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  Message from Mr. Akira Ouchi, Consul General of Japan in Karachi
CG  I would like to make a report on the activities carried out by the Consulate-General
 of Japan from August to Mid-September this year as written below.

 On August 6, I signed the grant contract for “The Project for the Improvement of  the  Eye Hospital in the District Badin, Sindh under the Grant Assistance for
 for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) scheme with the Chairman of Layton
 Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust (LRBT) at Japan Information and Culture Center.     
 The project is to provide about 104 thousand US dollars to build a new operation
 theater for providing adequate and free eye treatment to people in the region.

 On August 14, I attended the Independence Day Celebration Ceremony at Mazar-e-Quaid and observed
flag hoisting and floral wreath ceremony.

 From August 18 to 19, Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Defense Masahisa
Sato paid an
 official visit to Karachi. On August 18, Vice-Minister Sato visited Mazar-e-Quaid to pay tribute to
 Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali
Jinnah and laid a floral wreath. On August 19, Vice-Minister Sato toured
ship of Pakistan Navy and visited Pakistan Marine Corps as well as Pakistan Air Force Academy.

 On August 21, I hosted the Gathering and Reception for the JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of  Exchange for Students and Youths) participants at Japan Information and Culture Center. JENESYS is a  program initiated by then Prime Minister Abe in 2007 to invite the youths from Asian and Oceanian  regions  to Japan to interchange with the youths in Japan. The Government of Japan invited about 45,000  youths  from Asian and Oceanian regions to Japan from 2007 to 2012. With its great success, the  Government of  Japan decided to continue this youth exchange program and Prime Minister Abe
 announced “JENESYS 2.0” in January 2013 to invite 30,000 youths from Asian and Oceanian regions to  visit Japan and Japan has also been inviting youths from Pakistan. I hosted the reception this time for not  only the participants of JENESYS but also the invitees of the Japanese language students to Japan and they  became intimate and formed a network for exchange in the future.

On August 23, I visited the Vapor Heat Treatment Facility in the Plant Quarantine at Karachi International
 Airport. I looked
 at mangoes being vapor heat treated to be exported to Japan.  About 2.65 tons of
 mangoes were
exported to Japan from  July to August this year. I hope more mangoes will be exported to  Japan next year.

On September 9 and 10, our Consulate and Ikebana International Karachi Chapter co-organized Ikebana
 Workshop at
 Japan Information and Culture Center. The Ikebana master who came from Singapore  instructed ikebana arrangements.

 From September 11 to 12, Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi paid
 an official visit to Karachi. This was his first official visit to Pakistan. On September 12, Vice-Minister
 Kiuchi visited Mazar-e-Quaid to pay tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and laid  a floral
 wreath. He also visited Pak Suzuki Motor Company, one of the leading Japanese auto industry pioneers
 in Pakistan and exchanged views with representatives of Japanese companies
September 2013 
 Akira Ouchi

 Consul-General of Japan in Karachi



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