Dear all friends,
A Happy New Year!
I am writing to inform you that after three years and four months of my mission at the Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai, I left Shanghai for Tokyo on January 4.
Yukari and I have really enjoyed both our official and private life here in Shanghai. This was my fifth time to live in China, but the first living experience in Shanghai, which has indeed widened and deepened my understanding of the Chinese people, culture, life and society. At the same time, I have learned a lot about significant roles that Japanese people and companies play here as well as various challenges facing them. On this occasion, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the people who strongly supported the work of the Consulate General.
During my term, Japan-China relations have improved steadily. The year 2017 marked the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and in 2018 we have celebrated the 40th anniversary of peace and friendship treaty. Mutual official visits by both leaders were realized, thus bilateral relationship has got back on the normal track and entered a stage of new cooperation. We highly expect that President Xi Jinping will visit Japan at an appropriate time this year. I was lucky enough to observe such a positive trend of bilateral relations in Shanghai, the frontline of Japan-China exchanges.
On this occasion, Yukari and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of you for your strong support and warm hospitality that you extended to us during our stay here. Our work and life here would not have been so smooth and pleasant without your help. We will really miss Shanghai.
My successor, Mr. Akio ISOMATA and his wife, Chieko ISOMATA who are going to arrive in Shanghai on January 10. I sincerely hope you will provide them with the same support that we enjoyed.
I wish you all the best in the new year! Thank you again, Xiexie and Doumo Arigatou Gozaimashita!
Former Consul-General of Japan in Shanghai