Speaker - Isao Tsujimoto

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Isao Tsujimoto is the Director-General of the Japan Foundation, New York and concurrently the Acting Director of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), New York. Mr. Tsujimoto was appointed Director-General in October 2006 and since then has concentrated on the reorganization of both the New York office�s programs and its staffing. He currently oversees various Japan Foundation programs including Arts, Japanese Studies and CGP programs. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Tsujimoto was Councilor of the Cultural Affairs Department, where he initiated the establishment of a new fund, the "Japan-China Exchange Center," in 2005. Previous positions at the Japan Foundation include Director of the Los Angeles Office and Language Center (1996-2000) and Deputy Director of the New York Office (1989-1992). This is his third assignment in the US. Mr. Tsujimoto was also a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of International Relations in Kyoto during 2005/06. He graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo in 1975 with a major in Japanese Literature.

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