Address from Consul General Takaoka: Mitsubishi Pump It Up School Challenge 2019

Good Afternoon,
Secretary Hyslop, Provost Kerr, Councillor Dodds and fellow councillors,
Ms. Scott and members of the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce,
Mr. Sumida and executives of the Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe,
ladies and gentlemen,

My name is Nozomu Takaoka, the Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh. 

Thank you very much for inviting me to the 5th annual Pump It Up competition. This is indeed a great undertaking and I am truly impressed because so many enthusiastic and talented young scientists and inventors like all of you have come together to demonstrate your incredible ingenuity and passions.

I would like to commend every proud finalist gathering here today representing as many as 11 high schools and academies.  I understand that there were nearly two thousand participants in the whole process of this year’s competition.

In this respect, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, West Lothian Council and the Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe for joining forces in initiating and continuing this very meaningful undertaking which has now developed into a great West Lothian tradition.
Indeed, a great tradition, because the Pump It Up contributes to three great causes in my view.

First, Environment. The Pump It Up is about developing innovative uses of heat pump, which has realized environmentally friendly and energy saving air conditioning. Thanks to the Mitsubihsi’s product, Ecodan, this technology was made available for household use.  It will be wonderful if those new ideas demonstrated today by these serious students could be developed into even more innovative products, thus contributing to green future.
Secondly, Education. The Pump It Up is a great form of education because it supports young people in creating skills, learning teamwork and familiarize themselves with professional designing and engineering environment.

Thirdly, as an officially recognized program of Japan UK Seasons of Culture, Pump It Up is a great event to nurture friendship between West Lothian and Japan. Mr. Sumida says Mitsubishi is extremely fortunate to enjoy the great hospitality of the local community. What we observe here today is indeed a great testament to that hospitality and friendship; marked by the participation of so many enthusiastic students, proud parents and business leaders.

I am particularly thankful for the gracious presence of Secretary Hyslop, Provost Kerr and other Council members today, because a meaningful undertaking like this promotes environmental, educational and international causes which should be properly recognized and given strong impetus by political leaders.
Although uncertainty still lingers about the business conditions surrounding Scotland and the UK, I am sure that the strong bonds and friendship built up by the Pump It Up will endure and prosper in the future.
Thank you very much for the attention.