Minister Akamatsu, Economic Minister at the Japanese Embassy met with a UKBF director last month at a dinner hosted by the Honorary Consul of Japan.

As part of Manchester’s combined efforts to foster strong links with Japan, the eighth annual North West Japanese Dinner was held at the AJ Bell Stadium, and was attended by over 60 delegates, including senior executives from Japanese businesses, and the Economic Minister and First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy as well as the UKBF.

The evening was hosted by the Honorary Consul of Japan in Manchester.

She said: “The North West has a long-standing history of working closely with Japan, and it’s fantastic to see the connection grow stronger. The Japanese Embassy has remained especially supportive of the local community and continues to look to the region. 

“The Tokyo 2020 Olympics [in which Karate makes its debut] is right around the corner, and there are lots of exciting opportunities on the horizon for the North West and Japan to come together.

Minister Akamatsu, Economic Minister from the Embassy of Japan, said: “I am confident that Japan and the UK will work together closely to secure a prosperous future for our countries and continue to foster hope.”