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)