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Remarks by Consul-General Nozomu Takaoka
at The inauguration ceremony
for the Japan Airlines non-stop flight
between Narita and Dallas/Fort Worth
on November 30, 2015

November 30, 2015

Congratulations to all for the momentous occasion of the nonstop service launch between Dallas/Fort Worth and Tokyo. I would like to extend a warm welcome Mr. Masaru Onishi, the Chairman of Japan Airlines, flying from Japan to attend this epoch-making event. I am very happy that The Honorable Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas and The Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth, are kind enough to be here to witness this important moment. I also appreciate the presence of Mr. Sean Donohue, CEO of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, as well as Mr. Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines and a strong partner of JAL.

As the Consul General of Japan in Houston, please allow me to wholeheartedly welcome back Japan Airlines to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. This nonstop service between Tokyo and Dallas/Fort Worth was once in operation, but unfortunately was suspended in 2001. Therefore, it is extremely uplifting to see the strength of our bilateral bond in this return of service and I note enthusiasm from both sides of the Pacific.

Let me clarify why this event represents a promising future for Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and Japan.  The first reason is the growing exchange between Japan and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As many of you may already know, Toyota is relocating their U.S. headquarters from California and New York to Plano, and many Japanese companies are following Toyota’s lead. I believe the business-friendly environment Dallas/Fort Worth offers will continue to attract more Japanese companies, and the three daily flights between Tokyo and this airport offered jointly by JAL and American Airlines will provide huge advantages.  

The second reason is the growing power of Dallas/Fort Worth as an excellent hub for business and tourism.  These benefits are important for Japanese people and businesses because Dallas/Fort Worth offers an excellent travel link to many American cities as well as Mexico, Brazil, and other Latin American countries. 

The third reason is Tokyo’s growing advantage as a hub in Asia for Dallas/Fort Worth.  In addition to its geographical advantage as the closest major international airport in Asia for the American continent, both Narita and Haneda are increasing their capacities and international connections. In short, through a union between Tokyo and Dallas/Fort Worth, and between Japan Airlines and American Airlines, industries and tourism will be able to grow their businesses together.

Again, please accept my deep congratulations on such an accomplishment and all my best wishes for the future of this exciting venture.