Lincoln, Neb., July 18, 2003--Nathan Johnson of Lincoln has been selected as one of nine Rotary World Peace Scholars who will be attending International Christian University in Tokyo.
Candidates are selected for a two-year master's program focusing on international cooperation, conflict resolution and world peace. Johnson will leave for Tokyo on Aug. 23 and upon completion of the two-year program in April 2005, he will earn a master's degree in economics.
Johnson is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and owner of Armstrong Furniture and Interiors Co. of Lincoln. He studied at Senshu University in Tokyo as an undergraduate and at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, where he specialized in the official development aid policy of Japan. He hopes to use his international experience to promote economic development across the globe.
"I truly believe that business, no matter the size or location, has a role to play in promoting international cooperation and world peace," Johnson said. "With smaller businesses the role will obviously be different than that of a large multinational business, but if commonly interested parties can be connected in some way, there will be fewer reasons to quarrel violently."
Because of the ease of global communication, Johnson said he plans to stay involved in managing Armstrong's.
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