Diplomat hopes stronger ties between Japan, Davao
Subscribe Now February 13, 2023 at 11:31am
“Sennan City Mayor Yamamoto Yuma and Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte met and both of them committed to carry out exchanges and cooperation in the fields of economy, education, trade, tourism, health, and culture as well as pursue a sister city agreement,” Ishikawa said during the celebration of the Japanese emperor’s birthday on February 11, 2023, at the SMX Convention Center.
Ishikawa said they are hoping that Sennan City will be Davao’s second sister city after Kitakyushu City.
Aside from future cooperation, he said that Japanese companies have also participated in the ongoing tunnel project in the city, which is the first long-distance tunnel in the country.
“Once completed, the bypass will reduce travel time between Toril, Davao City to Panabo City from two hours to just 49 minutes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ishikawa said they are preparing for the 120th anniversary of Japanese migration in the country.
“Riding high on last year’s positive developments, I would like to announce that our Consulate General, together with Japan-related institutions will be organizing various events this year,” he said.
He added that this celebration will be a special year.
“We aim that this celebration to be a special year to learn about our shared history, give gratitude to our ancestors, and further deepen the friendly relations between Japan and Davao by showcasing Japanese culture,” he said.
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