Video and photographs are now available from the September 21, 2017 event “Japan’s New Foreign Minister: A Conversation with Columbia Students About Diplomacy,” which featured His Excellency Tarō Kōno, Foreign Minister of Japan.
The sold-out event–the Foreign Minister’s only public address during his visit to the United States–was co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, the Center on Japanese Economy and Business of Columbia Business School, and the APEC Study Center. During his speech and subsequent discussion with Columbia students, Foreign Minister Kōno addressed diplomatic issues concerning North Korea, China, the United States, and the Middle East. Opening remarks were given by Gerald L. Curtis, the Burgess Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Columbia University. The talk was moderated by Takako Hikotani, the Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at Columbia University. At the end of the event, closing remarks were given by Hugh T. Patrick, the Director of the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School.