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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

Ambassador participated in the Inaugration Ceremony of the The 3rd WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

On July 29, 2016, H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, and his wife, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, attended at the Inaugration Ceremony of The 3rd WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016, held in Iwaki city, Fukushima Prefecture, in which the Panamanian National Team participates. The team consists of the Director Manuel Rodriguez and 20 players under 15 year old.

Ambassador and his wife were accompanied by Mr. Norio Ichino, President of Japan Baseball Federation, and Mr. Yoshinobu Suzuki, Vicepresident of the federation, as well as Mr. Tom C. H. Peng, Vicepresident of Internatinoal Baseball Federation, who carried the ceremony on behalf of the federation.

Ambssador could have an opportunity to pay his greetings to Mr. Masao Uchibori, Gobernor of Fukushima, and MR. Toshio Shimizu, Mayor of Iwaki city, to whom he expressed his gratitude for the hospitality and attention delivered to the Panamanian team.

Ambassador’s participation is regarded as one of the activities of the Embassy that supports promotion and raise the profile of the Republic of Panama in Japan.

From left;H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, 
Mr. Norio Ichino, President of Japan Baseball Federation and Mr. Tom C. H. Peng, Vicepresident of Internatinoal Baseball Federation

From left;H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Mr. Norio Ichino, President of Japan Baseball Federation and Mr. Tom C. H. Peng, Vicepresident of Internatinoal Baseball Federation


From left:Ambassador Diaz、Mr. Masao Uchibori, Gobernor of Fukushima

From left:Ambassador Diaz、Mr. Masao Uchibori, Gobernor of Fukushima


Ambassador Diaz and Panamanian National Team

Ambassador Diaz and Panamanian National Team



 Inaugration Ceremony

Inaugration Ceremony





The 1st Match of Panamanian National Team

The 1st Match of Panamanian National Team




Visit to Min-on Music Museum

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

On July 21st, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, and Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, visited the museum of Min-on Concert Association, with the purpose of strengthening the cultural ties through music activities between the Embassy and the said prestigious association.

During the visit, Ambassador Díaz and his wife had a meeting with Mr. Hiroyasu Kobayashi, President, and Mr. Kazuo Ito, Director of the Min-on Concert Association, where Mr. Kobayashi explained that his association, since its foundation in 1963, has contributed to the exchange of artists and musicians from more than 100 countries and regions, aiming at promoting the cultural relationship among the world.

On the other hand, Ambassador Díaz conveyed his gratitude to the association for their excellent work to promote the music culture of other countries, including Panama, and emphasized the importance of the music like vehicle of friendship and understanding with other countries. Also, he mentioned the commitment of the Embassy of Panama in Japan to closely collaborate with the Min-on Concert Association through music activities in order to strengthen the cultural relationship between both countries.

After the meeting, Ambassador and his wife had an opportunity to visit the Min-on Music Museum, where they have a collection of pianos and other kind of instruments from the XVI to XX century.

As a token of appreciation, Ambassador Diaz gave a framed Mola to the President Kobayashi. He also expressed his gratitude for the flower arrangement presented by Mr. Daisaku Ikeda, Founder of Min-on concert Association.

During the meeting

During the meeting


Exchange of the gifts

Exchange of the gifts


Visit of the Museum of Min-on Concert Association

Visit of the Museum of Min-on Concert Association


Visit of the Museum of Min-on Concert Association

Visit of the Museum of Min-on Concert Association


Embassy of Panama receives Students Visit

Friday, July 15th, 2016

On July 15, 2016, H.E.Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a school visit by the students from“Kanda Girls’ Junior-Senior High 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.

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Photographic Exhibition in commemoration of the Inauguration of Panama Canal Expansion

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

On June 28, 2016, the Embassy of Panama in Japan, organized the Photographic Exhibition on the occasion of the Inauguration of Panama Canal Expansion, held at Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, with the purpose of sharing such a historical and commemorative event with those who give a continuous support for this Mission.

In the exhibition, the participants could see more than 40 memorial photos of the Panama Canal, since its first opening in 1904 until the recent expansion project, as well as the video of the first transit through the new Agua Clara Lock at the Atlantic side, during the inauguration ceremony held in Panama on June 26.

The photographic exhibition started with the opening remarks of Mr. Antonio Gil, Director of Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, who mentioned about the excellent relationship between this Mission and his institute in promoting the Latin-American culture.

Mr. David De Leon, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., delivered a message on behalf of H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, who had travel to Panama to attend the inauguration of the new locks in Panama. During the message, he mentioned that the expansion will bring an important impacts in various sectors, such as logistic, energy market and infrastructure among others.

Also, H.E. Ichiro Hao, Director General of Maritime Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, delivered a speech, in which he referred to more than 100 years of the diplomatic relationship between both countries, mentioning about Akira Aoyama, the only Japanese engineer who contributed to the excavation of the Panama Canal during 1904 to 1911.

H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Viceminister for Foreign Affaires, during his speech, stressed the economic ties between Panama and Japan, referring to the official visit to Japan of the H.E. Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, in April, where the exchanges of notes for the ODA loan “Panama Metropolitan Area Urban Transportation Line-3 Development Project” were signed.

Finally, H.E. Tsuneo Akaeda, Member of House of Representative, gave a toast, wishing success and prosperity of the expanded Panama Canal.

The event attended by more than 120 people, including various assembly members, ambassadors and diplomats accredited in Tokyo, representatives of Japanese companies and mass media, who had an opportunity to taste Panamanian food, such as Chicken rice (Arroz con Pollo), Beet and potato salada (Ensalada de feria), Empanadas, Sausage stew and pudding, as well as Panamanian rum.

Opening remarks of Mr. Antonio Gil, Director of Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo

Opening remarks of Mr. Antonio Gil, Director of Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo

Mr. David De Leon, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., delivering a message on behalf of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan

Mr. David De Leon, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., delivering a message on behalf of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan

H.E. Ichiro Hao, Director General of Maritime Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, delivering a speech

H.E. Ichiro Hao, Director General of Maritime Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, delivering a speech

H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Viceminister for Foreign Affaires, during his speech

H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Viceminister for Foreign Affaires, during his speech

H.E. Tsuneo Akaeda, Member of House of  Representative, giving a toast

H.E. Tsuneo Akaeda, Member of House of Representative, giving a toast

After the toast

After the toast

Participants watching the video of the first transit through the new Agua Clara Lock at the Atlantic side

Participants watching the video of the first transit through the new Agua Clara Lock at the Atlantic side

Participants

Participants

Cultural event Panama Day

Monday, July 11th, 2016

On June 26, 2016, the Embassy of Panama in Japan, in collaboration with the Friendship Association of Panama and Japan, organized the cultural event “Panama Day”, at the Center of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), called “JICA Global Plaza”. /p>

At first, Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Association and Ex Ambassador of Japan to Panama, delivered the opening remarks, expressing his gratitude to the Embassy for the support to carry out this event.

Also, Mr. Ryoji Kan, Mayor of Imabari city, a sister city of Panama city, offered a presentation about the maritime relationship between Panama and Imabari city, referring to the 40 years of friendship between the two cities next year, in which an official visit of the Mayor of Panama city to Imabari is scheduled for next march. Also, he mentioned about the cultural events held in Imabari with the purpose of disseminating the knowledge of Panama.

On behalf of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Mr. David De Leon, Chargés d’affaires a.i., delivered a presentation about the country showing various aspects, such as economy, tourism, culture and gastronomy, etc. In the section of culture, the audience enjoyed the traditional costume show, so called Pollera, Montuno Formal and Montuna, worn by Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Tokyo and his wife, Mrs. Adriana Nunez.

Furthermore, Mrs. Tsuyako Miyazaki, Teacher of Mola, carried out a presentation about the history of this Panamanian traditional handcraft, made by indigenous ethnic group Guna, showing more than 50 photos of Mola blouses and Guna people, taken since the 1920s until now. Also she exhibited some clothes with Mola embroidery, which she obtained during her research in the indigenous region, known as Comarca Guna Yala, as well as some Mola pieces with the symbol of a Guna’s festival, so called Chicha.

During the lunch, the participants had an opportunity to taste Panamanian food, such as Panamanian beef stew (Ropa Vieja), Guandu beans rice (Arroz con Guandú), Beet and potato salada (Ensalada de Feria) , Pan pudding (Mamallena) , Panamanian rum and coffee. During the toast, the Wife of Ambassador expressed her sincere gratitude for the effort of the members of the Friendship Association of Panama and Japan to promote our country among Japanese people.

Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Association and Ex Ambassador of Japan to Panama, delivering the opening remarks

Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Association and Ex Ambassador of Japan to Panama, delivering the opening remarks


Mr. Ryoji Kan, Mayor of Imabari city, during his presentation about the maritime relationship between Panama and Imabari city

Mr. Ryoji Kan, Mayor of Imabari city, during his presentation about the maritime relationship between Panama and Imabari city


Mr. David De Leon, Chargés d’affaires a.i., delivering a presentation about Panama, on behalf of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan

Mr. David De Leon, Chargés d’affaires a.i., delivering a presentation about Panama, on behalf of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan


Mrs. Tsuyako Miyazaki, Teacher of Mola, during her presentation about the history of Mola

Mrs. Tsuyako Miyazaki, Teacher of Mola, during her presentation about the history of Mola


Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving a toast

Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving a toast


Participants,tasting Panamanian cuisine

Participants,tasting Panamanian cuisine


Participants,tasting Panamanian cuisine

Participants,tasting Panamanian cuisine


Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mrs. Adriana Nunez.

Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mrs. Adriana Nunez.

Meeting with the researcher Dr. Reinhardt Pinzón

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

On June 22, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a courtesy visit of the Panamanian researcher Dr. Reinhardt Pinzón, Deputy Director of the Hydraulics and Hydrotechnology Research Center of Panama Technological University (UTP), and Dr. Tosiyuki Nakaegawa, Engineer of Meteorological Research Institute of Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Dr. Pinzon is currently carrying out an investigation together with Dr. Nakaegawa in JMA, through the support program for Science and Technology Activities, offered by the Panama National Secretariat for Science and Technology. He delivered a presentation about his research on the future hydroclimate change effects, explaining how Panama and other Central American countries would be affected by this growing phenomenon in next years.

Ambassador Diaz expressed his gratitude to Mr. Pinzon for his presentation. Also, he emphasized the importance to develop the studies on food security and forecasting how the climate change will affect it, referring to the academic exchange program between Panamanian universities and Chiba University in order to introduce controlled environmental agriculture in Panama.

From left, Dr. Reinhardt Pinzón, Ambassador Diaz and Dr. Tosiyuki Nakaegawa

Meeting with Chiba University

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

On June 22nd, 2016, , H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, participated in a meeting with Prof. Michio Takagaki, Vice-President for Public Relations, and Mr. Mitsuhiro Motozawa, Official of International Affaires Division of Chiba University, in order to exchange opinions about the Agreement of Academic Exchange between Panama University (UP) and Panama Technological University (UTP) with Chiba University. The purpose of these agreements is to train Panamanian students and researchers in the innovative agricultural production, called Plant Factory or Vertical Farming, using controlled-environment agriculture technology.

At first, Mr. Motozawa informed Ambassador Díaz that in the fiscal year 2015, there was an exchange of 11 researchers under the scheme of the said agreement, i.e., 6 Panamanians to Japan and 5 Japanese students to Panama. Also, Prof. Takagaki explained about the training plan for the coming fiscal year.

After the explantion, Ambassador Diaz conveyed his gratitude to Prof. Takagaki and the personnel of Chiba University for their efforts to achieve this exchange agreement, as well as to strengthen the academic relationship between both countries in the agricultural sector. Also, he reaffirmed the commitment of the Embassy of Panama in Japan to closely collaborate with Chiba University in order to drive the projects of the said agreement.

From left, Prof. Takagaki, Ambassador Diaz, and Mr. Motozawa