Dignitaries from Japan’s Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Visit CSU, Chico


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Delegates from the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will visit the California State University, Chico campus on Friday to lead a discussion titled “Walk in U.S., Talk in Japan.” The discussion begins at 3 p.m. in Zingg Recital Hall and will feature presentations by the delegates on a range of topics.

The goal of the discussion is to increase awareness about Japan in the United States on a variety of issues and to further develop the Japan-US relationship through people-to-people diplomacy, said Frank Li, interim associate vice president at the Office of International Education. These efforts are supported by the Prime Minister’s Office in Japan.

The delegates presenting are:

  • Ambassador Shotaro Oshima, head of the delegation, providing opening remarks
  • Soushin Ikeda, master of tea ceremony, providing an authentic tea ceremony
  • Akio Ogasawara, lecturer at Nihon University’s College of International Relations, discussing energizing Japan’s aging society
  • Hokuto Suzuki, student in the Graduate School of Sports Sciences at Waseda University of Japan, addressing the appeals of sports tourism in Japan

Following the presentations, CSU, Chico President Gayle E. Hutchinson will share remarks at 4 p.m., with a reception at 4:30 p.m. in the Zingg Recital Hall foyer.

Hosting visiting groups and delegations from overseas is part of the University’s overall effort to internationalize the campus and local communities, Li said, emphasizing that hosting international visitors can bring as much value to the University community as it does for the campus guests.

“International visitors enrich the lives of our students, staff and faculty,” Li said. “They often lead to the establishment of long-lasting relationships and partnerships that benefit us in many ways, which will contribute to our efforts to enhance student learning and success.”

Li added that international visitors, whether they’re students or dignitaries, are reminders that as a public institution, CSU, Chico is a national and state asset with a global reach.

“The visitors’ presence contributes to the vitality and quality of our campus, increasing global awareness and understanding among our campus and local communities,” Li said.


About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.