During 10-11 November 2010, Mr. Kasit Piromya, Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended APEC Ministerial Meeting in Yokohama, Japan. The essential points of the meeting aimed at supporting multilateral trading cooperation, achieving Bogor Goals, promoting Regional Economic Integration, as well as emphasis on APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy and Human Security. During the Meeting, Minister Kasit had occasion to meet with Foreign Ministers including Canada, Australia, Mexico and South Korea. In addition, he also had discussion with Mr. James B. Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of US State Department. During 13-14 November 2010, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister, attended APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Yokohama, Japan. The first day of the meeting, Prime Minister attended Leaders’ Retreat Session 1 titled “Sustainable Growth and Prosperity in the Region”. Later, he attended a dialogue with APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and US-APEC Business Coalition. In the later day, Prime Minister joined a working breakfast with the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), then attended Leaders’ Retreat Session 2 on “Economic Integration and the Future of APEC”. During the APEC leaders’ meeting, Prime Minister had bilateral discussion with many APEC’s leaders including Chile, Peru, Australia and Canada.Before ending his mission in Japan, Prime Minister delivered his speech at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) in Tokyo and talked with FCCJ’s board members.
On 9 November 2010, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul received a cheque of 300,000 yen from Mrs. Hanayo Kato, Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS), which is a donation from the Natural Disaster Relief Fund of the ALFS to aid victims of recent flooding in vast areas of Thailand. The money will be donated to help victims rebuild their towns and restore normalcy to their lives and livelihood.
The 2nd Joint Meeting of Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS) 2010-2011 session was held on 9 November 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Thai Residence, of which Mme Aumaporn Futrakul was the Chairperson. As many as 70 members of the society attended the Meeting including Mrs. Junko Machimura and Mrs. Atsuko Mogi, Vice-Presidents of the ALFS. The Meeting was followed by afternoon tea with some Thai snacks.
On 23 October 2010, Ambassador and spouse, the Head of Thai Offices in Japan, Thai officials, Royal Thai Honorary Consulate-General in Nagoya and Thai people resided in Japan joined in the memorial ceremony of the centennial of the demise of King Rama V at Nitaiji Temple, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. The ceremony this year was special to recollect the King Rama V’s centennial demise and the royal grace of who had tremendous contributions to Thailand, Thai people as well as to Thailand-Japan relationships. It is reflected in 1900 when His Majesty conferred the Lord Buddha’s relics to the Buddhism clergy from Japan as their request which is currently placed in the stupa located inside the area of Nitaiji Temple. Besides, during the year, His Majesty also provided an ancient Buddha image and his own funds as a contribution to build the new temple. In the ceremony, there were 34 Buddhist monks prayed for 30 minutes to contribute to His Majesty’s merit. After the Buddhism ceremony, the Ambassador, the Head of Thai Offices in Japan and representatives of Thai people in Japan laid wreaths in front of the statue of the King Rama V located at the Nitaiji Temple which is the crucial custom performing every year on 23 October or Piya Maharaj Day. In the last part of the ceremony, the Ambassador provided meals to the monks. Then, he offered a Benjarong bowl as a souvenir together with some contributions to Rev. Komei Sumi of Nitaiji Temple.
On 9 August 2010, Ambassador hosted a dinner for Ms.Chinami Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Residence. They discussed Japan- Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement and Mekong Basin Development Co-operation.
On 28 August 2010, Madam Umaporn Futrakul together with the Embassy’s staffs organised the activities or kids and youths in Kids Create Tokyo 2010 at Makuhari Messe. At the Thai session, there were about 30 kids and parents participated in the activities by the Thai Embassy. The Embassy organised various activities to promote easy-Thai-culture among Japanese kids and family including demonstration on how to don Jong Kraben, a Thai traditional pants, and briefed them on Thai culture. The most interesting activity for all kids was quiz on Thailand which all of kids cheerfully participated and received Thai souvenirs. The highlight activity was the folk lore telling by Madam Umaporn titled “Princess Snonoi”.
On 25 August 2010, the Embassy staff attended the Farewell Party of the 22nd Summer Camp in Japan hosted by Yazaki Corporation where the children of Yazaki Corporation’s employees’ children from different countries, including 49 children from Thailand, attending the camp this year. The Yazaki Summer Camp was held during 21 – 27 August 2010. The children from many countries were invited to join the program including visit to Yazaki’s factories and sightseeing in Tokyo and Kamakura. These activities aimed to promote the mutual understanding and cultural exchange for the children.
On 22 August 2010, Royal Thai Embassy organised final examination for the 1st semester of academic year 2010 for non-formal education students in Tokyo. 26 students attended the examination including 2 students in elementary level, 6 students in junior high school level, and 18 students in high school level.
On 10 August 2010, the Royal Thai Embassy, with cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, has organised the exhibition to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 78th Birthday Anniversary for all Thai resided in Japan at Wat ParNam Japan, Chiba Prefecture. The said exhibition will be displayed until 19 August 2010.