Shigeyuki Hiroki, ambassador and consul-general of Japan in New York, visited the F&M campus last week to express his appreciation for the College's 125-year relationship with Japan's Tohoku Gakuin University (TGU).
Hiroki met with Dean of the College Kent Trachte on July 25 and spent part of the day touring campus and talking with Daniel Lugo, F&M's vice president and dean of admission and financial aid.
During his talk with Trachte, Hiroki also thanked the College community for its support of TGU in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan. F&M sponsored a series of fundraisers, including the 1,000 Cranes for Japan campaign, organized by the Asian Cultural Society. Students, faculty and staff bought sheets of paper for $1, folded them into paper cranes and wrote messages of hope to send to TGU.
Hiroki's career in diplomacy spans 33 years. His responsibilities have included planning Japan’s security policy, developing Japan-Korea relations, managing budgetary affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and supervising Japanese foreign policy in Europe.
He has devoted much of his time and energy to promoting a better relationship between Japan and the United States and is keenly interested in trends in education. He is a former chair of the Japan-America Student Conference and was an American Field Service exchange student at Milwaukee Lutheran High School.
Hiroki is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, where he studied law.