Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


March 29, 2007

U.S.-Japan Relations Will Be Focus Of April 3 Luncheon

The U.S.-Japan Alliance is the topic of the next Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon. Toshihiro Minohara, a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford, will present "The Past, Present and Future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Considering the Second Armitage-Nye Report." The lecture and luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Minohara received his bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis, and his master's and doctoral degrees in political science from Kobe University Graduate School of Law, where he is now an associate professor of diplomatic and political history. One of his recent publications, "The Japanese Exclusion Act and U.S.-Japan Relations," was awarded the 2003 Japanese Association for American Studies Shimizu Hiroshi Prize.

This program is sponsored by U.S. Bank and McDonald Optical Dispensary, Ltd., and will be catered by The Cottage. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will carry the program on Sunday, April 15, at 8 p.m. on the News/Talk Iowa Public Radio network.

Reservation forms with a check can be sent to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7.50 for members and $8.50 for non-members. The deadline to register is noon Friday, March 30.

For more information on these programs, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is a part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn.