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Inabata Group and Portugal

Our founder, Katsutaro Inabata, studied in France for eight years from 1877, and was an active promoter of cultural exchange and friendship with other countries through private diplomacy. He was appointed honorary consul to numerous nations, including Portugal, France, Belgium, Poland, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Czechoslovakia.
While exchanges with other countries were halted during World War II, Portugal remained neutral, so the relationship continued without hindrance.
Following in the footsteps of our founder, who served as vice-consul for Portugal in Kyoto, our second president, Taro Inabata, was appointed as honorary vice-consul in Osaka. The fourth president, Katsuo Inabata (now Counselor), was the first president of Sociedade Luso-Nipónica de Osaka, which means Portugal-Japan society of Osaka.

This tradition of private diplomacy, which started with our founder, remains part of our heritage to this day. The current president of Inabata & Co., Katsutaro Inabata, is actively promoting friendship and exchange between Japan and Portugal, as honorary consul in Osaka and as president of Sociedade Luso-Nipónica de Osaka.

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Inaugural meeting of Sociedade Luso-Nipónica de Osaka(Nov. 14, 1994, The Westin Osaka)
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Social gathering after the inaugural meeting
From the left: Cultural Counselor Carvalho, then-President Katsuo Inabata, Ambassador Salgueiro, and Economics & Commercial Counselor Oliveira stand in front of a Portuguese sailing ship model
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Then-President Katsuo Inabata honored as Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry* for his long years of service to economic and cultural exchange (Nov. 20, 2001, at the Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka)

*Order of Prince Henry
The Order of Prince Henry was created in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460), who is known as forerunner of the Age of Discovery. It is awarded for services in the expansion of Portuguese culture, knowledge, history, and values. Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry is the highest honor Portugal awards to foreign nationals.