Reception to Celebrate the 64th Birthday of the Emperor of Japan His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Naruhito (6th February 2024)

Consul General's address
Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone address
Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Angus Robertson address
Group photo in front of Ikebana
Ikebana flower arrangement
On Tuesday, 6th February, Consul General Fujiwara hosted a reception to celebrate His Imperial Majesty the Emperor's Birthday at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh with more than 260 people in attendance. As well as Scottish Parliament and senior government officials such as the Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Alison Johnston, the Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Angus Robertson, the attendees included the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Robert Aldridge and many other local heads of government, Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General of Scotland, the Rt Hon Lord Carloway and members of the judiciary, members of the local diplomatic corps, academic, cultural, sports and media figures, as well as officials from companies and organisations operating in the Consulate’s jurisdiction.
Attendees enjoying reception
Attendees enjoying reception
In his opening remarks, Consul General Tadashi Fujiwara expressed his condolences for destruction and deaths caused by the Noto Peninsula earthquake whilst also expressing gratitude to the sympathetic response of the international community. He reviewed the cooperation of Japan with the jurisdictional region of Scotland and North East of England and Cumbria through social and cultural activities, as well as touching on visits by dignitaries, economic cooperation including new investment by Japanese companies, and the many cultural, educational and sports exchanges. Finally, Consul General Fujiwara welcomed the further deepening of relations with Japan within the region. Next, Presiding Officer Alison Johnston and Cabinet Secretary for Constitutions, External Affairs and Culture, Angus Robertson gave congratulatory speeches and spoke about relationships with Japan.
At the reception, Japanese sake and sushi were served to the guests, providing a fantastic opportunity for attendees to sample and discover the charm of Japanese cuisine.