Forewords from Consul-General


Ladies and Gentlemen,
Greetings from the Consulate-General of Japan in Penang !
On February 23rd, His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan became 61 years old. As usual, we have initially planned to host the reception to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan this month in one of the hotels in Penang.  Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the extension of Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0), we have to cancel the said event with much regrets.
Since the emergence of the Covid pandemic in 2019, the virus is spreading rapidly across the world and causing a dramatic impact on the global community, on people’s lives and health, livelihood and economies.  It is really sad to read the news where people has lost lives and some are losing jobs and income. 
Although I sincerely hope that we will soon see the end of this pandemic, I fear that it will still need to take some times.  Let us hope that this day will come soon and everything will recover gradually. 
Meanwhile, while we are practicing social distancing to keep the pandemic in check, I hope that the friendly relationship between Malaysia and Japan will not be affected.  Thus, on behalf of the Japanese government and my Mission, I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment in further strengthening the existing warm relations and bilateral cooperation between our two nations.
Next year, is the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the “Look East Policy”.
Many Malaysian students were sent to Japanese universities and institutes of technology since the launching of the “Look East Policy” and they are now playing leading roles in Malaysia.  On the other hand, the Japanese government had also sent Japanese teachers to Malaysia and shared a part of its costs in order to show support for the Malaysian government.  The government of Japan has always appreciate Malaysia for choosing Japan as model country because it gave us strong affirmation and great encouragement.
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we really miss all the things from everyday life, especially the annual cultural events, seminars, cultural workshops, people-to-people exchange programs between Malaysia and Japan.  Anyway, let us look forward that once the normalcy returns, we will continue to work closely for the shared vision of well-being and prosperity for the people of our two nations.  I believe all these positive collaborations will enable both parties to further deepen the relationship and unity between Malaysian and Japanese.
I would also like to announce that I am leaving Penang next month after 2 years and 10 months stay.  I and my wife really enjoyed the life in Penang and will miss all the friendly people who we met and also the delicious but a little spicy local food.  During my stay, I visited all the 6 Northern states including Kedah, Perak, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu and was indeed impressed by the Malaysia’s diversity.  In spite of the damages caused by the pandemic, I believe the relations between Malaysia and Japan will be tightened in future and I look forward to coming back to Penang again.
Terima Kasih.
Best Regards,
Kanoya Shinichiro
Consul-General of Japan in Penang

2020 has been like a no other in our lifetime with the outbreak of Covid-19 and quickly swept across the world. I would like to take this opportunity to send my thoughts to everyone who has been affected by this virus and express my gratitude to those frontliners for their efforts and sacrifices given in this impossible circumstances.
The Consulate-General of Japan in Penang in collaboration with the Penang State Government has had the opportunity to light up KOMTAR Tower based on the Ministry of Health's definition of green, yellow and red zone according to number of active Covid-19 cases in Penang. It is a same method as the Osaka government’s approach of raising public awareness in a spirited show of solidarity against Covid-19 with the government and people of Osaka.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and in order to adhere to the safety measures and practicing the social distancing, our Consulate has an unprecedented online Japanese Language Contest for Northern region. I was glad that the pandemic did not affect the enthusiasm of the participants for both student and open category.
This year is also special for me as 2020 is my last full year as Consul-General in Penang. It has been a pleasure and an honor to leading the consulate for the past 2 ½  years.
Whatever the future brings, I am sure that our Consulate will keep striving to improve the close and friendly ties between Malaysia and Japan. I also hope that slowly but eventually the pandemic will fade, so let us welcome 2021 warmly.
From the Consulate-General of Japan in Penang, I would like to wish you a very Happy 2021 and may this New Year brings you good health and happiness to all of you and your loved ones.
A blessed festive season to all!!
KANOYA Shinichiro
Consulate-General of Japan in Penang
Greeting video :


In Japan, there has been an era shift from "Heisei" to "Reiwa" this time.
This is a quote from the word in Manyoshu, and "Reiwa" means that culture is born and nurtured among those who are in beautiful harmony.

The annual Penang Bon Odori Festival is scheduled to be held on the 20th of July this year with much more content. The preparation is underway with the cooperation of the Penang State Tourism Bureau. It is a great opportunity for Japanese citizens and Malaysians to deepen their friendship through the Japanese festival event, as a reminder of the summer holidays in Penang, Malaysia. We look forward to your participation in Penang.
One of the most important missions of the Consulate General is to ensure the safety of Japanese residents and to do its best to ensure comfortable environment for work, study, life and travel around. While Penang is one of Malaysia's top tourist destinations, there are many large factories on the island and the Malay Peninsula. There are also many factories operated by Japanese companies, and many Japanese people working together with Malaysian employees. As this Consulate oversees the northern 6 states of Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu in addition to Penang, please do not hesitate to consult our office, should you have any enquiries regarding any business within those states.

In Malaysia, after the first transition of the government last May, administrative reforms are underway. The procedure of Japanese residents' visa and conversion of  Japanese driving licenses to Malaysian licenses are inclined to be delayed. The Consulate will continue to address this issue so that  the Malaysian authorities will improve this situation soonest as possible, as the Consulate’s role is to support the stay and activities of Japanese residents here.

Reiwa 1 May 
Shinichiro Kanoya