On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro met with a visiting high-level delegation consisting of members of the House of Representatives of Japan and other officials. The delegation included members of Japan’s Parliamentary Committee on Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and was headed by Akihiro Nishimura, Chairman of the Committee. The delegation also included representatives from the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica. The discussions are generally aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and plans for the World Expo 2025 to be held in Osaka/Kansai, Japan. The delegation is also doing site visits to determine the usefulness and effectiveness of command vehicles recently donated to the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), the Belize National Fire Service, and the Belize Police Department.