Japan’s new consular office in Siem Reap was officially opened on Sunday morning with a number of Japanese and Cambodian officials on hand for the ceremony.
Attending the event were Sieng Nam, the Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker representing Siem Reap province, Chhay Sinarith, the deputy National Police commissioner, as well as the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan as well as provincial authorities.
Nakane Kazuyuki, the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, said opening the new office indicated a higher level of cooperation between the two countries.
“The opening of the consular office of Japan in Siem Reap today is a new chapter in relations between our countries,” he said.
“Every year there are about 200,000 Japanese people coming to visit Cambodia and most of them are tourists. And there are more than 300 Japanese residing in Siem Reap province and 19 Japanese companies are doing business in the province,” he added.
Mr Kazuyuki noted that the relationship between Japan and Cambodia had been improved through the repair and maintenance of the temples in Siem Reap, the construction of infrastructure and more Japanese investments in Cambodia.
The consular offices are inside the Sokha Palace Hotel and will cover five provinces – Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey and Kampong Thom. Reporters were not allowed to go inside the offices due to confidentiality concerns.
Full story in Monday’s paper.