Abe keeps date with Thai-Nichi Institute
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday walked into the Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology with his new political title but old ties."The atmosphere was all cordial even though his visit was brief," TNI president Krisada Visavateeranon said yesterday. Abe had offered plenty of advice to the Technology Promotion Association on its plan to establish the TNI six years ago in Suan Luang district.
Abe is on his first overseas trip as the Japanese government leader. Despite his tight schedule, he managed to drop by the TNI, where he was greeted with a flower garland, a troupe of Japanese-style and Thai-style drummers and hundreds of beaming students.
He looked happy viewing an exhibition showing his family's ties to the TNI. His late father was actively engaged in the work of the TPA, which gave birth to the TNI. Abe's wife also visited the TPA a few years ago.
When Abe was an MP, he visited the TNI twice. On the 2009 trip, he planted a stargooseberry tree in its compound. In 2010, he showed up at the TNI with books and Japanese employers. Abe clearly hoped to match the needs of soon-to-be graduates and the firms with vacancies.
Krisada said yesterday that Abe was pleased to hear that about half of the TNI's alumni now work in Japan and half for Japanese firms in Thailand.
Abe stayed at the TNI for just about half an hour, but long enough to plant a jackfruit tree in the compound - something else to reaffirming his close ties to this school.