Oct 31, 2012
On Monday, October 22, 2012, the Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, H.E. Kazuo KODAMA, visited APU and delivered a special lecture as part of College of Asia Pacific Studies Professor YOSHIMATSU Hidetaka’s International Politics and Economy class. Prior to his lecture, Ambassador KODAMA met with APU President KORENAGA Shun and discussed global issues including recent territorial disputes.
Ambassador KODAMA first entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976 before taking up the post of Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in August 2010. His visit to APU came about as part of his trip to Japan to attend the October 23 Meeting of African Ambassadors held in Tokyo.
During his lecture, Ambassador KODAMA spoke on a range of topics including how international society has changed since the UN was first established, including the reunification of Germany, the collapse of communism in Russia, the recent Arab Spring revolutionary demonstrations, and the spread of democracy around the world during the 65 years since the end of WW2. He also described the role and structure of the UN, how the market economy has made possible sustained global economic growth, and how the number of number of UN members has risen four-fold from the initial 51 to the current 193 member countries. He also shared his opinion on the ongoing diplomatic issues between Japan, China and Korea.
Regarding the territorial disputes between Japan, China and Korea, Ambassador KODAMA stated that “Since the end of the war, Japan has pledged to ‘never again engage in a war of aggression’ and has established a peaceful nation based on this policy. In my opinion, it is important that the current territorial disputes between Japan, China and Korea are dealt with through peaceful dialogue”.
At the end of the lecture, Ambassador KODAMA opened the floor to questions to which the he answered in detail.