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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 students on January 20 at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkha. Japan
 strongly condemns such act of terrorism and 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 middle of December last  
year till January this year as written below.
   On December 19, the 104th Midshipmen Commissioning and 13th SSC Course Passing Out Parade was held at the Pakistan

 Naval Academy. I also attended and watched the parade and observed the event like the previous years.
  On December 21, Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, President of Lions Clubs International, together with about 20 members of Pakistan Lions Club, visited
 the Consulate-General of Japan.

  The Japanese Calendar Exhibition was held at Japan Information and Culture Center from January 12 to 16. 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 since 2009 in order to introduce to the Pakistani people the Japanese traditional and modern culture as well as Japanese advanced printing technology.
 About 170 people came to see the exhibition.This exhibition will also be held in Quetta in February.
  On January 13, I attended the Handover Ceremony for “The Project for the Provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Facilities for 25 Primary Schools in
 Hyderabad”.  Latrines and water pumps for 25 primary schools in Hyderabad were installed under the Grant Assistance for grassroots Human Security Project
 (grant: about 51 thousand US dollars). This project will contribute to the improvement of sanitary conditions of the primary schools so that more students
 will be able to attend 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.

   I made an official visit to Hyderabad and Jamshoro District from January 20 to 21.   On January 20, I delivered a keynote speech on Japan’s foreign policy
 at the Seminar on Japan Asia Relations” held at University of Sindh. After my speech, Prof. Dr. Mangi, Prof. Dr. Kakepoto and Assistant Prof. Khoso
 delivered their speeches related to “Japan Asia Relations”. Over 120 students and faculty members from various faculties attended the Seminar and keenly
 listened to the speeches and a lively question and answer session ensued. On January 21, I delivered a speech at the Japanese Scholarship Seminar
 organized by MEXT Alumni Association of Pakistan (MAAP), Sindh Chapter at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in Jamshoro.
 The President of MAAP Sindh Chapter and two other members of MMAP talked on their experience of study in Japan and the staff of our office explained
 about the scholarship. Over 170 students and faculty members from various faculties attended the Seminar. The students got the useful information
 on the Japanese scholarship and are expected to consider applying for the scholarship.
January 2016 

 Akira Ouchi

 Consul-General of Japan in Karachi


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