TOKYO 2020 in 2021! Impact on the US-Japan Relationship
Community Conversations (via Zoom) -- 2000 (JST) 03 June 2021
Join YCAPS for a webinar discussing the implication of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics for the US-Japan Relations. These expert speakers will touch on diverse aspects of the issue such as grassroots connections, national policy objectives, opportunities to gain soft power, and how to sustain relationship value from an event facing increasing challenges. Our featured guests will be Nancy Snow, Michael Turner, and Risa Kamio.
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Risa Kamio is a member of the Setagaya City Assembly and the Executive Director of Japan Global Education, a non-profit organization that promotes Japanese language education abroad and also people-to-people exchange between young people in Japan and overseas. After graduation from Sacred Heart University in Tokyo with a major in English literature and a minor in education, she taught Japanese at an elementary school in Maryland USA, supported educational travel by young Japanese to the US, and then served for ten years as Director of Educational Programs at the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
(JASWDC). At JASWDC she was the Director of the National Japan Bowl, an academic competition for high school students who are learning the Japanese language, and she expanded the program across the US and to eleven countries around the world. She
accompanied her husband, a Japanese diplomat, on his assignments to Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she continued to promote closer personal and cultural ties to Japan. Setagaya is "Host Town USA" for the American Olympic Team, and as a member of the City Assembly she is actively involved as a member of its committee on the Olympics and Paralympics, where she continues to emphasize a personal and "hands-on" approach to promoting Japan's relationship with the world.
Michael Turner is the Culture and Sports Attache at the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo. Michael’s previous assignments include Bangkok, Rangoon, Tbilisi, Nagoya, and Washington, DC. Michael was born in San Antonio, Texas and has a BFA from Texas Tech University, and a MA in TESOL from New York University. He was an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) on the JET Program in Iwate from 1995-1997. Michael is married with three children.
Nancy Snow (Ph.D., International Relations) is Professor Emeritus of Communications at California State University, Fullerton and Pax Mundi Professor of Public Diplomacy, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. In 2020 she was Walt Disney Chair in Global Media and Communications, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, where she taught a course in “Public Diplomacy and Pandemic.” Snow was an Abe Fellow and Visiting Research Professor at Keio University where she researched Japan’s public diplomacy after 3/11 and published Japan’s Information War (English and Japanese versions). She was a Fulbright student in Germany (Bayreuth, Regensburg) and a Fulbright professor at Sophia University in Japan. Snow is the author/editor/co-editor of thirteen books, including the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy 2nd edition (with Nicholas J. Cull); The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda (with Paul Baines and Nicholas O’Shaughnessy); Information War; Propaganda, Inc.; and Propaganda and American Democracy.
Format: Off-the record facilitated Q&A. The guest will be given an open-ended prompt to provide 10-minutes of prepared remarks. This will be followed by approx. 30-60 min of moderated discussion and Q&A with audience.
Moderator: John Bradford, Executive Director YCAPS
Co-Sponsors: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS)
Webinar Cost: Free of charge
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