Message from the Consul-General, Mr. Seiji Baba

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Only three months are left in this year, 2017. Time is running so fast. Here in Chennai, even in a tropical zone, weather is moving slowly and gradually toward cool and comfortable season. Along with arrival of monsoon, long lasting dry weather is coming to an end and we have showers on several days. Since beginning of this year, a precipitation was small and people were anxious about a drought. Hence, with those showers, we can take a resting breath for a while. But in some other regions in India had suffered from flood caused by heavy rain. It reminds us our experience, a flood in Chennai, in December 2015. We should watch closely for the weather so as never to happen again such flood.

Along with season going on, 3rd September, annual Summer Festival 2017 of the Japanese Association in Chennai was held and around 400 fellow Japanese residents in Chennai have participated in that festival. There were rich of programmes having been done, among others, inter circles games where a number of sports and cultural circles being full of activities on every weekend have contested each other and BON – ODORI, fire crackers. Participants really enjoyed those programmes and especially a pleasant atmosphere was created by this festival. Participants felt as if once they went back to Japan.

Last month on 13th and 14th September, Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Abe has visited to India. In this visit, the laying of a foundation stone ceremony for Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed railway construction project was taken place and its construction work started aiming at the start of operations in 2023. In this visit also bilateral summit meeting of two leaders was made and its accomplishments putting together was announced “Japan – India Joint Statement; Toward a Free, Open and Prosperous Indo-Pacific”. It shows us the vision for future cooperation between Japan and India in Indo – Pacific Region. On the occasion of this visit, “Japan – India Business Leaders Forum” and “Japan India Economic Forum” were also held where “Japan – India Investment Promotion Road map” was adopted. It shows us the detailed way for further development of business cooperation between two countries. This visit established firm foundation in order to reinforce further an existing strong relations between two countries.

Along with arrival of “autumn season”, the activities and functions will become lively in various sectors, like in business, in studies and in cultural activities. This year, 2017 is designated as “The Year of Japan – India Friendly Exchange”. Under this memorial year programmes, 3 days long “the 6th Japanese film festival in Chennai” will be held from October 6 and followed by Japan “Wood Block Print Exhibition” from October 23. Also Japanese traditional music unit “WASABI” will give us public performances on October 31st in Chennai and November 2nd in Madurai. Detailed information about these programmes will be announced in this home page and some other means. I wish as much number of people will join with those functions.

A time of busy is closing toward year end. I do request Japanese residents in South India to pay attention on your health and to have sound and healthy days.

                                         Seiji Baba
                                                                                                           Consul - General of Japan in Chennai

                                                                                                           October, 2017