On August 24, Ambassador Ishii, along with 3 other diplomats, made a courtesy visit to Mr. Briers, governor of the province of East-Flanders. Also present were Vice-Governor Mr. Versnick, Alderman of the city of Ghent Mr. De Clercq and Rector of Ghent University Mrs. De Paepe among others. They gave an overview of the province of East-Flanders, the city of Ghent as well as Ghent University, and explained how each of these have connections with Japan. After that, they exchanged views about 150 Years of Friendship between Japan and Belgium next year. Furthermore, there was a reception with representatives from Japanese companies in East-Flanders, with whom they had fruitful discussions.