Kenichi Suganuma, ambassador for Japan in Sri Lanka paid an official visit to Matara, Hambantota and Monaragala districts for the first time since assuming duties in June 2015.

On October 24, he paid a courtesy call on Senaka Palliyaguruge, Municipal Commissioner of the Matara Municipal Council and exchanged views on economic and social development in Matara, including maintenance of public service such as garbage collection. Later, he visited the University of Ruhuna to meet Senior Prof. Gamini Senanayake, Vice Chancellor and academic staff who are Japanese universities alumni and discussed academic development of the university and cooperation with the Japanese academia.

On the following day he visited a farm in Buttala, Moneragala, operated by Dole Lanka, a subsidiary of Itochu Corporation. Guided by the management staff, he studied the whole process of banana production from growing in the field to packing for export. Later, he visited Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport and observed the airport facility.

He also visited a computer manufacturing plant in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota, operated by EWIS Group, a business partner of Toppan Forms. Guided by the management staff, he studied the assembling process of electronic devices and was impressed by the high technology utilized in the plant. Later, he visited Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and observed the port facility.

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