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October 2018

  • Thursday, October 4th Walk in Canada, Talk on Japan: Ambassador Shotaro OSHIMA on Japan-Canada economic and business relations

    Thursday, October 4, 20183:00PM - 5:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Join the Centre for the Study of Global Japan for a unique opportunity to meet Ambassador Shotaro OSHIMA, Former Economic Minister of the Japanese Embassy in the U.S. and former Ambassador of Japan to South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

    Ambassador Oshima will be joined by a team of three panelists with backgrounds in business consulting, international finance and one of the top universities in Japan. Engage with the ambassador and his team in a stimulating dialogue on the economic and business relationship between Japan and Canada.

    “Walk in Canada, Talk on Japan” aims to further develop the Japan-Canada relationship by increasing understanding about Japan in the Canada via grass-roots exchange. Supported by the Prime Minister’s Office in Japan, teams of Japanese citizens of various backgrounds, led by former, high-ranking Japanese diplomats, travel to Canada to share their perspectives and encourage open discussions with the local communities. For more background, visit the official website detailing the original “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” project here.

    Shotaro OSHIMA (Delegation Leader)
    ・Before retiring in 2008, Ambassador Oshima served as Japan’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, and as the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea. Earlier in his career, he served in embassies in Thailand, the U.S., Israel, and Russia. He also served as the Economic Minister of the Japanese embassy in the U.S., as the Director-General for Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as the Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for economic matters. He is currently the Chairman of the Institute for International Economic Studies and a Visiting Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

    Mitsuko TAKAHASHI
    ・Business experience in Japan and the U.S. (Boeing, UPS)
    ・Currently runs her own business consulting company

    Rick LIU
    ・Born in Taiwan
    ・Experience in international financial companies in Japan and China
    ・Currently working at a Tokyo-based bank

    Rie SATO
    ・Student at one of the top universities in Japan
    ・Extensive knowledge of traditional Japanese culture


    Shotaro OSHIMA
    Former Economic Minister of the Japanese Embassy in the U.S. Former Ambassador of Japan to South Korea and Saudi Arabia

    Mitsuko TAKAHASHI
    Expertise in business consulting

    Rick LIU
    Expertise in international finance

    Rie SATO
    Student at a top university in Japan

    Louis W. Pauly
    J. Stefan Dupré Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, Department of Political Science Interim Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan

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