Japan-U.S. relations explored at RIT symposium

Topics include politics, trade, science, technology and culture

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Deputy Consul General Koichi Ali will be keynote speaker at RIT’s Japan-U.S. relations symposium.

The relationship between Japan and the United States “200 Years and Beyond” will be the focus of a symposium held April 22 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Faculty members from RIT, The College at Brockport and Niagara University are expected to talk about history, politics, trade, science, technology and culture.

“The United States and Japan have a unique history of commercial, political and cultural exchanges for 200 years,” said Hiroko Yamashita, chair of RIT’s modern foreign languages and cultures department. “This symposium highlights diverse and intense exchanges between the two and their influences to each other over time, and a discussion of what lies ahead.”

Keynote speaker will be Deputy Consul General Koichi Ali, who will discuss “How Special are U.S.-Japan Relations?”

The event is free and open to the public.

Events begin at 8:20 a.m. in Room 1400 in Golisano Hall with a continental breakfast, with opening remarks at 8:50 a.m. The keynote address at 9:05 a.m.

Afternoon sessions begin at 1:15 p.m. in Room A-205 in Liberal Arts Hall and conclude with a reception at 4 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at RIT, RIT Anime Club, and Department of History at Brockport.

For more information, contact Yamashita at hxygsl@rit.edu.