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Events 2010
  • Vice Consul Sylbeth Kennedy and junior high students
    Consulate Tour for Japanese Junior High School Students

    November 12, 2010 - Vice Consul Sylbeth Kennedy gave a presentation on junior high life in the United States to Japanese junior high school students who are interested in the culture of the U.S. After the presentation and playing a U.S. geography game, Vice Consul Kennedy answered questions by the students about the U.S. and the consulate general.  

  • Geithner and Yoshihiko Noda shake hands
    The 17th APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting

    November 6, 2010 - US Treasury Secretary Geithner meets his counterpart, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Kyoto during the APEC Ministerial.  

  • International Meishi Exchange
    2010 Kansai International Meishi Exchange

    October 27, 2010 - Consul General Dong readies to make his presentation on behalf of the foreign business and consular community to 150 members of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the American, British, French, German, Australia-New Zealand Chambers. This 'International Meishi Exchange' was the first to involve so many foreign chambers of commerce with their Osaka counterpart.  

  • U.S. Vice Consul Marc Snider and a Consulate staffer examine a model of Riken Institute’s Super Computer.
    Riken Research Institute, Kobe, Hyogo

    October 22, 2010 - Representatives of the U.S. Consulate Osaka-Kobe visited the Riken Research Institute in Kobe to discuss scholar exchanges and the visa application process to a group of researchers and to tour the facilities. In photo: U.S. Vice Consul Marc Snider and a Consulate staffer examine a model of Riken Institute’s Super Computer.  

  • U.S. Principal Commercial Consul John Fleming presenting
    Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe, Hyogo

    October 20, 2010 - Representatives of the U.S. Consulate Osaka-Kobe met with students of Kobe City University of Foreign Studies to discuss the benefits of studying in the U.S. In photo: U.S. Principal Commercial Consul John Fleming gives students some tips on finding the right university.  

  • US Navy 7th Fleet Band
    US Navy 7th Fleet Band Performs in Osaka

    October 17, 2010 - US Navy 7th Fleet Band takes five with PAS staff, following a performance at Universal Studios Japan.  

  • U.S. Army Liaison Officer LTC Peter Kemp, Consul Patrick Smeller, and Vice Consul Sylbeth Kennedy,Middle Army Commanding General LTG Ryuichiro Arakawa and his wife Kyoko
    Camp Itami, Itami, Hyogo

    October 17, 2010 - The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Middle Army in Itami organized a huge public celebration to mark its 50th anniversary. In attendance from the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe were (from left to right) U.S. Army Liaison Officer LTC Peter Kemp, Consul Patrick Smeller, and Vice Consul Sylbeth Kennedy more »

  • walk-a-thon group
    CG Dong Participates in the ACCJ's Walk-A-Thon Event

    October 16, 2010 - Consul General Dong and Minister Councilor for Economics Wall took part in the “2010 Walk-A-Thon” event at Kobe's Meriken Park, along with some 2,000 local residents. This was a charity event organized by the ACCJ Kansai to empower working women and improve their work environment.  

  • presentation to grad students
    Hiroshima University, Saijo, Hiroshima

    October 14, 2010 - U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe’s Consular Chief Ben Brown (sitting) and Visa Unit Chief Patrick Smeller met with a group of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at Hiroshima University’s Saijo campus to discuss visas for graduate student and research exchange.  

  • Michael Huff
    "U.S. and Japanese Tales of the Fantastic"

    October 13, 2010 - In collaboration with the Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library, the Kansai American Center organized a lecture on literature of the fantastic. Michael Huff, the U.S. Embassy’s Information Resource Officer, discussed how American mystery and horror writers have influenced Japan’s creative arts and vice-versa.  

  • radio interview
    This Just In: Radio Interview on FM COCOLO

    October 12, 2010 - Gregory Kay, Consul for Public Affairs and the Kansai American Center Director, participated in a radio interview on FM COCOLO, as part of a ‘get-acquainted’ chat on his work, impressions of the region, and upcoming events and speaker seminars.  

  • Vice Consul Sylbeth Kennedy talking to students
    Kinran Senri High School, Suita City, Osaka

    October 4, 2010 - Representatives from the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe visited Kiran Senri High School to give advice to 180 junior high school students on preparing for study in the U.S. In photo: Vice Consul Sylbeth Kennedy encourages students to study English as a way to increase their future opportunities as English teacher Keiji Moriwaki looks on.  

  • U.S. Consul Patrick Smeller presenting
    Reaching Out to Shimane University Students

    U.S. Consul Patrick Smeller spoke to two classes at Shimane University about the U.S. education system and encouraged students to participate in study abroad programs in the United States. The university, located in Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture, has a growing number of international students and has classes to help prepare Japanese students for study abroad.  

  • presentation
    Consular Briefing and Pre-departure Orientation for Fulbright Participants

    Vice Consul Mark Wuebbels presented on how to apply for a student visa to eighteen Fulbright participants and 37 representatives from universities throughout the Kansai area. Wuebbels gave a detailed explanation on how to fill out the new DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa application form, pay the appropriate visa fee, and make an interview appointment online.  

  • students
    Konan University – Nishinomiya Campus Pre-Departure Orientation

    U.S. Consul Patrick Smeller met with a group of students from Konan University's Nishinomiya Campus located in Nishinomiya City in Hyogo Prefecture to discuss the U.S. system of higher education and the benefits of gaining cross-cultural experiences abroad. Some 30 students from the university will be participating in a nine-month academic program at SUNY Buffalo starting this fall.  

  • U.S. Consul Patrick Smeller, Dr. Kevin Gaines, Aaron Forsberg, Dr. Jeong-Hyun Shin and Dr. Natsuki Aruga
    Japanese Association for American Studies Reception

    The Japanese Association for American Studies kicked off its 44th Annual Meeting with a reception at the Hotel Hankyu Expo Park in Senri-Banpaku-Koen, Osaka. The two-day (June-5-6) event drew more than 300 academics and specialists and was held at the Suita campus of Osaka University. Among the speakers was Economics Officer Aaron Forsberg (U.S. Embassy Tokyo), who gave a  more »

  • Kansai Gaidai University Asian Studies Program Completion Ceremony

    U.S. Consul Patrick Smeller addressed an international group of 700 students from 40 different countries during the Asian Studies Program Completion Ceremony at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata (Osaka). Mr. Smeller’s speech focused on the importance of studying abroad to sustain strong bilateral relations and to create goodwill around the world.  more »

  • presentation
    Student Visa Seminar at Kobe College

    During a student visa seminar at Kobe College, Vice Consul Marc Snider explains the visa application process. This summer, many of these students will participate in Kobe College’s exchange program with U.S. universities as part of their school curriculum.  

  • Study Abroad Seminar at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
    Study Abroad Seminar at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

    Vice Consul Marc Snider discusses the numerous educational opportunities available in the United States at Study Abroad Seminar of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. Whether choosing traditional Universities, community colleges, technical, and vocational colleges, there is a program for everyone. more »

  • Students Get Visa Advice
    Students Get Visa Advice

    April 14, 2010, Undergraduate students from Doshisha University and Osaka University met with U.S. Consul Patrick Smeller at the Doshisha campus to get advice on filling out the new DS-160 online visa application form, which is now required for all non-immigrant visa applicants for business or study in the U.S. The students asked many questions about studying in the USA. 

  • Visa Update: Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants Must Now Apply Online
    Visa Update: Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants Must Now Apply Online

    March 29, 2010, As of March 29, all U.S. visa sections throughout Japan – including at the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe – will only accept the new DS-160 electronic visa application form for all travelers requiring a non-immigrant visa to enter the United States. more »

  • Kanku Tabihaku 2010
    Kanku Tabihaku 2010

    March 27-28, 2010, U.S. Consulate General staff promoted travel to the United States for business, study, and pleasure and answered questions about visas and the new electronic visa application form at the two-day "Kanku Tabihaku 2010" travel trade show held at the Kansai International Airport (KIX), March 27-28, 2010. more »

  • 2010 International Women's Wheelchair Basketball Friendship Games Osaka Cup
    2010 International Women's Wheelchair Basketball Friendship Games Osaka Cup

    February 18, 2010, The opening ceremony of the 2010 International Women's Wheelchair Basketball Friendship Games Osaka Cup was held at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium. Good sportsmanship from both teams made the Japan v.s. America match a great game to watch. 

  • Hyogo-Kobe International Summit
    Hyogo-Kobe International Summit

    February 15, 2010, U.S. Consul David Hillon gives a presentation on U.S. state and federal government efforts in response to past major natural disasters in the United States at a Hyogo Prefectural Government-sponsored meeting to discuss disaster preparedness and the lessons learned from the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. more »

  • Consul General Dong Speaks at JASO
    Consul General Dong Speaks at JASO

    February 9, 2010, Consul General Dong talked about promoting entrepreneurship, education and opportunities for growth in business and in the US-Japan relationship at the Japan America Society of Osaka (JASO). 

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