New Center to Strengthen China's Soft Power

Shanghai Daily | Sep 29, 2014

Peking University has formed a research center dedicated to national "soft power," aiming to help the government spread Chinese culture and values abroad.  "Cultural soft power is beginning to offer strong support for the rise of China. The country must enhance its cultural strength in order to dominate the global contest for soft power."

Culture Ministry Honours Outgoing Japanese Ambassador

Bahrain News Agency | Sep 29, 2014

Ministry of Culture has held a dinner banquet in honor of the outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain, Hijki Sumi, in appreciation of his huge role in strengthening cultural relations between the two countries, in the presence of a number of diplomats and representatives of the cultural sector in Bahrain. 

How the Private Sector Can Pitch in to Help Combat Ebola

Devex Impact | Sep 29, 2014

While health workers on the ground continue to struggle to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations, international nongovernmental organizations and other donors are appealing to the private sector for help.

Leadership Brand Not an Option in Nation Branding

Capital FM (Kenya) | Sep 29, 2014

As the Executive leader of a country, it is the leader’s responsibility to keep a nation’s brand strong. As spokesperson for the nation brand, a leader must also ensure that brand perceptions align with brand performance. President Uhuru Kenyatta has done so with grace. He is telling Kenya’s story across the nation, within the region and on the global platform.

Tony Abbott says Arts and Culture as Important as Sport

The Australian | Sep 29, 2014

Arts Minister George Brandis also attended the dinner in the Prime Minister’s private dining room at Parliament House. Mr Abbott told guests that he wanted to learn from the arts sector, and heard a discussion about its successes and challenges. The conversation included the importance of private-sector support for the arts, and the international role of arts organisations in cultural diplomacy.

9 Ways Japan Can Better Tell Its Story to the World

The Diplomat | Sep 29, 2014

Japan is poised to project a global reality that the world has come to expect: leading-edge high tech, from the world’s fastest and safest trains to robotics, electronics and (my personal hope) free WiFi everywhere. Combine this with 21st century high touch – omotenashi (hospitality) safety, polite society, humility, modesty, and a green, sustainable economy – and you will really get the world enraptured by your stories.

Modi, in Rock Star U.S. Debut, Vows to Make India Proud

The Japan Times | Sep 29, 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi basked Sunday in a rock star welcome to the United States as he vowed to work tirelessly to make his nation a major power. In a massive show of support for a right-wing leader once shunned by Washington, some 18,500 people of Indian origin from across the United States and Canada packed into New York’s Madison Square Garden...

Have Foreign-Minister talks Generated Genuine Momentum for Better Ties?

The Japan News | Sep 29, 2014

We must hold regular dialogue and seek common ground, even if there are issues that are onerous to resolve. We hope to see a return to this standard practice of diplomacy. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung Se, have held talks in New York, where they agreed on “the importance of continuing and deepening high-level communication” for Japan-South Korea ties. 

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