• February 11, 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

In Invitation to Join

            Ambassador Ken Shimanouchi

Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy for United Nations Affairs

Walk in U. S., Talk on Japan

Join us for an exciting and unique opportunity to meet Ambassador Shimanouchi, and their team of panelists! Engage with the Ambassador and his team members including a special member, Vice Admiral Ret. Ota in a stimulating dialogue on regional and global Japan-related issues. This project is by the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan, and is open to everyone.

Lunch, Lecture and Q&A Session

Location:  Slover Library 

Date:         February 11, 2019   

Time:         12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Event is free, but admission is by invitation only.  Registration is required. 

The goal of “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” is to increase awareness about Japan in the United States on a variety of issues and to further develop the Japan-U.S. relationship through people-to-people diplomacy. Teams of Japanese citizens of various backgrounds, led by former, high-ranking Japanese diplomats, travel to the U.S. to share their perspectives and encourage open discussions with the local communities.

In addition to Ambassador Shimanouchi and Vice Admiral Ret. Ota,  the team will also include three other members, each with a background as an university student, female business owner, and a wife of an Self Defense Officer – all ready to discuss issues on the Japan’s recruitment system, young CEOs in Japan, and life married to a Self Defense Officer. 

Vice Admiral Ret. Ota will perform Japanese Martial Art –Iaido in the event. Iaido is the Japanese art of drawing, cutting, and resheathing the katana. It places a great emphasis on correctness of form, precision and efficiency of movement, and mental focus.

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the event. Your questions and views are most welcome.

This programs is co-organized by World Affairs Council of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Sister City Association and the Consulate-General of Japan in Washington, D.C.




Venue Phone: 757-664-7323

Venue Website:

235 East Plume Street, Norfolk, Virginia, 23510, United States