On November 25, 2011 Ambassador of Ukraine to Japan Mykola Kulinich has opened the Honorary Consulate of Ukraine in Kobe. Mr. Takashi Matsutani Vice-President of “Kobe Steel”, one of the most prominent Japanese companies, was appointed for the position of the Honorary Consul. Mr. Matsutani and Ambassador signed the Agreement on Functions and Duties of the Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Kobe, after which Ambassador pronounced the official opening of the Consulate.
The reception on the occasion of the opening of the Consulate was held in Kobe with the participation of Hyogo prefecture Governor Mr. Toshizo Ido, Kobe city Mayor Mr. Tatsuo Yada, Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to the Kansai region Ambassador Yuichi Kusumoto, Head of Japan-Ukraine Economic Council Mr. Hakuo Yanagisawa, Head of Japanese Parliament Friendship Association Mr. Eisuke Mori, business and political representatives of Japan in general and Kansai region in particular.
In his opening remarks Ambassador stated that the opening of the Honorary Consulate is a significant event for bilateral relations between our countries and said that at his opinion this will increase presence of our country in Japan and in Kansai region, what will enhance cooperation between Ukraine and the stated region.
In his turn, Mr. Matsutani said that while fulfilling the duties of Honorary Consul he will promote not only political and economical, but cultural and educational relations between Ukraine and Kansai region as well.
In his congratulatory speech, the Head of Japan-Ukraine Economic Council Mr. Hakuo Yanagisawa stated that as a country with fertile lands, developed agriculture and ancient history and culture Ukraine is a very important country for Japan and cooperation with our country should be one of the essential directions of Japanese foreign policy.
While in Kobe Ambassador Kulinich has visited “Kobe Steel” office and Nadahama electric power station which belongs to the company. At the power plant Ambassador learnt about unique ecologically friendly technologies which allow the full range plant activity in the center of Kobe city without polluting the environment.