Greetings from Eiji Taguchi, the New Acting Executive Director
It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you as the new Acting Executive Director of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), succeeding its Executive Director Akio Nomura. Since my joining the Japan Foundation, I have worked in the General Affairs Department, the Japanese Studies Department, the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai, the Planning Department, and the Financial Affairs Department.
During this time, I had also been posted to take charge of cultural exchange programs at the Embassy of Japan in Russia on two occasions, from 1996 to 1999 and from 2008 to 2011. Since October 2011, I serve as Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation, where I have engaged in symposiums in Sendai and Fukushima as part of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation Program, and in the “Kizuna (Bond) Project” designed to promote youth exchange between Japan and the United States.
In the two years since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, Japan-U.S. relations have magnified in significance, and inter-community exchange between the two nations has expanded on various levels starting with youths. Expectations are rising also for the role that the Japan-U.S. global partnership can play in the world and particularly in East Asia.
The CGP is prepared to continue pouring all energy into fulfilling its mission, and I look forward to your support and cooperation.
April 1, 2013
Acting Executive Director
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership