On December 15, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, participated in a luncheon by the invitation of H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, which was held at the Official Residence with the purpose of exchanging opinions among Ambassadors accredited in Japan, who can speak Japanese or have some ties with the Japanese culture.
During the luncheon, each of the 24 participating Ambassadors delivered a brief presentation about their academic background and links with Japanese culture, explaining how Japanese language is taught and which aspects of Japanese culture are known in each of their countries.
As for the Panama Canal Expansion project, Ambassador Diaz informed that the reparation of the cracks detected at the new lock chambers in the Pacific side will finish in January 2016, with the opening of the expanded Canal in April 2016. He also informed about the new tolls system which will come into effect in April 2016.
After his presentation, Ambassador Diaz expressed the Prime Minister Panama’s strong interests to conclude successfully the international agreement with Japan for the financing and construction of the Line 3 of the Metro.
The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the Ambassadors for their presentations, indicating that his administration is promoting Japanese culture as a form of soft power, aiming to achieve a further understanding between Japan and all the countries in the world.
The luncheon had the participation of the Ambassadors from Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Mongolia, Armenia, Tonga, Indonesia, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, China, Paraguay, Micronesia, Venezuela, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Maldives, El Salvador, Azerbaijan, and Panama.
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