The Thai government donated 14.5 million yen (5.8 million baht) to the four prefectures in North Kyushu (Kumamoto, Oita, Fukuoka, and Saga) hit by the flood from 12 July 2012 to show the country’s concern for Japan.Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul visited the governors of Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka during 30-31 July 2012 to deliver the donations as follows:1) On 30 July 2012, 11.00 hrs., the Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Ikuo Kabashima, Kumamoto Governor, and delivered a 5-million-yen cheque.The Royal Thai government has donated 14.5 million yen (5.8 million baht) flood relief to the four prefectures in Northern Kyushu (Kumamoto, Oita, Fukuoka, and Saga) heavily hit by the floods following by torrential rainfall on 12 July 2012 as a symbolic token underscored the close ties between the two countries.In this regard, H.E. Virasakdi Futrakul, Ambassador of Thailand to Japan, visited Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka during 30-31 July 2012 and met the Governors of each prefecture to present the said donations which have been allocated as follows:1) On 30 July 2012, 11.00 hrs., the Ambassador paid a courtesy call on Mr. Ikuo Kabashima, Kumamoto Governor, and presented a 5-million-yen cheque.2) On 30 July 2012, 16.30 hrs., the Ambassador paid a courtesy call on Mr. Katsusada Hirose, Oita Governor, and presented a 4-million-yen cheque.3) On 31 July 2012, 14.00 hrs., the Ambassador paid a courtesy call on Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa, Fukuoka Governor, and presented a 4-million-yen cheque.Upon the visits, both sides emphasized the strong ties of Thailand and Japan at all levels, from Royal Family level to people level, in particular the assistance to one another in times of need including the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan and severe flood in Thailand in 2011. The financial assistance to Japan during this tough time indeed underscored their strong bond of friendship.As for Saga Prefecture, the Royal Thai Embassy will deliver the separate donation of 1.5 million yen through Japan Red Cross Society.
On July 29, 2012, on behalf of the Embassy, Minister-Counsellor Pattarat Hongtong, gave a moral support to 12-year-old Thai junior football team at the Saitama International Junior Football Tournament 2012. In the following day, special lunch and overview history of the Residence were provided to the youth football team at the Residence.
On 27 July 2012, Mr. Narimasa Tokugawa, Tokugawa Museum Chief Director, met Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul at the Embassy to donate 1 million yen for Buddha images restoration at Wat Arun Rajwararam, which were damaged by the flood last year.
On 25 July 2012, Mr. Chalit Dhamrongsak, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, led a group of senior officers from the Ministry to pay a courtesy visit to Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul at the Residence. The group also learned about Japan’s economy and agriculture as they were in Japan to attend Sub-committee meetings concerning agriculture area under Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA). Representatives from Thailand’s Office of Agricultural Affairs in Japan also attended.
On 24 July 2012, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul, Ambassadors spouse, and the Embassy officers introduced Thailand through a lecture, Thai tourism DVD, traditional play, and quiz to 11 primary school students and their parents.Their visit to the Residence was a part of Foreign Culture Studies Program for the 4th Children’s International Festa on 25-26 August 2012 at Ebisu Garden Place. This is the second time the Embassy had supported the activity to promote Thailand. On 24 July 2012, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul, Ambassadors spouse, and the Embassy officers introduced Thailand through a lecture, Thai tourism DVD, traditional play, and quiz to 11 primary school students and their parents.Their visit to the Residence was a part of Foreign Culture Studies Program for the 2nd Children’s International Festa on 25-26 August 2012 at Ebisu Garden Place. This is the second time the Embassy had supported the activity to promote Thailand.
On July 21, 2012, Shinagawa Ward’s staff gave a lecture on disaster prevention and flood control to members of the King Prajadhipok’s Institute Council, who were on a study trip in Japan. Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul hosted a luncheon for them at the Residence. The members of delegation included General Sirindra Dhupklum, Professor Dr. Borwornsak Uwanno and Professor Dr. Wissanu Kreangam.
On 26 June 2012, upon an invitation from the Goi Peace Foundation, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul, Ambassador’s spouse, gave a lecture on Thailand-Japan relations at Gunma Prefectural Women’s University. The audience of 120 included students from the Faculty of International Communication and general public, who actively participated in Q&A discussion period afterwards. The Ambassador’s spouse also had a talk with Mr. Fujio Hamaguchi, the rector of the university in this occasion.
On 10 July 2012, Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul hosted a luncheon for Mr. Kensaku Morita, Governor of Chiba Prefecture, and his colleagues. The group plans to visit Thailand in order to promote products and tourism of Chiba Prefecture in Thailand during 17-22 August 2012. Minister Singtong Lapisatepun, diplomat, and representatives from economy-related offices in Tokyo also presented.
On July 3, 2012, H.E. Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul and his spouse hosted a welcome dinner at the Residence for H.E. Mr. Evgeny V. Afanasiev, the new Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Japan and former Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Thailand, and his spouse. Also presented at the dinner were senior diplomats who used to serve in Thailand and their spouse, namely, H.E. Dr. Samir Arrour, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Japan and former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Hideaki Kobayashi, former Ambassador of Japan to Thailand, and H.E. Mr. Masato Kitera, Deputy Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who was a Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Thailand.
On 2 July 2012, Mr.Watcharin Chomphalaphon, Deputy Secretary-General of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives, led members of the Secretariat to the Embassy to pay a courtesy call on Minister Singtong Lapisatepun and attended the briefing of the current situation of Japan by the Minister. The delegation was on a study trip about Japan legislative system during 30 June – 6 July 2012.