HYDERABAD: Japanese Consul-General Toshikazu Isomura has said that investment from his country's businesses in Pakistan has increased over the last two years. During a visit to the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (HMC) on Sunday, he said that around 81 Japanese companies are currently working on various projects in Pakistan.
HMC Mayor Syed Tayyab Hussain briefed the consul-general about the local government system in Sindh and their responsibilities. "In the rest of the world, local government institutions are given authority but in our country, LG organisations are powerless and lack resources," he told the Japanese diplomat.
Isomura also visited Sindh University in Jamshoro where he said that he is considering appointing a Japanese language teacher in SU's Area Study Centre. He said that teachers of the language have already been appointed at the Karachi University and Hamdard University.
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He said that Sindhi ajraks, caps, embroidery and handicrafts can find a market in Japan. People in Japan have a special liking for Sindhi cultural handicrafts and I see a great deal of similarity between the cultures of Pakistan and Japan, especially that of Sindh, said the consul-general.
SU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Fateh Muhammad Burfat requested the diplomat to provide scholarships to his students so that they can study in Japan.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 6th, 2017.