Dublin resident Phillip A. Barth has been named Honorary Consul General of Japan in Columbus with statewide jurisdiction. The term formally began May 15.

Dublin resident Phillip A. Barth has been named Honorary Consul General of Japan in Columbus with statewide jurisdiction. The term formally began May 15.

Appointed by the Japanese government, Barth is the second appointee to the post since it was established in 1999. Japan is Ohio's largest non-NAFTA trade partner and is the largest foreign investor in the state.

Barth, manager of the machinery and die division of Honda Trading America Corp., has a 35-year history of extensive interaction with Japan. He was the co-founder of the Japan America Society of Central Ohio and served as president from 1997 to 2002. He remains an active member.

The Primrose School of Dublin, 6415 Post Road, has received accreditation from the Commission on International Trans-Regional Accreditation and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

The Primrose School of Dublin is one of the many Primrose Schools nationwide to receive accreditation and is the first franchised educational preschool to be given permission to seek this particular accreditation.

To receive accreditation, a school must meet stringent standards for teacher training, curriculum and safety. Agency facilitators and a team of educators visit the school and examine every element, including teacher training, daily schedules and lesson plans, and proof that safety measures are being carried out throughout the day.

Meredith Liepelt, president of Dublin-based Rich Life Marketing, was selected to be a featured columnist for "Glow Magazine," covering marketing topics for women business owners.

"Glow Magazine" launches in September 2009 and will be distributed to eWomenNetwork members and other subscribers. It will be carried in newsstands in spring 2010.

The magazine is a component of the Glow Project, which intends to uplift women by sharing personal life stories and success strategies of accomplished women.

The Northwest Civic Association will hold a candidates night Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The program will follow at 7 p.m. The Democratic and Republican candidates for the 15th congressional district, Ohio House 22nd district, Ohio Senate 16th district, Ohio attorney general, county commissioner, prosecutor, treasurer, coroner, Ohio Supreme Court, court of appeals and court of common pleas have been invited.

The candidates will make a brief timed statement, then take selected written questions. If there are no written questions, questions will be taken directly from the audience.