Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Peru to Japan, His Excellency Mr. Harold W. Forsyth, held an on-campus lecture at the International Conference Hall on the 6th floor of Building 4 on Friday, May 10th. Approximately 40 students from the Faculty of Global Engagement’s Department of Global Studies, the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of British and American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Studies participated to listen to him talk, who addressed the theme of “Japan-Peru relations, its history, and future prospects.”
Peru is the first Latin American country and the 14th country in the world to have established a diplomatic relation with Japan. The year 2019 marks the 120th anniversary of the Japanese emigration in Peru, and both governments have agreed to deepen ties and cooperation between the two nations. After Ambassador Forsyth shared how “free trade and Japanese corporate investments in Peru are being anticipated,” he concluded his speech by saying, “we also need to have shared values to attain world peace.”
Six students raised their hands in the Q&A session that followed and asked about Venezuelan refugees and LGBT inclusion strategies in Peru. The Ambassador spent about half-an-hour to thoroughly respond to each question, and said, “I expect all of you to keep your curious eyes on the international community to continue on your academic journey.” After the lecture, Ambassador Forsyth paid a courtesy call on Dr. Yoshikazu Morita, Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors.