The University of New Orleans Division of International Education, the Japan Society of New Orleans and the Japan Club of New Orleans will host a delegation of five Japanese citizens visiting Louisiana as part of the “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” program, a key initiative of the Japanese government designed to promote cultural and political awareness of Japan in several major U.S. cities. On Wednesday, Nov. 16 the Japanese delegation will take part in a networking event that is open to the public. The “East-West Express: Connecting Cultures” event takes place from 4-6 p.m. on the UNO campus in the Homer L. Hitt Alumni and Visitors Center Ballroom.
Each “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” delegation includes a designated leader and a diverse group of additional participants. The Louisiana visitors will be led by Shotaro Oshima, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea and a permanent representative to the World Trade Organization. The other members of the delegation are Masayoshi Arakawa, retiree from a major Japanese trading company; Yasunori Nitta, a sports promoter; Mari Sugiyama, an employee at a global trust company; and Michiko Takahashi, an entrepreneur in global business consulting. The group will be accompanied on their travels in Louisiana by the consul-general of Japan in Nashville, Masami Kinefuchi. In addition to the public event at UNO, the delegation will also be meeting with key Louisiana politicians, citizens and business leaders to discuss relations between Japan and Louisiana.
The mission of UNO’s Division of International Education is to provide affordable, high- quality international educational opportunities to the University community and the region as globalization presents ever-increasing opportunities for academic, economic and cultural exchange around the world. The Division of International Education encompasses programs for study abroad and international student exchange as well as an intensive English language program and services for UNO’s nearly 800 international students.