From left Dr.Supawat Poowakul, Japanese Consul
General Kazuo and Mrs. Shibata, Pol. Gen. Prasan Wongyai, and Governor Tanin
Subhasaen at the farewell party.
By Nopniwat Krailerg
Kazuo Shibata, the ranking diplomat in the diplomatic corps in
Chiang Mai, bid farewell to his friends and colleagues at a party held at
the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel on April 18, 2013.
The Consul General of Japan and his wife greeted Chiang Mai Governor Tanin
Subhasaen, Pol. Gen. Prasan Wongyai, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic
and Dr.Supawat Poowakul, Chairman of the Thailand Council on Social Welfare
Region 9. Other guests included U.S. Consul General Kenneth L. Foster,
Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai and honorary consuls from the United
Kingdom, Germany, and France as well as local business people and members of
various organizations from around Chiang Mai.
Governor Tanin greets Chinese Consul General
Governor Tanin said in his farewell speech that it had been an honor to work
together with Consul General Shibata. He noted that in the 7 months since he
had taken office as Governor, he had seen Consul General Shibata’s
willingness and commitment to work together in friendship. The Governor
added that the Consul had set a leading example in his hard work and
assistance for both residents and Japanese nationals living in Chiang Mai.
French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude and U.K.
Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson chat with U.S. Consul General Ken Foster
and a guest.
Consul General Kazuo Shibata said in his farewell speech that his two years
in office, since he took the post in late October 2011 had passed very
quickly. He noted that he had received good cooperation from Thai
authorities including the military, police, government and NGOs. He offered
his sincere thanks for their continued support and cooperation.
Consul General Shibata will be taking up the post of Consul General at the
Japanese Consulate General in Denpasar, Bali in Indonesia.
Finnish Honorary Consul Narong Kongprasert
(center) is joined by guests to bid farewell to Consul General Kazuo