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Event Lecture Presented by Father Francis X. Hezel

Lecture Presented by Father Francis X. Hezel"Micronesia and Japan -The Islands that the Japanese Forgot"

Celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Micronesia.

— Lecture Theme —
This year we celebrate the 30 years of diplomatic relation between Japan and Micronesia.
“With the establishment of Japanese civil rule in its new mandate, the ‘golden years’ of the colonial era began. Micronesians who lived through that period recall the impact of the first public education system in the islands. The economic bonanza of that period included the rise of the sugar industry in the Marianas and the expansion of commercial agriculture and fishing in Palau and Chuuk. This era also saw the rise of the large towns, with their shops and bustling traffic, in many of the district centers. By the end of this period, amid a growing spirit of Japanese nationalism, the first shadows of war were falling on the islands” said Fr. Hezel.*
Fr. Hezel will speak upon Japanese – Micronesian Relations through a historian perspective. He will be introduced by H.E. the Ambassador of the Federated States of Micronesia to Japan, Ambassador John Fritz.

*History of Micronesia Series: Sunburst on the South Seas. Fr. Francis X. Hezel, SJ. Micronesian.

Date: Wednesday - May 9th, 2018
Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Location: Sophia University – Yotsuya Campus Building
Number 2, Room 1702(International Conference Room)
hosted by: Association for Promotion of International Cooperation(APIC)& Sophia University
Language: Lecture presented in English
(Japanese handouts will be available)
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Fr.Francis X.Hezel,SJ

Lecturer Profile
Fr.Francis X.Hezel,SJ
Fr. Francis X. Hezel, SJ has been living in Micronesia for over 50 years (1963). Since then he has become one of the most respected people in Micronesia by contributing to the people of Micronesia and the society, as a pastor and teacher. Some of the students that were once under his care, have become great leaders as well as other foreign ministers of Micronesia.
Fr. Hezel is famous for his study of Micronesian history and society. He is also very famous for the books he has written: The First Taint of Civilization, Strangers in Their Own Land, The New Shape of Old Island Culture, Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture.