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ISHIKAWA & TOYAMA Industrial Tour (FY2009) [June 15-17, 2009]

ISHIKAWA & TOYAMA Industrial Tour (FY2009)


Outline


IIST organizes industrial tours to introduce regional economies and industries to foreign diplomats stationed in Japan. In fiscal 2009 the tour visited Ishikawa Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture.

Dates: June 15 (Monday) - 17 (Wednesday), 2009
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Co-organized by: Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry METI
In cooperation with: Ishikawa Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture
Supported by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Places:Ishikawa Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture


Participants


13persons (For details, please see bottom of page.)


Visited places


Ishikawa Prefecture
-(1)Ishikawa Prefecture Government Office (courtesy call to the governor, general explanation of prefecture)
-(2)Plant in the prefecture manufacturing construction and mining machinery and industrial machinery)
-(3)Hakuichi Co.
-(4)Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen

Toyama Prefecture
-(1)Toyama Prefecture Government Office (courtesy call to the governor, general explanation of prefecture)
-(2)Kurobe Office of YKK Corp.
-(3)Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp.
-(4)Kanaoka-tei at Toyama Kenmin Kaikan Bunkan (listed as a tangible cultural property)


Overview


From June 15 to 17, 2009, IIST organized an industrial tour for foreign diplomats stationed in Japan to Ishikawa Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture with the aims of deepening their understanding and awareness of regional Japan through the introduction of regional economies and securing a foothold for the promotion of mutual business exchange. In both prefectures the participating diplomats paid courtesy calls to the prefectural governors and had the opportunity to hold talks with the governors and senior officials of the prefectural governments. In addition, with the cooperation and warm welcome of the two prefectural governments, the diplomats were able to have talks and discussions with representatives of regional business circles.
In the industrial visits, the participating diplomats enthusiastically inspected traditional crafts and representative companies of the two prefectures. They commented that “Although I have had the opportunity to see the products, I had not been able to view the manufacturing process before” and “It has been a good opportunity to learn about the development of the regional economies.” Many participants also said that they wanted to visit the region again.
The industrial tour was also reported as local news by local newspapers and television stations.


A visit to Hakuichi Co. in Ishikawa Prefecture to see the process of making craft products decorated with gold leaf

A visit to Hakuichi Co. in Ishikawa Prefecture to see the process of making craft products decorated with gold leaf

Courtesy call to Ishikawa Prefecture Governor Masanori Tanimoto

Courtesy call to Ishikawa Prefecture Governor Masanori Tanimoto


Courtesy call to Toyama Prefecture Governor Takakazu Ishii

Courtesy call to Toyama Prefecture Governor Takakazu Ishii

Visit to the Kurobe Office of YKK Corp.

Visit to the Kurobe Office of YKK Corp.


Participants


-Australian Embassy
-Embassy of the Republic of Austria
-Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium
-Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil
-Embassy of Canada
-Embassy of the Czech Republic
-Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
-Embassy of the Republic of Korea
-Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
-Embassy of Romania
-Embassy of the Russian Federation
-Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
-Embassy of the Slovak Republic



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