Ex-Thai PM Thaksin to visit Japan uni

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Friday May 25 14:25 AEST

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will soon be named a
visiting professor at a Tokyo university to give a lecture to students
in early July, the school said on Friday.

Thaksin, who has not returned to Thailand since a bloodless military coup in September, will teach a 90-minute course called “Industry and People” at Takushoku University on July 5, the university’s spokesman said.

Japanese media said the billionaire telecoms tycoon would speak about Asian
business models. Thaksin will hold a news conference at the university
on June 7 on the appointment.

The spokesman said it was undecided whether Thaksin would teach more than once at the school, with some visiting professors teaching only once and others teaching one class per year or more.

The former Thai prime minister, who lives in exile in London, last visited Japan in January.

Despite repeated announcements that he would not return to politics, Thaksin
has continued to make headlines, including a recent bid to take over
English soccer club Manchester City.

He told CNN earlier this year that he did not want to return to Thailand to cause unrest in the country, but was willing to go back to defend himself on corruption charges.


©AAP 2007

Yahoo!

Thursday May 24, 9:49 PM

Thaksin to teach at Japanese university

(Kyodo) _ Thailand’s ousted former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra,
will become a guest professor at Tokyo’s Takushoku University and hold
a special class on July 5, sources close to him said Thursday.

Thaksin’s acquaintances in Japan have made arrangements for the
post out of hope his wide-ranging knowledge will be passed on to
Japan’s younger generation, they said.

In the special class, he is expected to give a lecture on Asian
business-economic models, based on his experience as a businessman
before he went into politics, they said.

Thaksin plans to visit Japan in early June to hold discussions
with officials of the university and hold a press conference in Tokyo
with university President Toshio Watanabe to announce his taking the
post of guest professor, according to the sources.

He assumed the post of Thai prime minister in February 2001 but
was ousted in a coup last September while he was in the United States.

He has since been outside Thailand in a de facto asylum in London, Beijing and elsewhere.

CNN.com

Ex-Thai PM will be professor for a day

POSTED: 0635 GMT (1435 HKT), May 25, 2007

story.thaksin.file.ap.jpg
Thaksin Shinawatra will deliver
a lecture on “Industry and People”
to Japanese university students.

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin
Shinawatra will soon be named a visiting professor at a Tokyo
university to give a lecture to students in early July, the school said
on Friday.

Thaksin, who has not returned to Thailand since a
bloodless military coup in September, will teach a 90-minute course
called “Industry and People” at Takushoku University on July 5, the
university’s spokesman said.

Japanese media said the billionaire
telecoms tycoon would speak about Asian business models. Thaksin will
hold a news conference at the university on June 7 on the appointment.

The
spokesman said it was undecided whether Thaksin would teach more than
once at the school, with some visiting professors teaching only once
and others teaching one class per year or more.

The head of
committee set up by the army-appointed government to counter what it
sees as a Thaksin publicity campaign to keep him in the public eye at
home, sneered.

“This is a psychological compensation to the man
who is struggling through the most difficult period of his life,”
Prasarn Marukpitak said.

“That’s why he needs to do anything to
keep him in the media’s eye from trying to buy a football club to
lecturing at a university,” he said.

Despite repeated
announcements that he would not return to politics, Thaksin, who lives
in exile in London, has continued to make headlines, including a bid to
take over English Premier League soccer club Manchester City.

Thaksin,
who last visited Japan in January, says he will not want to return to
Thailand to cause unrest in the country, but is willing to go back to
defend himself on corruption charges.

Copyright 2007 Reuters. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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