3/24—Consul General of Japan, Ihara to Speak at CSUDH

March 24 California State University, Dominguez Hills (1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA 90747) College of Arts and Humanities is hosting a lecture by Junichi Ihara, consul general of Japan in Los Angeles, on March 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Loker Student Union. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Ihara’s visit is part of the university’s continuing practice of celebrating cross-cultural relationships. He will discuss current political, economic and social conditions in Japan and how they play important roles in the United States and the global community.

CSU Dominguez Hills has been committed to Asian-Pacific cultural awareness through its Asian-Pacific Studies program and community-based efforts, such as the creation of the on-campus Japanese Garden.

“We desire to continue and advance this legacy by offering events that provide learning opportunities about Asian-Pacific cultures, which comprise and enhance our social fabric,” says Dr. George Arasimowicz, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. “Specifically we [hope]to develop more academic and cultural awareness of the profound importance of Japan. As a world leader, Japan has great influence. With new national government administrations in Japan and the United States, it appears that now more than ever, we need to know more about Japanese and U.S. relations.”

This opportunity to hear Ihara speak on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus is one of many events that celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary.

“I hope many students come to his talk, listen to him, and ask a lot of questions,” says Dr. Yayoi Kato, a part-time faculty member in the Asian-Pacific studies program who has been a liaison between the consulate’s office and the university. “The lecture will provide valuable insights about Japanese culture, not only for students in the Asian-Pacific studies program, but also for students of political science, history, and cultural studies.”

Ihara, a graduate of Kyoto University, was appointed consul general of Japan in Los Angeles in 2008. Previously he has served as deputy director-general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau. His recent positions include minister at the Embassy of Japan in the United States (2004-2006), and director of the Financial Affairs Division (2002-2004), the WTO Division (1999-2002), the First Southeast Asia Division (1997-1999), and the Office of the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995-1997).

For more information, please contact Laura Perdew at (310) 243-3264 or visit cah.csudh.edu/.

The closest parking is Lot 6 and fee is $4.00 a day (need $1.00 bills for the ticket machines).