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Translated Comments From the 2017 Kansai Consular Corps Youth Symposium

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The 2017 Kansai Consular Corps Youth Symposium was held on 26 March in cooperation with Osaka Prefectural Government. Over 135 guests, including 17 members of the Kansai Consular Corps, representatives of Osaka Prefectural and Kobe Municipal government, and members of the Kansai business community gathered to hear the ideas of local high school, university, and graduate students.

The theme was 「機嫌よう働く: Kansai-Style Business and Working from the Heart」. Over a period of several months, the students met assembled in both Osaka and Kobe to receive special lectures and workshops (in both Japanese and English) from experienced professionals. They were then asked to prepare original presentations, addressing questions such as:

  • How can local government and business support the needs of the future generation in Kansai?
  • What can Kansai culture contribute to business innovation?

and others.

Presentations were followed by a lively free discussion in which members of the Kansai Consular Corps chatted candidly with youth participants, offering feedback, advice and other valuable bits of wisdom.

A more comprehensive summary, including photos, will be posted in the coming days.

For now, a brief translation into Japanese of comments made during the free discussion can be found here: 3月26日シンポジウム 質疑と評

(Announcement) Kansai Consular Corps Members Directory Updated

During recent months, the Kansai Consular Corps was joined by the following members:

  • Mr. Davaadorj Delgertsogt, Consul-General of Mongolia
  • Mr. Muhammad Khalid Jamil, Consul of Pakistan
  • Mr. Shiro Murai, Honorary Consul-General of the Slovak Republic
  • Mr. Tamio Ishibash, Honorary Consul of Latvia
  • Mr. Jean-Matthieu Bonne, Consul-General of France
  • Dr. Werner Koehler, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Mr. Yoshiaki Kobayash,  Honorary Consul of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Osaka

Kansai Consular Corps members also bid farewell to Mr. Charles Henri Brosseau, former Consul-General of France in Kyoto. Consul-General Brosseau will move to a new post in Jakarta. The Kansai Consular Corps wishes him much success in his new posting.

Also, please note that the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Osaka-Kobe has relocated to a new office effective 19 September 2016.

All changes can be found in the updated version of the Kansai Consular Corps Members Directory: members-list-15-september-2016

Invitation to an International Conference on Battery, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells organized by the Osaka Prefectural Government

Regarding: International Conference on Battery and Hydrogen / Fuel Cell 2016

Greetings everyone! It is another hot and sticky day in Kansai.
Hope you are all doing well and taking good care of yourself in this humid weather.
Please be sure to take appropriate 夏バテ measures!

Our colleagues in the Osaka Prefectural Government office have kindly shared this invitation with us. This is a very good opportunity explore the latest technology and meet key players in the hydrogen fuel cell emerging markets. There are still a few spaces left so please see the information below for more details.
Below, you will also find a link with additional information.

We strongly encourage our Consular Corps members, as well as interested persons in the community, to attend this event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dates: September 6 (Tue) – 8 (Thu), 2016
Organizer: Osaka Prefectural Government
http://www.osakaconf.info/index_e.html

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(Original invitation follows:)

The Conference will provide audience with a unique opportunity to learn state-of-art technologies and market information from key persons and leading experts in the fields.

The Conference also includes one-day excursion tour, taking you to Osaka’s pioneering activities in the fields, and networking opportunity with speakers and experts.

The conference is open for all people who are seeing new business opportunities in battery and hydrogen / fuel cell technologies as well as interested in these emerging markets.

http://www.osakaconf.info/OsakaConfProgramV1E.pdf

Farewell Gathering for Mr. Miwa of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Today government officials, distinguished guests, and members of the Kansai Consular Corps came together to bid farewell to Mr. Miwa of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In his role as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kansai Region, Mr. Miwa worked tirelessly to strengthen relations between the community and the Kansai Consular Corps. We are deeply grateful for his valuable contribution.

The Kansai Consular Corps avails itself of this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Miwa’s successor, Ambassador Suzuki.

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Invitation to International Yoga Day in Kansai From the Consulate General of India in Osaka-Kobe

I am delighted to share this invitation to the 2nd International Yoga Day in Kansai, from the Consulate General of India in Osaka-Kobe!

The celebration will take place at Osaka Castle and all those interested – from beginners to experienced – are welcome to join!

What is “International Yoga Day”?
It is a celebration of yoga, declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014. Over 177 countries co-sponsor the event, and in 2015 around 190 countries around the world held events.

Please see the flyer below for a more detailed explanation.
Hope to see you there, rain or shine!

Date: 19 June 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00am-15:00 (Gates open 9am, Free Main Event from 10:00-11:00, paid events follow)
Place: Osaka Castle, Nishinomaru Garden

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Invitation to Bali Dance Performance (Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka)

Can you believe its already June? The weather is warmer, the days are longer,
and I hope you are all finding time to enjoy the many exciting activities offered in Kansai.

Please allow me to share this invitation with you from the Consulate General of Indonesia.
You are warmly welcome to enjoy a Bali Dance Performance on 3 June (Friday) and 4 June (Saturday).
For complete details, please see the flyers below (Japanese).

Date: 3 June (Friday) 2016
Place: Sakai City (Osaka)
Time: 17:00-20:00
FREE!

Date: 4 June (Saturday) 2016
Place: Kishiwada (Osaka)
Time: 18:30-20:00
FREE!

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Invitation to Elegant Japanese-Western Fusion Dance and Dinner (Kobe Club)

Greetings from the KCC office in Sannomiya!

Mr. Daniel Aviolat, former Consul-General of Switzerland and Honorary Member of the Kansai Consular Corps, is pleased to share this invitation for an elegant evening of dinner and dance at the Kobe Club.

Date: 18 June (Saturday) from 18:30
Place: Kobe Club
Tickets: 7000 yen (Kobe Club Members) and 8000 yen (Non-Members)

Call the Kobe Club at 078-241-2588 (English or Japanese) to reserve.
Space is limited so you may wish to call early.

Please click on the photo below to enlarge it and read more details. Hope to see you there!

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Kansai Consular Corps Youth Symposium mentioned on the Thai Consulate Website

I was delighted to discover mention of our recent Kansai Consular Corps Youth Symposium on the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Osaka website! Many warm thanks to Consul-General Manapan for his participation in our event. You can check out their website here:

http://www.thaiconsulate.jp/en/

 

We also received the kind cooperation of Consuls-General Wols (Netherlands), Greenberg (USA) and Changsan (India) as well as various representatives from Osaka and Kobe City government.

A summary – complete with photos – will be posted soon!

Invitation (Calligraphy Exhibition) From the Pakistani Consulate in Osaka

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Farukh Amil, cordially invites you to a unique Calligraphy Exhibition in Kobe.

Date: 16th (Wed) to 17th (Thu) March 2016 Wed 10:00~18:00 Thu 10:00~14:00

Venue: Atelier 1, The Gallery Wing, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art 1-1-1 Wakinohama Kaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe

Details: The art of Calligraphy is the most recognizable of Islamic art forms. The fluid lines and elegance of the Arabic letters are unique and inspiring. The importance of calligraphy lies in its primary objective of preserving the word of God. It is considered as the highest art due to its expression of the Divine.

Organizer: Embassy of Pakistan Tokyo Consulate of Pakistan Osaka

Co-Organizer: Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Download the flyer here: Exhibition Leaflet

Hyogo- Kobe International Summit Recap (16 February 2016)

The 2016 Hyogo-Kobe International Summit was jointly-hosted on 16 February, 2016 by Hyogo Prefecture, the City of Kobe, and the Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Consul-General Wols, in his capacity as Dean of the Kansai Consular Corps, performed the role of chairman/moderator for the event. Attendees included Governor Ido, Mayor Hisamoto, Vice-Chairman Atarashi, members of the Kansai Consular Corps, as well as local government and industry leaders.

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CG Taguiang (Philippines) greets Mayor Hisamoto before the program commences

IMG_1995CG Wols (Netherlands) acting as Chairman of the Event

Opening presentations were delivered on behalf of Hyogo Prefecture by Mr. Mizuguchi, and on behalf of Kobe City by Mr. Kato. Mr. Mizuguchi highlighted recent tourism trends in Hyogo, noting that Hyogo Prefecture is an excellent location for B-class gourmet foods. He mentioned the prefecture’s efforts to connect to the greater Kansai-area tourism network vis a vis projects like the Flower of Kansai Route. Mr. Kato spoke in detail about Kobe City’s current approach to tourism: “focus[ing] on the present by building on the past.” Kobe City’s goal is to focus on “lifestyle tourism in Kobe.” To that end, tourism officials are asking themselves “What is the story of Kobe City?”

Thanks to their speeches, listeners were able to take away a great deal of information about the strategies towards tourism at the prefectural and city level.

Following the Hyogo and Kobe speakers, three presentations were made by members of the Kansai Consular Corps. Consul-General Lombardi (Italy), Consul-General Manapan (Thailand), and Acting Consul-General Hwang (USA) each shared their insight regarding tourism in their own countries and their candid feedback for Hyogo-Kobe (the KCC Executive Secretariat was particularly moved by CG Lombardi, who delivered his presentation entirely in Japanese).

CG Lombardi spoke about Italian tourism, noting how the Olympics provides a great opportunity to improve existing facilities (such as museums).

IMG_1980CG Lombardi (Italy) addresses the audience, delivers his presentation in Japanese

CG Manapan discussed how tourism contributes to grassroots income in his country, and discussed how the Thai tourism board overcame a challenge regarding brand image in the 1980’s by educating the public. He also introduced current tourism campaigns which emphasize people and culture.

IMG_1982CG Manapan (Thailand) engages the audience, provides overview of Thailand’s Tourism efforts past and present

Acting CG Hwang emphasized the importance of commitment, partnership and visibility in tourism promotion efforts. She also highlighted what she thought were strengths (from a tourist’s perspective) and areas for further development regarding tourism infrastructure in Hyogo Prefecture and Japan at large.

Presentations were followed by a lively Q&A in which members of the Kansai Consular Corps provided feedback.

CG Changsan (India) discussed the expectations of Indian tourists and highlighted the need for Japan tourism representatives to combat the stereotype that Japan is 1) too far and 2) too expensive. He also mentioned that the concept of vegetarianism among some Indians is different from that in Japan (depending on one’s beliefs, eggs and garlic may not be considered vegetarian in India).

IMG_1988Thoughtful feedback by CG Changsan (India)

CG Taguiang (Philippines) raised the point that how a tourist comes to Kansai matters. For example, she noted that tourists who come to Kansai are likely to visit Hyogo; whereas tourists who come from Tokyo are likely only to go to Kyoto. She suggested that Kobe partner with local transport providers such as the JR Shinkansen to enrich routes to Kobe.

IMG_1990Feedback to the hosts by CG Tanguing (Philippines)

CG Binh (Vietnam) informed the panel that Hyogo-Kobe is known in Vietnam for beef and earthquakes. He suggested that one way to expand the image of the area to Vietnamese travelers would be to forge closer cultural exchanges with the cities of Vietnam (“people-to-people exchange”), and also to work closely with the local Vietnamese community in Kobe. CG Binh also noted that many Vietnamese travelers go to India to visit Buddhist sites and proposed that this may be an area to promote in Hyogo.IMG_1993

CG Binh (Vietnam) offers insight from the Vietnamese perspective

A reception followed the event. The Mayor of Kobe opened the evening with a greeting. Governor Ido delighted guests with an impromptu poem he created after hearing the inputs of KCC members. His poem was deftly translated into English on the fly by a very talented interpreter, Ms. Miyamoto. Remarks were also provided by the Chairman of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly, Ambassador Miwa opened the reception with a kanpai toast.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 10.59.20Governor Ido (right) and Mayor Hisamoto (front center)

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 10.58.59The crowd is charmed by Governor Ido’s poem, skillfully rendered into English by Ms. Miyamoto from Hyogo Prectural Government Office

Closing remarks were provided by CG Wols.

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Some of the women working before and behind the scenes for Kobe, Hyogo, and Kansai.

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The Kansai Consular Corps would like to thank its hosts for their kindness and cooperation in hosting this event.

(written by Angela Troianos, Executive Secretariat Kansai Consular Corps)