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Release: Jan. 23, 2003

Japanese journalist to visit UI, Iowa City Jan. 26-29 through CIVIC

Makiko Ouchi, a political reporter with the Japanese Prime Minister’s Residence Press Club, Sankei Shimbun, will visit Iowa City Jan. 26 to 29 to study aspects of U.S. foreign policy and media operations through the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC). While in eastern Iowa, Ouchi will meet with staff of The Stanley Foundation and the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), area reporters, and local people who assist with refugee resettlement.

During her four-week, State Department-sponsored program, Ouchi will examine selected aspects of U.S. foreign policy and media operations. Her areas of interest include the following: U.S. policy toward East Asia and Pacific regional concerns; U.S. policy toward North Korea nuclear issue, current options and likely outcomes; U.S. policy on preventive diplomacy and conflict resolution.

Other areas include: the role of government and private-sector organizations in the promulgation of conflict resolution methods and confidence-building measures; media coverage of foreign affairs in the U.S.; role of media in informing the public of refugee situations and in contributing to conflict resolution; evolution of U.S. policy objectives in Afghanistan and Japan’s role in promoting regional stability and in contributing to the anti-terrorist effort.

A member of the Sankei Shimbun staff since 1996, Ouchi has had exposure to a broad range of national and international issues during her rise through the ranks of one of Japan’s largest dailies. Her travels in the press corps with senior Japanese government officials have taken her to a variety of newsmaking locales, such as Kenya and Nigeria in 2001 with then-Prime Minister Mori, and to Afghanistan and Iran in early 2002 with Foreign Minister Kawaguchi.

A visit to a refugee camp in Kenya and observation of the ongoing process of rehabilitation in Afghanistan reinforced Ouchi’s interest in refugee issues and preventive diplomacy. These opportunities also allowed her to see first-hand how refugee issues play a critical part in world peace and security, and to see that preventive diplomacy would be a key part in resolving that difficult problem.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis," according to Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director. It's one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program. The other is in Des Moines.

CIVIC also is looking for volunteers to help arrange itineraries for visitors. For more information or a complete itinerary, call the CIVIC office at 335-0351 or Jeanne Cadoret, CIVIC board president, at 644-2746. The CIVIC office is in Room 38 of the UI's International Center, located at the south end of Ferson Avenue off of Park Road.

CIVIC is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.