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.
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
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.
“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!
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!
“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. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/otsu/20221209/2060012166.html 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&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。
Science and Technology Diplomatic Circle conducted the second activity; visit to Fugaku at RIKEN center for computational science and technology in Kobe, a world’s highest performance supercomputer which made debuted on 2020. Fugaku held the first spot on top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers for four times by May 2022.
“Kansai International Exchange Program” at the Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation, was conducted by Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Osaka Business & Investment Center on 14 September. The meeting/museum tour was attended by 13 representatives from the Consulate General/Consulate in Kansai including Vice-Dean of Kansai Consular Corps. At the tour, history of Osaka which shall provide many business opportunities as an attractive investment destination for companies around the world was introduced.
We look forward to next collaboration event with Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry!