(From left) Director-General International Bureau of Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Kazunori Tanaka, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan Kuninori Matsuda, first lady of Japan Akie Abe, Acting Chief Executive of HKSAR Carrie Lam and member of Hong Kong Legco Tommy Cheung Yu-yan attend the opening ceremony of Japan Autumn Festival in Central on Friday. Photo: Paul Yeung

Japan’s first lady Akie Abe praises strong relationship with Hong Kong

Hongkongers urged to visit the neighbouring nation’s less-travelled regions during ceremony marking the opening of the Autumn Festival

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(From left) Director-General International Bureau of Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Kazunori Tanaka, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan Kuninori Matsuda, first lady of Japan Akie Abe, Acting Chief Executive of HKSAR Carrie Lam and member of Hong Kong Legco Tommy Cheung Yu-yan attend the opening ceremony of Japan Autumn Festival in Central on Friday. Photo: Paul Yeung
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Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau is a journalist with the South China Morning Post covering Hong Kong news and social affairs. Working primarily for the paper’s City Weekend edition, she writes features and news stories on diverse topics including human rights, culture and the environment. Originally from Hong Kong, she joined SCMP in 2015 after graduating with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English. Prior to joining SCMP, Jessie helped edit San Quentin News, an inmate-produced newspaper at San Quentin State Prison, served as news editor for UC Berkeley’s independent student newspaper and reported as a political intern for Capitol Weekly. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram @_laujessie or visit her website at www.laujessie.com.