Records as a Bridge between Japan and U.S.: Symposium to Commemorate the International Exhibit, "JFK: His Life and Legacy"

On March 7, 2015, NAJ successfully hosted a symposium titled "Records as a Bridge between Japan and U.S." at the Hitotsubashi Hall. This symposium to commemorate the inauguration of the first-ever international archival exhibit, "JFK: His Life and Legacy," attracted a wide variety of audiences.

Following the opening remarks by Mr. Takeo Katoh, President of NAJ, Mr. David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, delivered a keynote speech titled "Making Access Happen: Open Government and the National Archives," and introduced recent initiatives taken by the National Archives and Records Administration to achieve President Obama's open government policy objectives in the field of archival management.

Latter half of the symposium was a panel discussion on the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy, moderated by Mr. Katoh. Members of the panel included: Mr. Thomas J. Putnam, Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; Professor Toshihiro Minohara, Kobe University; Professor Naoyuki Agawa, Keio University; and Professor Yasuko Kono, Hosei University. Reports by the panel invited not only active discussion among the panel members but also various questions from the floor.

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    Keynote speech by Mr. David Ferriero, Archivist of the US

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    Mr. Takeo Katoh as moderator for the panel discussion

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    Report by Mr. Thomas Putnam, Director of the JFK Library

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    Panel discussion

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    Panel discussion

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    Audience listening to the presentations with simultaneous interpretation


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