Ambassador of Ecuador Meets with President Hayashi

October 3, 2019

On Wednesday the 10th of July, the ambassador of Ecuador to Japan, his Excellency Mr. Jaime BARBERIS, paid a courtesy visit to TUFS President HAYASHI Kayoko. This meeting was also attended by Vice President MATSUKUMA Jun, Associate Professor HARUNA Nobuo (Institute of Japan Studies), Specially Appointed Junior Lecturer NAMIZUKA Nao and a first year School of Japan Studies student from Ecuador. The ambassador began the meeting by telling the student that he hopes she will absorb many things from her studies and experiences in Japan and become an ambassador for further relations between the two countries.

The establishment of diplomatic relations between Ecuador and Japan dates back to about 100 years ago. In 1918, Dr. Hideo Noguchi visited Ecuador to study yellow fever, and his name remains in many schools, roads and hospitals to this day.

At the meeting, discussion was had on the School of Japan Studies and internationalization projects. TUFS currently has 10 partner institutions across seven Latin American countries. Ambassador Barberis expressed his hope that TUFS will play a part in the academic community between our two countries that neighbor each other across the Pacific Ocean, and gave his blessing for future possibilities.

Exchanging gifts: President Hayashi and Ambassador Barberis