Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

An Overview of Major Policies Under The Abe Administration

Guest Speaker: Yasuaki NOGAWA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to New Zealand, Samoa, and Cook Islands

Event Date: Wednesday 19th November 2014
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Russell McVeagh
Level 24, Vodafone on the Quay, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011.

Please note no building access after 6pm.

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Japan has endeavoured to put all its efforts into world peace since World War II. However, as the world we are living in is at a critical juncture and the current picture is rather bleak, it is inevitable for many countries around the globe to re-think their policies and practices related to international relations. The international community has serious concerns over recent geo-political security developments in many parts of the world. For example, the self-declared Islamic State (ISIS) and its alleged horrendous crimes, the continued armed hostilities in Syria, the armed conflicts in some African countries, the situation in the eastern part of Europe, the on-going hostilities between Palestine and Israel, global climate change with potentially devastating effects for both developed and developing countries, and Ebola and so on, have undoubtedly resulted in major security policy reviews by many countries. The outbreak of Ebola, climate warming, armed conflicts and crimes are not only threatening peace, stability and human security in the regions directly affected, but also the world at large. To contribute to the peace process many countries, including Japan, are inevitably being forced to re-think various international relations policies, including trade and security. A concerted effort by the international community is required in order to address these global challenges in an effective and timely manner. Please join us to hear more about Japan’s major policies under the Abe Administration.

About Ambassador Yasuaki NOGAWA
Ambassador Nogawa graduated from Hitotsubashi University, Faculty of Law, and joined the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973. His professional career and postings include Director of First African Division, Director of Communications Division, Counsellor to UK, France, India, Consul-General to Sydney, Ambassador to Geneva, Myanmar and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to New Zealand, Samoa and Cook Islands in 2012. His other highlights include Executive Director, Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation, Director-General, Foreign Service Training Institute and Ambassador in charge of Inspection.

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