Takashi Shinozuka, Japan’s consul general in Atlanta, will visit Georgia College April 2.
Part of the Inspire! Student Leadership Forum, Shinozuka will speak about his diplomatic role and how he works to promote and encourage strong relationships between the U.S. and Japan.
“We are honored to host Consul General Shinozuka and to welcome him to Georgia College,” says Dr. Harold Mock, director of leadership programs. “The consul general is at the forefront of leadership in Georgia and in international affairs, and we are eager for our students and the community to learn about his experiences and achievements.”
The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Pat Peterson Room of the Russell Library, where members of the university and Milledgeville community are invited to a reception honoring Shinozuka. A presentation and conversation will follow, moderated by Alex Gregory, Georgia College’s inaugural leader in residence and recently retired CEO and chairman of YKK Corporation of America. The event is free and open to the public.
Shinozuka assumed the role of consul general of Japan in Atlanta in January 2016.
Previously, he served as vice grand master of the ceremonies in the Imperial Household Agency. He has held director-level posts in the Cabinet Office, in the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) and in the Economic Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Shinozuka has also served abroad in France and Myanmar.
In his role, Shinozuka works to strengthen economic and cultural relations between Japan and the U.S. He is focused on a four-state region: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. More than 1,300 Japan-related businesses are located in the southeast, and some 20,000 Japanese nationals live in the area, according to Shinozuka.
The Inspire! Student Leadership Forum series invites seasoned professionals to Georgia College to share leadership lessons with students. The format is engaging and allows for exchanges between presenters and guests.
For more information on the Inspire! Series or to reserve seating for this event, visit gcsu.edu/inspire. Parking is available in the Peabody and Kilpatrick lots accessible from W. Thomas Street. The entrance to Pat Peterson Room is located on the N. Clarke Street side of the library.