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Video: Japanese Consul General Akira Chiba Discusses Japan-China Relations

Akira Chiba, the Consul General of the Japanese consulate in Los Angeles, examined Japan's relations with China.

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2019 marks the end of the Heisei era and 30 years after the previous Showa era (1926-1989) in Japan. What are Japan’s challenges and solutions in uncharted eras, several decades before and after the end of World War II, including the nation’s vital relationship with China?   
 
 
 
Consul General Akira Chiba assumed the post of Consul General of Japan, Los Angeles in July 2016.  Born in Tehran, Iran, he is a third-generation career diplomat, after his father and grandfather before him. During his several decades career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), he has spent eight years in China, and the remainder of his overseas postings in Switzerland, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States. The post of Consul General in Los Angeles is his third U.S. tour. During assignments in Tokyo, he has been charged with legal affairs, grant aid, and economic cooperation portfolios, in addition to Oceanian regional affairs and several years as MOFA’s Assistant Press Secretary to the international media.  He has written journal articles on Japan’s global relations and authored numerous texts, many published both in Japanese and Chinese on a wide variety of topics, from Japan-Sino relations to the intricacies of working with the U.S. Congress. He is a graduate of the Law Faculty of Tokyo University, attended Peking University in China, and graduated with an M.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley. 
 
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Events

March 27, 2019 - 4:30pm
Los Angeles, California

Michael Dunne, author of American Wheels: Chinese Roads, will focus on General Motors in China since 1989. The discussion will be followed by a short introduction to the Mark L. Moody collection at the USC East Asian Library. 

April 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a screening of an episode of the Assignment: China series on American media coverage of China. This episode focuses on the work of journalists covering the massive demonstrations that rocked Beijing in spring 1989. Followed by a Q&A with USCI's Mike Chinoy, who covered the demonstrations for CNN.