Israel and Russia. He also served as the Economic Minister of the Japanese embassy in the U.S., as the Director-General for Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-2000) and as the Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for economic matters (2001-2002). He is currently the Chairman of the Institute for International Economic Studies and a Visiting Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

Akio Ogasawara, Part-time Lecturer at Nihon University College of International Relations

Mr. Ogasawara obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Rutgers University in 1974. After his graduation, he worked for IBM Japan for 30 years, followed by 4 years at Lenovo. During his IBM years, Mr. Ogasawara spent 18 months in North Carolina, working closely with NASA. After his 2009 retirement, he was first engaged as a developer of online language training materials in New Jersey. Today, he is back in Japan teaching International Business Management and Cross-Cultural Business Communications at the Nihon University College of International Relations.

Soushin Ikeda, Master of Tea Ceremony

Ms. Ikeda currently lives in the Kagoshima Prefecture and teaches the Urasenke style of tea ceremony at her own tea ceremony school, as well as at the tea ceremony club at local high and middle schools. Before opening her own school, she worked for a company as an etiquette trainer, teaching both general manners and the manners of tea ceremony. She has also spent 8 months in the UK studying English. She learned tea ceremony during her college years, and has also studied under the Urasenke master Sourei Suzuki.

Hokuto Suzuki, Student, Waseda University

Mr. Suzuki studies sports marketing at the Waseda University Graduate School of Sport Sciences. Previously, he spent a year at UCLA studying marketing and management. He is an active participant in youth leadership programs including the Japan America Student Conference, Kakehashi Project, and ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit.

Moderator: Hiroki Takeuchi, Director of the Tower Center Sun & Star Program on Japan and Southeast Asia, and Associate Professor of Political Science at SMU

This event is sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan, presented by the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston and is in cooperation with the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies and the Japan- America Society of Dallas- Fort Worth.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

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Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program

The Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program aims to increase awareness of the economic, historical, political, and social trends of Japan and East Asia that affect the future of China, Japan, Korea, East Asia, and the world, including the United States.  Through the Sun & Star Symposia and lecture series featuring scholars, practitioners, journalists, and government officials, students and other participants learn about the challenges and opportunities in each country’s domestic politics and economics, the region’s relationship with the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific, and the international relations of the globalized world.

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