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Panama’s Ambassador visit Chuo Primary School

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

On February 8, 2017, S.E. Ritter Díaz, the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, visited Chuo Elementary School in Tokyo. This visit had the purpose to disseminate the Panamanian culture among Japanese students, increasing the interest in our country.

In the first part of the visit, Ambassador Díaz made a brief presentation on Panama with the participation of all the students from first to sixth grade. After Japanese harp performance by a group of students, the Ambassador made a brief presentation on Panama such as Panama Canal and the country’s biodiversity. Also, the Ambassador explained about the indigenous groups that live in Panama showing their handicrafts such as Molas, Chaquiras and Chungas.

In the second part of the visit, Ambassador Díaz exchanged opinions with approximately 20 students of the fifth grade who had previously visited our embassy during summer vacation last year. Additionally, all fifth graders made a monocycle performance at the school yard for the Ambassador.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panamá, with the school principle

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama, with the school principle

Ambassador Díaz, during his presentation on Panama

Ambassador Díaz, during his presentation on Panama

Monocycle performance by fifth graders students

Monocycle performance by fifth graders students

Official visit to Arakawa Water Museum, Sister Museum of Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum

Monday, February 13th, 2017

On January 28, 2017, Mr. David De Leon S, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, paid an official visit to the Arakawa Water Museum. 。

The visit began with an inspection tour in the lockgates of Arakawa River, guided by Mr. Peter Shimizu of the Museum and Mr. Jun Nakasuga, General Manager of the Arakawa Karyu River Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The inspection tour was followed by a meeting with Mr. Nakasuga in his office, who expressed his gratitude for this visit and the continuing support of the Embassy, taking this opportunity to request materials of the Expansion of Panama Canal to exhibit in the museum.

On the other hand, Mr. De Leon expressed his thankfulness for their warm welcome, stressing the importance of the Museum for the people living in Kita Ward in Tokyo, as an important information source about the relationship between Arakawa River and the Panama Canal. He also expressed the support of the Embassy to provide the necessary material for the Museum.

It is important to point out that Arakawa Water Museum is the sister museum of Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum, where there is a portrait in honour of Japanese Engineer Akira Aoyama, who participated in Panama Canal construction between 1904 to 1911.

Following the seminar about Panama Canal, held by Mr. Peter Shimizu, the participants had the opportunity to exchange questions and answers with Mr. De Leon, enjoying Panamanian coffee offered by the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

This visit is regarded as one of the activities of the Embassy for strengthining the bilateral relationship between Arakawa Water Museum and the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

Mr. David De Leon S, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, was receied by Mr. Jun Nakasuga, General Manager of the Arakawa Karyu River Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Mr. David De Leon S, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, was receied by Mr. Jun Nakasuga, General Manager of the Arakawa Karyu River Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


During the inspection tour in the lockgates of Arakawa River.

During the inspection tour in the lockgates of Arakawa River.


Mr. De Leon, exchanging questions and answers with the participants of the seminar.

Mr. De Leon, exchanging questions and answers with the participants of the seminar.

Consulate-General of Panama presented the certificate for “Hybrid Sox Scrubber System”

Friday, January 27th, 2017

On January 11, 2017, the Consulate-General of Panama in Tokyo presented the Certificate for the Control System of Emission of Sulfur Oxides Gas, known as “Hybrid Sox Scrubber System”, which was officially approved by Panamanian Government.

“Hybrid Sox Scrubber System” was developed by the Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) and installed on a ship of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line, hereinafter) with the purpose of reducing the emission of the pollution substance, such as Sulfur Oxides.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided to tighten regulations on the amount of the Sulfur Oxides for maritime fuels of the ships. However, the ships that will install the “Hybrid Sox Scrubber System” will be able to continue using actual fuels, due to this filtration system.

Class NK, Ship Classification Foundation in Tokyo and the Consulate-General of Panama, have been working jointly for more than 2 years in order to comply with international standards for the approval of the purification system in mention.

The “Drive Green Highway” of K-Line with Panamanian flag has turned into the first ship made in Japan, which has installed this innovative system, targeting to contribute on the global environment conservation.

The presentation of the certificate was taken place by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in the conference room of the Embassy of Panama, with the participation of Mr. Tetsuya Kinoshita, Executive Vice President of ClassNK, Mr. Eiji Kadono, Managing Executive Officer and Mr. Toyohisa Nakano, Executive Officer of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mr. Masao Nakamura, Division Director, Machinery Business Division of Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd., Mr. Akira Zaitsu, Director of Ship & Ocean Engineering Department of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo.

During the presentation of the certificate

During the presentation of the certificate

Inauguration of the New Offices of the Embassy and the Consulate-General of Panama in Japan

Friday, January 27th, 2017

On January 10th, 2017, on the occasion of the relocation of the new offices of the Embassy and the Consulate-General of Panama in Tokyo, the Embassy of Panama hold an Inauguration reception, accounting for more than 40 participants, including the Ambassadors from Latin America and the Caribbean in Japan, politicians, high ranking officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, representatives of Japanese companies and general collaborators of the Embassy.。

During the welcome remarks, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, mentioned that the relocation was due to increase the security level of the personnel and the assets of the Mission, in case of large margnitude earthquake in the área of Tokyo.

The Embassy and the Consulate-General moved to a newly constructed building with the latest aseismatic system, taking up the second floor for the Embassy and the first floor for the Consulate. Also, the location has better access to the metro station, providing an easier approach for the visitors and clients.

H.E. Ritter N . Díaz, Ambassador of Panamá, during his opening remarks

H.E. Ritter N . Díaz, Ambassador of Panamá, during his opening remarks


The Farther Arturo Martin, blessing the Holy Water for the new offices

Farther Arturo Martin, blessing with Holy Water the new offices


Participants

Participants

The Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo organized a Maritime Actualization Seminar.

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

On November 30, 2016, His Excellency Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo together with His Excellency Arsenio Dominguez, Ambassador of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of the Environment (MEPC), organized a seminar on the latest developments of the Panamanian Ship Registry at the headquarters of the Japanese Shipowners Association.

Ambassador Diaz offered the opening remarks, expressing his thankfulness to the Japanese shipping companies for preferring the Panamanian flag, noting that our Shipping Registry not only offers reasonable prices and good services to vessels under its jurisdiction, but also seeks to strike a balance between regulations and the performance of the maritime market within the IMO.

Following the opening remarks, Mr. Keiji Tomoda, Chairman of the Recycling Committee of the Japan Shipowners’ Association, thanked the Government of the Republic of Panama for the ratification of the Ballast Water Convention and the Hong Kong Convention on the Ship Recycling, which will allow the implementation of the Ballast Water Agreement, and the future ratification of the Hong Kong Convention by other countries.

Ambassador Dominguez explained the current situation of the Ballast Water and Hong Kong Conventions on Ship Recycling, indicating that Panama had ratified both Conventions on September and October of this year. In view of this ratification, both conventions will promote the protection of the Marine environment, as well as the scrapping and recycling of substandard ships.

The seminar also included the presentation of the new e-Segumar platform for the issuance of electronic certificates by Mr. Samuel Guevara, Chief of Segumar office in Tokyo, and Mr. Kentaro Koyanagi, Manager of the Classification Department of ClassNK, who spoke on the implementation of e-certificates by the different flags.

It is important to point out that the seminar was attended by more than 100 people from the major companies and organizations in the maritime sector of Japan.

At the end of the seminar, the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo offered a cocktail to the participants, who were able to exchange views with Ambassadors Diaz and Dominguez, as well with the staff of the Consulate and the Office of Segumar Tokyo, to further strengthening the relations with the maritime sector of Japan, and main user of the Panamanian flag.

 H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo, during his welcoming remarks.
H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo, during his welcoming remarks.

 Presentation of Mr. Keiji Tomoda, Chairman of the Ship Recycling committee of The Japanese Shipowners Association.
Presentation of Mr. Keiji Tomoda, Chairman of the Ship Recycling committee of The Japanese Shipowners Association.

Presentation of H.E. Arsenio Domínguez, Ambassador of Panama on The International Maritime Organization. (IMO)
Presentation of H.E. Arsenio Domínguez, Ambassador of Panama on The International Maritime Organization. (IMO)

During the Presentation of the Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of the Segumar office, Tokyo.
During the Presentation of the Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of the Segumar office, Tokyo.

Presentation of Mr. Kentaro Koyanagi, General Manager of the Classification Department on ClassNK.
Presentation of Mr. Kentaro Koyanagi, General Manager of the Classification Department on ClassNK.

Ambassadors Diaz and Dominguez, with Mr Kentaro Koyanagi from ClassNK and  Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of Segumar Tokyo, during the Question and Answers session.
Ambassadors Diaz and Dominguez, with Mr Kentaro Koyanagi from ClassNK and Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of Segumar Tokyo, during the Question and Answers session.

Participants of the Seminar.
Participants of the Seminar.

Ambassador Diaz and Dominguez during the cocktail, after the seminar.
Ambassador Diaz and Dominguez during the cocktail, after the seminar.
Participants of the Cocktail
Participants of the Cocktail

XL Panama City International Marathon

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Panama announces the XL Panama City International Marathon, which will take place on November 27th, bringing together thousands of runners from all over the world.

The participation of elite, professional and even amateurs runners in the Panama City Marathon has contributed to the success of the event in previous years.

The Government of the Republic of Panama supports this kind of initiative, and therefore extends an invitation to all runners and sports clubs to take part in this experience.

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Latin America Bazaar 2016

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

On October 24th, 2016, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the Latin American Bazaar 2016, which was organized by the Japan-Latin American and the Caribbean Ladies Association. The event took place at the Tokyo Prince Hotel.

The annually held Latin American Bazaar counts on the participation of Embassies of the Latin America and the Caribbean countries accredited in Japan, which exhibit products and traditional dishes. Funds raised during this event are donated to welfare organizations that help underprivileged children in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The Embassy of Panama exhibited molas, chungas, chaquiras and other types of handicrafts, which strongly attracted the attention of attendants.

The Panamanian diplomatic mission also offered traditional dishes such as “biztec picado y arroz con maíz” (chopped beef steak and corn rice), “ensalada de papas con remolacha” (potato and beat salad), “plátano en tentación”(syrupped bananas), and  a traditional dessert so called “mamallena” (bread-pudding) , as well as a traditional drink known as “ron ponche” (eggnog made with rum) .

Furthermore, the Embassy offered entertainments of Panamanian traditional dance, performed by Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Tokyo, and his wife, Mrs. Adriana Nuñéz, as well as a concert by a Panamanian singer, Roberto The Specialist.

The event counted on the distinguished participation of Her Imperial Highness Princess Hitachi, who was delighted by the colorful Panamanian molas.

During the meeting

From Left, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, and H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

During the meeting

From Left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, Mrs. Adriana Nuñéz, Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Tokyo, and Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama

Panamanian Traditional Dance

Panamanian Traditional Dance

Panamanian Singer, Roberto The Specialist

Panamanian Singer, Roberto The Specialist

Panamanian Handicrafts

Panamanian Handicrafts

Panamanian Handicrafts

Panamanian Handicrafts

Bazar of Panamanian food

Bazar of Panamanian food

Inspection Visit in Mayekawa Manufactuaring Company

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

On August 25, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, participated in an inspection tour of the factory of Mayekawa Manufacturing Company, the principle manufacturer of the air-cooling and compressor industry in Japan. The tour was held with the purpose of exchanging opinions to develop this industry in Panama. Mayekawa installed its office in Panama in 2015 aiming to offer technical services to Panamanian companies, which use the products of Mayekawa.

The tour initiated with a presentation by Ms. Kunio Ota, Director of Latin America Region Affiaires, who was accompanied by Mr. Takeo Kanazawa, Senior Advisor of International Business Development Dept., Mr. Teruaki Kobushi, General Manager of Global Refrigeration Business Division and Global Compressor Sales Group, Mr. Michitaka Kanno, Manager of Global Refrigeration Business Division, and Mr. Katsuya Sato, Advisor of Products Sales and Marketing Dept. Ambassador Díaz informed about various incentives to establish business in Panama, as well as about the recent business climate, which attracts more multinational companies to invest in Panama.

Later on the presentation about the Mayekawa Company, Ambassador Díaz had an opportunity to observe the production line and the training program to the new workers. It is important to mention that Mayekawa has its factories in various countries, including Latin America and the Caribe, seeking the country to manage the regional operation.

Ambassador Diaz conveyed his gratitude for the tour and presentation about the company, expressing his wish that Mayekawa take Panama into consideration as a possibile option to establish its regional operation in Latin America and the Caribe.

Embassy of Panama receives Students Visit

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

On August 26, 2016, the Embassy of Panama in Japan received a school visit by the students from“ Chuo Elementary School ”, with the purpose of knowing various aspects of the Panamanian culture.

The Embassy of Panama delivered to the students a presentation about the Panama Canal, tourism, natural resources, historical heritages and indigenous tribes of Panama.

Also, the Embassy offered the participants some maps and pamphlets about Panama in Japanese. After the presentation, the students enjoyed a tasting of the Panamanian coffee and Panamanian typical sweets called Mamallena.

The students visit is part of the educational program of the Embassy of Panama in Japan with the aim to broaden the knowledge about our country among Japanese students.

Center: Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama with the students of Chuo Elementary School

Center: Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama with the students of Chuo Elementary School

During the presentation

During the presentation

Tasting Mamallena

Tasting Mamallena

Observing Panamanian handicrafts

Observing Panamanian handicrafts

Courtesy Visit from the Panamanian Boxer, Hernán Cortez

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
On August 25, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a courtesy visit of the Panamanian boxer, Luis El Nica Concepción, who informed him about the match where he was scheduled to fight against Japanese boxer, Kohei Kawano, in Tokyo Dome on August 31. Ambassador Díaz congratulated the Panamanian boxer for his effort and dedication to enhance the Panamanian national sports and encouraged him to further raise the good profile of Panama in the field of boxing.
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From left, Ambassador Diaz and Panamanian boxer, Mr. Luis El Nica Concepción