On Monday 10 July 2023, Consul General Matsui paid a courtesy visit to Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate at Hamilton city council. The meeting was also attended by Councillor Mark Donovan and Chief Executive Lance Vervoort.
Hamilton has a Sister City relationship with Saitama City (previously Urawa City) in Saitama Prefecture since 1984, and next year will be the 40th anniversary.
During the discussion, they agreed to continue to cooperate to further promote economic and investment exchange between the two countries towards restarting the active sister city exchange and strengthening business ties with Japanese companies after COVID.
Consul General Matsui also visited Hamilton Gardens, guided by Mayor Southgate, and expressed his appreciation for the beautifully maintained Japanese garden, which was established with support from the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund and the former Urawa City.