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  Message from Mr. Akira Ouchi, Consul General of Japan in Karachi
 A Happy New Year!
 At the outset, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack which caused
 numerous deaths and injuries including many children on December 16 at the Army Public School in Peshawar. 
 Japan strongly condemns such acts of terrorism and Japan is determined to support efforts by the Government of
 Pakistan to fight against terrorism in cooperation with the international community.
 I would like to make a report on the activities carried out by the Consulate-General of Japan from the end of November
 last year till Mid-January this year as written below.

 From November 27 to 29, Japanese Film Festival was held by the Consulate-General of Japan in Karachi.Four

 Japanese films: “Castle in the Sky”, “Shodo girls!! Watashi tachi no koushien”, “Always: Sunset on Third Street 64’
 and “Welcome back, Mr. McDonald” were screened and on the first day, Cosplay (costume play) was co-organized with “Metal Seinen”, a Pakistani
 youth group who are actively engaged in promoting Japanese pop culture in Pakistan.
 On December 3, the Consulate-General of Japan held a reception to celebrate 81st Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor Akihito at a local hotel.
 About 630 guests, including the Sindh Senior Minister for Education and Literacy as Chief Guest and Minister for Livestock and Fisheries and
 Minister for Culture and Tourism as well as parliamentarians of Sindh and Balochistan and the Consul-Generals of other countries in Karachi,
 have attended. On that day, “Japan Exhibition” was also organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in collaboration with JETRO. 14 Japanese-related
 companies in Karachi have displayed their products such as automobiles, bus, truck and motorcycles, etc. The booths of JETRO and Japan Information
 and Culture Center (JICC) of the Consulate-General of Japan were also set up, thereby the Japanese products produced and sold by the Japanese
 companies were promoted and the Japanese culture was introduced to the attendees. At the booth of the JICC, the DVDs on the Emperor and
 Empress’s visit to foreign countries and on Japanese culture were shown and Japanese traditional toys and robots were displayed. Japanese cuisine such
 as Sushi and Tempura was also served. On this occasion, the paintings, which won the prizes at “Student’s Painting Contest 2014” held on October 30,
 were displayed and cosplay by “Metal Seinen” was shown.
 On December11, I attended the inauguration ceremony for the Project for the Improvement of the Eye Hospital in Badin, Sindh. The project is to contribute
 to the upgrading of eye treatment in the local areas under the Grant Assistance for grassroots Human Security Project (grant: 104 thousand US dollars).
 The Japanese Calendar Exhibition was held at Japan Information and Culture Center from January 12 to 17. The inauguration of the exhibition was
 held on January 12, with the attendance of the Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism as Chief Guest. This Japanese Calendar Exhibition has been held
 every year in order to introduce to the Pakistani people the Japanese traditional and modern culture as well as Japanese advanced printing technology.
 About 120 people came to see the exhibition. This exhibition will also be held in Quetta in February. 

January 2015 

 Akira Ouchi

 Consul-General of Japan in Karachi



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