Isao Shiozawa, 58, has lived and worked in Hong Kong for just over three years after other stints away from his native Japan in Sao Paulo and Mexico City. Compared with those cities, he says, Hong Kong is clean and he finds nothing except the humidity uncomfortable. Mr Shiozawa lives by himself in Mid-Levels. His wife, daughter and son live in Tokyo. He is the director of the Japan National Tourist Organisation's Hong Kong office. What's on your mind? I'd be very glad if more Hong Kong people could go to Japan and try to understand its culture, history and lifestyle, to gain more mutual understanding. Seeing is believing: the more people who go, the more they'll understand. They can learn a lot about Japan in Hong Kong through comics and TV but, that might not give the right impression. Do you think there is a lot of misunderstanding? As you can see from the news on TV and in newspapers, there are many people who were affected by a bacteria recently, and people think it's very serious. If they went to Japan they'd see this is a misunderstanding. Do people talk too much about the war? Many years ago - 50 years ago - Japan invaded Hong Kong. I wish people would stop talking about this now. They should be looking to the future instead of always looking to the past. There is a slogan that tourism is a passport for peace. The World Tourism Organisation chose this 10 years ago. Do Hong Kong people ever get angry with you because you are Japanese? The language problem is a very big problem. I can never defeat people in an argument in their own language. So I always listen to what people say and I try to keep calm. What did the Japanese Foreign Minister's visit achieve? Japan and Hong Kong should have a good mutual understanding and they should keep in mind the other's point of view. I think the visit promoted this. What do you like about Hong Kong? Hong Kong is a clean place and Hong Kong people are keen to work hard and earn money. Where can you buy decent sushi? There are one or two good restaurants in Hong Kong. One is at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - Matsubishi - and there's Kenjo, and a few private restaurants. It comes from Japan so it's the same quality as in Japan.