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Embassy of Panama promotes Panamanian Cuisine

Monday, July 10th, 2017

On July 1, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan, in collaboration with the prestigious cooking school Hattori Nutrition College, carried out a tasting of Panamanian cuisine.

In this occasion, the presentation included Ceviche, Panamanian chicken soup (Sancocho), Shredded Beef (Ropa vieja), Rice and Panamanian bread pudding (Mamallena).

The activity started with the opening remarks of H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, where he conveyed his gratitude for the opportunity to introduce Panamanian cuisine to the students of Hattori Nutrition College. He also pointed out that Panamanian and Japanese people rice as a main component of their daily diet.

In addition, Mrs. Ayana Hatada Diaz, Wife of Ambassador, delivered a presentation about Panama, focussing on history and culture, including the variety of Panamanian gastronomy. 。

The explanation and preparation of Panama dishes was carried out by Mrs. Yudelka Salvador, Panamanian-Dominican who provides catering service to Latin and Panamanian people in Japan. Mrs. Yudelka made a preparation together with the famous Japanese Chef, Mr. Fumihiko Ohno.

After the explanation by Mrs. Yudelka, the students of Hattori School worked diligently to prepare Panamanian food in a friendly asmosphere. During the tasting session, the students enjoyed the flavour of the Panamanian cuisine.

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H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, during his opening remarks

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Mrs. Ayana Hatada Diaz, Wife of Ambassador, during her presentation

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Mrs. Yudelka Salvador, with a Japanese prestigious Chef, Mr. Fumihiko Ohno, during her explanation and preparation of Panamanian food

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Preparation of the dishes by the students

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Preparation of the dishes by the students

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During tasting session

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Phograph session with Mr. Yukio Hattori, President of Hattori Nutrition College, Ambassador Diaz, his wife with the students

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Ambassador Diaz receivinig a book from Mr. Hattori about Japanese cuisine

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Panamanian cuisine introduced in this occasion:
Clockwise from top left: Panamanian bread pudding, Ceviche, Panamanian Chicken soup, shredded beef and rice

Cultural Event “Panama Day”

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

On June 25, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan held the cultural event “Panama Day” at JICA Global Plaza.

The event “Panama Day” is held in June each year to promote Panamanian culture in collaboration with the Panama Japan Friendship Association and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This year, we counted on the participant of 150 people.

The event started with the opening remarks of Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Panama Japan Friendship Association and the former Ambassador of Japan to Panama, followed by the presentation of H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, which focussed on history, economy, culture and tourism in Panama. The event also counted on the participation of Mr. Takashi Yasui, Director of Industrial Promotioin of Imabari city, who made reference to the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister-City Agreement between Panama City and Imabari City. Finally, Mr. Shiro Kobayashi, an expert on Canal issues, delivered a presentation about the performance of the Panama Canal a year after the expansion of the waterway.

The event concluded a the Panamanian dance show performed by the Folk Dance Group of the Embassy, as well as the music presentation given by the Panamanian singer, Robert the Specialist.

The participants also enjoyed the banners with the touristic spots of Panama as well as the photos of the expansion of the Panama Canal. The event ended with a tasting of the Panamanian cuisine, such as guandu beans rice, beet and potato salad, chicken stew and Panamanian bread pudding.

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Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Panama Japan Friendship Association and the former Ambassador of Japan to Panama, during his opening remarks

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Mr. Takashi Yasui, Director of Industrial Promotion of Imabari City, which has the Sister City Agreement with Panama City

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H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambssador of Panama to Japan, during his presentation about the country

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Prof. Shiro Kobayashi, during his presentation about the Panama Canal

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Members of the Panama Embassy

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Members of the Panama Embassy

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Panamanian dance show performed by the Folk Dance Group of the Embassy

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Robert the Specialist, during his music session

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Participants of the event

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Panamanian food tasting session

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Guandu beans rice

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Beet and potato salad

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Chicken stew

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Panamanian Bread Pudding

Ambassador’s Presentation in Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

Monday, June 26th, 2017

On June 19, 2017, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, delivered a presentation about Panama in Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, in Aichi prefecture located at the center of Japanese archipelago, in order to disseminate the knowledge of our country among the Japanese student.  

Before the presentation, Ambassador Diaz held a meeting with the President of the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Mr. Ikuo Kameyama, to exchange views about the possibility to establish academic exchange with Panamanian universities. Ambassador Diaz expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the University and delivered a gift of a Panamanian historical book, titled The Golden Horse in Japanese.

It is important to point out that Ambassador’s presentation was held as part of an international study program of the university, which seeks to help students to understand international affairs through the presentations and exchange of opinions in English with the Ambassadors and diplomats accredited in Japan.

The presentation included history, economy, culture and tourism in Panama, the Panama Canal and brief history about the Panama Ship Registry, which helped students to increase the interests in our country. The event concluded with an exchange of opinions between students and Ambassador Diaz.

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Exchange of the gifts to Mr. Ikuo Kameyama, President of Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

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Ambassador Diaz, during his presentation

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Ambassador Diaz, during his presentation 使

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Official Visit of the Members of Panamanian Parliament

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

From June 11 to 14, 2017, the Member of Panamanian Parlament, Mr. Jose Luis Varela, President of the Panamanian Chapter of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League, held an official visit to Japan in company with Mr. Ivan Picota, Member of the Revolutionary Democratic Party and also Member of the Inter-Parliamentary League in mention.  

This visit took place in response to the invitation from the Japanese Parliament, with the assistance of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, in order to strengthen the politic relationship between the National Assembly and Japanese Parliament.

Mr. Varela and Mr. Picota started their schedule with a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, which dedicates to the memory of the soldiers who passed away during the Japan War.

President of the House of Representatives, concluding with a meeting dinner invited from the Members of the Japan Chapter of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League, headed by President, Mr. Seishiro Eto.

The second day began with a breakfast meeting organized by Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi, President of Komei Party, allied with the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government. In addition, the visiting politicians had the opportunity to observe the technology of civil security in the company NEC.

Afterwards, they had a tour of the different sites of the Parliament, closing the day with a cocktail party offered by H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, which accounted for the participation of various politicians, directors of the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Japan, and representatives from the private sectors.

The official visit concluded with a visit to the old Japanese capital city of Kyoto, organized by the International Affaires Division of the Parliament, where the Panamanian politicians could enjoy important aspects of Japanese history and culture.

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Visiting the Yasukuni Shrine Museum

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Visiting the Yasukuni Shrine Museum

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Courtesy call to Mr. Tadamori Ohshima, President of the House of Representatives

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Courtesy call to Mr. Tadamori Ohshima, President of the House of Representatives

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Meeting with the members of the Japan Chapter of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League

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Meeting with the members of the Japan Chapter of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League

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Mr. Seishiro Eto, President of the Japan Chapter of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League

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Mr. Jose Luis Varela, greeting the Japan Chapter of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League

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Dinner offered by the Japan Chapter of the Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League 

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Breakfast meeting with the members of Komei Party

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During the observation in NEC

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During the observation in NEC

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During the tour on the Parlament

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リDuring the speech of Mr. Seishiro Eto in the cocktail party

Activities in the occasion of the 100th Years of the Panama Ship Registry and the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Agreement between Panama city and Imabari city

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

On May 25, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan, Imabari City Government and the Consulate General of Panama in Kobe carried out a ceremony in occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Agreement between Imabari city and Panama city. 。

The event took place a day before the beginning of the Maritime Fair of Imabari city in the context of the celebration of the 100th Year of the Panama Ship Registry, with the presence of the delegation of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), led by Mr. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority.

The activity started with a workshop of Molas, organized by the elementary school of Imabari, where the students had the opportunity to show their ability on making Molas, enjoing the conversation with the members of the delegation.

After the workshop of Molas, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, delivered a seminar about Panama to the representatives of 80 shipping companies in Imabari, presenting a general outlook of the country and the history of the 100 yeas of the Panama Ship Registry.

In the reception held in the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Agreement, the Administrator Barakat granted a plate of recognition to the ship companies such as: Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Missen Kaiun and Doun Kisen, for their great contribution to increase the number of the ship with the Panama flag.

Furthermore, during the reception, a commemorative message from Mr. Jose Blandon Figueroa, Mayor of Panama city, was presented, where he expressed his wishes to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between both cities. The event concluded with a presentation of Panamanian folklore dance performed by the members of the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

Imabari city is a maritime hub in Japan, with the biggest shipyard and the majority of shipowners of the country living there.

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Mr. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the AMP, talking with the students in the Workshop of Molas, held in the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Agreement between Imabari city and Panama city and the 100th Year of the Panama Ship Registry.

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H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, talking with the students in the workshop of Molas, held in the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Agreement between Imabari city and Panama city and the 100th Year of the Panama Ship Registry.

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Administrator Barakat, presenting a conmemorative gift to the students of the workshop of Molas

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Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of Segumar Tokyo, with his wife Mrs. Adriana Nuñez, during the presentation of Panamanian folklore dance

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Students of the workshop of Molas with the Administrator Barakat

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Administrator Barakat, during his commemorative remarks in the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Agreement between Imabari city and Panama city

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Ambassador Diaz, during his presentation about Panama and the history of the Panama Ship Registry

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During the seminar

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During the seminar

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Ambassador Diaz, during his opening remarks in the reception

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Mr. Ryoji Kan, Mayor of Imabari city, during his opening remarks in the reception

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Exchange of the gifts

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Exchange of the gifts

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Recognition plates given to the ship companies in Imabari city

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Ambassador Diaz delivered a toast for the friendship and health of Panama and Imabari cities

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Presentation of Panamanian folklore dance

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Presentation of Panamanian folklore dance

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Participants in the reception

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Participants in the reception

Official Visit of the Panama Matirime Authority

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

On May 22, 2017, the Official Visit to Japan of Mr. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, began in the context of the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Ship Registry, in collaboration with the Embassy of Panama in Japan and the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo. The delegation led by Mr. Barakat, included Mr. Fernando Solorzano, Director General of Merchant Marine, H.E. Arsenio Domínguez, Ambassador of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mrs. Rina Berrocal, Chief of Segumar Panama and Mrs. Miriam Rodríguez, Director of Public Relations.

During the official visit, the delegation carried out the meetings with the main ship companies, such as Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) y Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line), as well as Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA). After a series of meetings, a maritime seminar was held at Palace Hotel where the Administrator Barakat delivered a commemorative speech of the history of the Panama Ship Registry, expressing the importance of Japan as main user of the registry.

On the other hand, Ambassador Dominguez gave a presentation about the Ballast Water Management Convention, which comes into force in next September, while Mrs. Berrocal delivered a presentation about the electronic technical certificate emission (E-certificate). This innovative system aims to reduce the cost and time by issuing documents to the clients in electronic format, in order to face the strong competition in the maritime market.

The first day of the visit concluded with a reception, where the Administrator Barakat granted a plate of recognition to the representatives of NYK, MOL and K-Line for their great contribution to the growth of Panama Flag as No, 1 in the world.

Besides, the Administrator Barakat gave a recognition to Dowa Line for the loyalty to use only Panama flag in all their ships. During the opening remarks, Administrator Barakat conveyed his gratitude to the Panama flag users for trusting our Ship Registry.

It is important to mention that both the seminar and the reception counted for more tan 100 participants.

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Meeting with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)

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From left; Mr. Masahiro Tanabe, Executive Vice Minister of MOL and Mr. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority

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Meeting with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)

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From left: Mr. Barakat and Mr. Tadaaki Naito, President of NYK

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Meeting with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line)

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From left: Mr. Eiji Kadono, Senior Managing Executive Officer of K-Line and the Administrator Barakat [caption id="attachment_3598" align="alignleft" width="550"]Networking sessionMeeting with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA)

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Meeting with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA)

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From left: Administrator Barakat and Mr. Yasumi Kudo, President of JSA

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Administrator Barakat, during his opening remarks in the maritime seminar

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Ambassador Díaz, during his opening remarks in the maritime seminar

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H.E. Arsenio Domínguez, Ambassador of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), during his presentation about the Ballast Water Management Convention

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Delegation during the maritime seminar

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Participants in the maritime seminar

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Delegation with the participants of the maritime seminar

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Administrator Barakat, during his opening remarks in the reception

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Ambassador Díaz, during his opening remarks in the reception

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Recognition plates given to the ship companies

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From left: Mr. Seishiro Eto, Member of the House of Representatives and President of the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan and President of the Inter-Parliamentary League Panama-Japan, the Administrator Barakat and the Ambassador Diaz

Ambassador of Panama to Japan participates in ICCEA 2017

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

During May 17 to 19, 2017, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, participated in the International Congress of Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA 2017), held in the Hotel El Panama, with the presence of important speakers from Asia, U.S. and Europe. The conference also included the participation of the representative of NASA, which is experimenting the cultivation of leguminous plants in the International Space Station.

The event in its second version took place under the collaboration of the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) of Panama, Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) of Panama, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI) of Panama, Embassy of Panama in Japan, Panama University (UP), Panama Technological University (UTP), Chiba University of Japan, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and other private institutions related to agriculture. The conference was inaugurated with the opening remarks of H.E. Eduardo Carles, Minister of Agricultural Development of Panama.

Dr. Toyoki Kozai, Keynote Speaker, received The Master of Innovation Award, for his great work as pioneer in the area of Plant Factory and introducing this technology to Panama.

Besides, in the context of the 2nd International Congress of Controlled Environment Agriculture, Japanese delegation from Chiba University, led by Dr. Michiko Takagaki, Vice President of Public Relations, held meetings with the representatives of Panama University and Panama Technological University aiming to develop the projects in controlled environment agriculture.

It is important to mention about the agreement between Panama University and Chiba University to develop the projects on cultivating wild orchid and coffee in controlled environment. Both national universities have established an academic exchange with Chiba University, with the purpose of training Panamanian students in the area of the controlled environment agriculture. In the context of this exchange, two groups of Panamanian students have been already despatched to Japan to receive the training.

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Meeting between Dr. Eduardo Flores, President of Panama University and Japanese delegation led by Dr. Michiko Takagaki, Vice-President of Public Relation

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Meeting between Dr. Eduardo Flores, President of Panama University and Japanese delegation led by Dr. Michiko Takagaki, Vice-President of Public Relation

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Exchange of gifts

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H.E. Eduardo Carles, Minister of Agricultural Development of Panama, during his opening remarks of the ICCEA 2017.

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From left, H.E. Nestor González, Viceminister of International Commerce, H.E. Esteban Girón, Viceminister of Agricultural Development and H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

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From left,, Dr. Toyoki Kosai, Keynote speaker, and Ambassador Diaz

Embassy of Panama participates in Charity Lucheon

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

On April 26, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the Latin American and Caribbean Charity Luncheon , which was organized by the Japan-Latin American and the Caribbean Ladies Association. The event took place at the oficial residence of the Ambassador of Brasil to Japan.

This is an annual event with the participation of the Embassies of Latin American and the Caribbean countries in Japan and the members of this association. It aims to introduce the gastronomy of each country of the region among Japanese members. It is important to point out that the event counted on the participation of Her Imperial Highness Princess Hitachi and Mrs. Akie Abe, Wife of Prime Minister of Japan this year.

The Embassy of Panama offered traditional dishes such as chopped beef steak and Panamanian pudding, as well as Panamanian rum as national product. During the event, a music concert by Venezuelan musician was taken place as a part of culture introduction.

The raised funds during this event are donated to charity activities in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Participants, during the presentation of the Ambassador of Panama
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Chopped beef steak

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Panamanian pudding

Promotion event of Panama tourism

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

On April 19, 2017, the Embassy of Panama on Japan held a promotion event of Panamanian culture and tourism in the official residence of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, where 30 representatives and members of the NHK Cultural Center participated.

NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan’s only public broadcaster) operates 47 cultural centers in the country in order to offer the opportunity where the people can obtain the broad knowledge about different countries. It is important to point out that yearly more than 680 thousand people participate in the activities of these cultural centers.

During the event, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan expressed his gratitude for the cooperation of the Cultural Centers of NHK to introduce the different attractive aspects of the tourism in Panama. Also, he delivered a presentation about the country, including the general dates of Panama, tourism, culture and the Panama Canal expansion.

Furthermore, the participants enjoyed various Panamanian handicrafts, such as molas, chaquiras, rum and specialty coffee, having a chance to taste Panamanian gastronomy, including ceviche, chicken stew, potato and beat salad, green banana fried and sausage stew, guandu beans rice, pan pudding, Panamanian rum and coffee.

The participants also had an opportunity to enjoy various Panamanian songs, presented by the Panamanian singer Roberto the Specialists. They expressed their gratitude to the hospitality of the Embassy and their interest in Panamanian culture.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his presentation

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his presentation

Participants, during the presentation of the Ambassador of Panama

Participants, during the presentation of the Ambassador of Panama

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Mrs/ Ayana Hatada, Wife of the Ambassador, introducing about Panamanian handicrafts

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Panamanian handicrafts

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Panamanian singer Roberto the Specialists

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Embassy participated in Tabi Summit

Monday, April 17th, 2017

On April 9th, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the event called Tabi Summit (Travel Summit), with the purpose of promoting the tourism in Panama to Japanese people.

The event was organized by the company Key Noters Inc., who promotes the international exchange, and took place in the office of one of the main travel agencies, H.I.S. In the event, the Embassies of Bulgaria and Cote d´Ivoire in Japan participated as well and more than 50 people visited to obtain the knowledge about these three countries.

During the event, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, gave a presentation about Panama, which covers the general datas, tourism, culture and the Panama Canal Expansion.

The participants had an opportunity to enjoy the Panamanian handicrafts like Molas and Chungas, and also to taste out gastronomy such as empanadas, mamallena and egg nog ron punch, offered by the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

The event finished with a networking session, where the participants could exchange opinions with the staffs of our Embassy in order to obtain more information about Panama.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his presentation

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his presentation

Participants, during the presentation of the Ambassador of Panama

Participants, during the presentation of the Ambassador of Panama

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Mamallena

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