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2016/04/07

Courtesy Call from the Representatives of Labor Unions of G7 Countries and Others

On April 7, 2016, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received a courtesy call at the Prime Minister’s Office from the representatives of labor unions of G7 countries and others.
(Source: Prime Minister’s Office website)

2016/03/10

Courtesy Call to Prime Minister Abe from Heads and Representatives of Local Governments concerned with the Ise-Shima Summit and Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received a courtesy call at 3:00 pm on March 10 for approximately 15 minutes from the heads and representatives of local governments concerned with the Ise-Shima Summit and Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting, including those from the areas where the Summit and the Ministers’ Meeting will be held. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda and other Japanese government officials greeted them as well. A list of the heads and representatives of local governments is shown in 3.

  1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his appreciation for the visit of the heads and representatives of the local governments, and stated that he would like to work closely on perfecting preparations, including security measures, for accepting the overseas leaders attending the Summit and the Ministers’ Meeting on which the world’s attention is focused. Prime Minister Abe added that he would expect the heads and representatives to transmit the beauty of Japan and the unique attractions of the areas to the rest of the world to the greatest extent possible.
    In response to this, Governor Eikei Suzuki of Mie Prefecture mentioned that Mie Prefecture already started making extensive preparations in order to open the Summit safely and securely. He also mentioned that Mie Prefecture already started making intensive efforts to transmit information in order to foster momentum toward the Summit as well. He added that Mie Prefecture in cooperation with other local governments concerned already arranged promotion initiatives so that the Summit would be a good pioneering opportunity of regional revitalization.
  2. The introductions of the heads and representatives of the rest of the local governments were made, and the respective heads mentioned their hopes for the Ministerial Meeting.
  3. The participants from the local governments were, Eikei Suzuki (Governor of Mie Prefecture), Masaru Hashimoto (Governor of Ibaraki Prefecture), Ryuichi Ishii (Governor of Toyama Prefecture), Keizo Hamada (Governor of Kagawa Prefecture), Akira Shinoda (Mayor of Niigata), Kaori Ito (Mayor of Kurashiki), Kenji Hitahashi (Mayor of Kitakyushu), Satoshi Torii (Deputy Mayor of Kobe), Hideki Ishihara (Director General of Industry and Labor Department), Kazuo Endo (Head of Sendai Municipal Government Tokyo Office), and Manabu Iwasaki (Hiroshima Municipal Government Tokyo Office)

(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

2015/12/09

Ms. Aiko Shimajiri, Minister of State for Science & Technology Policy, Visits Tsukuba

Ms. Aiko Shimajiri, Minister of State for Special Missions (Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy) paid an official visit to Tsukuba on December 9, 2015. She held talks with Director Reona Esaki of the Tsukuba International Congress Center, Governor Masaru Hashimoto of Ibaraki Prefecture, and Mayor Kenichi Ichihara of Tsukuba at the Tsukuba International Congress Center, where the Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting will be held.

During the talks, Minister Shimajiri asked Director Esaki, Governor Hashimoto, and Mayor Ichihara for their cooperation in the success of the Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting.

In response to this, Director Esaki explained how high Tsukuba’s affinity with science and technology is, and stated that he would like to transmit the importance of science by taking the opportunity of the visit of the Ministers of Science and Technology of the respective countries.

Governor Hashimoto said that Ibaraki Prefecture has launched a promotion council jointly with the public and private sectors and started preparations for the success of the Science & Technology Ministers’ Meeting, and asked for the efforts and consideration of the Cabinet Office in the transmission of Japan’s science and technology.

Mayor Ichihara stated that the entire city would greet the Ministers of the respective countries showing them the Japanese culture of “Omotenashi” (generous hospitality) and that he would like to cooperate so that people from all over the world would feel at ease while staying in Tsukuba.

(Source: Ibaraki Prefectural Government’s website)

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