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Consul-general of Japan to speak on campus Monday

Kuninori Matsuda, consul-general of Japan in Detroit, will speak about the importance of learning Japanese in America at 2:15 p.m. Monday, May 14, in Alden Library 319.

The talk is free and open to the public. Students of Japanese culture or those involved in Japanese studies are especially encouraged to attend so that they can learn more about their studies and Japanese influence in America.

Christopher Thompson, director of Ohio University's Japan Study Abroad programs, invited Matsuda after they became acquainted while both were serving as speakers at the University of Findlay last month. Thompson was there to speak about Ohio University's Tsunami Relief Project.

"Matsuda has known about our Japanese Program at OU for a long time," Thompson said. "The Consul General's purpose for coming is actually three-fold. To thank us and learn more about our tsunami relief project, to encourage us to continue developing our Japanese program, and to network for the purpose of finding future economic development opportunities in our part of the state."

Thompson said this will be the first time a consul-general from Japan will be visiting Ohio University. 

Matsuda joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following his graduation from Tokyo University in 1982. Previous positions he has held include director of overseas public relations, director of Russian affairs and minister at the Embassy of Japan in Israel. In August 2010, he accepted the position of Consul General in Detroit.