11月11日、午後4時00分から約20分間、林芳正外務大臣は、旧知のジェームズ・ズムワルト・ワシントンDC日米協会理事長（Ambassador (ret.) James P. Zumwalt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Japan-America Society of Washington DC）一行の表敬を受けたところ、概要は以下のとおりです。
On November 11, for about 20 minutes starting at 4:00 p.m., Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi received a courtesy call from Ambassador (ret.) James P. Zumwalt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC, an old acquaintance of his. The following is a summary of the meeting.
Minister Hayashi expressed his appreciation for the longstanding activities of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC and congratulated Chairman Zumwalt on his decoration last year. He also expressed his hope that the Japan-America Society will continue to contribute to the promotion of Japanese culture and Japanese language learning among the younger generation.
Minister Hayashi also exchanged views with Chairman Zumwalt and his delegation on a wide range of topics, including Japan’s soft power in the U.S., cultural exchange at the grassroots level, and ways to promote understanding of Japan.
(Reference) Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.
The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC was established in 1957 at the initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Embassy in the United States. The first official event was held on June 22, 1957, inviting Prime Minister Kishi during his visit to the United States. The Japan-America Society of Washington DC hosts a variety of educational, cultural, and other programs, including the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival and the National Japan Bowl (a contest of Japanese language and cultural knowledge and ability among high school students in the United States), to promote mutual understanding, grassroots exchange, and strengthen bilateral relations between Japan and the United States, utilizing the geographical advantage and history of the capital city of the United States. and cultural programs. Ambassador Zumwalt became Chairman of the Society in 2019.
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About the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in the US capital of Washington, DC, which fosters the grassroots relationship between the United States and Japan as well as its citizens. The Society promotes this friendship through more than 70 annual programs and events from cultural activities such as the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival, the nation’s largest celebration of Japanese culture, to educational events such as the National Japan Bowl, an annual Japanese language competition.
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