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Asian Diplomat Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:00pm
Asian Diplomat Lecture Series

The World . . . In General:  Asia Diplomat Lecture Series

in coordination with the MIM Age of Pacific Lecture Series

Join us for a lecture by Consul General Kojiro Uchiyama,  from the Japanese Consular Office in Portland.

Japan at a glance:  US - Japan Relations

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
6:00 PM 

Location: Smith Memorial Student Union Room 296/8
1825 SW Broadway, Portland
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Japan at a glance:  US - Japan Relations

今、日本は安定した政権の下で、長きにわたった経済停滞からの脱却を図りつつ国内外の課題に取り組んでいる。国内的にはデフレ脱却による経済活性化を目指すが、東日本大震災被害からの復興、エネルギー問題、少子高齢化などの課題に直面する。対外的には日米同盟関係を外交の基軸として厳しさを増す東アジアの安全保障環境に対処し、また日本経済の成長を後押しすべく経済外交の推進を図っている。そのような日本の現状を概観し、今後の展望を考察してみたい。

Today, under a stable regime, Japan is working to resolve domestic and overseas issues while plotting a route out of long-standing economic stagnation. Domestically, we aim to emerge from deflation and revitalize the economy but we face challenges such as reconstruction from the damage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, energy problems, a low birthrate and an aging population. With a strong U.S.-Japan alliance as the cornerstone of our foreign policy we are dealing with the challenges of an increasingly severe security environment in East Asia and we are also promoting economic diplomacy to drive the growth of the Japanese economy. I would like to give such an overview of Japan's current circumstances as well as considering prospects for the future.

About the Speaker:

Consul General Kojiro Uchiyama arrived in Portland in April of 2016 having served as Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in Dublin, Ireland for the previous five years. Prior to that, he held the same position at the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi, India. Consul General Uchiyama was born in Hokkaido and his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken him from Amherst, Massachusetts to, Warsaw, Poland, to Canberra, Australia and two separate stints in Accra, the capital of Ghana, West Africa. In this country he has been assigned to the Consulates in Boston, New Orleans and Houston and his post in Portland sees him return to the United States after 23 years of service around the world. 

 

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Admission:

  • Free for PSU students, faculty, staff & guests.
  • Free for Oregon Consular Corps members & guests.

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