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Early Spring Issue (Mar.)


“European Union (EU) and Japan - The Coming Decade”

Lecture by Mr. Yohei Kono, former Speaker of the House of Representatives

Mr. Yohei Kono is an alumnus of Waseda University (School of Political Science and Economics, 1959). He gave a speech regarding the collaboration between Japan and EU in January 2000 when he was the Foreign Minister. On January 12, 2010, a lecture presentation was organized at the Masaru Ibuka Auditorium (co-sponsored by EUIJ Waseda and Delegation of the EU to Japan). Mr. Brinkhorst, former Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, and Dr. Jarzembowski, former Head of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Japan, visited to Japan, and the three presenters gave lectures on the importance of the future development of the Japan-EU collaboration based on the common values.

While the Ambassadors from EU countries were present among the audience, many students passionately asked questions to the presenters. Meaningful discussion unfolded many topics such as the “East Asia Community” and issues of “a world free from nuclear weapons” between the presenters and students. Mr. Kono expressed his hope that the human interaction between Japan and EU will be deepened and his expectation for the role that young students will play.

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