Cultural News iReport / Farewell speech by Consul General Junichi Ihara
Japanese Consul General Junichi Ihara in Los Angeles will be returning to Tokyo on Sept 8, 2011 after 3-year and 4-month assignment. Japanese and Japanese American organization hosted a farewell dinner for Consul General and Mrs. Ihara on Sept 1 at Quiet Cannon event place at Montebello, California. Approximately 400 people attened.
An excerpt of Consul General Ihara speech are following:
The most important thing I have learned here is that the US-Japan relations are made of contacts and friendships among innumerable of Japanese and Americans over decades and decades. The government to government relations is important. We have to keep it good. But that is a just tip of iceberg. And the rest of our relations are so solid because they are made by huge amount of friendships among Japanese and Americans. We, government officials, should not take it for grant. Of course. We must do more to encourage grassroots interactions.
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