On 1 July 2016, Mr.Takeshi Sakumoto, Honorary Consul of Thailand in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture paid a courtesy call on H.E. Ambassador Bansarn Bunnag.
On this occasion, both exchanged views and opinions on bilateral relations; particularly, the preparation for the 130th Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Raltion Anniversary in 2017. They also discussed other events to promote Thailand in Okinawa to enhance trade, investment and tourism between the two countries.
Mr. Sakumoto has been the Honorary Consul of Thailand in Naha City since 2002. He is the president of the Zuisen Distillery Co., Ltd. which produces Awamori that originated in the Ayutthaya Period in Thailand. In addition, Awamori is the only Japanese alcohol which is made from Thai rice.