Consul General Muto Outlines Hydrogen Society Plan for College Professors

On June 16, Consul General Muto addressed more than a dozen state college professors, speaking on the topic of Japan’s efforts to build a hydrogen society by 2030 and on the Japan-U.S. Competitiveness and Resilience (CoRe) Partnership.  Participants, who hailed from at least ten states and represented disciplines as diverse as Mathematics and Studio Art, heard how Japan is actively pursuing the benefits of utilizing hydrogen as means of energy production, storage and consumption.  Abundant in nature, hydrogen is seen as key element enabling the more extensive future use of clean and carbon neutral means of energy production. 

The presentation was an invited lecture by the Japan Studies Institute (JSI) at San Diego State University (SDSU).  JSI is established as an annual, two-week intensive academic and practical survey course on Japan for faculty and administrators from member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).  Professors who are not specialists in Japan but desire to incorporate Japan studies into their curriculum apply for the program.  Twenty-five academic sessions, as well as workshops, field trips and almost-daily Japanese language lessons make up the curriculum.  Directed by SDSU Professor Yoshiko Higurashi, JSI is co-sponsored by the AASCU and SDSU and is formally titled “Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum.”