Consul General of Japan in Seattle to Speak at Martin Forum April 11

Tuesday, April 5 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – Kiyokazu Ota, consul general of Japan in Seattle, Wash., will visit the University of Idaho Monday, April 11, to present a Martin Forum.

His discussion, entitled "East Asia: Present Crises and Future Opportunities," will take place at 4 p.m. in the Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, 875 Line St. in Moscow.

Ota notes that East Asian economies have achieved a lot of development over the past few decades. Future opportunities continue to emerge in East Asian countries, and both Japan and the U.S. need to position themselves to take advantage of these markets.

Political challenges exist as well. For example, the Cold War ended in Europe, but continues in East Asia. North Korea is armed with nuclear weapons and is showing military aggression. Ota will address how the U.S. and Japan are going to handle the current dictatorship in North Korea, as well as diplomacy efforts with other countries.

In addition, Ota will discuss the role an ever-growing China plays in regional and international politics and economics. The U.S. and Japan, he suggests, have common challenges and opportunities vis-à-vis China.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with the consulate in Seattle, and that Consul and Mrs. Ota are visiting the Palouse at this time,” said Bill Smith, director of the Martin Institute.

The Otas also will visit Washington State University and the mayors of Moscow and Pullman, Wash. This is the only public presentation for Ota during his visit.
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