| Message from Mr. Akira Ouchi, Consul General of Japan in Karachi
theater for providing adequate and free eye treatment to people in the region.
| 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
On August 14, I attended the Independence Day Celebration Ceremony at Mazar-e-Quaid and observed
the 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
the 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
Consul-General of Japan in Karachi