■ Consul General Tarahara’s Message
Welcome to the website of the Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh! My name is Masataka Tarahara and I recently assumed the post of Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh.
Almost 30 years ago, I had the chance to study in the UK for two years after entering the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and I travelled to Scotland, North England and the Lake District.
I was deeply impressed by the rich and beautiful scenery, the deep culture and history, and the friendliness of the people. It has been my great pleasure to return to this land of such fond memories on assuming the role of Consul General.
As the year 2008 was the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the United Kingdom, many Japan-UK 150 events have already taken place since September last year. In Scotland and North England, more than 50 events have been developed by Japan-related organisations and mutual understanding and friendship has been promoted.
Although it is a fact that in the economic field Japanese companies have been affected by the financial crisis since last year, the manufacturing sector, such as the automobile and electronics sector, have continued to make large contributions to the local economy.
Advancements in the fields of renewable energy, life science and so no, can also be seen, and we expect further promotion in the economic sector in the future.
Furthermore, many Japanese students and scholars have engaged in study and research in universities and research institutions.
The Consulate General of Japan has the following three main approaches in enhancing relations with Scotland and the North of England.
Personal exchanges, public information and cultural exchange
Consular services to Japanese people
Support to Japanese companies
We will endeavour to provide these services to the best of our abilities and wish for your understanding and cooperation.
1953: Born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture
Graduated from Nada High School, Kyoto University (Law Faculty)
Studied for two years at Oxford University
1979: Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2000: Deputy Chief of Protocol, and Master of Ceremonies in Imperial
In charge of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress’s official
visit to Europe
Worked in Oman, Netherlands, Kuwait and Malaysia
Previous post was Minister, Embassy of Japan in Canada
Wife, son and daughter
Hobbies include travel, tennis, Judo, Aikido, music, painting and singing.