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U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visits Kwansei Gakuin University and discusses with students the importance of studying abroad

Public Relations Office        July 11, 2014

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (left)

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (left)

U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited the Nishinomiya-Uegahara campus of Kwansei Gakuin University on July 11, and was welcomed by Chancellor Ruth M. Grubel and other university officials. Afterward she interacted with 11 Japanese and American students studying at KG.

At the outset of the meeting, President Osamu Murata of Kwansei Gakuin University said, “Founded by American missionaries, Kwansei Gakuin currently enjoys close relations with the U.S. For example, each year dozens of our students study at our partner universities in the U.S. as exchange students. I’m honored to welcome you here, Ambassador Kennedy, on this occasion of the 125th anniversary of Kwansei Gakuin. I hope that your discussion with students about various topics, such as the importance of studying abroad and purposes of becoming world citizens, will be lively and fruitful.”

Ambassador Kennedy said, “I’d like to express my congratulations on the 125th anniversary of Kwansei Gakuin. Young people, like you, must play important roles in future Japan–U.S. relations. It’s important to increase the number of Japanese students studying in the U.S. and American students studying in Japan. We’d like to help promote that.”

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Misaki Hishida, a fourth-year student in the School of International Studies said, “I studied in the U.S. two years ago and recognized that it’s important for Japanese people to see Japan from abroad.” Then she talked to Ambassador Kennedy about her plan of visiting the U.S. this summer as well as her future dreams.

Other Japanese students also talked about their experiences when studying abroad, while American students talked about their purposes for studying in Japan and their daily lives in Japan. The attendees enjoyed their discussion in a friendly atmosphere with occasional laughter.