In the lead-up to President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan next month, Japanese Ambassador Tetsuro Takahashi will be traveling the country to educate Americans on how to care for and enjoy the wildlife that is part of their culture.
The visit is part in the president’s push to revitalize the U.S.-Japan relationship.
“The United States is a global leader in marine conservation and conservation of marine life, and Japan is a leading country in protecting and preserving our marine environment,” Trump said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I look forward to sharing our shared values of freedom, cooperation, and respect in the United Kingdom.”
During his trip to Japan, Takahashi will visit Japan’s coastal regions, including Hokkaido, Okinawa, and Shikoku, as well as Tokyo and Osaka, and meet with locals to promote the island nation’s efforts to preserve its marine life.
The trip comes on the heels of Takahashes recent visit to Washington D.C., where he visited the National Zoo and spoke at the White House.
The Japanese ambassador will also meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This is a momentous occasion,” said Takahase’s office in a release on Tuesday, “where we will showcase Japan’s efforts in protecting marine life to a world-class audience, and to showcase the unique achievements of Japan in the marine conservation field.”
In his address at the National Wildlife Refuge in Washington D., Takahas commitment to the conservation of the marine environment and its conservation and sustainable use of its resources will be emphasized.
The U.K. has been a strong supporter of Japanese marine conservation efforts, with the government signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan in 2015.
In 2015, the Japanese government signed a MoU with the United Arab Emirates, with a goal of establishing a marine reserve in the Red Sea.
A recent MoU also included a promise to protect Japanese fishing rights and fish stocks.
The Ministry of the Environment and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Marine Life both announced plans to expand the Marine Conservation Marine Park in Shikokushu, the capital of the Japanese archipelago.
Takahasu’s trip comes just months after the Japanese Ministry of Education issued a press release announcing plans to build an ark at the Yasukuni Shrine, the birthplace of the nation’s founding emperor, Hirohito.
The government also plans to dedicate the national ark to the emperor in 2020.
A spokesperson for the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.D., told National Review that Takahasa is “not only a global ambassador for the conservation and protection of marine mammals in Japan, but also has the ability to educate and inspire the U.”
public on the importance of protecting marine wildlife.
“As ambassador to Japan and as a member of the United Nations Environment Program, he will also work with Japanese officials to promote Japanese initiatives and policies to conserve marine life and promote sustainable fisheries,” the spokesperson said.
“He will continue to advocate for the preservation of marine animals and habitats and their protection through the United Nation’s Environment Program.”