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State Secretary Žbogar at the Opening of the Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in Fukui, Japan

State Secretary Samuel Žbogar, together with the newly appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Tetsuji Shindo, and senior representatives of national, regional and local authorities, addressed the participants at the opening ceremony of the Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in Fukui, Japan. The Consulate will be headed by Mr Shindo. During his visit, he also participated in a business seminar on IT solutions and space technologies.

"Japan is one of Slovenia's most important partners in Asia. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, partnership and friendship between the two countries, which over the years have established strong political relations and increased cultural and economic exchanges," State Secretary Žbogar said in his address. He added that Japanese companies see great potential for further opportunities and investments in Slovenia. The latter have increased tenfold in the last decade.

The Consulate's main tasks are to promote Slovenia and to help establish contacts in the economic, cultural, scientific, educational and sports fields. Slovenian citizens in the Fukui Prefecture area will also be able to request assistance from the Consulate.

Cooperation with the City of Fukui has developed on the basis of the City of Fukui, designated to host Slovenian national teams in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

On this occasion, a business seminar on IT solutions and space technologies was organised to present the Slovenian business environment and opportunities for strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries.

The State Secretary, together with representatives of the Agency Spirit Slovenia, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian companies CosyLab and SkyLabs, presented the activities and achievements of the Slovenian space sector.

The Slovenian representatives also briefed the participants on the launches of the Slovenian satellites Nemo HD, TriSat and TriSat-R to the space. The installation of a "human centrifuge" at the Planica Nordic Centre, one of the three European Space Agency research centres with such a facility, was presented. 

The Japanese companies Nesty and Seiren also presented their experience and achievements in space technologies.