Despite aggressive efforts to "internationalize", Japan has undoubted difficulties in implementing domestic policies or principles because of what it is: a monocultural island country with a foreign population of less than 1 percent. Most are aware of the US's "melting pot" ideology as a model for multicultural societies but Canada's "mosaic society" ideology is hardly ever mentioned.
With special guest Mr. Taku Iwasaki, learn and discuss Canada's successful ideological multiculturalism model during this month's Coffee Hour. Born and bred in Toronto, Canada, and a native Canadian, Mr. Iwasaki is currently working for the Ibaraki Prefectural Government, International Affairs Division. His extensive background concerning international exchange programs and Canada-Japan business, economic and political relations will surely result in a thought-provoking lecture, not to mention the heated discussion that will be a result of it. He will also be re-performing his speech titled A Gaijinless Japan: Japan's Need to Adopt More Fundamentally Sound Principles Concerning Internationalization, which was originally performed in Niigata Prefecture on June 9th as a part of the 42nd Japan National Speech Contest for Foreign Residents. See you there!
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 27, 2001. 14:00~16:00
Guest: Mr. Taku Iwasaki (Canada)
Venue: Tsukuba Information Centre 3F
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