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The Embassy Lecture Series 2012 : Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay

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The Embassy Lecture Series is hosted by the Faculty of Regional Development Studies. The second lecture of the 2012’s series was held on Thursday December 6, 2012. H.E. Ambassador Naoyuki Toyotoshi of the Republic of Paraguay gave an inspiring lecture for all who attended.
Paraguay is a landlocked country in central South America. The official languages are Spanish and Guarani. Currently, it has a population of about 6.4 million people and about 7,000 Japanese immigrants and their descendants now live in the country. In 1936, the first Japanese immigrants landed in this country and Paraguay’s relationship with Japan has been close and continues to be so.
An audience of about one hundred people, consisting mainly of students and some faculty members, took this great opportunity to attend the Ambassador Toyotoshi’s inspiring lecture. 

At the start, Ambassador Toyotoshi’s profile was introduced by video presentation. He was born and raised in Japan. After graduating from Waseda University, he moved to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, then changed his base to Paraguay in the 1960’s and settled down there. He not only developed businesses in Paraguay, but also expanded globally to Canada as well. Ambassador Toyotoshi has made important social contributions to sport and education in Paraguay. He founded a school, Colegio Japones Paraguayo (Nihon- Paraguay-Gakuin) in 2001. In 2009 he was appointed as Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay to Japan and he is now working to consolidate Paraguay’s relationship with Japan.
Despite being an immigrant, he made a great success in business in South America, and furthermore became an ambassador without a career as a bureaucrat. His adventurous life story made a strong impression on the students.
In the latter part of the lecture, he gave an overview of Paraguay, including geographical features, local industry, and life. His talk was accompanied with a slide show of images of landscape and Paraguayan culture.

The last part of the lecture was a question-and-answer session. Students inquired about Ambassador Toyotoshi’s business life, his leadership style, the difficult decisions he made along the way, and the school he founded, Colegio Japones Paraguayo. Ambassador Toyotoshi responded calmly with sincerity to each student as they inquired about his adventurous life. His gentle smile left a lasting impression.
Accompanying Ambassador Toyotoshi, as an assistant, was a special visitor – Ms. Laura Alvarez. She is an alumni of Toyo University. In 2006, Ms. Alvarez completed her Master’s degree with the Graduate School of Regional Development Studies. She is now an attaché of Economic Affairs with the Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay. It was inspiring for students to meet a “senpai” who is now working in a global capacity.
In his lecture, Ambassador Toyotoshi repeated the word “trust”. He stated that we all live in a community and human relationships are based on “trust”. He emphasized that “trust” is a key to success wherever you go and this, in itself, was a valuable lesson for students who wish to become global specialists.


Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay

Date: Thursday December 20
Everyone is welcome to attend this lecture!