Friday, June 20, 2008

Journalist Fumio Matsuo to Speak in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palo Alto

Ever wondered what the Japanese think of American history? Curious how the Japanese media is portraying the US presidential election? Democracy with a Gun author and veteran international journalist Fumio Matsuo will be speaking on these topics in Los Angeles on June 24 and in the Bay Area on June 28 and 30.

---Los Angeles Event---
Tuesday, June 24
"Citizen Forum: Hiroshima-Pearl Harbor Reconciliation"
6:30 p.m.
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena CA
Free admission / Reservations recommended To RSVP, email to or call Cultural News at (213) 819-4100.
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Program moderated by Hugh Leonard of Los Angeles, a business consultant specializing in providing services to Japan-based American companies.
Co-sponsored by Armory Center for the Arts, Cultural News and Japan America Society of Southern California.

---Bay Area Events---
"Democracy with a Gun: A Conversation with Fumio Matsuo"

Please join the Japan Society of Northern California as we co-sponsor two special talks with Mr. Fumio Matsuo, the author of Democracy with a Gun: America and the Policy of Force. In this book, one of Japan’s best-known international journalists traces America’s position today as the world’s sole superpower. With a foreign perspective rarely provided by English-language media pundits, Mr. Matsuo provides in-depth, controversial analysis of America’s use of force to achieve its goals.

Mr. Matsuo will be speaking about his book, as well as providing insight on Japan’s views of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, on the following dates:

Saturday, June 28
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Place: Japanese American Association
of Northern California

Address: 1759 Sutter Street, San Francisco [map]
This talk will be in Japanese; it is free and open to the public.
Questions: 415.567.4824
Co-sponsored by the Japanese American Association
of Northern California

Monday, June 30
Time: 6:30-8:45 pm
Place: Morrison and Foerster, International Room
Address: 755 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto [map]
Fees: $10 General Admission
This talk will be in Japanese. Registration deadline is Friday, June 27. To register, please contact 650.522.8500 or
Co-sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

Fumio Matsuo worked for the Kyodo News Service from 1956 to 2002, serving as Washington Bureau Chief from 1981 to 1984. Democracy with a Gun was first published in Japanese in 2004 and then in English in 2007; it won the 52nd Annual Award of the Japan Essayist Club.

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