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Conferring the Honorary Degree of Doctor upon Bono, U2 lead singer
Bono gave a lecture to Keio students urging Japan to contribute African development

Update:Jun. 03, 2008
Bono at the courtyard
Bono at the courtyard
In front of the Public Speaking Hall with Dean Kokubun
In front of the Public Speaking Hall with Dean Kokubun
Conferral of the Diploma by President Anzai
Conferral of the Diploma by President Anzai
Bono delivering a speech
Bono delivering a speech
Bono delivering a lecture to students
Bono delivering a lecture to students
a question-and-answer session with students
a question-and-answer session with students

Photo: Susumu Ishito

The ceremony to confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor upon Mr. Paul David Hewson, known as Bono, the lead singer of rock group U2, was held from 4:20 p.m. on 27 May. After the ceremony, Bono delivered a special lecture as a part of the course funded by Shibusawa Ei'ichi Memorial Foundation.

When Bono showed up at the courtyard, many students welcomed him and followed him to the Public Speaking Hall "Mita Enzetsu-kan". The ceremony, presided by Professor Nobuto Yamamoto of the Faculty of Law, proceeded with citation by Professor Ryosei Kokubun, Dean of the Faculty of Law. President Yuichiro Anzai conferred the Diploma and delivered an oration. Bono delivered an acceptance statement with humor. Keio University confers the Honorary Degree of Doctor to those who have made outstanding achievements in academic and cultural fields, not limited to Keio graduates. So far, 67 people including Bono have received the Honorary Degree of Doctor from Keio University.

After the ceremony, at the West Building Hall, Bono delivered a special lecture as a part of the Shibusawa course. At the lecture entitled "Civil Society and the fight against Poverty and AIDS in Africa", Bono compared his home country Ireland and Africa to explain the present situation of Africa, and mentioned that young people and students in Japan should pay more attention to supporting Africa and appeal to the government to increase the amount of aid to Africa. After the lecture, when a student asked what the most memorable experience was in Africa, Bono enthusiastically shared his experience, such as how a malnourished baby weighing only 500 grams became healthy with medicine and nutritional support, and how he realized first-hand that many lives can be saved through support. He also expressed that he senses a new energy within the young generation of Japan, and his hopes that the energy be used for helping people in Africa.

Since 2004, at the Faculty of Law of Keio University, Shibusawa Ei'ichi Memorial Foundation and Japan Center for International Exchange have collaborated to establish a course entitled "Civil Society". The course is funded by Shibusawa Ei'ichi Memorial Foundation and provides opportunities to discuss different roles of the state, government, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-profit organizations (NPOs) and the private sector. Now in its 5th year, the course highlights the important role of civil society as an assembly of individuals sharing the same values to address major global challenges, and offers lectures related to this theme.