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  Message from Mr. Akira Ouchi, Consul General of Japan at Karachi
CG  I would like to make a report on the activities done by the Consulate-General
 of Japan from January to March this year as written below.
 The Consulate-General of Japan held Japanese Calendar Exhibition from
 January 21 to 25 at Japan Information and Culture Center and on February 11,
 I gave a lecture on “Japan-Pakistan Relationship” at Rotary Club of
 On February 14 I signed the grant contract for “The Project for improving
 water supply and sanitation systems in the District Tando Muhammad Khan, Sindh”
 under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) scheme
 with the Executive Director of Sindh Community Foundation. This project is to 
 supply 27 flood-affected villages in the District Tando Muhammad Khan, Sindh with 216 hand water pumps,
 5 water supply systems and 200 public toilets, worth about 100 thousand US dollars.
 On February 26, I went to Hyderabad and gave a lecture on “Japan-Pakistan Relationship" and showed
 DVDs the reconstruction of the Tohoku region and explained the reconstruction of the Tohoku region
 and explained the current state of Japan as   “Genki-na-Nippon” or “Vigorous Japan” at Hyderabad
 Chamber of Commerce.
 From March 4 to 8, the Exercise of AMAN-13, hosted by
Pakistan Navy, was conducted and two
 patrol planes of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force also participated in this exercise. On March 8,
 I attended the International Fleet Review hosted by Pakistan Navy and observed the ships and planes
 participated in this exercise including Japanese patrol planes.
 On March 11, the Consulate-General of Japan held a reception to commemorate the Second Anniversary
 of the Great East Japan Earthquake which devastated the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11,
 2011 at Japan Information and Culture Center. About 50 people, including Mr. Shujra, Sindh  Minister of
 Reconstruction as a chief guest and the officials of Sindh Government, the representatives of PJCA and
and journalists, attended the event.  We have displayed panels on reconstruction of Tohoku region
 and posters on Cool Japan and Ikebana flowers arranged by four Ikebana flower arrangement organizations  and showed the DVDs on how Tohoku region of Japan has recovered from the disaster and appealed
 “Genki-na-Nippon” or Vigorous Japan.
 The Consulate-General of Japan held “Japan Week” at Japan Information and Culture Center from
 March 11 to
14. On March 11 when we held a reception to commemorate the Second Anniversary of the  Great East Japan Earthquake, we inaugurated Japan Week. On March 12 Ikebana Demonstrations were held  by four Ikebana flower arrangement organizations namely Ikebana International and the study
 groups of Ikenobo, Sogetsu and Ohara and about 50 Ikebana loving people and journalists attended
 the event. On March 13, Japanese Film Show on the animation film entitled “Girl who leaps time”
 was shown and about 50 people of the students of Japanese language classes and the members of
 “Metal Seinen” attended and watched the film. On March 14, Origami Workshop together with the
 showing of the DVDs on the life of Japanese elementary school students was held and about 50 people,
 including the students of Hamdard Public School, attended the event.
 These events held during “Japan Week” were broadcasted on TVs and reported by newspapers in Pakistan.
 On March 24, the Consulate-General of Japan held “Japanese Speech Contest” at Japan Information and
 Culture Center. 8 persons participated in “Reading Contest” and 10 persons participated in

 “Speech Contest”.  They have presented their good knowledge of Japanese language they have acquired so
  far to the audience of about 80 people.

  March 2013 
  Akira Ouchi

 Consul-General of Japan in Karachi




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