Shiratori was appointed to be
Professor Rei Shiratori was appointed by HE Professor
Guido de Marco, President of the Republic of Malta, to be Honorary
Consul-General of Malta with jurisdiction over Japan.
Reception to celebrate
Reception was held in the evening on March 12, 2004, in
National Press-club Building to celebrate the appointment of Professor
Rei Shiratori to be Honorary Consul-General of Malta.
Reception was opened by the congratulatory speech by Hon Toshiki KAIFU, former Prime Minister. He recalled his visiting with Professor Shiratori to Yorkshire Dale in 1980 when Professor Shiratori organized a symposium on "Japan in the 1980s" in the University of Sheffield. Hon Tsutomu HATA, another former Prime Minister, talked about his association with Mrs. Shiratori in his college days, and mentioned his long association with Professor Shiratori as political leader over 30 years.
Mr. MOGI, President of Kikkoman Corporation, touched upon the breakfast
discussion meetings of Institute for Political Studies in Japan (IPSJ), and
his memory of lecturing in Essex Symposium when Professor Shiratori was in
the University of Essex.
Mr. MOGI of Kikkoman (left) and Mr. ERIKAWA of KOEI (right)
Students of Cheer-leading Club "Fine" of Tokai University
where Professor Shiratori teaches made performance in the Reception.
Mr. Edward SAMMUT (Former Principal Information Officer at The Office of the Prime Minister of Malta) visited Japan to attend the Reception and read Message from HE Professor Guido de Marco, President of Malta, and Message from Hon Joe Borg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta.
Mrs. Kazuko SUGIMOTO, Member of Board of Japan-Malta Friendship Association,
gave flower bouquet to Professor Shiratori.
Thank you very much for attending this reception to celebrate my
appointment as Honorary Consul General to the Republic of Malta. I really am
very grateful to all of you for coming today.
Now today I am over 65 and although I have little awareness
of having become old, the desire to spend my remaining years being of
service to society has only grown stronger. As I mentioned, in my youth I
was able to study in England with the help of a British Government
scholarship and I am happy to say I was able to return the favor with seven
years teaching at the University of Essex and the founding of a
professorship for studies of Japan at the University of Essex, established
with a very generous donation of 400 million yen from the Sanwa Bank. At
present, along with other colleagues who were also fortunate in receiving
scholarships from the British Government, we have established a scholarship
system for studying in the United Kingdom and this year we sent 10
Snapshots in the Reception
HE Dr. Peter MOSER, Austrian
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