Japanese government spokesman speaks on G7 Summit issues

(April 14th, 2016) The event below will start at 7:30 EDT, April 18. That is a change from  April 14 forced by a last-minute urgent meeting between Japanese and Russian diplomatic officials visiting Japan.

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Yasuhisa Kawamura, Director-General for Press and Public Diplomacy  of the Japanese government, a job that includes being chief spokesman for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be the featured speaker in a Boston Global Forum  (BGF) live online dialogue titled “The Role of Japan in Peace, Security and Development in the World Today.’’  Such a dialogue takes on particular importance now because Japan will host this year’s G7 Summit, to be held on May 26-27.

The event can be seen live at www.bostonglobalforum.org.

Joining Mr. Kawamura in the discussion will be Michael Dukakis, Chairman of the Boston Global Forum’s Board of Directors and Board of  Thinkers, and Prof. Thomas Patterson, a member of the BGF Board of Directors and Board of Thinkers; Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Acting Director of  the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

The session is one in the series of online dialogues in the Boston Global Forum’s BGF-G7 Summit Initiative, in which BGF experts have been working with Japanese officials to craft proposals to be considered by the national leaders at the summit.

The Boston Global Forum encourages its members and friends to send questions for the discussants to office@bostonglobalforum.org. Members of the Boston Global Forum’s Special Editorial Board will gather your questions and insights and send them to the speakers.

The talk and listeners’ responses to it will be live-streamed at www.bostonglobalforum.org

About Mr Yasuhisa Kawamura

Press Secretary

Director-General for Press and Public Diplomacy

1956 Born in Nagoya, Japan

1981 Graduated from Hitotsubashi University (BA of Law)

Joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA)

1984 Graduated from Amherst College, MA, USA

Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan to U.S.A.

1988 Deputy Director, Second North America Division, MOFA

1993 Principal Deputy Director, Second Southeast Asia Division, MOFA

1993 First Secretary, Permanent Mission to Int’l Organization in Geneva

1995 Counselor, Embassy of Japan in Indonesia

1998 Director, International Press Division, MOFA

2000 Director, Second International Organization Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, MOFA

2002 Counselor, Permanent Mission of Japan to European Union

2004 Representative in Tokyo, Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation

2008 Deputy Press Secretary (Deputy Director General) for Foreign Minister

2010 Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in New York

2012 Deputy Chief of Mission, Consulate General of Japan in New York

2013 Minister & Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in India

2015 Press Secretary, Director-General for Press and Public Diplomacy

Married, One Daughter