Minister Singtong Lapisatepun gave an opening speech at the Thai Cultural Festival 2011 held at Ueno Park during 11-12 June 2011. The Royal Thai Embassy’s stringed instruments band also performed Thai music at the venue. The event was organized by the International Thai Cultural Exchange Committee and International Thai Dance Academy, which introduced a variety of Thai performances and culture.
On May 27, 2011 H.E. Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul and Minister Singtong Lapisatepun visited Meiji University and attended Commencement and Farewell Reception as 9 students from Thailand’s Srinakharinwirot University had completed their exchange program. After paying a courtesy visit to Mr. Hiromi Naya, Meiji University’s Chancellor, the Ambassador and Minister visited the university’s museum as well as observing a seminar.
On June 7, 2011, nine students from Shutoku Junior High School, Tokyo, visited the Royal Thai Embassy as a part of their curricular field trip.After watching Thai musical instrument performance and Thailand tourism DVD, the students asked the embassy staff about the country.
On 3 June 2011, Mr. Singtong Lapisatepun, Minister, led a pediatric team from Thailand; consisting of Dr. Suthipong Pangkanon, a pediatrician, and, Mrs. Kim Sakulnoom, a registered nurse; to pay a courtesy call on Mrs. Makiko Kikuta, the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of their completion of mission on providing medical supports to victims affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima prefecture.
On 20 May 2011, Ambassdor Virasakdi Futrakul led a pediatric team from Thailand consisting of Dr. Naris Waranawat, a pediatrician, and, Ms. Rungtiwa Aswinanonh, a registered nurse; to pay a courtesy call on Mrs. Makiko Kikuta, the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of their completion of mission on providing medical supports to victims affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima prefecture.
On May 16, 2011 a group of ambassadors’ spouses from 15 countries in Asia-Pacific region led by Mme. Aumaporn Futrakul,Thai Ambassador’s spouse, held a charity bazaar at Asean-Japan Center. Thai handicraft and lemongrass juice were also sold in the event.The proceeds would be donated to youth affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.Mrs. Nobuko Kan, Japanese Prime Minister’s spouse, also kindly attended this charity event.
On May 13, 2011 Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul and Minister Counsellor Waravuth Pouapinya of the Royal Thai Embassy witnessed the delivery of 25-ton-processed chicken meat product, Kara-age, from Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL at Nichirei Logistics Warehouse, Shinagawa District, Tokyo. Maruei Group and Ocean System Group will distribute it to the victims of Great East Japan Earthquake.
On 23 May 2011, 8 members of Chulalongkorn University’s Karate Club paid a courtesy call on Mr. Singtong Lapisatepun, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, who gave briefings on Thai-Japanese relationship and Japanese Society.Chulalongkorn University’s Karate Club has collaborated with Hitotsubashi University, Japan, for 6 years to hold a joint training camp in both countries.For this year, the joint training camp was held at Hitotsubashi University during 21 – 29 May 2011.
On 12 May 2011, Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul joined the celebration of registering ETF fund, invested in the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s SET50 group fund, in Tokyo Stock Exchange at Tokyo Stock Exchange. This marked the first registration of a fund directly invested in the Stock Exchange of Thailand in Tokyo Stock Exchange.
On 4 May 2011 the Royal Thai Embassy, P.K. Siam and Wat Paknam Japan visited Takajo Bunka Center, a temporary shelter for earthquake and tsunami victims in Takajo City, Miyagi Prefecture.The Embassy gave relief supplies to the victims such as 400 relief bags from the project “Helping Flood Victims in the Deluge Calamity” by Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya’s Miracle of Life Foundation, 2,400 bottles (600 ml.) of drinking water, stationary and flash lights. Moreover, the Thai community also distributed Thai food and fruits for the victims and volunteers in the area.