Walk in Chicago: Ambassador Shimanouchi Speaks about
• Ken Shimanouchi, Former Ambassador to Spain and Brazil, and his team spoke about the US-Japan alliance in the current situation in Asia Pacific, economic revival of Japan, and other subjects at the Union League Club of Chicago on July 14. It was part of a program titled “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan: U.S.-Japan Relations”, organized by Prime Minister Abe’s office after President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan and Asia in April that proved to be a rebalancing of U.S. policies towards Asia. The event was hosted by the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) in cooperation with the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago.
• JASC’s new President Ed Grant welcomed the team and encouraged the attendees to participate in discussions in a Q & A session. He also introduced the Society’s upcoming events, which promoted friendship and better understanding between the two countries.
• In his greetings, Consul General Masaharu Yoshida said,
“Our two countries are becoming even closer with Prime Minister Abe’s
leadership and President Obama’s rebalance to Asia as well as his trip
to Japan in April. We now have the opportunity to increase or understanding
by getting together to exchange views. The more we talk and listen, the
more we can achieve together,” and introduced Ambassador Ken Shimanouchi.
• Ambassador Shimanouchi thanked Ed Grant and the members
of JASC for participating in the luncheon meeting and said that it was
great honor for them to be able to start their Midwest tour with such
a prestigious group.
• Shimanouchi first spoke about the importance of the
US-Japan alliance to work against the backdrop of the Asia Pacific area
to maintain peace and prosperity in the international community. To maintain
the alliance, he said that healthy and strong ties were important on the
government level, especially personal ties between the top leaders, ministerial
level, business level, and grass root level.
• Shimanouchi spoke about Japan’s economic position, Japan’s role in Asia Pacific, concerns about China’s behaviors, US leadership in Asia Pacific, the right to collective self-defense, importance of rules and regulations, Japan’s revived economy, an aging society, and women’s participation in the workforce.
• The full story is available in the Chicago Shimpo’s 2014, August 8th issue
Consul General Masaharu Yoshida