As a result of the rapid growth of China’s economy in recent years, the bilateral relationship between Japan and China has been dramatically changing.
In a rare opportunity, the FCCC invites members to hear the the view from inside the Japanese diplomatic mission in Beijing. Mr Yasushi Yamamoto, Minister of Press and Culture, will introduce Japan’s daily efforts of public diplomacy and ask: in this challenging era, how can we build new relations of the people, by the people, and for the people?
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Yasushi Yamamoto is Minister of Press and Culture, at the Embassy of Japan in Beijing. Mr Yamamoto was previously director of the Regional Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. He previously served in the economic section at the Embassy of Beijing and the political section at the Embassy in Seoul. He holds a masters degree from Harvard University and a degree in Chinese Philosophy from Tokyo University.
VENUE: Embassy of Japan, Liangmaqiao Dongjie No 1.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."