Emphasizing Gay Rights as Human Rights on World AIDS Day
Dec. 1 – At the invitation of Kobe City officials, CG Patrick Linehan and husband Emerson Kanegusuke addressed a large audience on World AIDS Day. The event was sponsored by the city of Kobe, and the CG was one of several speakers who broached the topic of HIV-related health issues. His remarks focused on the LGBT component of the Secretary's December 2011 Geneva Human Rights Speech. Both the CG and Mr. Kanegusuke took questions, and helped to enlighten the audience as to progress made in the U.S. in this area.
Program Engenders Lively Discussion on Regional Security Issues
Nov. 28 - PAS Osaka hosted a Pacific Forum/CSIS program at the Consulate, which dozens of the region's movers and shakers attended. The guests, made up of journalists, city leadership and academics asked timely and relevant questions about what EAP security issues would look like in 2013, and how the bilateral alliance would shape possible outcomes.
Shine the Light on America
Nov. 18 - PAS Osaka staff joined representatives from FCS, Agriculture and Trade Office (ATO) and the Consular section to address a packed audience near Sakai city hall. The visit was part of the ongoing sister-city event with Berkeley, and served to inform the audience about all things American. Topics included our nation's socio-political differences according to region, as well as sports, religion, food, and an explanation about how those wishing to study in the United States could obtain visas.
Consulate Hosts Timely "Making Sense of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections" Program
Nov. 13 - PAS Osaka programmed author and major American presidency authority Dr. Tom Cronin to address the topic of the recent elections. The Colorado College professor helped a large and diverse crowd to understand how a variety of factors including demographics, voter turn-out and successful tactics had secured the Obama administration a second term in office. As the event's moderator, CG Patrick Linehan expressed the importance that the bilateral relationship would continue to play, as he spoke with audience members during the Q&A session.
PAS Osaka Procures POTUS Letter for Prestigious "Kyoto Prize" ceremony, Recognizing American Achievement in Advanced Technology.
Nov. 10 - The 2012 Kyoto Prize (http://www.kyotoprize.org/en/) recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of advanced technology, basic sciences and arts and philosophy. CG Patrick Linehan read the congratulatory message, which singled out Portland State University's Dr. Ivan Edward Sutherland, considered by many as the father of computer graphics.
PAS Osaka Explains U.S. Presidential Election to Numerous Influential Guests
Nov. 7 - PAS Osaka's Mission-hosted "Watch Night" program attracted close to 100 attendees for a six-hour live broadcast of the U.S. presidential elections. Among the visitors were Kobe city officials, academics, Japanese and international students, and journalists from six major media outlets representing millions of viewers/readers. Widely-watched Mainchi Broadcasting Systems TV interviewed both CG Patrick Linehan and PAO Greg Kay, who were able to explain the sometimes complicated voting process, and to reassert the message that no matter who won the race, our strong friendship would remain the same.
CG Lauds Harvard University Professor's Work at Prestigious Osaka "Cosmos Prize" Ceremony, Highlighting American Innovation in Science
Oct. 29 - CG Patrick Linehan participated in Osaka's 2012 Cosmos Prize Ceremony Osaka, reading a letter of congratulations from Ambassador Roos to this year's recipient, Harvard Professor Edward O. Wilson.
Local University Students Express a Wish to Vote in This Year's Election After Watching U.S. Presidential Debate Series
Oct. 23 - KAC hosted area college students for all four U.S. Presidential debates, after which guests enthusiastically stated their desire to vote in this year's elections themselves. Both the CG and PAO engaged with visitors before and after the programs, asking who they thought won each debate and why. Many noted that before 2012, they had not given American politics the same attention, and attribute their new-found knowledge to four insightful discussions.
"Piano Performance and Lecture" Master Class in Kobe with Takana Miyamoto
Oct. 12 - Kansai American Center programmed pianist Takana Miyamoto for a concert/workshop at Kobe's Koyo Conservatory, who co-sponsored the program. Ms. Miyamoto discussed her own experience and work in the U.S. and emphasized the importance of studying abroad. She encouraged students to consider study in the U.S. and introduced Kansai American Center's advising service.
"American Education in Green Innovation"
Oct. 5 - KAC programmed Speaker Jim Poss at prestigious Kyoto University, where he teamed with a professor of Environmental Economics and Public Finance whose role was moderator. Mr. Poss imparted his cutting-edge concept of clean waste-reduction to a roomful of students, who were eager to find ways to make similar inroads in Japan. Our Center constantly seeks the most receptive minds at the highest-rated schools for such engagements, so that important messages such as this one will be sure to take root.
Students Receive a Play-by-Play in American Politics by Presidential Debates Explanation
Oct. 4 - For a CG Linehan-hosted event, KAC chose a group of the Kansai region's best-and-brightest from area universities. The group watched the first of the U.S. presidential debates, which the CG explained throughout the program's entirety. The young visitors expressed both appreciation for the invitation, as well as admiration for the American political system's allowance of an open system of debate that helps U.S. voters decide on the next president.
American Day 2012
Sept. 29 - KAC held an "American Day" event. The seven-hour activity featured U.S. companies, e.g., Delta Airlines and the Hilton Hotel hawking their brands, along with the "The Last Samurai" star Shin Koyamada touting his American educational experience. The Center's Education USA booth was busy from 10:00-17:00, distributing materials to throngs of passersby.
Anti-LGBT Bullying Campaign Makes Strong Impression on Local Leaders, Academics, Paves the Way for Future Collaboration
Sept. 23 - KAC helped organize a CG-hosted reception focused on preventing bullying of LGBT youth in Japan, and the suicides that often tragically follow. The aim was to assist groups with similar interests to meet and combine resources. Staff showed a video-clip of the CG and his husband delivering encouraging words, along with similar messages by the President, Secretary Clinton and various celebrities. The mission emphasized to 100 invitees that "gay rights are human rights", noting that we must work together to affect positive change.
Speaker Mr. Matt Eventoff: "All-American Leadership"
Sept. 11 - The Mission hosted Matt Eventoff program, where audience members expressed great enthusiasm for his "persuasive speaking" message. Attendees heartily agreed that more Japanese audiences need to hear and heed the call to raise up a generation of influential leaders as the United States has done.
"Celebrity Programming" Creates Major Inroad for Education USA
Sept. 1 - PAS Osaka teamed with "The Last Samurai" actor Shin Koyamada at the Okayama Prefectural Library for an Education USA/student advising session. A packed and engaged audience listened attentively to the Hollywood star explain how attending an American university provided him the chance of a lifetime, and has since opened many doors. In a reception afterwards, PAO Greg Kay, EducationUSA advisor and Mr. Koyamada answered multiple questions from students whose sudden interest in U.S. study was evident.
Speaker Dr. Emily Thrush English Teaching Workshop for Teachers in Osaka
Aug. 27 - Dr. Emily Thrush met with 70+ educators whose job it is to teach fifth and sixth-grade English, based on a recent national school-board decision. The two-day KAC-hosted seminar introduced ways for teachers with shaky confidence to create an environment rich in creativity, and facilitative of effectively learning another language. Participants appreciated extra opportunities to further discuss teaching methodology with Dr. Thrush individually.
American Classroom with future scientists in Kansai
July 21 - The EducationUSA adviser participated in the "American Classroom" program jointly conducted by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo's Education and Exchange Office, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). An American professor conducted a class in English, allowing Japanese high school students to experience American-style educational methods. A representative from JAXA discussed the nature of her work at JAXA, and relayed her experience as an international student at an American university before joining JAXA. The EducationUSA adviser provided remarks on American higher education, and explained the resources and services available from EducationUSA.
TOMODACHI Program for American and Japanese students
July 19 - Thirty-two American high school students and 33 students from Osaka Prefectural High School visited the consulate. CG Linehan and other officers discussed TOMODACHI and U.S.-Japan relations. After the briefing, students were divided into small groups to discuss how American and Japanese students could build on personal relationships they had established during the visit.
American Shelf Opens at Doshisha University in Kyoto
June 29 - Consul General Patrick Linehan and Doshisha University President Eiji Hatta officially opened an American Shelf at Doshisha University. About 130 books on American Studies were presented to the International Institute of American Studies.
LGBT Pride Month Event DVD "MILK" Screening Program
June 27 - In line with June as LGBT Pride Month, the Kansai American Center presented a film screening of the 2008 biopic "MILK". Between two showings of the film, an informal reception was held for the audience to discuss with CG Patrick Linehan, CPAO Mark Davidson who visited Osaka and PAO Gregory Kay. During the reception, CG Linehan granted an interview to "Mainichi Shimbun". Thereafter, an article appeared on July 4th as in the attached file.
Speaker Adnan Mahmud: Leadership within You
June 26 - Adnan Mahmud impressed upon Kyoto University students the importance of making a positive difference in the lives of others. Drawing upon his own background in impoverished Bangladesh, the Speaker noted that a little goes a long way, and benevolence is a role that anyone can and should - play.
American Shelf coming to Okayama Prefectural Library
June 20 - The U.S. Consulate General signed a memorandum of understanding with Okayama Prefectural Library for the development of an "American Shelf" at the library featuring books about the United States.
Speaker Clint Wilder: Energizing America through Clean Technology
June 8 - Kansai American Center (KAC) held a lecture program with Mr. Clint Wilder, Senior Editor at Clean Edge, at co-host institution, Osaka Science and Technology Center (OSTEC). KAC organized the Wilder program as part of our ongoing efforts to encourage Japanese business leaders and local government officials to take stronger initiatives in clean energy by introducing American best practices and accomplishments.
EducationUSA Pre-Departure Orientation in Osaka
June 7 - Fulbright Japan hosted a pre-departure orientation program in Tokyo. Prospective students from our region participated in this program via DVC. The program was followed by a Consular Officer briefing on the visa application process.
Consulate hosts student speech contest
May 31 - Participants from ten Kansai universities competed in an English speech contest hosted by the Consulate. The topic of the speeches was on studying abroad. The IRC Director gave a brief introduction to EducationUSA resources and services for participants and other audience members. PAS Osaka presented the first-place winner with an iPad2.
Speaker Mr. Mark Bromley presents in KAC for LGBT Month
May 31 - Mark Bromley, Council Chair of The Council for Global Equality spoke on "Pride of LGBT: Ways to Make a Difference in Society" at Kansai American Center. Consul General Patrick Linehan moderated the program, serving as commentator on LGBT/human rights matters. The audience joined an informal reception following the lecture/discussion program to further discuss gay rights as human rights with Mr. Bromley and CG Linehan.
Speaker John Martyn and Billy Martyn: Our Journey as Entrepreneurs
May 22 - KAC hosted John and Billy Martyn who discussed "Our Journey as Entrepreneurs: How to turn an Idea into a Business" for some 80 students and young business people at Kyoto University.
Staff Assistant to Amb Roos, Cody Walsh speaks at Osaka University
April 26 - Cody Walsh, Staff Assistant to Ambassador John V. Roos, U.S. Embassy Tokyo, gave a speech entitled "Why Diversity Matters: American Perspective" to students of Osaka University School of Foreign Studies. The program was held Osaka University's Minoh Campus and conducted in English. Kansai American Center Director Gregory Kay also spoke about the importance of studying abroad.
CG Linehan convened a second meeting with Osaka University students
March 16 - CG Linehan convened a second meeting with eight graduate/undergraduate students of Osaka University's Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) to formulate the future direction of this youth group.
Speaker Ms. Leslie Grossman Presented at the Dawn Center in Osaka
March 13 - KAC co-sponsored a program on "Women in Entrepreneurship" with the Osaka Gender Equality Foundation and Speaker Leslie Grossman. An explanation was given of how female members of the U.S. business community had met with noteworthy success, as encouragement for similar ventures to be undertaken in Japan.
Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina
March 6 - Kansai American Center programmed Janet Pace, Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission to address Japan's '3/11' recovery prior to the one-year anniversary. Following CG Linehan's opening remarks, Ms. Pace, who had dealt with Hurricane Katrina victims, spoke with Dr. Norio Maki of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University. The two discussed best practices in the aftermath of the 1995 Hanshin Quake and Gulf Coast restoration a decade later. The program took place at Kobe's Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and drew a substantial audience of Kansai region security and rescue-experts.
CG Linehan Speaks at National Defense Academy Alumni Association in Osaka
March 4 - Consul General Patrick Linehan spoke on 'U.S.-Japan Relations: Stronger than Ever" before some 90 members of the National Defense Academy Alumni Association Kansai Chapter in Osaka City. The event was part of our ongoing effort to promote understanding of regional security and the significance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance, particularly as regards East Asian security and nuclear issues.
English Story Hour for children in Okayama
March 3 - The PAO read an English-language children's book during 'story hour' at the Okayama Prefectural Library.
CG Linehan started "A Talk About Talking" with a student group
March 2 - CG Linehan and PAS invited a student group to speak with the CG on a variety of issues, for the purpose of creating an ongoing dialogue with Kansai youth. On this occasion, ten Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) Osaka University students attended an initial talk "Talk About Taking".
Black History Month
Feb. 18 - U.S. Embassy Tokyo Information Systems Officer Mark Copeland gave a speech entitled "History of African Americans: Culture and Symbols" at Otemon University's Osaka Castle Square. This program was held in celebration of National African American History Month and co-sponsored by the Osaka Prefectural Government, Osaka Foundation of International Exchange and Otemon University.
Of Major Importance
February 8, 2012 - Paul Haenle, Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy discusses “Chinese Security Policy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance” with Dr. Toshiya Hoshino of Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University.
February 7, 2012 - Consul General Linehan talks about learning English with a class of Japanese high school students in Izumi, Japan.
February 6, 2012 - Consul General Osaka-Kobe Patrick Linehan visits the Mayor of Itami, Japan, the town of origin for the cherry trees given by Japan to our nation’s capitol in 1912, and presents him with a Japanese language edition of President Barack Obama’s “Audacity of Hope.”
Connecting the Dots
January 29, 2012－Vice Consul Sylbeth Kennedy (front row) with fellow judges and some of the high school freshmen contestants of the 19th Japan –American Society of Kobe Speech Contest. This year, the students presented “Connecting the Dots”, excerpts from Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Address.
Takamatsu Welcomes U.S. Ship Visit
January 27, 2012－CG Patrick Linehan meets with USS Patriot Lt. Commander Suzanne Schang and a crew member at the port of Takamatsu. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe provided support for the ship’s four-day visit to Shikoku.
Helping the Community
January 23, 2012－Speaker Kriss Deiglmeier discusses the benefits of social entrepreneurship with a Kansai American Center audience.
A Meeting of the Minds
January 23, 2012 - Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui greets visiting Deputy Chief of Mission Kurt Tong and Consul General Patrick Linehan.
January 4, 2012－CG Patrick Linehan with Hirotaka Matsuoka, Japan’s youngest Diet member at last week’s Osaka City and Prefecture “Shinnenkai”.