ICSIC New Year International Relations Lecture Series held at TUFS

February 26, 2018

Over Monday the 22nd of January and Monday the 19th of February, two lectures were held at the Fuchu City Civic Activities Center, ‘Platz’, as part of the ‘New Year International Relations Lecture Series’, a collaboration between the Information Center for Social and International Collaboration’s (ICSIC) ‘Lively Diplomat’ lecture series and TUFS Open Academy.

For the first lecture, former head of the consular office in Belém, Brazil, Mr. Masahiko Kobayashi (graduate of the TUFS Portuguese & Brazilian Portuguese department), was invited as guest lecturer, and spoke on the beauty of Brazil and the Eastern Amazon region.
Mr. Kobayashi spoke about Pará, Maranhão, Amapá and Piauí, which were the four states he had jurisdiction over during his time working in Brazil, and about the Amazon rainforest as a whole. Attendees were able to deepen their understandings on the history of agroforestry, the situations of industries working in cooperation with Japan, and the current state of the Amazon rainforest.

The second lecture was led by specially-appointed professor and member of the TUFS President’s Special Task Force, Professor Teruaki Nagasaki (former ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to the Vatican City) to the title of ‘New Winds of the Vatican City’. Professor Nagasaki discussed the Vatican City and its relations with Japan, with a main focus on the reform brought on by the inauguration of Pope Francis after the first resignation of a Pope in 700 years.

For more information on the ‘New Year International Relations Lecture Series’ click the link below (page in Japanese):
Information Center for Social and International Collaboration

Mr. Wada, head of ICSIC, acting as compere
Professor Nagasaki (at the second lecture)
Mr. Kobayashi (at the first lecture)