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"Japan's Changing International Role": Lecture by Dr. Masahiro Kohara at Pomona College

Dr. Masahiro Kohara, vice-consul general at the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles, will give a talk on “Japan’s Changing International Role” at Pomona College, on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 4:15 p.m.

The lecture will delve into Japan’s view on China and India’s rising power, explore the meanings of North Korea’s nuclear testing for Japan and the East Asian region, summarize the state of the US-Japan alliance, and examine Japan’s growing international role. Ultimately, this talk aims to connect current events to how Japan plans to improve its role as a promoter of peace and economic prosperity.

Dr. Kohara has served in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over twenty-five years. His roles have included director of the Bureaus of Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Economic Cooperation. He has also participated in missions in China and the United Nations headquarters in New York and served as a visiting professor at universities in Japan.

Dr. Kohara’s lecture will be held in room 108 of the Pomona College Hahn building (420 Harvard Avenue, Claremont). This lecture is sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College and the Pomona College Asian American Studies Programs. For more information contact (909)-607-1211.