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Embassy of Panama in Japan participates in the Peace Memorial Ceremony of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

On August 6, H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama and Vice-President of the Group of Head of Missions of the Latin American and Caribbean region, participated in the Peace Memorial Ceremony of Hiroshima to honor the memory of victims of the Atomic Bomb.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Diaz placed a flower arrangement tat the monument in honor of Atomic Bomb victims, together with Ambassadors of Kenya and Uganda, in representation of the Diplomatic Corps in Japan.

Ambassador Diaz also participated in the Peace Memorial Ceremony at Nagasaki in memory of the victims of the Atomic Bomb on August 9, which counted on the participation of H.E. Antonio Gutierrez, Secretary General of United Nations.

The UN Secretary General pointed out that survivors of the Atomic Bomb are the real messengers of peace, and urged those countries which have not yet acceded to the convention for the prohibition of nuclear weapons to join in order to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

Ambassador Diaz took advantage of this trip to Hiroshima to visit an evacuation shelter for residents whose houses were destroyed during the recent flooding in the southern part of Japan.

As a gesture of solidarity, the Embassy of Panama made a donation of Panamanian coffee for the people residing in the shelter.

Ambasador Diaz, together with Ambassadors of Kenya and Uganda, offering a flower arrangement in honor of the victims of the Atomic Bomb, in representation of Diplomatic Corp.

Ambasador Diaz, together with Ambassadors of Kenya and Uganda, offering a flower arrangement in honor of the victims of the Atomic Bomb, in representation of Diplomatic Corp.

Ambassador Diaz with his wife Ayana Hatada Diaz in the Peace Memorial Park of Nagasaki city, on the occasion of the Ceremony in memory of the Atomic Bomb victims.

Ambassador Diaz with his wife Ayana Hatada Diaz in the Peace Memorial Park of Nagasaki city, on the occasion of the Ceremony in memory of the Atomic Bomb victims.

Ambassador Diaz with Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima city at the welcome reception held by Hiroshima city. .

Ambassador Diaz with Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima city at the welcome reception held by Hiroshima city.

From the right, H.E. Mitsunari Okamoto, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ambassador Diaz and Mr. Yasuo Yamaki, Chairman of Municipal Assembly of Hiroshima city.

From the right, H.E. Mitsunari Okamoto, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ambassador Diaz and Mr. Yasuo Yamaki, Chairman of Municipal Assembly of Hiroshima city.

Ambassador Diaz with Mr. Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki city at the welcome reception held by Nagasaki city.

Ambassador Diaz with Mr. Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki city at the welcome reception held by Nagasaki city.

Embassy of Panama Organizes Tourism Seminar

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

On July 25, the Embassy of Panama held a Tourism Seminar for the members of Second Life Association.

This Association is composed of retired member from prestigious Japanese companies, who are interested in travelling to different countries.

During his welcome remarks, the Ambassador of Panama, H.E. Ritter Diaz, expressed his gratitude to members of the Association for their interest in Panama.

On the other hand, Mrs. Ayana Hatada Diaz, spouse of the Ambassador, delivered a detail presentation of tourist attraction of Panama, such as the Canal, historical and natural world heritages, different indigenous groups, among others.

The presentation also included a promotion video with the information about World Youth Day, which will be held from January 22 to 27, 2019, as well as the celebration of 500 years of the foundation of Panama city on August 15, 2019.

All participants had the opportunity to enjoy Panamanian gastronomy, such as shrimp ceviche, chorizo with green banana fries, chicken stew, corn rice, mamallena as desert, and Panamanian specialty coffee.

At the same time, different kind of Panamanian handcrafts were exhibited, which included Molas, beads accessories, and replicas of pre-Columbus artifacts.

The event was concluded with greetings of appreciation from Mr. Yukio Mizukoshi, Director General of the Association, where he mentioned that this touristic seminar will help the members to consider Panama as a travel destination in near future.

At the end, participants received tourism pamphlets, including the general information such as: historical and natural heritage, indigenous groups, shopping and cruising information of Panama.

Friendly Cocktail On the Occasion of the 34th World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
On April 10, 2018, H.E. Ritter Diaz, the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan, celebrated a Friendly cocktail at his official residence, on the occasion of the celebration of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama (WYD2019), which will be held in Panama City on January 22- 27, 2019. This cocktail started with greetings from Ambassador Diaz, where he expressed his gratitude to participants, highlighting the importance of WYD2019 as well as the campaign carried out by the national government to create awareness of this event, which is organized by Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis. Ambassador Diaz also delivered a presentation on WYD2019, explaining its backgrounds, theme, meaning of official logo, scheduled activities, as well as the application procedure for participants. After the presentation of Ambassador Diaz, H.E. Reverend Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, Archbishop of Tokyo, made a toast for the success of WYD2019, the health of Pope Francis and all participants, accompanied by H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, Director General of Latin-American and the Caribbean Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority and Ambassador Diaz. This event also counted on the participation of Ambassadors and diplomats from the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Chancellor of Sophia University, Sisters from St. Ignatius Church and Japanese catholic young people, who are interested in joining to WYD2019. This event concluded with a cocktail where all the participants could taste Panamanian cuisine, watching the promotional video of WYD2019.
During the presentation of Ambassador Diaz

During the presentation of Ambassador Diaz

From left to right, Director General of Latin-American and the Caribbean Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority, Archbishop of Tokyo, Ambassador of Panama in Japan and his wife, during the toast by Archbishop of Tokyo.

From left to right, Director General of Latin-American and the Caribbean Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority, Archbishop of Tokyo, Ambassador of Panama in Japan and his wife, during the toast by Archbishop of Tokyo.

Participants of cocktail, from left to right, Chancellor of Sophia University, sister from St. Ignatius church, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Director of the Centro American and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Participants of cocktail, from left to right, Chancellor of Sophia University, sister from St. Ignatius church, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Director of the Centro American and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Panamanian cuisine

Panamanian cuisine

Embassy of Panama participates in the Japan International Orchid Festival Grand Prix 2018

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

From February 16th to 23rd, 2018, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the Japan International Orchids Festival Grando Prix 2018, which was held in Tokyo Dome.

In this occasion, Mr. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador of Panama to Japan, designed a stand of Panama based on the concept of ¨Library of a Botanist”, which was decorated with various orchids from Panama and Central America, including the orchid called “Espiritu Santo”.

The Japan International Orchids Festival Grand Prix is the biggest orchid exhibition in the world, with approximately 100,000 varieties of orchid from various regions, including wild species. In this year, the exhibitors from 21 countries and regions participated in the 28th version of this event.

It is important to point out that the event counted on the presence of Her Highness Princess Takamado, who visited the stand of Panama and exchanged opinions with the Wife of Ambassador about the varieties of Panamanian orchids.

In the stand of Panama, from left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

In the stand of Panama, from left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Stand of Panama

The venue decorated by orchids

The venue decorated by orchids

Commemorative ceremony on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Sister-City Agreement between Panama and Imabari

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

On February 1, 2018, in the collaboration of the Embassy of Panama in Japan and the Consulate-General of Panama in Kobe, the Mayor of Panama city carried out a ceremony on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister-City Agreement between Panama city and Imabari city. 。

The event started with a workshop of painting, where students of primary school in Panama drew images based on the concept of ocean and international friendship. Their painting will be exhibited in the 23rd Imabari Towel Design Exhibition. During the workshop, the Mayor of Panama City, Mr. Jose Isabel Blandon Figueroa, and the Deputy Mayor of Imabari City, Mr. Hiroshi Ochi, expressed their wishes to continue strengthening the friendship between both cities.

After the workshop, the Deputy Mayor Ochi carried out a presentation about Imabari in order to promote his city for the Tokyo Olimpic 2020 as a training place for Panamanian team.

Furthermore, a reception took place in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister-City relationship between Panama city and Imabari city, where the authorities of both cities exchanged the commemorative gifts as a token of the historical friendship. During the reception, the Mayor of Panama Mr. Blandon praised the friendly ties between both cities, while the Deputy Mayor Mr. Ochi, on behalf of the Mayor Mr. Ryoji Kan (who was unabled to join due to the health condition), expressed his hope to strengthen the existing relationship for more progress to both cities.

The ceremony counted on the participation of H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. Yoshihisa Endo, Ambassador of Japan to Panama, Mr. Rafael Aparicio, Consul-General of Panama in Kobe, Mr. Jorge Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal and Mr. Manuel Grimaldo, General Manager of the Colon Free Zone.

Mayor of Panama city, Mr. Jose Isabel Blandon Figueroa, with the students of primary school of Panama

Mayor of Panama city, Mr. Jose Isabel Blandon Figueroa, with the students of primary school of Panama

Deputy Mayor of Imabari, Mr. Hiroshi Ochi, giving a commemorative gifts to the students of primary school of Panama.

Deputy Mayor of Imabari, Mr. Hiroshi Ochi, giving a commemorative gifts to the students of primary school of Panama.

During the workshop of painting

During the workshop of painting

Mayor Blandon and Deputy Mayor Ochi with the students

Mayor Blandon and Deputy Mayor Ochi with the students

Mayor Blandon, during his speech in the commemorative reception of the 40th Anniversaty of the Sister-City Agreement between Panama and Imabari

Mayor Blandon, during his speech in the commemorative reception of the 40th Anniversaty of the Sister-City Agreement between Panama and Imabari

Deputy Mayor of Imabari, Mr, Hiroshi Ochi, during his speech in the reception

Deputy Mayor of Imabari, Mr, Hiroshi Ochi, during his speech in the reception

The participants in the reception

The participants in the reception

Visita oficial a Panamá de la Delegación de la ciudad de Imabari.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

From January 31 to February 2, 2018, on the sideline of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister-city Agreement between Panama and Imabari, a delegation from Imabari made an inspection visit to Panama in order to know the logistic and maritime infrastructure in our country. 。

The delegation was headed by the Deputy Mayor of Imabari City, Mr. Hiroshi Ochi, on behalf of the Mayor Mr. Ryoji Kan (who was unabled to join due to health condition) and composed of the President of City Council of Imabari and executives of important ship companies from the said city. During the visit, the delegation was accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, and Mr. Rafael Aparicio, Consul-General of Panama in Kobe.

The inspection tour started with a visit to the Cocoli, Miraflores and Agua Clara locks of the Panama Canal. The delegation could observe the operation of the expanded Canal and the navigation of the Neo-Panamax ships. In Miraflores Lock, they participated in a luncheon meeting offered by the Panama Canal Administrator, Mr. Jorge Quijano, in which the participants could exchange opinions about the Canal toll and other business areas that the Canal is developing.

In addition, the delegation carried out a courtesy visit to the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and participated in a dinner by invitation of the Consulates-General of Panama in Tokyo and Kobe, with the presence of Mr. Jorge Baracat, Panama Maritime Administrator. In this occasion, the delegation members could exchange opinions with the AMP’s officials about the advantages of Panama ship registry, enjoying a Panamanian folkdance presentation.

Afterwards, the delegation visited the Colon Free Zone, where the members received a presentation from Mr. Manuel Grimaldo, General Manager of the company, about the incentives and services of the said free zone, emphasizing the strategic location of Panama.

During the tour in the Colon Free Zone, the delegation visited Koyo Latin America S.A., a Japanese organization established in the free zone. The members had an opportunity to observe the logistics and warehousing advantages in the free zone of Colon, including the import and re-export of the products delivered to Latinamerican region. Also, the delegation had an inspection visit to the Balboa Port by courtesy of Panama Ports Company, in which they inspected the port infrastructure and the containers movement.

It is important to point out that this official visit counted on the participation of important ship companies in Japan to promote the Panama ship registry and the logistic platform of our country.

Visit to Cocoli Lock

Visit to Cocoli Lock

Visit to Agua Clara Lock

Miraflores Lock

Miraflores Lock

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Hiroshi Ochi, Deputy Mayor of Imabari, in Miraflores Lack

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Hiroshi Ochi, Deputy Mayor of Imabari, in Miraflores Lack

Control area of Miraflores Lock

Control area of Miraflores Lock

Deputy Mayor Ochi, trying the operation of the Agua Clara Lock
From left: Mr. Hiroshi Ochi, Deputy Mayor of Imabari and Mr. Jorge Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal

From left: Mr. Hiroshi Ochi, Deputy Mayor of Imabari and Mr. Jorge Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal

During the courtesy visit to the Panama Maritime Authority

During the courtesy visit to the Panama Maritime Authority

During the meeting in the Colon Free Zone

During the meeting in the Colon Free Zone

Mr. Manuel Grimaldo, General Manager of the Colon Free Zone, during his presentation

Mr. Manuel Grimaldo, General Manager of the Colon Free Zone, during his presentation

During the inspection visit to the company Koyo Latin America S.A.,

During the inspection visit to the company Koyo Latin America S.A.,

During the inspection visit to the company Koyo Latin America S.A.,

During the inspection visit to the company Koyo Latin America S.A.,

During the inspection tour in Balboa Port

During the inspection tour in Balboa Port

Inauguration of the Panama Chiba Coffee sale

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

On March 1st, 2018, H.E. Ritter Diaz, the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan, was invited to the inauguration ceremony of the new sale of the Panamanian coffee called “Panama Chiba Coffee”, which is a collaborative project between Saza Coffee Co., Ltd. and Chiba University.

The “Panama Chiba Coffee” will be on sale at different regional shops of Chiba University, as well as online shop of Saza Coffee Co., Ltd.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Mr. Takeshi Tokuhisa, President of the University explained that this initiative represents the friendship and corporation between Chiba University and the Republic of Panama. He also expressed his appreciation to Mr. Yoshio Suzuki, Chairman of Saza Coffee Co., Ltd, who was invited to this ceremony, for his efforts to the “Panama Chiba Coffee” project.

After that, the Ambassador expressed his gratitude for the inivitation to this ceremony and also the continuous support of Chiba University for Academic Exchange between Panama University (UP) and Panama Technological University (UTP), to train Panamanian students and researchers in the innovative agricultural production called Plant Factory or Vertical Farming, utilizing controlled-environment agriculture technology.

During this ceremony, the participants were explained about the package design of “Panama Chiba Coffee”, which reflects the representative color of Panama, together with the introduction of Panama as well as the relationship between Chiba University and our country.

Furthermore, the professors and students from Panama University (UP) and Panama Technological University (UTP) also participated in this event, whom are in part of the Academic Exchange Program at this moment, of which has initiated since three years ago with support from the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

Mr. Takeshi Tokuhisa, President of Chiba University

Mr. Takeshi Tokuhisa, President of Chiba University

H.E. Ritter Diaz, the Ambassador of Panama to Japan

H.E. Ritter Diaz, the Ambassador of Panama to Japan

Mr. Yoshio Suzuki, Chairman of Saza Coffee Co., Ltd

Mr. Yoshio Suzuki, Chairman of Saza Coffee Co., Ltd

From the right, the Ambassador Diaz, President Tokuhisa and the Chairman Suzuki of  Saza Coffe Co., Ltd.

From the right, the Ambassador Diaz, President Tokuhisa and the Chairman Suzuki of Saza Coffe Co., Ltd.

Ambassador Diaz, President Tokuhisa, Chairman Suzuki, together with professors and students of UP, UTP and Chiba University

Ambassador Diaz, President Tokuhisa, Chairman Suzuki, together with professors and students of UP, UTP and Chiba University

Package of Panama Chiba Coffee

Serminar about the World Heritages in Panama

Friday, December 8th, 2017

On December 1, 2017, the Embassy of Panama carried out a seminar about Panamanian culture and tourism to the members of the NPO World Heritage Academy in Japan. The event took place in the residence of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

The World Heritage Academy consists of Japanese intellectuals with the purpose to promote the World Heritages in different countries.

During the opening remarks, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan conveyed his gratitude to the members of the Academy for their interests in Panama’s historic and natural heritages. He also informed about the 500th Anniversary of the Foundation of Panama city which will be celebrated on August 14th in 2019.

On the other hand, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, delivered a presentation about the world heritages in Panama, as well as the Panama Canal and the country’s indigenous tribes. In addition, she made a presentation about the World Youth Day, which will be held in Panama in January, 2019.

Participants also had an opportunity to taste the Panamanian cuisine, and enjoyed a Panamanian music show.

The event finished with the greeting from Mr. Masato Kitamura, Director of the World Heritage Academy, who conveyed his gratitude for this seminar, expressing his best wishes for the 500th Anniversary of the Foundation of Panama City.

Members of the World Heritage Academy of Japan, participating in the seminar

Members of the World Heritage Academy of Japan, participating in the seminar

Presentation about the world heritages of Panama, by Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Presentation about the world heritages of Panama, by Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Presentation about the World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

Presentation about the World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, explaining about Panamanian gastronomy

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, explaining about Panamanian gastronomy

Panamanian music show, performed by Harps (Arpa).

Panamanian music show, performed by Harps (Arpa).

Closing remarks from Mr. Masato Kitamura, Director of the World Heritage Academy

Closing remarks from Mr. Masato Kitamura, Director of the World Heritage Academy

Panama Seminar organized with MIKI TOURIST

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

On November 24, 2017, the Embaassy of Panama carried out a Panama Tourism Seminar with 15 travel agencies in Japan, in the residence of Ambassador of Panama.

The event was organized with the cooperation of the international tour operator MIKI TOURIST, which has more than 60 branches in Asia, Europe, North and South American region.

At the beginning of the event, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his opening remarks, conveyed his gratitude to MIKI TOUIRST for their interests in promoting Panama as a travel destination.

On the other hand, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, delivered a presentation about Panama, including the country’s general information, historic and natural world heritages, indigenous tribes and biodiversity of Panama.

In addition, Mrs. Hatada also explained about the World Youth Day, which will be held in Panama in January, 2019.

MIKI TOURIST also carried out a presentation, introducing different tour packages to Japanese tourists who have interest to travel in Panama.

After the presentations, participants from the travel agencies had an opportunity to taste Panamanian gastronomy, such as ceviche, avocado and tomato salad, fried green banana and sausage stew, chicken stew, corn rice, fish and mushroom stew and Panamanian bread pudding as well as Geisha coffee.

This seminar had the purpose to disseminate Panama tourism information to the representatives from various travel agencies. After the event, participants expressed their gratitude for the hospitality of the Embassy of Panama.

Opening remarks from H.E. RItter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan

Opening remarks from H.E. RItter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan

Presentation about tourism of Panama from Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Presentation about tourism of Panama from Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Presentation about the World Youth Day

2Presentation about the World Youth Day

Introducction video about the World Youth Day 2019.

Introducction video about the World Youth Day 2019.

Presentation about tour packages of Panama from MIKI TOURIST

Presentation about tour packages of Panama from MIKI TOURIST

Participants in the seminar

Participants in the seminar

From left: Mr. Tetsunori Dambara, President of MIKI TOURIST and Ambassador Diaz.

From left: Mr. Tetsunori Dambara, President of MIKI TOURIST and Ambassador Diaz.

 Panamanian gastronomy

Panamanian gastronomy

Corn Rice

Corn Rice

Chicken stew

Chicken stew

Fried Green bananas and sausage stew

Fried Green bananas and sausage stew

Ambassador visits Shibaura Elementary School

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

On November 22, 2017, S.E. Ritter Díaz, the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, visited Shibaura Elementary School to give a lecture about geography, history, culture and gastronomy of Panama.

Ambassador was received by Prof. Akiko Mikami, Deputy Director of Shibaura Elementary School, who expressed her appreciation to Ambassador Diaz for taking time to visit the school and make a presentation about Panama to 160 students of 4th grade.

Students also had an opportunity to try on the traditional dresses of Panama such as, the Montuno Ocueño and Ngobe-Buglé’s custom, which were provided by the Embassy.

After the presentation, Ambassador Diaz answered some questions from students, including the way Panamanians perceive Japanese society, as well as other topics of interest.

School visits is part of the educational program of the Embassy of Panama in Japan with the purpose of broadening the knowledge about our country among Japanese students.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, together with Ms. Akiko Mikami Deputy Principal of Shibaura Elementary School.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, together with Ms. Akiko Mikami Deputy Principal of Shibaura Elementary School.

During the presentation of Ambassador

During the presentation of Ambassador

During the presentation of Ambassador

During the presentation of Ambassador