On February 22, students from Rutgers University in New Jersey and Ritsumeikan University, located in Kyoto, Japan, visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations to receive a briefing by Ambassador Jun Yamazaki under the exchange program of the two universities.
In his briefing, Ambassador Yamazaki explained Japan’s role in the international community by discussing Japan’s contribution to peace and security, UN Peacekeeping Operations, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, peacebuilding, development, human rights, gender issues, and UN budgets.
Ambassador Yamazaki also talked about the relationship between Japan and the United States. He stated that the U.S. is one of the closest allies of Japan and that Japan and the U.S. share common opinions on many issues such as human rights, North Korea, and UN budgets.
Finally, Ambassador Yamazaki cited assistance from the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA) during the Great East Japan Earthquake as an example of the role the UN played in facing that devastating event.
The students showed attentiveness and great interest as they listened to Ambassador Yamazaki's briefing and they actively participated in the Q&A session.