Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



APU "Third Local Networking Meeting with Ambassadors" held

Dec 25, 2008

On Thursday, November 27, 2008, the "Third Local Networking Meeting with Ambassadors" was held at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa through the cooperation of the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is the 3rd out of a total of 5 meetings which each target a different region. This meeting welcomed ambassadors and representatives from East Asian ASEAN countries.

Two ambassadors, 1 emissary and 2 counselors and clerks participated in the meeting in addition to Cabinet Office officials, university representatives and municipal representatives such as mayors.

After APU President Monte CASSIM's opening address, Mayor of Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture SHIRAKURA Masashi, Mayor of Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture WATANABE Naoyoshi and Mayor of Yufu City, Oita Prefecture SHUTO Houbungave a few words of greeting. Among those, Mayor of Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture Mr.WATANABE said, "It will be important in the future for local municipalities to have direct contact with the nations of the world."

Following this, the Ambassadors to Japan from Malaysia and Indonesia introduced the relations between their home countries and Japan and gave their opinion on regional revitalization. After that, there was a light meal for the participants who moved to the mutual exchange meeting. Local specialties of the participating municipalities were served such as wine and cheese from Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture and Fuyu Persimmons from Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture in what proved to be a lively exchange. Mandarins were provided by Kunisaki City, Oita Prefecture.

APU has established the Advisory Committee from which it receives a great deal of support. In addition to members of the Japanese government and financial circles, ambassadors to Japan from 77 countries and regions are currently participating in the committee. They provide us with great support in global human resource development such as giving lectures for students at APU and dispatching outstanding students from their home countries.

The Local Networking Meetings with Ambassadors will be held until February next year under the main theme of "Second track diplomacy by regions and the public centering on education, tourism and international exchange". APU becomes an international bridge by inviting various ambassadors to Japan and member of local municipalities and is promoting exchange at a grass roots level. It is deepening its network which will lead to international cooperation focusing on regional activation and human resource development.

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