Consul General Yoshiaki Miwa of the Consulate General of Japan in Davao visited UP Mindanao on 06 April 2021 to express his interest in helping UP Mindanao establish a science and technology park. Chancellor Larry Digal and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nilo Oponda led the UP Mindanao team in welcoming Consul Miwa and his administrative staff, Ms. Nunome Sana. The consul said Davao City has a sister city agreement with Kitakyushu City which has the Kitakyushu Science and Research Park operating with the collaboration of universities, research institutes, and industrial companies. Chancellor Digal presented UP Mindanao’s expansion plans, including the upcoming academic programs, research thrusts, and campus development plans, and offered to arrange future meetings. Dr. Melvin Pasaporte also shared with the consul some experiences from the UP Mindanao polylactic acid commercialization project. Finally, Consul Miwa took a tour of the campus guided by Architect Ellen Dorado and Campus Planning & Development chief Cherrylyn Cabrera. The consul's visit and offer align with UP Mindanao's plan to establish the Knowledge, Innovation, Science & Technology (KIST) Park on the campus.