Ambassador of Japan to the United States

June 29, 2022

Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. and Provost Richards exchanging gifts

Ambassador Tomita exchanging gifts with Provost Mark Richards

















Koji Tomita, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, visited the UW to meet with Provost Mark Richards, Vice Provost for Global Affairs Jeffrey Riedinger, and leading UW researchers with outstanding scholarship and long-standing collaborations with Japanese institutions. 

The Ambassador’s visit celebrated the UW’s deep ties with Japan and explored opportunities to build new and stronger ties. Starting in 1910 with a course on classical Japanese literature, the UW Department of Asian Languages & Literature has been instrumental in the development and expansion of Japan studies in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States. Today, departments across the UW have developed long-standing collaborations with world-class Japanese universities, creating opportunities for engagement by faculty, students and staff.

Other meeting attendees included Paul Atkins, professor of Japanese and former Chair of the UW Department of Asian Languages & Literature, and Saadia Pekkanen, Founding Co-Director, Space Policy and Research Center/Founding Director, QUAL Program.