Consul-General Kinefuchi recognized by Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell and House leaders (March 30, 2016)

3月30日,杵渕総領事は,テネシー州下院議会において執り行われた,日米および日・テネシー関係の促進に対する杵渕総領事の貢献を称えるテネシー州議会下院提出合同決議の贈呈式に出席しました。
 
贈呈式におけるハーウェル州下院議長からの祝辞に対し,杵渕総領事は,日テネシー間の草の根交流,文化交流,姉妹都市交流,地域間の関係構築におけるハズラム州知事や各省庁長官,州政府関係者の尽力への謝意を表した上で,テネシー州には,180社以上の日系企業が事業を展開しているが,日テネシー間の良好な関係は,経済関係にとどまらず,2月には,在日米軍経験者との関係構築のためのレセプションなど,あらゆる側面における友好的関係の更なる促進を実現することができている,今回の決議は,自分個人のみならず,日本にとって,極めて名誉なことと受け止めている旨述べ,更に今後もテネシー州を含む管轄地域における日米関係の益々の関係強化に取り組んで行くとの豊富を述べました。


 
(Photograph: State of Tennessee)


(Photograph: State of Tennessee)


On March 30th, Consul-General Masami Kinefuchi attended an special legislative ceremony, where he had the honor of being recognized by Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell and the full Tennessee House of Representatives for his “vital role in facilitating the exchange of commerce and culture between Japan and Tennessee” and for further strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship. This recognition is a great honor for Japan.
 
In his remarks to the House during the ceremony, Consul-General Kinefuchi thanked Speaker Harwell, who sponsored the bill, as well as Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and his cabinet, commissioners, and other government officials who have assisted our effort to enhance the friendly ties between Japan and Tennessee, as the Japan-Tennessee cooperation extends to areas such as grassroots exchanges, cultural events, sister city relationships, and community-level relationship building.  Consul-General Kinefuchi also noted that Japan and Tennessee, which is home to more than 180 Japanese-owned companies, enjoy very close economic and business relationship but that our relationship goes beyond commerce; in February, he had a privilege of hosting a reception for Tennessee’s military veterans who served as part of the U.S. Forces in Japan. 
 
He expressed his renewed commitment to further strengthening the close relationships between Japan and Tennessee and the other covering states.
 
Link: http://www.tnecd.com/blog/77/speaker-beth-harwell-house-leaders-honor-consul-general-of-japan