Global Tennessee Podcast – Episode 014 – Japanese Amb to US | Project C.U.R.E. President

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Episode 14

Interviews with Ambassador of Japan to the United States and in our second segment President of Project C.U.R.E.

Today Global Tennessee presents an interview with Ambassador of Japan to the United States H.E. Shinsuke J. Sugiyama and in our second segment an interview with Project C.U.R.E. President Dr. Douglas Jackson.

TNWAC President Patrick Ryan and Board Member John Scannapieco (and Chairman of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee) talked with Ambassador Sugiyama about U.S.-Japan relations, Japan-Tennessee commercial relations and foreign direct investment and people to people connections — cultural, educational and other bridge building activities.

Ambassador Sugiyama has represented Japan in Washington since March 2018. He previously served as Deputy Minister and Vice Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs among other leadership positions in Japan’s foreign service.

Ambassador Sugiyama’s visit to Nashville and his participation in the “Global Tennessee” Podcast have been coordinated by our friends at the Consulate of Japan in Nashville and Consul-General Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

In our second segment of this episode Dr. Doug Jackson, PhD, C.U.R.E. President and Ms. Katherine Lay Miller, Nashville Executive Director, talked with Patrick Ryan about their organization (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) that identifies, solicits, collects, sorts and distributes medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world to over 130 countries. Dr. Jackson talked about the history and mission of the organization.

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