Japanese Official to Discuss Earthquake Aftermath

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-18-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

The Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, the Honorable Hiroshi Inomata, will be speaking at California State University, Chico Monday, Oct. 24, on U.S.-Japanese relations and the effects of 2011 Japanese earthquake.

The talk will be 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Colusa 100A, followed by a reception in Colusa 100B. The talk is free and open to the public.

Consul General Inomata’s presentation is titled "The Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and current U.S.-Japan relations.

Inomata will be accompanied on his visit by Midori Yamamitsu, consul, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and director of the Japan Information Center. During their visit they will also tour campus and meet with students and faculty.

Professor Kimihiko Nomura, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, said the delegation’s visit is designed to strengthen the relationship between CSU, Chico and the Japanese government. Over the years, the University has been privileged to have Japanese students studying various academic fields, Nomura said.

Currently CSU, Chico offers exchange programs for students at Japanese universities such as Waseda University, Hiroshima University, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Chukyo University and Kansai Gaidai.

Nomura said the consul general’s visit is also to express gratitude for the University's commitment to providing academic and cultural opportunities for students, and to thank the Chico community on behalf of the Japanese people for raising relief funds following the earthquake.

Prior to becoming consul general in San Francisco, Inomata was director-general of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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