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Governor of Tokyo visits Isle of Man 16 June 2006

Chief Minister Donald Gelling, and Dignitaries of TokyoThe Metropolitan Governor of Tokyo, Shiin Taro Ishihara, along with the Mayors of two islands off the coast of Japan, Miyakejima Island and Hachijojima Island, and officials from Tokyo visited the Isle of Man last week.

Because the Isle of Man is acknowledged as the World’s road racing capital, a strong entourage arrived at the start of TT practice week primarily to investigate the possibility of staging motorcycle road race events on one of the Japanese islands.

The delegation arrived in Castletown for a whistle stop tour and were welcomed by the Hon Tony Brown MHK SHK and Tony Mansell, Chairman of Castletown Commissioners. They were taken to the Billown circuit to look at the pre TT classic event and met with representatives of the Southern MCC before having a quick trip around the course. During their stay they also met with Chief Minister Donald Gelling and the group viewed part of question time in the House of Keys.

Tourism and Leisure Minister David Cretney MHK said:

‘We were delighted to welcome the Governor Shin Taro Ishihara to the Island. They were extremely impressed with the organisation, events and attractions we have to offer and thanked everyone for their kindness and hospitality.’

The party had a meeting with Douglas Mayor Councillor Betty Quirk, Department of Tourism and Leisure, Manx Motor Cycle Club and the TT organising committee to get a greater knowledge of how the race is arranged and a better understanding of how it is organised. They were also given a tour of the Grandstand and met the race teams involved.

Photo caption:
Pictured with Chief Minister Donald Gelling is the Governor of Tokyo Shin Taro Ishihara, together with the Mayor of Miyakejima Island and Hachijojima Island.

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