Message from Consul General


New Year Greetings 2023

At the beginning of the year 2023, I would like to extend my greetings to everyone.
In the last year 2022, which marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India, we could hold various events such as the 70th anniversary commemoration reception, Japan Festivals in Chennai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram, which contributed a lot to promote relations between Japan and Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Puducherry. I would like to express my sincere thanks to those who kindly extended support to the success of these events.
This year, Japan is the Chair country of the G7 and India is the Chair country of the G20. With the containment of Covid19 situation, I am sure activities of business as well as cultural relations will become more vigorous and peoples’ movement between Japan and India will increase. So as Japan-India relations as ‘Special Strategic and Global Partner’ will be further widened and deepened.
We, as Consulate-General of Japan, will extend courteous consular services and support those who promote economic and business relations, cultural and intellectual relations and people-to-people exchanges. I hope we can continue to have your kind understanding, suggestion, support, and cooperation in this year also.
Please accept my best wishes for your good health and happiness.
January 2023
TAGA Masayuki

Arrival Greeting

Masayuki Taga Consul General of Japan in Chennai
Welcome to the homepage of the Consulate- General of Japan in Chennai.
I am TAGA Masayuki, newly assigned Consul-General of Japan in Chennai. I moved from Kolkata where I served three and half year as Consul-General. I served at the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi twice before. Thus my previous assignments has given me opportunities to have some idea about India. However, I feel strongly that India is far and more diverse country and each state has uniqueness in many ways, so still lot of things I need to learn. The rich culture of South India can be truly experienced by participating in its festivals, savouring its cuisine, visiting sites of  architectural heritage and natural beauty, and most importantly, knowing the people live there who are fully steeped into their traditions and beliefs. I look forward to meeting people, experiencing the rich culture and leaning more of south India.
Japan and India are enjoying excellent relations as “Special Strategic and Global Partner” and political, security, economic and cultural relations between our two countries and our cooperations in various areas are quite deepening and widening. I am happy to note that the number of Japanese companies investing and doing business, especially in south India have increased many folds. These Japanese companies are contributing not only to “make in India” and development of the area but also to binding ties between the peoples of Japan and India. I am also encouraged to know that there are increasing number of people studying Japanese language and trying to understand about Japan more.
I would like to do my best effort to ensure the safety of Japanese national staying and visiting south India, to increase economic cooperation, cultural and intellectual relations and people-to-people exchanges, and extend my full support to those who are engaging in this regard. I hope I can have your kind understanding, support and cooperation in our efforts to further strengthening our friendship and cooperative relations.  
Now the entire world is facing a challenge and difficult time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We all should stand united and determined to face the situation with perseverance and courage by staying safe.
Thank you,
TAGA Masayuki
Consul – General of Japan in Chennai

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