Ashinaga delegation met with Mr. James P. Zumwalt, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
A delegation from Ashinaga met with Mr. James P. Zumwalt, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, on March 26, 2010. Participants from Ashinaga included President Yoshiomi Tamai and Rita Nabukenya, a fourth-year student at Waseda University who lost her parents in Uganda to HIV/AIDS. The delegation described Ashinaga’s history of 40-plus years of support for orphans, and highlighted plans to support more orphans in other countries in the coming years.
Mr. Zumwalt was particularly interested in Ashinaga’s intention to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the novel Daddy-Long-Legs in 2012 by starting a program to enable orphans from Africa to study at universities in the United States. “I think it would be wonderful if the concept [behind the Daddy-Long-Legs story] were spread beyond Japan, to other countries around the world,” said Mr. Zumwalt, who acknowledged reading the novel during his youth. He added, “The opportunity to study overseas can be an extremely valuable experience. We have a lot of resources here at the embassy, and I’ll ask our staff to see if they can’t assist you with your research on U.S. universities, in preparation for bringing African students to the U.S. to study.”
Ashinaga highly values the relationship with the U.S. Embassy, and looks forward to working closely with embassy staff in the future, as plans progress.