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Foreign Minister Hayashi to Visit Akita Prefecture (“Local to Global” Project)

June 16, 2023

On June 17, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, is scheduled to visit Akita Prefecture with diplomatic corps in Japan as the fourth round of the “Local to Global” Project that aims to promote the attractiveness of regional areas of Japan worldwide, following his visits to Nagasaki Prefecture last November, Miyagi Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture last December, and Okayama Prefecture this February. Minister Hayashi will be accompanied by Mr. TAKEI Shunsuke, State Minister for Foreign Affairs.

  1. In this project, Minister for Foreign Affairs and State Minister for Foreign Affairs visit Japan’s regions together with members of the diplomatic corps in Japan. The project is aimed at stimulating inbound tourism and further vitalizing Japan’s regions by having members of the diplomatic corps experience the charms of Japan’s regions and deepen their understanding of these regions through dialogue with local people, and encouraging them to promote these regions to citizens in their own countries.
  2. During his visit, Minister Hayashi is to visit a local sake brewery, a facility for folk performing arts heritage, and Japan’s first large-scale offshore wind farms to be operated on a commercial basis together with members of the diplomatic corps, and to exchange views with the local government and members of the local business community.

    In particular, the promotion of clean energy, including offshore wind power generation, was discussed at the G7 Hiroshima Summit, and it is hoped that this visit will serve as an opportunity for Ambassadors to Japan to understand Japan’s efforts for decarbonization.

    In addition, Minister Hayashi is to hold a roundtable dialogue with people including youths based in Akita who are actively contributing to a wide range of fields, and exchange views on Japan’s diplomacy and the promotion of the attractiveness of Akita.
(Reference) Overview of the visit schedule: June 17 (Saturday)

Visit sites in Akita City
(Akita Shurui Seizoh Co., Ltd.’s Goshono-Gura Brewery, Akita City Folk Performing Arts Heritage Center, and Akita Offshore Wind Corporation)
Exchange views with the Governor of Akita Prefecture, the Deputy Mayor of Akita City, members of the local business community, and members of the diplomatic corps in Japan
Roundtable dialogue with people based in Akita who are actively contributing to their field

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