While he is there, Stephen will also attend a series of meetings on tourism, trade and education aimed at raising Adelaide’s profile as a place to study, visit and do business.
“The event is a significant occasion and I am honoured to be invited by the Mayor of Himeji City, Mr Toshikatsu Iwami, as an official guest,” Stephen said.
“This will be a great way to build our partnership and focus on strengthening Adelaide’s reputation for tourism, education and trade opportunities.”
The trip follows meetings with both the Japanese Ambassador to Australia in May 2011 and the Japanese Consul General in February 2012, both of whom formally invited the Lord Mayor to visit.
Ambassador Mr Shigekazu Sato said “Australia and Japan enjoy a long-standing and robust relationship with excellent economic, political and cultural ties.”
“I sincerely hope that the visit by Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood will reinforce not only sister-city relations between Adelaide and Himeji but also our two nations’ relations as comprehensive and strategic partners. I also hope that Lord Mayor Yarwood enjoys the cherry blossoms in full bloom in Himeji!”
The Lord Mayor’s attendance will also be seen as a sign of support for Japan, which is still recovering from last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Council will reciprocate the offer of celebration to Himeji by inviting Mayor Iwami to Adelaide later this year.
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