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The Embassy Lecture Series 2014: Embassy of Hungary

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On December 3rd, 2014 the Third Secretary from the Embassy of Hungary in Tokyo, Ms. Zsuzsa Nora Vincze gave an enlightening lecture to a well-attended class on the Hakusan Campus.  H.E. Ambassador Szerdahelyi was not available for the lecture and Third Secretary Ms. Vincze came instead.


Ms. Vincze oversees political and consular affairs at the embassy in Tokyo.  She is a career diplomat but has had experience teaching international relations at university in Budapest.  Ms. Vincze brought a wealth of personal experience to her lecture at Toyo University. She has been an EU Election Observer in Togo, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, and the formerly Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

ヴィンツェ・ジュジャ氏Ms. Vincze began with a short overview on Hungary before moving into her area of expertise which is foreign policy. A point that defines Hungary, its people and its foreign policy, she said, is its common border with quite a few neighbors.  This is in direct contrast with Japan which is an island country.  She said that living with neighbors is never easy and Hungary has seven of them, but they manage to get along very well.

Hungary, she said, is about one quarter the size of Japan with a population of around 10 million people. Additionally, Hungary like Japan has a problem with a declining population. On the positive side, she proudly spoke of the beauty of the capital, Budapest. Her power point presentation gave stunning night views of the capital and the parliamentary building.

She covered a wide range of topics related to Hungary’s political involvement in OECD, WTO, NATO and the EU.  As a medium-sized economy, she stated Hungary relies on exports, trade, and foreign investment. She covered matters related to industry, agriculture, employment, and public debt. Then she reviewed historical development and the emergence of Hungary in the 20th century from the Cold War era. A historically exiting event took place in 1989 with the movement of East German citizens without visas transiting through Hungary into Austria and the West.  Two months later, she said the Berlin Wall fell.

Details were provided on Hungary’s foreign policy in the post cold War period and during the transition into the 21st century with new membership status in NATO and the EU. The latter part of the lecture focused exclusively on Hungary’s foreign policy today and especially its value-based policy and connections with Japan. She concluded by identifying which Hungarian products students can find in Japan and the type of study opportunities awaiting any Japanese students should they desire to study in Hungary.

The lecture was comprehensive and generated many lively questions from students. Ms. Vincze handled the lecture and questions very well!


Robert Hughes (Associate Professor, Department of Regional Development Studies)