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HPU talks politics with Japan's Policy Research Council for Youth chair

by Kalamalama staff

 

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s College of International Studies recently hosted a roundtable discussion with special guest Ichiro Oda, chairman of Japan’s Policy Research Council for Youth, Osaka Prefecture Branch, who visited the islands to find out more about Hawai‘i’s unique government structure.

During his visit to HPU, Oda, the youngest member elected to the Osaka Prefecture Assembly, met with the University’s faculty experts in Hawai‘i culture and politics.

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“Diversity is our great strength in Hawai‘i,” shared Dr. Chad Blair, HPU political science instructor, pointing out the island’s diverse population, with a large percentage to be those with Asia-Pacific backgrounds.

 

“There have been an ethnic balance between the top leaders in the state that keeps the socio-political harmony in the state,” commented Dr. William Warren, assistant professor of geography.

 

The visit was part of a study tour of the United States sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Oda’s goals were to explore a variety of topics including U.S.-Japan bilateral relations, U.S. retirement and pension programs, local election campaigns, and volunteerism, among others.
 

 

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