Why People of Ukraine do not like Moscow?

On 24 February, a shocking day when Russia started the assault on Ukraine, the Japan-America Society welcomed Ambassador Shigeki Sumi, former Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine, to speak on the topic ” Why People of Ukraine do not like Moscow?”. Ambassador Sumi, who is deeply acquainted with the history and current situation in Ukraine, gave a series of detailed explanations on the historical relations between Ukraine and Russia, the reasons for Ukraine’s desire to join the EU and NATO, and the reasons for Russia’s current obsession with Ukraine. It was a precious opportunity for us to hear his in-depth and meticulous analysis and to gain knowledge which we could not get anywhere else in really a timely manner.


【Speaker’s Profile

Amb. Shigeki Sumi, joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977. He has served as Ambassador to the Vienna International Organizations, Councilor of Japanese Mission to Geneve, Deputy Head of the Japanese Mission to UN (Ambassador) New York, Ambassador to Kingdom of Bahrain and Ambassador to Ukraine. He is currently a visiting professor at Tamagawa University, Iwate University and a visiting lecturer Sophia University and a specially appointed professor at Kawamura Gakuen Women’s University. He is the author of “History of Japanese Consulate in Odessa” (2021), “Russo Ukraine relations with the perspective of the Orthodox Church” (2019)


Time slot & Date: 15:00~16:30 JST Thursday, February 24th, 2022