“Food Safety Program — A Project for Japan” was the theme for two Japanese visitors to Henry County.


“Food Safety Program — A Project for Japan” was the theme for two Japanese visitors to Henry County.

Maki Ohira, assistant director in the animal products safety division of the food safety and consumer affairs bureau with the ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Japan, and freelance Japanese science writer Waki Matsunaga were in Henry County April 22-26.

They were participants in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Ohira stayed with Kevin and Karen Urick in rural Prophetstown and Matsunaga stayed with Albert and Mary Jane Boelens of Atkinson. Interpreter Stacy Smith also accompanied the visitors to appointments and social gatherings.

While in the area, the women visited Wyffels Hybrids in Geneseo and Atkinson, Patriot Renewable?Fuels in Annawan and Weber Beef Feedlot in Geneseo.

They also went sightseeing, shopping, rode four-wheelers, attended church and spent time with their hosts.