Ambassador Oka’s visit to the State of Penang

On the 28th of September, Ambassador Oka visited Penang. During his short stay, Ambassador Oka made a site visit to Japan Lifeline, Japan Malaysia Technology Institute (JMTI), and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Ambassador Oka also made a courtesy call on H.E. Tun Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas, Governor of Penang, and had exchange of views with The Right Honourable Mr. Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang.

At Japan Lifeline, Ambassador Oka visited its new factory, the first oversea production base of its own, and received explanation on the production of advanced, high-quality medical equipment including balloon catheters.

At JMTI, Ambassador Oka observed training of highly skilled engineers in advanced technology including manufacturing, electronics, ICT, and mechatronics which has incorporated Japanese way of vocational training. JMTI was established by technical cooperation from Japan in responding to the request from then Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir in 1994, and produced human resources contributing to the economic development of Malaysia over long years. JMTI received Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation in the fiscal year of 2018 for its distinguished achievements.

At USM, Ambassador Oka visited the Japan Cultural Center established in its campus,  2015 and being the focal point of youth exchanges between Japan and Malaysia in Penang. Ambassador Oka exchanged views with Mr. Soeda, President of the center, over Japanese language education and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

In the meetings with the governor and the chief minister, Ambassador Oka reconfirmed the long-term cordial tie between Japan and Penang where there are more than 3,000 Japanese residents and 100 Japanese companies. They exchanged views over measures to further develop close cooperation between Japan and Penang in a broad range of fields including city development, traffic infrastructure, trade and investment, education, cultural and youth exchanges.

Visit to Japan Lifeline                                                                         Visit to Japan Lifeline

Visit to JMTI                                                                                         Visit to JMTI

Visit to USM                                                                                                Visit to USM

Courtesy Call on Chief Minister                                                           Courtesy Call on Chief Minister

Courtesy Call on Governor                                                              Courtesy Call on Governor