On 25 August 2011, Mr. Toshihiro Sano, Managing Director of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and colleagues paid a courtesy visit to the Ambassador. The company thanked Thailand for lending the it 2 power generators to ease power shortage crisis due to the nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima in March. TEPCO had installed one power generator at Kawasaki Thermal Power Station in Kanagawa Prefecture and started the operation on 3 August 2011. The other was installed at Ooi Thermal Power Station in Tokyo’s Shinagawa City. The operation started on 11 August 2011.
On 31 August 2011, Mr. Shozaburo Jimi, State Minister for Postal Reform and Financial Services, paid a courtesy visit to Ambassador Virasakidi Futrakul. The purpose of the visit was to invite Bangkok and Chiang Mai Governors to attend the Asian Environmental Cities Summit during 11-12 October 2011 in Kita Kyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
On August 26, 2011 Madame Aumaporn Futrakul, Ambassadors spouse, performed cooking demonstration to the wives of Japanese MPswith a view to promoting Thai cuisine and culture. The Spicy Glass Noodle Salad with Seafood (Yum Woon Sen) and Spicy Lemongrass Soup with Prawns (Tom Yum Kung) were chosen for this special demonstration.
On 21 August 2011, Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul and Minister Singtong Lapisatepun attended the 2011 Asian Championship of Marching Band & Baton Twirling in Chiba, where Thailand’s Depsirin School’s marching band joined the competition.
▼ On 8 Aug. 2011, the Ambassador and his spouse paid a visit to the Governor of Nagasaki,Hon. Hodo Nakamura, at the Nagasaki Prefectural Office. ▼ Ambassador and his spouse paid a visit to Mr. Satoru Matsufuji, Chairman of the Nagasaki Chamber of Commerce Federation. ▼ On occasion of the 66th Nagasaki Peace Ceremony, the Ambassador and his spouse presented floral tributeat the Hypocenter of the atomic bombing in Nagasaki Peace Park.
On 31 July 2011, the Embassy and the Office of Labour Affairs provided 2011 Mobile Consular services in Tochigi Prefecture.The services included passport services, civil registration and legalization, as well as basic health check by Doctor Takashi Sawada. The total number of Thai citizens receiving the services was 83 (65 cases for passport services, 14 cases for legalisation, 1 case for birth registration, 4 cases for labour-related counselling, and 3 cases for other counselling). Photo 1: Official checking application documents for legalizationPhoto 2: Volunteer providing counselling Photo 3: Official receiving application for passportPhoto 4: Official taking a passport photo Photo 5: Official issuing legal documentPhoto 6: Embassy officials and volunteers taking a group photo
On 23rd Aug. 2011, the Ambassador and Madame attended the Opening Ceremony of the International University Exchange Seminar and Workshop Program 2011 of Mie University to be held during 23-31 Aug. Faculty members and students from Thai Universities - Chiang Mai Univ., King Mongkut’s Univ. of Technology Thonburi, Kasetsart Univ., and Thammasat Univ. - participated in the seminar and program.
On 12 August 2011, the Ambassador and his spouse led the officers from the Embassy and other Thai government agencies in Tokyo to celebrateHer MajestyQueen Sirikit’s 79th anniversary birthday at Wat Pak Nam Japan in Chiba Prefecture.Buddhist ceremony was held to make merit for Her Majesty the Queen, followed by the Ambassador’s blessing speech.
On 5 August 2011, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul hosted a luncheon for 17 wives who experienced staying in Thailand during the time when their Japanese husbands were positioned there. On this occasion, Madame proposed the establishment of “Lady Friends of Thailand Fellowship”.
On 16 August 2011, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul, the ambassadors spouse, and the Embassy officers gave a lecture on Thailand andThai culture to 12 primary school students and their parents.Their visit to the Residence was a part of Foreign Culture Studies Program for the 3rd Children’s International Speech Contest candidates.The contest will be held on 28 August 2011 at Ebisu Garden Place.