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Book Break: Insight into the emperor’s views

09 08


The Book Break on Tues., Dec. 10, will feature a talk (in English) about a book by his Majesty, the Emperor Naruhito, titled Suiunshi kara Sekai no Mizu he, (“From the History of Water Transportation to Global Water). The event will begin with a video lecture the Emperor gave at the United Nations, followed by a speech by Kenzo Hiroki, professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

The book, published by NHK Publishing in April of this year, is a compilation of Emperor Naruhito’s selected speeches about water, and illustrates his activities over the years. He wrote his post graduate thesis in 1984 at Oxford University about navigation of the upper Thames river. He also held the position of honorary president of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation from 2007 to 2015.

Professor Hiroki will share episodes of interactions with His Majesty that hint at the direction he may take as the new symbol of Japan. He will also share some views and perspectives of the emperor on such global issues such as climate change, environment, gender equality, poverty eradication, peace, and sustainable development.

The library committee has arranged a cocktail party to meet the author starting at 6:15 pm, followed by a set dinner with one drink at 6:40 pm. Reservations are required. Book Break charges are ¥3,100 for Members (¥4,100 for non-Members). The member price is applicable to members’ guests.

Published in: November 2019

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