I took up my post as Consul-General of Japan in Auckland in May 2012 and I am very happy to be in the great city of Auckland. This is not my first visit to New Zealand, as I was previously assigned to the Information and Culture Centre at the Embassy of Japan in Wellington almost 30 years ago. I am delighted to be back in this beautiful country.
I have had the pleasure of participating in wonderful events organised by the New Zealand Japan Society of Auckland, such as the Taste of Japan festival held at the Auckland Museum. I am always impressed by these events and by the dedication shown by the Society’s members and volunteers. Their dedication is a testament to the Society’s strong interpersonal links and commitment to promote understanding and good will between Japan and New Zealand.
At the Emperor’s Birthday Reception in December 2012, I was pleased to present the Foreign Minister’s Award to the New Zealand Japan Society. This award is in recognition of the Society’s distinguished service and contribution in promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and New Zealand.
The Society has a history of more than 50 years of establishing links between NZ and Japan through a wide range of activities including social and sporting events, Japanese language education and language exchange, and of course the Society’s Taste of Japan event. I believe the Society has had wide impact on the sphere of Japanese cultural experiences available to New Zealanders.
I would like to congratulate the Society once again for its activities over 50 years. I look forward to seeing you all at future events.
Consul-General of Japan in Auckland