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10/02/2011

Consul General of Japan in Detroit will enhance the Michigan-Shiga relations

On September 29, Consul General of Japan in Detroit held a press conference at the Shiga Prefectural Office in Otsu, Shiga. Mr. Kuninori Matsuda, who oversees Japan-related diplomatic activities in Shiga's sister state Michigan of United States, expressed his policy to facilitate the Michigan-Shiga relations by helping cultural and educational exchanges.

One of the projects he mentioned is to help Michigan's retail giant Meijer build an authentic Japanese garden equipped with tea room and so on in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With the consulate general's cooperation, Meijer will directly consult with a local gardening company in Omihachiman, a sister city of the hometown of Gerald Ford.

"Michigan and Shiga have been close on a daily basis. I would like to contribute to this bond which I believe will lead to the future economic development," says the consul general. 

(Kyoto Shimbun, September 30, 2011)

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