During 28-29 May 2015, H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow and his wife visited Hiroshima Prefecture for the first time as the Ambassador of Thailand to Japan.
On 28 May 2015, the Ambassador gave a briefing on Japan-Thailand relations, Thai economy, investment in Thailand, and Thailand’s current political situations to more than 100 members of Hiroshima-Thailand Association in the association’s annual meeting at ANA Crown Plaza Hotel, Hiroshima. The Ambassador also joined the welcoming party held by the association.
On 29 May 2015, the Ambassador gave an interview to Chugoku Newspaper, the biggest local newspaper serving the Chugoku region which provides information on Thailand’s economy, politics and relations with Japan.
The Ambassador also met Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture. They both agreed on collaborating to promote the two countries’ tourism and trade that will probably lead to the open of Bangkok-Hiroshima direct flight in the future. They emphasized on the collaboration on education as well.
Later, the Ambassador visited Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd where Mr. Masahiro Nishikawa, the President of Hiroshima-Thailand Association, also took the position as the President. Mr. Nishikawa reported that his business was going well in Thailand. He also provided his staff in Thailand a chance to do an internship program in Japan for 3 months. The Ambassador showed his gratitude and supported the program because it would useful for improving labor skills.
Moreover, the Ambassador also visited Mazda Motor Corporation and had a conversation with Mr. Yuji Nakamine, Senior Managing Executive Officer. Mazda Motor Corporation showed a strong confidence in investing in Thailand. The company would like Thailand to be the manufacturing base for car productions and they also had a plan to increase investment levels in Thailand in the near future. Mr. Nakamine showed his gratitude towards Thai government for supporting Mazda especially on the second phase of the eco-car project which has been operating since the end of 2014.