Consul General of Japan to visit Western Isles

The Consul General of Japan, Mr. Hajime Kitaoka, will be visiting the Western Isles next week (7th and 8th July) researching smaller-scale renewable energy and particularly wind and wave energy projects.

Mr. Kitaoka was the U.K Desk officer at the Japanese Embassy in London before he later became the Deputy Director of the UK at the Tokyo Headquarters.

As part of his visit he will call at Lews Castle College, The Shawbost Mill, the Callanish Stones and the Seaweed Factory in addition to a few other visits.

Cllr. Norman A MacDonald, Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to host the Consul General of Japan and look forward to welcoming him to our islands next week. We hope that he will enjoy his visit and that it will be productive in relation to his particular interest. In addition, Mr Kitaoka will have the opportunity to visit some local cultural and heritage sites.”

Consul General of Japan, Hajime Kitaoka, said: “I am excited to be visiting the Western Isles for the first time, which were described as “the most beautiful islands in Europe” by “Trip Advisor” last year. I believe this visit could be one of the most significant I have undertaken since assuming the position of Consul-General over one and a half years ago and am very much looking forward to visiting sites relating to renewable energy, which is now of the utmost importance for the future of Japan since the nuclear disaster caused by the tsunami in 2011.”