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The16th Meeting of the Kansai Consular Forum

The 16th Meetingrof the Kansai Consular Forum organized by Ministry of Trade and Indutry in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Osaka Liason Office, was held on 14th March 2024. Members of the Kansai Consular Corps and other leaders from industry and local Chambers of Commerce gathered at Osaka City Central Public Hall. Kansai Consular Forum The theme of the 16th Meeting is “Toward the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.” Program was conducted as follows,

“Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan Progress Update “
 “Enjoy endless discovery in Osaka and Kansai during EXPO2025” 
 “Promotion of the appeal of Kansai’s Food Culture and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Industries;agricultural, mountain and fishing villages” 
  “Infrastructure Development for the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, and Creating Vibrancy around the Expo” 
   “Tourism Policy in the Kansai Region for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan” 
   “Expectations for EXPO 2025 Osaka Kansai” 

After the presentation, there were very active discussion for the EXPO including transportion, event during the expo.

Welcome Two New Members to the Kansai Consular Corps

The Kansai Consular Corps is honored to welcome our new members.

Mr. John Tjahjanto Boestami, Consul-General, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka and Ms. Damla GUMUSKAYA, Consul-General, Consulate General of the Republic of Türkiye in Nagoya.

Consulate-General of the Republic of Türkiye is located in Nagoya but its jurisdiction includes Kansai region so that we are delighted to welcome member from Nagoya!

We look forward to many fruitful exchanges with you in the future.

(Members Directory has been updated to reflect these changes)

Akashi Sake Brewery Tour

On 2nd February, “Akashi Sake Brewery Tour” was conducted by Osaka Tax Bureau and was attended by 20 representatives from KCC members.  

On the tour, we observe the sake production process and enjoy a tasting experience including sake making (and whisky blending) in Akashi City, Hyogo prefecture.

In addition to a tour of sake brewery, we also visited Akashi Ura Port fish market, one of the richest fishing grounds in Japan to observe fish auction to experience Japanese food culture as well as traditional industries.


Osaka City Promotion & Networking organized by Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

During the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, the city expects to receive millions of
visitors from around the world.Osaka has a lot of attractiveness, and among them are
a variety of places where people can appreciate arts, music and tradition,
enjoying urban yet greenery views and waterside sights as well as unique
venues that can serve for many purposes.

The program was held in 16 December at Nakanoshima museum attended by 7 Consulate-Generals. The programs are as follows,

I. Healthcare Startup Pitch
II. City Promotion Opening Remarks by Shingo Torii, Chairperson, the OCCI
III. Overview of Osaka by Masaki Fujita, President, Osaka International Convention
IV. Presentation by Ikuo Ono, Senior Executive Officer, MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD.
Highlights of GRAND GREEN OSAKA to open in 2024
V. Networking

Shizuoka Prefecture Kansai Consular Corps Study Tour

On October 3, 2023 , five members of the Kansai Consular Corps Members participated in Shizuoka study tour coordinated by the Shizuoka Prefecture Government (Osaka Office) Participants met at Shin Osaka station and headed off to Shizuoka.

Schdule is as follows,

Factory Tour of Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co.,Ltd.
Factory Tour of SSK Food Co.,Ltd.
Courtesy call to Shizuoka Prefecture Governor Heita Kawakatsu

The Kansai Consular Corps would like to thank Shizuoka prefucture for this great opportunity to study tour. We appreciate this opportunity to strengthen ties and support networks for furture cooporation.

SSK Foods Co., Ltd
Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co.,Ltd.
Courtesy Visit to the Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture

Explore Osaka! Discover OCCI!

“Explore Osaka!” event was held in June organized by Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) and was attended by overseas diplomatic missions in Japan, overseas economic organizations and overseas press. It was great opportunity to learn attractive projects by OCCI. The guided water cruising tour with Rakugo performer was amazaing experience to enjoy waterside view!

2023 Kansai Consular Corps Annual General Meeting

Kansai Consular Corps Annual General Meeting was held on Friday, 23 June 2023. The meeting was attended by representatives from 49 countries and distinguish guests including Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, the representative of the Government of Japan and Ambassador in charge of Kansai. And we are delighted to annouce that British Consul-General Caarolyn Davidson was elected as first female Dean of the Kansai Consular Corps! We greatly appreciate Dean Jules Irrmann for his outstanding support to contribution to the Kansai Consular Corps. Merci, Bon voyage!

関西領事団年次総会が2023年6月23日に行われ、49か国から合計60名にご出席いただきました。政府代表関西特命全権大使 姫野勉大使にもお越しいただきました。そして初女性団長 英国総領事キャロリン デーヴィットソンが選任されました。ジュール イルマン団長の二年間の任期中、関西領事団へのご貢献を心より感謝申し上げます。


Shiga Sake Brewery Tour  滋賀酒蔵視察

“Shiga Sake Brewery Tour” was conducted by Osaka Tax Bureau and was attended by representatives from KCC members.   On the tour, GI Shiga (Geographical Indication) was introduced and we observed the sake production process and enjoyed a tasting experience.  Before visiting Sake Brewery (Fujii Honke) a presentation by the representative director of the Shiga Brewers Association was held at Omi Shonin Yashiki, (old house of Omi merchants) which has a beautiful garden. This area has been designated as an important cultural architecture preservation area. It was great opportunity to enjoy Japanese culture as well as discovering something new about Sake production process.The tour was introduced on NHK news.                  大阪国税局による滋賀酒蔵視察ツアーが行われ、近江商人屋敷での酒セミナー、藤居本家へ視察へ行ってまいりました。セミナーでは伝統的な日本酒のつくり方の紹介、GIに認定された日本酒の試飲、その後、藤居本家にて酒蔵視察。近江商人屋敷、初めて行きましたが歴史を感じる風情あるお屋敷で街並みも雰囲気もとても素敵です。NHKニュースでも紹介されました。

S&TDC visit to Panasonic R&D

S&T Diplomatic Circle activity at Panasonic R&D Headquarters in Osaka. Panasonic is well know as Japan’s largest consumer electronics company and is changing its portfolio to industrial business solutions. We firstly visited the Panasonic museum where shows  history of Panasonic created by Konosuke Matsushita. And we had a meeting with Mr. Ogawa, group CTO of Panasonic holdings and gave us a presentation of their environmental initiative “Panasonic GREEN IMPACT” and solutions to reduce CO2 emissions. Panasonic is also supporting EXPO2025 with “Panasonic Pavilion” The Ultrasonic Bath (human washing machine) was exhibited during EXPO70 and drew the attention of many visitors.Looking forward to discovering a new innovative technology in 2025!! S&TサークルにてパナソニックR&Dを訪問しました。パナソニックミュージアムでパナソニックが現在に至るまでの歴史や、松下幸之助の生涯についての展示を見学後、パナソニックホールディングスのCO2排出量の削減と、社会におけるCO2排出量の削減に対する貢献「GREEN IMPACT」についてのプレゼンテーション、多くの参加者の関心も高く活発なディスカッションも行われました。ミュージアムではEXPO’70でのサンヨー館で人気を集めた「ウルトラソニックバス(人間洗濯機)」も展示されており、EXPO 25のパナソニックパビリオンではまた斬新なテクノロジーを見ることができるのでしょうか!楽しみですね。