<p align="justify">&nbsp;</p> <p align="justify">The Consulate of Japan in Lyon is organizing with the City of Lyon and the Association of Japanese Residents of Lyon and Rh&#244;ne-Alpes (AARJLRA) an exhibit entitled, <strong>&#8220;Renaissance of Japan after March 11, 2011.&#8221;</strong> The exhibit will be inaugurated with a conference and reception at City Hall on March 11, 2013, precisely two years after the earthquake that struck the northeast coast of Japan.</p> <p align="justify"><br>Various conferences will be held in the Atrium of City Hall, with specialist academics speaking about the damage caused by this natural disaster which resulted in the nuclear accident at Fukushima. <strong>They will also speak about the difficulties in rebuilding the cities of the Tohoku region, where the City of Lyon provided emergency support.</strong></p> <p align="justify"><br>The exhibit will also be the occasion to strengthen the &#8220;kizuna&#8221; (ties of friendship, in Japanese), <strong>which have united Lyon and Japan for over 100 years</strong>. The event will end on a cultural and musical note with a closing concert on March 17, 2013, in the ballroom of City Hall, in the presence of Mr. Kazushi Ono, Principal Conductor of the Opera House of Lyon. </p> <p align="justify"><br>This event is further proof of <strong>Lyon&#8217;s international reach</strong>. Very active in the field of cultural and diplomatic relations, the city also attracts foreign companies, with a record <strong><strong><a title="" style="color: rgb(224, 32, 32);" href="https://www.aderly.com/lyon-economic-news/implantation-entreprise-news-IMPLANTATION-71-NOUVELLES-ENTREPRISES-ONT-CHOISI-LYON-EN-2012-,n,7061,EN.jsp" target="_blank">71 newcomer businesses in 2012</a></strong>, of which four are Asian</strong>.<br></p> <p align="justify"><br></p>