Apologies for missing the Committee For Greater Shepparton Forum tonight, but all going well, I will be on my way to Japan when this blog is published.
My cousin is getting married in Okinawaka and with luck, I will use this opportunity to visit Sister City Oshu, in the North. Council has resolved not assist me, so time will be tight, but I was invited during a delegated visit from Oshu to Greater Shepparton last year.
This is a chance to strengthen long-term international relations, share experiences and remain relevant on the world stage.
The way to Oshu is via Bullet Train from Tokyo, so this is also an opportunity to promote Greater Shepparton as a stop on the preferred route for the Bullet Train for Australia project, driven by private enterprise group CLARA.