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Japan’s Fledgling Global Voice

Monday, April 25, 2016   19:30 - 21:00

Speaker:
  • Hiroki Sugita (Managing Senior Writer at Kyodo News)

Japan does not have a strong voice on the global stage. It is a member of the Group of Seven and frequently holds a nonpermanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. However, in the most important discussions in those international arenas, Japan supports or simply follows the directions of the United States, leaving the impression that it has no independent opinions to contribute to global discussions. Japan, and Japanese, appear satisfied but silent.

Hiroki Sugita will analyze the roots of Japan’s (relative) silence and discuss recent developments which demonstrate that many Japanese are stepping up to the challenge, making it easier for Japanese voices to participate in the global conversation.

Date & Time:
Monday, April 25, 2016   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
Venue:
2F, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Moderator:
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Registration:
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Speaker:

Hiroki Sugita

Managing Senior Writer at Kyodo News

Hiroki Sugita is currently Managing Senior Writer at Kyodo News. He joined Kyodo in 1980 after graduation from Hitotsubashi University and served as Tehran Bureau Chief (1991-92), New York Correspondent (1993-96), Washington Correspondent (1997-2001), Washington Bureau Chief (2005-09), and Senior Feature Writer and Editorial Writer (2010-13). He frequently interviewed global leaders including Presidents Vladimir Putin (twice) and George W.Bush. His current career also includes Planning Committee Member, Japan National Press Club; Special Fellow at Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University; Visiting Fellow at Institute for Policy and Cultural Studies, Chuo University; and Fellow at Institute for Okinawan Studies, Hosei University.

He authored books on Japan’s nuclear policy, the US presidential election of 2008, and interviewed numerous  intellectuals from various countries on the Great East Japan Earthquake.