Japanese Embassy hosts an event focusing on the UK-Japan sporting relationship

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On 2 July 2018, the Embassy of Japan and the British Japanese Parliamentary Group (BJPG) co-hosted an event focusing on the UK-Japan sporting relationship, with key speakers from the BJPG, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. and Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc.  

Lord Holmes of Richmond, former Paralympian and the London 2012 Paralympic Integration Director, was one of our guest speakers. He discussed his recent visit to Japan, which was aimed at sharing his experiences ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.  In his speech, Lord Holmes, as one of Co-Chairs of the BJPG Sporting Sub Group, expressed his sincere hope that ties with Japanese key figures will continue to be strengthened.  

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, another co-Chair of the Sub-Group, also stressed the importance of deepening the wider UK-Japan sporting relationship, and he announced that the next meeting of the group in October 2018 would focus on the Rugby World Cup taking place in Japan in the Autumn of 2019.  

Mr Yoji Saito, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., spoke about the company’s efforts toward creating an inclusive society for the year 2020 and beyond.  Mr Stephen Woerner, Manager of Corporate Communications & Sustainability at Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc, also spoke about his company’s efforts to support parasport athletes and raise awareness of parasports.  

Ambassador Tsuruoka expressed his determination to continue to make every effort to ensure the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are successful by building on the huge success of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

Attending the event were those from the sporting world in the UK and UK-Japan related organisations.