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OLPD graduate student attendance at presidential inauguration subject of Minnesota Daily article

Takehito KamataTakehito Kamata, a doctoral candidate from Japan working towards his Ph.D. in higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), attended the 2013 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C. His perspective is reflected in the following Minnesota Daily article:

Inauguration lends unique perspective to University student
A grad student had the opportunity to attend Obama's inauguration

by Marjorie Otto

He visited the nation's capital for five days to witness the presidential inauguration as well as dip his toes into American politics. Kamata said that in Japan, citizens are not as involved in politics as Americans are, so it was a learning experience for him.


"I think the cultural foundation of the United States is 'Never stop fighting for democracy, diversity and freedom,' and I really respect these cultural foundations," Kamata said. "The public was very enthusiastic in selecting leaders in the United States, and I am so amazed by the American passion ... in politics."

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