VIDEO: Japan Consul General Kimura Going Home; Mayors Honor Him

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Guam- After spending 3 years improving Guam’s relationship with the Japanese people, Japan Consul General Yoshiyuki Kimura is returning home.

The Mayors Council of Guam held an appreciation ceremony for Kimura Thursday afternoon and presented him with a resolution and an award for his great relationship with them.

Executive Director Angel Sablan says they will miss Kimura because he was a close friend to the mayors and many others in the community. He mentions Kimura was sincere in helping Guam’s people heal and move on from the Japanese occupation of World War II .

“He’s really shown his sincerity and his deep compassion for the people of Guam in trying to heal the wounds of 68 years ago” said Sablan.

The Consul General also tells PNC he was surprised he received an award from the mayors, but says he will treasure all his memories of the island and its people.

“I didn’t expect this kind of great honor” remarked Kimura. “It was definitely a pleasant surprise. I didn’t know I was receiving this kind of honor from them. I will make this treasure.”

Kimura leaves on March 19 back to Japan. He doesn’t know who will replace him, but promises to visit Guam when he has time.