2008.03.04 > For Immediate Release
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Counsel General of Japan to Visit UNO March 12
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will welcome Kenji Shinoda, counsel general of Japan at Chicago, Wednesday, March 12.
Shinoda will speak with students from 9 to 10 a.m. in Roskens Hall, Room 010A, on the UNO campus. The topic of his discussion is United States and Japan relations. Ronald Roskens, emeritus president of the University of Nebraska, will accompany Shinoda during the visit.
Since his 2006 appointment as counsel general, Shinoda has been responsible for Japan’s relationship with the 10-state area of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin. The geographic region is five times larger than Japan and home to 30,000 Japanese nationals.
The main purposes of the consulate: to serve Japanese nationals; represent the Japanese government; and provide travel services and cultural information about Japan to non-Japanese residents within the 10-state jurisdiction.
Shinoda has had a lengthy and high profile career with the Japanese government. After graduating from Kyoto University in 1976, Shinoda joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the same year. Since then he has served in a number of capacities, including: second secretary, Embassy of Japan in USSR; assistant director of the Soviet and Northeast Asian divisions; deputy director of the Treaties Division; and first secretary, Embassy of Japan in the U.S.
For more information, call (402) 554-2762, or visit www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp for the counsel general of Japan’s Web site.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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