駐日大使が来学し特別講義 日本との接点や自国の魅力、課題を丁寧に解説



学生や教員と記念撮影するベネズエラのセイコウ?イシカワ大使(中央)/Venezuelan Ambassador Seikou Ishikawa (center) poses for a commemorative photo with students and faculty. 

画像とともにサンマリノの政治体制を紹介するマンリオ?カデロ大使/Ambassador Manlio Cadero introducing the political system of San Marino with images.









The Ambassadors to Japan Visit JIU to Deliver Special Lectures: Points of Contact with Japan, Attractiveness of His Country, and Issues to be Addressed

Since last year, the Graduate School of International Administration has been inviting ambassadors of various countries to Japan as guest speakers in its "International Understanding and Perspectives" special lecture series. This year, the ambassadors of Bangladesh, Venezuela, and San Marino visited the Tokyo Kioicho Campus and spoke directly to students about the political, economic, and cultural characteristics of their respective countries and the challenges they are facing.

Venezuelan Ambassador Seikou Ishikawa, who gave a lecture on June 30, is a second-generation Japanese American and began his talk with the deep relationship between his family and Japan, saying, "When the writer Ken Kaiko visited Venezuela, my father was his guide. He then mentioned the points of contact between Venezuela and Japan, such as the fact that Venezuela is famous for its cacao beans, of which Japan is the largest exporter, and that baseball, as represented by former player Alex Ramirez, nicknamed "Rami," is very popular in Japan, and drew the curiosity of the students.

Ambassador Ishikawa also introduced beautiful and abundant images of nature, including "Angel Falls," a waterfall famous for its 979-meter drop, and mentioned the challenges Venezuela faces, such as inflation and political instability, and mentioned that participatory democracy, in which the entire region works together to solve problems, is bearing fruit. He also mentioned that participatory democracy, in which the entire region works together to solve problems, is bearing fruit.

Finally, as "something I am very proud of myself," he introduced a music education program in Venezuela called "El Sistema. This educational program allows poor children to learn music for free. The program has been developed in more than 70 countries and regions around the world and has attracted attention for its effectiveness in nurturing children's cooperative and social skills and producing musicians who are active at the forefront of their field. In Japan, a program has been implemented for children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and for children with disabilities, and Ambassador Ishikawa is also making efforts to promote the program. In the past, classical music was performed and enjoyed only by a select group of people. El Sistema, where everyone has equal access to musical education, is truly about inclusion. This program, which fosters mutual respect and the ability to live together, is spreading from Venezuela to all over the world," Ambassador Ishikawa told the students with a smile.

Ambassador Manrio Cadero of San Marino, who visited our campus on July 14, has lived in Tokyo for many years and is known as one of the best Japan experts among ambassadors to Japan, having worked as a journalist for over 20 years. He gave his lecture in Japanese, explaining the history of the two countries with a touch of humor.

The students were interested in the political system in San Marino, where all 60 politicians have a second job and can resign at any time. The presidency rotates between two presidents every six months. As a citizen myself, I do the job, so I understand very well how the general public feels. The president also has no time to do anything wrong in six months, and clean politics can be achieved," said Ambassador Cadero, explaining the benefits of this system. Furthermore, the students were all surprised to hear that, as long as they have no criminal record, they can become president if they wish and pass the interview.

San Marino, the fifth smallest country and the oldest existing republic, has never fought a war and has no army. The cause of war is greed. The more you expand your land, the greedier you become and the more crime you commit. Being small is never a disadvantage," Ambassador Cadero commented thoughtfully.

Regarding Japan, he said, "Despite the tremendous damage caused by the war, we have achieved growth by focusing on education and nurturing human resources. Japan has the world's highest number of universities, museums, and botanical gardens relative to its population, and has produced numerous Nobel laureates," he praised, adding, "I hope that Japan will continue to be a country that values loyalty and humanity.