Forewords from Consul-General


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