A Japanese consular office yesterday opened in Siem Reap town in a ceremony attended by Japanese and Cambodian dignitaries.
Attending the events were Sieng Nam, CPP lawmaker for Siem Reap province, Chhay Sinarith, deputy National Police commissioner, and Nakane Kazuyuki, the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“The opening of our consular office in Siem Reap marks a new chapter of the relationship between our countries,” Mr Kazuyuki said.
“Every year, about 200,000 Japanese citizens come to visit Cambodia and most of them are tourists. And there are more than 300 Japanese residing in Siem Reap province, with 19 companies doing business in the province,” he added.
Mr Kazuyuki noted the two countries’ relationship had improved through the restoration of the Angkor temples, infrastructure constructions, and more Japanese investment in the kingdom.
The consular office is set up inside the Sokha Palace Hotel and will cover work for five provinces – Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey and Kampong Thom.
Nou Phalla, Siem Reap provincial councillor representing the governor, said the opening of the new office would help strengthen the relationship between the two countries in terms of tourism and investment.
“This inauguration not only showcases peace and stability in Cambodia, but also strengthens the bond between Japan and Cambodia,” he said.
Mr Phalla noted there were 112 Japanese companies currently investing in services and tourism in Cambodia.
Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Horinouchi Hidehisa said the opening came in response to the increasing number of Japanese residents living in the province.
“In the past few years, the number of Japanese people living in Siem Reap province has been increasing. The provision of consular services for Japanese people living here for the short and long term has become an important task, so we opened the consular office in the province,” he said.
He said the Japanese Embassy and consular office would provide consular services to Japanese people living in Cambodia and the Cambodian people, as well as strengthening the bilateral friendship between the countries.