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  Message from Mr. Akira Ouchi, Consul General of Japan in Karachi
 I would like to make a report on the activities carried out by the Consulate-General of Japan from late January till March
 this year as written below.
   On January 29, “Bonseki demonstration and lecture” by Mrs. Midori Inomata, wife of the Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan, 
 was held at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi. Over 200 people attended the event and they were encaptivated by the
    In February, I signed three grant contracts for Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) at Japan
 Information and Culture Center. I signed grant contracts for “the Project for the Provision of Ambulances to Jam-e-Shafa

 Organization” (about 100 thousand US dollars for two ambulances) on February 3, for “the Project for Expanding and

 Strengthening Hamdard Free Mobile Dispensaries” (about 73 thousand US dollars for 10 mobile dispensaries) on February
 10 and for “the Project for the Provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Facilities for 25 Primary Schools in Hyderabad” on February 12 (about 51
 thousand US dollars for latrines and water pumps for 25 primary schools). The GGP Scheme has been implemented to benefit the local people in
 responding to their basic human needs in a small scale but in a prompt manner.
    On February 4, “Shodo” (Japanese calligraphy) demonstration and lecture by Mrs. Junko Ouchi, my wife was held at Japan Information and Culture
 Center. The participants learnt about the principles and techniques of “Shodo” and they also had an opportunity to practice this traditional Japanese fine
     From February 26 to March 1, “Expo Pakistan” was held at Expo Center. The “Japan Pavilion”, introducing Japanese products was set up at the Expo
 Pakistan. I visited Expo Center, including the Japan Pavilion. About 30 Japanese business people invited by TDAP visited Karachi on this occasion.
     From March 2 to 7, “Japanese Dolls Exhibition” was held at Japan Information and Culture Center. The inauguration ceremony was held on March 2
 with the attendance of Ms. Sharmila Farooqui, Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism as Chief Guest. More than 80 dolls sent by Japan Foundation were
 displayed and about 650 people came to appreciate the dolls with great eagerness.
     From March 17 to 19, I made an official visit to Quetta, Balochistan. It was my second official visit to Quetta since April 2014. On March 17, I presented
 the Certificate of Appreciation from H.E. Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan to Syed Nadeem Alam Shah, Honorary Consul-General
 of Japan in Quetta. On March 18, I delivered a lecture at the University of Balochistan of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Services
 (BUITEMS) on “Bilateral Relations between Japan and Pakistan” and inaugurated the Japanese Film Festival at the auditorium of BUITEMS and
  “Castle in the Sky” was screened. On March 19, I delivered a lecture at Quetta Chamber of Commerce & Industry, on “Economic Relations between Japan
 and Pakistan”. I once again felt strong interest towards Japan and high expectations on the Japanese assistance to the development of Balochistan from the
 people of Balochistan.

March, 2015 

 Akira Ouchi

 Consul-General of Japan in Karachi



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