Ashinaga president meets Japanese Prime Minister and Mrs. Hatoyama in Beijing
An Ashinaga delegation, headed by President Yoshiomi Tamai, visited Beijing, China, from Oct. 6 to Oct. 12. The trip was undertaken to appraise the progress of the 12 Ashinaga scholars=photo at right= studying for a year at the China Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing, as well as to thank officials on the China side and hold meetings with them regarding the dispatch of additional students next year.
While the delegation was in Beijing, Prime Minister Hatoyama arrived to participate in talks between the leaders of China, Korea, and Japan.
On Oct. 9, the prime minister hosted a reception, held at the residence of the Japanese ambassador, for Japanese citizens active in China. Yoshinori Nakashima, a senior at Teikyo University in Tokyo, was invited to the reception as representative of the Ashinaga students in China. Thanks to quick action by House of Representatives member and Ashinaga board member Osamu Fujimura, President Tamai was added to the list of invitees and attended the reception. At the event, the president discussed Ashinaga’s various education and support programs program with Prime Minister and Mrs. Hatoyama=photo at left=; Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs; and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yorihisa Matsuno.