Tour strength­ens links be­tween An­gus and Ja­pan

Ja­panese Con­sul Gen­eral shown around county by Provost Ron­nie Proc­tor

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The Ja­panese Con­sul Gen­eral for Scot­land was given an ex­clu­sive tour of An­gus in a bid to strengthen ties with the coun­try.

Daisuke Matsunaga, Con­sul Gen­eral of Ja­pan in Ed­in­burgh, toured the coun­cil chambers in For­far, Ar­bikie High­land Es­tate Dis­tillery near In­verkeil­lor, Ar­broath Abbey and Glamis Castle.

He was given a guided tour of the abbey by Andrew Kennedy, in full Bene­dict Monk at­tire.

The doors to the abbey were opened es­pe­cially for the con­sul gen­eral, who was greeted in Ja­panese by Mr Kennedy be­fore be­ing shown around. The tour in­cluded a stop at the vis­i­tor cen­tre with mon­u­ment man­ager Pat Arthur.

The con­sul gen­eral was shown around An­gus by Provost Ron­nie Proc­tor, Ar­broath East and Lu­nan coun­cil­lor Lois Speed, His­toric Scot­land dis­trict vis­i­tor oper­a­tions man­ager Fiona Kantzidis and Jim Mil­lar, co-founder and di­rec­tor of Fu­sion Whisky Ltd, who has worked on forg­ing ties with Ja­pan for sev­eral years.

Mr Matsunaga said: “I learned that An­gus has a spe­cial and re­ally im­por­tant place in the his­tory of Scot­land.

“For ex­am­ple, I did not know that the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence might have been mod­elled on the Dec­la­ra­tion of Ar­broath.

“It was in­ter­est­ing to see how spe­cial this town is and how im­por­tant it is to the his­tory of Scot­land, Bri­tain and Europe.”

Jim Mil­lar said: “There are al­ready a lot of goods traded be­tween An­gus and Ja­pan, which is the third-big­gest econ­omy in the world. We hope this will make the most of that. The whisky in­dus­try is huge in Ja­pan so there are al­ready strong ties in place.

“We are show­ing him the very best of An­gus.”

Provost Ron­nie Proc­tor feels the trip was a valu­able op­por­tu­nity to show the Ja­panese con­sul what An­gus has to of­fer.

“We are try­ing to make the links a lot tighter,” he said.

“There are a lot of cul­tural links be­tween the coun­tries. There are close links be­tween An­gus and Ja­pan.

“We are try­ing to keep that re­la­tion­ship go­ing. The con­sul is an in­tel­li­gent man and al­ready knew a fair bit about the his­tory.”

It was in­ter­est­ing to see how spe­cial this town is and how im­por­tant it is to the his­tory of Scot­land, Bri­tain and Europe. DAISUKE MATSUNAGA

Pic­ture: Gareth Jen­nings.

Ja­panese Con­sul Gen­eral Daisuke Matsunaga view­ing the Dec­la­ra­tion of Ar­broath with An­gus Provost Ron­nie Proc­tor at Ar­broath Abbey.

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