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December 2018

December 18, 2018

A Cruise Seminar in Seattle by Japan's 6 harbors Collaboration

(Photo 1) presentation in the seminar presentation in the seminar
(Photo 2) exchange of opinions exchange of opinions

On October 24, "Japan Cruise Seminar in Seattle 2018", co-organized by Japan Sea and Seto Inland Sea Ports (Port of Aomori, Kanazawa, Sakai, Kitakyushu, Hiroshima and Kobe), was held in Consul General's official residence in Seattle. The aim of this seminar was to expand the number of stops of U.S. cruise ships and foreign passengers. Representatives from the six ports presented their own receiving plan of cruise ships and attractiveness of tourism around the port. In the reception after the seminar, local culinary products and Japanese Sake from the regions where ports are located were served to the participants.

Ambassadors' Study Tour to Kochi Prefecture

(Photo 3) paper technology center paper technology center
(Photo 4) trying bonito pole-and-line fishing trying bonito pole-and-line fishing

From October 25 to 26, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kochi Prefectural Government co-organized Ambassadors' Study Tour to Kochi Prefecture. In the tour, ambassadors visited disaster prevention facilities for tsunami and earthquake and had discussions of related matters. The ambassadors also visited Kochi's traditional industrial facilities - paper and Sake brewing factories. Furthermore, the ambassadors heard explanation about the Kochi's efforts for protection of sustainable fishing industry and water resources in Kure Harbor, which is famous for Katsuo Ippon-Zuri (bonito pole-and-line fishing).

Diplomats' Study Tour to Shizuoka Prefecture

(Photo 5) bonito processing factory bonito processing factory
(Photo 6) Izu Velodrome Izu Velodrome

From November 12 to 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-organized diplomats' Study Tour to Shizuoka Prefecture with TSJ (Tourism Shizuoka Japan). The diplomats visited Izu Velodrome, which will be the venue of the track cycling games in the Olympic and Paralympics Tokyo 2020. Also, they enjoyed Shizuoka's attractiveness, visiting bonito processing factory and craft whiskey distillery, as well as experiencing tea ceremony.

From the Tour

Learn more about the destination city of our Diplomats' study tour on November 12-13, 2018 !

Cycle Sports in Shizuoka Prefecture

Izu City in Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka is the venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics cycling games and the track race is going to be held in Izu Velodrome. it is the first indoor wooden 250 meter cycling track in Japan and meets global standards for cycling competition.
Izu Velodrome is located in the Japan Cycle Sports Centre. This is a world-leading comprehensive cycle training centre on an unprecedented scale. The Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) designated this facility as an Event-Specific Affiliated National Training Center Facility.

  • (Photo 7) Izu Velodrome
  • (Photo 8) Izu Velodrome
Izu Velodrome
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