Speech by Consul General Eiichi Kawahara
Remarks by the Consul General of Japan in Miami
Hello! The people of Orlando!
I am grateful for the opportunity to personally convey my greetings to you.
This year, northern Japan suffered a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11th. Some of the towns in that region were hardly hit, and a large number of people were either missing or confirmed dead.
Now, I would like to assure you that Japan is open for business and travel. We have to rebuild the towns devastated by Tsunami. Business of rebuilding the new and future oriented communities is open to foreign companies.
Even though the earthquake and Tsunami was powerful, it affected mainly the northeastern coastal region. We assure you that the rest of Japan did not suffer and life already becomes normal. Visitors from Florida and all over the world are warmly welcome, just as before, to enjoy Japan’s amazing natural beauty and the richness of its history and culture.
Do you happen to know which country has more “Michelin 3-Star” restaurants in the world? Japan has 26 restaurants, the largest number in the world, according to the 2010 Michelin Guide. Yet, I am sure that there are hundreds more potential 3-Star restaurant all over Japan. Next time you visit Japan, please enjoy Japanese local food.
We are happy that this festival has seen, year by year, an increasing number of participants, as well as more cultural performances and booths sponsored by various entities. Bon-odori is a traditional dance in Japan to celebrate good harvest every year. Let’s enjoy the traditions, music, dances and foods of Japan.
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