Former Prime Minister of Japan to Speak at Baker Center October 28

The community is invited to attend the inaugural Howard H. Baker Jr. Memorial Lecture featuring Former Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda at 5:30 p.m. October 28 at the Baker Center.

Yasuo FukudaFukuda was the ninety-first Prime Minister of Japan, serving 2007–08. Prior to his role as prime minister, he was the longest-serving chief cabinet secretary in Japanese history. Fukuda is responsible for laying the groundwork for the Japan-China summit that took place in November 2014 as he maintained a successful correspondent role between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Fukuda’s lecture will address Ambassador Baker’s contributions to Japan-U.S. relations; the Japan-U.S. alliance, including efforts to strengthen it and its importance as a foundation of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region; challenges that Japan and the U.S. face; reinvigorating youth exchange programs and elevating the relationship to bring enhanced collaboration in the fields of green energy, climate change and environmental protection.