Download the registration form and return with payment. Registrations are due by Friday, October 5, 2012.


Roy Norton

Kuninori Mastuda

Career Outline

July 1988-July 1990:
Staff, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, MOFA

Aug. 1990-July 1992:
Assistant Director, Defense Policy Division, Defense Policy Bureau, MOD

Aug. 1992-Aug. 1993:
Assistant Director, Division of General Management, Foreign Minister’s Office, MOFA

Sept. 1993-June 1996:
Deputy Director, Russian Division, Bureau of European Affairs, MOFA

July 1996-July 1998:
First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the USA

Aug. 1998-July 2001:
Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Russian Federation, MOFA

Aug. 2001-April 2003:
Director of Overseas Public Relations, MOFA

May 2003-Jan. 2004:
Acting Director of Japan’s Institute of International Affairs

Feb. 2004-Mar. 2007:
Director of Russian Affairs, MOFA

April 2007-July 2010:
Minister, Embassy of Japan in Israel

Aug. 2010-Present:
Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit

Academic Background

B.A., University of Tokyo (1982)

U.S. Defense Language Institute (1984)


ACWA invites diplomats from embassies of countries that are important partners with the U.S., both in trade and politics, and long-term in addressing important global challenges. ACWA originated this program in 2005. View archives of previous participants.

In addition to the formal evening event, diplomats participate in ACWA's award-winning Global Scholars program for high-school students. ACWA also arranges sessions with executives and economists engaged in global trade in Northeast Ohio. The content of all programs is developed specifically for ACWA program attendees.

For more information about participation in any of these programs, e-mail ACWA's Executive Director Jane Walker Snider, at

Hilton Akron/Fairlawn

Japan and the U.S. – Economic and Political Partners

Consul General Kuninori Matsuda of Japan

REGISTER NOWDeadline: Friday, October 5

Japanese Corporate Investment in Northeast Ohio

Japan ranks first among foreign investors in Ohio, with 420 Japanese companies employing over 56,000 people statewide. Consul General Matsuda will explore how Japanese investment contributes to northeast Ohio's economy and labor market.

Employment spans a diversity of sectors, including: automotive, advanced materials, machine tools and robotics, electronics and agriculture and good processing.

Expanding Japanese Language Programs in K-12 and Higher Education Institutions

Accompanying this high level of employment is high demand for Japanese-speaking talent in Northeast Ohio to fill the ranks of jobs. Expanded enrollment in Japanese language classes is essential and an opportunity at all student levels. Consul General Matsuda will discuss possibilities for accomplishing this.

Impact of the United States-Japan Security Alliance on the Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Consul Matsuda will offer heartfelt thanks for the response of thousands of U.S. military personnel in search and rescue efforts in the Tohoku region. In addition, citizens in Ohio and across the U.S. organized relief efforts, contributing financial, volunteer and moral support.

Nuclear Power Generation in Japan in the Wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Accident

The Government of Japan recently made the difficult decision to restart two nuclear reactors while working with local authorities to restore the public's trust. Consul Matsuda will provide an update on these efforts.

Those attending the evening session may bring comments and questions to address to Consul General Mastuda at the end of his formal presentation.

Hilton Akron/Fairlawn | map
3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)

6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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Dinner and Program with Q&A Session

6:00 p.m. Registration
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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Members - $35
Non-Members - $45

Formal Program Only

7:15 p.m. Registration for Program and Q&A Session Only
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

Individual Registrations
Members - $12
Non-Members - $15

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Registrations are due no later than Friday, October 5, 2012.

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ACWA - P.O.Box 5300 - Akron, OH 44334


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