“Think of Okinawa’s Future in the United States(TOFU)” Program’s Visit to the Permanent Mission of Japan

On March 25th, twenty-four students participating in the “Think of Okinawa’s Future in the United States (TOFU)” Program visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.
 
They first paid a visit to Ambassador Bessho, who encouraged the students to learn as much as possible during their stay in New York and to bring their valuable experiences home with them.
 
After the visit, they attended a lecture given by Ambassador Kawamura on Japan’s role and contribution to the United Nations as well as efforts toward UN reform. Ambassador Kawamura answered questions posed by the students on various topics, including why worldwide infant mortality rates had fallen in recent years, efforts to increase the number of Japanese staff working in the United Nations, and how to address population ageing in societies among others.
 
    Earlier that day, students from the TOFU Program attended a lecture given by Mr. Shigeki Komatsubara, TICAD Program Adviser for the United Nations Development program (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa. He explained the nature of his work, the reason why he started working for the UN, and also touched upon some of his experiences on the job, giving the students the chance to hear such accounts firsthand from a Japanese member of UN staff.

 
             
                              (paid a visit to Ambassador Bessho)                                       (Ambassador Bessho and Students of TOFU Program)        
 


              
                  (lecture given by Ambassador Kawamura)                               (Ambassador Kawamura and Student of TOFU Program) 
     
 
 
              
                            (lecture given by Mr. Komatsubara)                                              (Mr. Komatsubara and Student of TOFU Program