Public Relations Office April 14, 2017
To commemorate the April launch of the UN and Global Affairs Course, a minor program for graduate students, Kwansei Gakuin University hosted “Atoms for Peace and Development: The Work of the IAEA and How it Relates to You,” an English lecture presented by Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday, April 13th at the Nishinomiya-Uegahara campus. 162 students, members of the public and affiliated staff gathered in Kwansei Gakuin Hall to listen to Mr. Amano.
Director General Amano gave an introduction to the IAEA, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weaponry and promote peaceful atomic energy use, mixing specific examples into his address. Afterward, he participated in a panel discussion with three students in the UN and Global Affairs Course, moderated by KG Vice-President Takahiro Shinyo. Koichi Kaida (Institute of Business and Accounting), one of the panelists, said “Of course, we were able to hear about IAEA initiatives, and also about building a career in an international organization, so it was a very productive session.”
After the discussion, Mr. Amano had messages for the panelists and the audience: “From their questions, it was clear that they had done a lot of prior research, and I felt that they were very high-level. They may play conspicuous roles outside of Japan in the future. For the students, I hope that you will flourish in various fields in a global setting. While you’re young, take some risks and challenge yourself to try many things.”
Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
After entering the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972, Mr. Amano has served in positions, such as the Ministry’s Nuclear Science Division Director, the Consul General of Japan in Marseille, France, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna. In 2009, he was appointed the IAEA Director General, the first Asian to hold the position. He is currently in his second term, and will continue for a third term from this coming December.