Mexico on Tuesday opened an honorary consulate in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima, the fourth facility of its type in the Asian nation, to bolster "growing economic, cultural and educational exchanges," the Mexican Embassy in Tokyo said.

Mexican Ambassador to Japan Claude Heller inaugurated the consulate and presented the letter of accreditation to Seita Kanai, an engineer and executive vice president of Mazda Motor Corporation, which is based in Hiroshima.

Mazda Motor Corporation has shown a commitment to developing its relationship with Mexico, as reflected in the company's plans to build a plant in Salamanca, a city in Guanajuato state, that will start operating in 2013, the Mexican Embassy said.

The plant will be Mazda's first in Latin America and the automaker expects to produce 100,000 units annually of its Mazda2 and Mazda3 models at the facility for the Mexican and Brazilian markets, among others in the region.

The honorary consulate's opening reflects "the renewed exchange" by both parties and marks "the start of a new stage of opportunities and growth," Heller said.

Mexico has had a long friendship with Hiroshima, a city that shares a firm commitment to "peace, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation," the Mexican Embassy said.

Mexico has other honorary consulates in Kyoto and Osaka, in central Japan, and in the northern city of Sapporo. EFE