Courtesy Call on Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirotaka Ishihara by Baseball Team from Amherst College in the U.S.
August 14, 2014
On August 14, commencing at 4:30 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirotaka Ishihara received a courtesy call from a 28-member delegation of the baseball team of Amherst College. The delegation is visiting Japan mainly with the goal of interacting with the baseball team of Doshisha University. An outline of the meeting is as follows.
1. At the beginning, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishihara welcomed the delegation to Japan, and expressed gratitude for the contributions Amherst College is making to strengthen Japan-U.S. relations, including exchange with Doshisha University as well as with the baseball club at Tagajo Junior High School in Miyagi Prefecture, an area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. He also noted that Amherst College is one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the entire U.S. and accepts a large number of foreign students, and said he hopes it will continue to actively accept exchange students from Japan.
2. In response, Amherst College Professor Samuel C. Morse stated that the college wants to continue the relationships that have been created as a result of this exchange. In addition, students belonging to the baseball team gave their impressions, including saying this visit to Japan was a special experience for them and that they were inspired by the Tagajo Junior High School students.