Breakfast meeting with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mexico, visit to the Japan-Mexico Association, and luncheon with young people with a great affinity toward Japan and Nikkei people.
On January 5, commencing at 9:15 a.m. (local time; on January 6, 0:15 a.m. JST) for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting the United Mexican States, had a breakfast meeting with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mexico, followed by the visit to the Japan-Mexico Association commencing at 10:35 a.m. (local time; January 6, 1:35 a.m. JST) for approximately 45 minutes. Minister Hayashi also attended a luncheon with young people with an affinity toward Japan as well as Nikkei (Japanese immigrants and their descendants) commencing at 1:45 p.m. (local time; 4:45 a.m. on January 6 JST) for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. The overview is as follows.
- lMinister Hayashi gave remarks at a breakfast meeting with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mexico held at the Japan-Mexico Association, stressing the importance of further expansion of Japan-Mexico economic relations, which have made great strides in terms of trade and investment. Minister Hayashi also stated that the Japanese government would continue to make efforts to support Japanese companies. The Minister then exchanged views with Mr. Kono, President of the Chamber, and other attendees on the business environment in Mexico and future issues.
- Following this, Minister Hayashi paid floral tribute at the memorial monument and toured the Japan-Mexico Association, where he was briefed by Mr. Hayase, President of the Association, and other officials on the history and current activities of Japanese and Nikkei who have made their lives in Mexico.
- At the luncheon, Minister Hayashi noted that Nikkei and the people with an affinity toward Japan have played an important role as a bridge between Japan and Mexico, building a good bilateral relationship, and called for further expansion of the circle of people with a great affinity toward Japan with the cooperation of the leaders of the next generation.