Professor Masaru Kohno opened the Fall seminar series with, “Japanese Politics after 3/11: Trends and Challenges.” He saw the divided politics of the Japanese Diet inhibiting political responses to the disasters of March 11, 2011. He questioned whether defections of Diet members from the Democratic Party, rising local political parties, and growing distrust among Japanese voters might influence the next National Diet elections.
The University of Hawai‘i said aloha to Japanese Consul-General Yoshihiko Kamo and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo on August 23, 2012. Ten UH representatives attended a luncheon to thank the Consul-General for scholarships, awards to faculty, and support of Japanese arts on our campuses during his past three years in Honolulu. Consul-General Kamo will next become Japan’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.
The government of Japan has selected nineteen recent college graduates from Hawai’i to serve on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET). Many of the new teachers are from the University of Hawai’i. They will teach in Okinawa, Fukuoka, and many other prefectures. Consul General Kamo spoke to new JET, former JET returnees, and supporters at the Consulate on August 3, the day before the group’s flight to Tokyo.