21 Mar 2017
- By Bryan Manabat - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
TOSHIO Matsumura bids “sayonara” to Saipan after serving 11 months at the helm of Japan’s consular office in the CNMI.
A cocktail party was held in his honor on Friday in Fiesta Hall at the Grandvrio Resort. The event was attended by Japanese residents on Saipan, top CNMI government officials, business executives and other well-wishers.
The guests were treated to wine, beverages and sake especially prepared for the event from the hometown of the consul, Saitama prefecture, and his wife, Nagano prefecture.
Sushi, sashimi and other Japanese food were also served.
Matsumura was appointed consul to Saipan on April 11, 2016, and upon his arrival he immediately immersed himself in the local scene by participating in the island marathon and many activities that showcased Japan’s culture.
In his remarks on Friday, he thanked CNMI government officials, the local people and Japanese residents on Saipan for their “warm helping hands,” and for making his and his wife’s stay a pleasant one.
Matsumura said he was glad that his term on Saipan was completed without difficulties.
His previous assignments included Guam, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in China, Oman, Azerbaijian and Georgia.
The consul and his wife Kyoko Matsumura will return to Matsumoto City in Nagano prefecture, and his successor will arrive on Saipan in May 2017.
Gov. Ralph Torres thanked Matsumura for his service and led the toast in his honor.
CNMI lawmaker acknowledged Matsumura’s “outstanding contributions in helping to maintain the strong relationship between Japan and CNMI” by adopting a commemorative resolution, a copy of which was presented to the consul on Friday.
Joining the lawmakers in presenting it to Matsumura was Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang.