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Message from Consul General Marco Prencipe

At the outset of my tenure as Consul General of Italy in Osaka, I extend my warmest greetings to the esteemed Italian community residing here. I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to my predecessor, Consul General Luigi Diodati, and to the entire staff of the Consulate for their invaluable collaboration in the days leading up to my arrival in Japan.

The overarching mission of both myself and the entire Consulate General team is to steadfastly enhance and advance the endeavors of the Italian System in Osaka, encompassing the Kansai region and its broader jurisdiction.  The Consulate General’s activities shall be inspired by values of unity, dynamism, and a forward-looking approach.

Osaka, a hub of unquestionable economic significance, constitutes a sprawling urban conglomerate housing one of the most extensive industrial and commercial complexes in the nation, and indeed, the entire Far East. It is a cultural epicenter boasting five universities and numerous esteemed research institutes, and is renowned as a technological nexus. Additionally, Osaka is poised to host the Universal Expo in 2025. These formidable foundations serve as a bedrock for fortifying bilateral collaboration in this region, spanning economic, commercial, cultural, scientific, and technological domains. This synergy aligns seamlessly with and bolsters the comprehensive promotional efforts of the strategic partnership between Italy and Japan, orchestrated by the Italian Embassy in Tokyo. The promotion of cultural initiatives and events, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, shall remain a pivotal facet of Italian undertakings in this district.

In this vein, a long-term, systemic, and strategic approach is imperative. This approach, buoyed by the contributions of burgeoning institutional frameworks and the Italian community’s steadfast growth in recent years, is poised to bolster Italy’s positioning in an ever-vibrant and competitive market. We labor collectively, cognizant and proud of the fact that each of us is an ambassador for our cherished nation abroad. I am confident in the support of an Italian community that has demonstrated steady growth, characterized by intellectual vitality, recognized expertise, and a resolute entrepreneurial spirit. The objective is to foster networks, facilitate information sharing, and promote collaborations. I thus extend an invitation for your valued input, analyses, ideas, and proposals. On my part, I pledge to furnish both physical and virtual forums for discussion, fostering the most fruitful exchanges.

In the dynamic landscape of Japan, this Consulate General shall remain unwavering in its commitment to ensuring the perpetual effectiveness and efficiency of consular services for compatriots and foreign nationals alike.

It is a profound honor for me to serve my country in such a stimulating environment as Japan. I undertake this responsibility with unwavering dedication, counting on the support of my compatriots and the amiable Japanese populace.

Together, let us forge a path for Italy in Japan.