Sunday, April 15, 2012

Shintaro Ishihara in Washington This Week

 Tokyo Press Conference March 23 (J)

Ultra conservative Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara will be in Washington April 13-18. He will participate in Cherry Blossom Festival activities, talk at Georgetown University, give a public speech at the Heritage Foundation, and hold a roundtable at CNAS. He also had a private meeting with Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell to discuss the commercial use of Yokota AF Base. He is likely more interested in having Japanese planes reclaim the Imperial Army's Tama Airfield than bringing in more tax yen for Tokyo.  HERE is a picture of the Governor in the Cherry Blossom Parade held on the 14th.

THE U.S.-JAPAN ALLIANCE AND THE DEBATE OVER JAPAN'S ROLE IN ASIA. 4/16, 1:00-2;30pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation. Speakers: The Honorable Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo; Followed by a Panel Discussion with Richard Lawless, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; James Auer, Director, Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation, Vanderbilt University; Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator).

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