Visit to the United States by Mrs. KISHIDA Yuko, the Spouse of the Prime Minister - Second Day (Summary)

April 17, 2023
[Provisional translation]

On April 18 (April 17, local time), Mrs. KISHIDA Yuko, the spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, while staying in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, visited Howard University. She also held a meeting with women who are playing an active role in Washington D.C.

1. Visit to Howard University

Mrs. Kishida visited Howard University and interacted with students who visited Japan as a part of the Kakehashi Project. She also received an explanation of Howard University's history and initiatives from the university officials.

After listening to the students' presentations of their memories and what they learned on their visits to Japan, Mrs. Kishida stated that she was glad to know the new discoveries and encounters they had in Japan, and expressed her hope that the students would return to Japan in the near future for study or travel and continue to be a "Kakehashi," or bridge, with Japan.

2. Meeting with women who are playing an active role in Washington D.C.

Mrs. Kishida held a meeting with women who are playing an active role in Washington, D.C. The meeting was attended by women who are active in the fields of arts, culture, business, academia and education and have contributed to mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill between Japan and the U.S. Mrs. Kishida exchanged views with them on the status of Japan-U.S. exchanges in various fields and women empowerment in the U.S.

[Reference] Participants of the meeting with the women active in Washington D.C.
1. Ms. Toshiko Calder, Professional Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
2. Ms. Noriko Sanefuji, Museum Specialist, Smithonian’s National Museum of American History
3. Ms. Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of Japan Program, Stimson Center
4. Dr. Mari Nakahara, Curator of Architecture, Design and Engineering, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress
5. Ms. Maki Hishikawa, Vice President, International Affairs, Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd.
6. Ms. Reiko Hirai, President, Happi Enterprise, LLC, and Owner, DC Sake co
7. Dr. Yoshiko Mori, Associate Professor and Director of the Japanese Program in Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, Georgetown University

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