January 19, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Hiroaki Fujii, the former Japanese ambassador to Great Britain and current president of the Japan Foundation, will speak on “The Future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance” on Monday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. in Room 220 of Webster Hall at Amherst College. His talk is free and open to the public.

Born in Tokyo in 1933, Hiroaki Fujii studied at the University of Tokyo, and graduated from Amherst College in 1958. He continued his education at Harvard University, where he helped Edwin O. Reischauer write his classic study The Japanese (1977). Fujii worked in Japanese Embassies in Bangkok and Washington, as well as London, before assuming the presidency of the Japan Foundation in 1997.

The Japan Foundation, established in 1972 in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, promotes mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other nations. It supports a broad variety of international programs of cultural exchange, emphasizing person-to-person contacts, ranging from such academic pursuits as Japanese studies and Japanese-language education to the arts, media and sports.