Three 2013-2014 Ohio Saitama University scholarship students are completing their year of study in Findlay, which included a visit to the Ohio Statehouse on May 2 where they spoke with Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, and gave a presentation to JobsOhio representatives about their experiences in the U.S.
“We had a meaningful time with people from JobsOhio to understand and improve the relationship between Ohio and Saitama,” said Tomoya Sone. “I am proud that I served as a grass-roots goodwill ambassador from Saitama.”
Since August 2013, Sone, Tomoki Minagawa and Yohei Okumura studied on campus and participated in other activities. Minagawa and Okumura also worked at Nissin Brake Ohio as engineering interns, and Sone conducted cultural outreach with members of both the campus and greater Findlay community.
Hiroaki Kawamura, Ph.D., chair of the department of language and culture, and Chris Sippel, director of international education, accompanied the group to the Statehouse.
Findlay supports the Ohio-Saitama sister-state relationship through the Ohio Saitama University Scholarship program.