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First Estonian Honorary Consul in Japan Begins Work


No. 320-E

On Thursday, 6 October, Tashichiro Harada began working as Estonia’s new honorary consul in Osaka, Japan. The opening ceremony included the participation of Riigikogu Speaker Ene Ergma and Estonian Ambassador to Japan Toivo Tasa.

The honorary consulate is located at 3-4-12 Honmachi, Chuo-ku, 541-0053, Osaka, Japan. The honorary consulate can be reached by phone at 06-6261-0303, by fax at 06-6261-0303, or by email at

Honorary Consul Harada and his family have a long-standing interest in Europe and Estonia which is not only tied to the economic realm. For years Harada has hosted and helped Estonian entrepreneurs who visited Kansai, including young entrepreneurs who were just starting out. Osaka, the main city of Western Japan and more specifically the Kansai region, is Japan’s third-largest city and is considered an important economic and cultural centre.

Estonia’s new honorary consul Tashichiro Harada is a successful and respected entrepreneur. Honorary Consul Harada was born in 1942. He is the descendant of the founders of the traditional baked goods and food service establishment company Chidoriya Soke ING and the company’s owner. The company began its work in the year 1630. Harada graduated from the respected Keio University in Tokyo with a degree in economics and did additional studies in Hamburg and London. Honorary Consul Harada is a member of the board of many business organisations in Kansai and is an active member of the Rotary Club.



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