Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
On October 26, Japan’s former Ambassador to Canada Kenjiro Monji presented a lecture entitled “How to Promote Japan: Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis]and Soft Power” in a Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) Onigiri Seminar. This seminar was chaired by culture, society and media professor Kaori Yoshida, who completed her Master of Arts and PhD in Canada.Ambassador Monji’s impressive career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan spans overseas postings in Australia, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as his position as ambassador in Iraq, Qatar, France (as ambassador to UNESCO) and Canada. One of the main duties throughout his career was to promote Japan to foreigners.It comes as no surprise that Ambassador Monji takes immense pride in Japan’s culture and heritage. He is an avid fan of pop culture such as manga, anime, cosplay, and Japanese pop idols. Additionally, his self-professed love for Japanese sake is evident through hi..
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