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Courtesy visit from H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of Japanese Parliament

Monday, November 16th, 2015

On November 11, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a courtesy visit from H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of the Japanese Parliament.

The President of the House of Councillors expressed his gratitude for the assistance of the Embassy of Panama in Japan in order to coordinate his visit to Panama on last October, by the invitation of H.E. Ruben De Leon, President of the Panama National Assembly.

Furthermore, Mr. Yamazaki informed that he was deeply impressed by the development Panama has achieved in these years and had the opportunity to visit the Panama Canal, including the expansion project.

In addition, he reiterated his appreciation to the National Assembly Authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama for their kind hospitality during his stay in our country.

The visit of the President of the House of Councillors carried forward the effort shared between Panama and Japan in order to strengthen the excellent relations which already exists between both countries.

From left to right: H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of Japanese Parliament, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan
From left to right: H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of Japanese Parliament, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

Ambassador Diaz participated in the International Friendship Marathon in Tokyo

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

On November 7th, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, participated in the International Friendship Marathon in Tokyo, organized by the Non-Profit Organization, Active Middle International Association (AMIA), which also counted on the participation of the Ambassadors of Germany and Slovenia in Japan, as well as other diplomats from different Missions accredited in Tokyo.

Ambassador Diaz pronounced the runner’s oath, in which participants promised to comply with the rules of the marathon.

Ambassador run the 21km marathon in 2 hours and 5 minutes, in Odaiba area, next to Tokyo Bay.

AMIA annually holds sports events, including International Friendship Marathon, aiming to strengthen the relations between the Diplomatic Corp and the Japanese citizens.

Ambassador’s participation is regarded as one of the activities of the Embassy for cultural promotion to raise the profile of the the republic of Panama in Japan. .

F H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, pronouncing the runner’s oath
H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, pronouncing the runner’s oath
Ambassador Diaz, at the starting point
Ambassador Diaz, at the starting point
Ambassador Diaz, reaching the goal
Ambassador Diaz, reaching the goal

Latin America Bazaar 2015

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

On October 28th, 2015, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the Latin American Bazaar 2015, 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) .

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

From right to left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, and his wife, Ayana Hatada, at the Panamanian booth
From right to left, H.E. Ritter Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, and his wife, Ayana Hatada, at the Panamanian booth
Visitors at the booth of handicrafts
Visitors at the booth of handicrafts
Booth of handicrafts
Booth of handicrafts
Visitors enjoying panamanian traditional plates
Visitors enjoying panamanian traditional plates
Chopped beef steak and corn rice
Chopped beef steak and corn rice

 

 

Embassy of Panama participated in the Inaugural Ceremony of Painting Exhibition on the occasion of the SICA-JAPAN Friendship Year

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

On October 8, 2015, the Embassy of Panama participated in the Inaugural Ceremony of the Paintings Exhibition to commemorate the SICA-JAPAN Friendship Year, which was organized by the Embassies of SICA countries in Japan.

Mr. Antornio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, delivered welcome remarks to the participants, expressing his satisfaction with cooperating in the SICA-JAPAN Friendship Celebration.

During the Inaugural Ceremony, H.E. Hector Paulino Dominguez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, gave a speech where he informed about the advances of social economic development in SICA countries, reaffirming the commitment of SICA to continue contributing to its growth.

The event have the presence of Mr. Ken Hashiba, Director of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Division, who, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Japan, emphasized in his speech the importance of close collaboration between SICA and Japan.

The Painting Exhibition of Central America countries, including some Panamanian painters’ works, will be opened to the public from October 8 to 22, on the 2nd floor of Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, with the purpose to introduce Japanese people the rich variety of the culture of Central America.

First from left: Mr. Ken Hashiba, Director of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Division, during his speech.

First from left: Mr. Ken Hashiba, Director of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Division, during his speech.

H.E. Hector Paulino Dominguez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, with other Heads of Mission of SICA countries, delivering his speech. To the right, Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan

H.E. Hector Paulino Dominguez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, with other Heads of Mission of SICA countries, delivering his speech. To the right, Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan

Mr. Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, delivering welcome remarks

Mr. Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo, delivering welcome remarks.

Panamanians’ paintings

Panamanians’ paintings

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Panama joins Tokyo MOU

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

On October 5, 2015, the Republic of Panama was accepted as a Cooperating Member of the Memorandum of Understanding (Tokyo MOU) during the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Port State Control Committee (OSCC26) held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The delegation of Panama was represented by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, and Eng. Rolando Hernandez, Chief of Segumar Singapore of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

Once Panama’s membership was approved, Ambassador Diaz expressed his sincere gratitude to the member states of Tokyo MOU for their support and confidence in the Port State Control of Panama, reaffirming the commitment of the Panama Maritime Authority to support the Tokyo MOU in the strengthening of the inspection system of ships in the Asia-Pacific region, standardizing port regulations and collaborating with member states to reduce the number of substandard shipping.

The Tokyo MOU is an intergovernmental cooperation body composed of 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, namely, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet-Nam.

The main objective of the Tokyo MOU is to eliminate substandard shipping, promoting effective implementation of the agreements at the International Maritime Organization, as well as develop efficient Port State Control System in each member country.

On joining this regional organization, Panama will be able to obtain accurate information about inspections, technical deficiencies and the detention of ships in the ports of Asia-Pacific, as well as direct contacts with the maritime authorities of the member States of the Tokyo MOU.

Second from the left, Ambassador Díaz, during the twenty-sixth meeting of Tokyo MOU held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Second from the left, Ambassador Díaz, during the twenty-sixth meeting of Tokyo MOU held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Representatives of the Member States, during the twenty-sixth meeting of the Control Committee of States Guiding Ports of Tokyo MOU

Representatives of the Member States, during the twenty-sixth meeting of the Control Committee of States Guiding Ports of Tokyo MOU

 

 

Embassy participated in The Global Festa JAPAN 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

On October 3 and 4, 2015, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the International Cooperation event “Global Festa JAPAN 2015, which was held in the Promenade Park in Odaiba, Tokyo.

The purpose of this festival is to explain Japanese citizens of different ages about the international cooperation activities carried out by the government and NGOs, in order to gain more public understanding and support of the necessity for the global development.

The stand of the Embassy displayed posters and banners of Panama, as well as a video presentation of the Panama Canal, distributing brochures with the country´s general information, history, indigenous culture, and ecotourism. In addition, Panamanian handcrafts “MOLA” and specialty coffee were exhibited with the purpose of promoting traditional and gastronomic culture of Panama to the visitors.

The event was attended by more than 250 institutions, including Embassies and NGOs, who contributed to the promotion of international cooperation to more than 100,000 visitors.

From left to right, Mr. Takeshi Takano, Director General of Latin America and the Caribbean Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ambassador Díaz

From left to right, Mr. Takeshi Takano, Director General of Latin America and the Caribbean Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ambassador Díaz

 

 

XXXIX Panama City International Marathon

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Panama announces the XXXIX Panama City International Marathon, which will take place on November 29th, 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. This year a total of US$ 50,000 will be awarded among the winners of the different categories.

The marathon will start at 5:00 a.m. departing from the parking lot of Hotel Miramar, passing through Balboa Avenue to the Seafood Market, then another two kilometers to Cinta Costera III and back the Seafood Market towards the Paitilla Viaduct, through Via Israel and the Atlapa Convention Center, then heading to Via Cincuentenario through Panama Viejo towards Costa del Este where they will make a turn to reach the goal. The half marathon will start at 6:40 a.m.

Registration is already open, with a participation fee of US$60 for the full marathon, US$40 for half marathon and US$120 for the relay segement. These fees are valid until October 31st . Interested parties can access the registration form on the website www.corredoresdelistmo.com

Click here to register.

For a map of the circuit please visit the following link: :

『Marathon 2015 Route Map』

 

The Consulate General of Panama in Japan held a briefing about the New Seafarers´ Automated Application System- SAA

Friday, October 16th, 2015

On October 1, 2015, the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo organized a briefing about the New Seafarers´s Automated Application System- SAA, which was held at the Latin American Salon of Kowa building in Tokyo, the same building where the embassy of Panama is located.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo delivered opening remarks, conveying his gratitude for that the participation of the various shipping agents, and informed the new application system in reference responds to the modernization process of the maritime service of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), under the direction of the Administrator Jorge Barakat.

In addition, Ambassador Díaz explained that the new system will simplify the procedures, by raising the efficiency and the speed to provide the service, as well as saving costs for the users.

The presentation about the new system was held by Ms. Tomomi Sato, staff in charge of the seafarers’ licensing section of the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo, with the support of Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo. The briefing ended up with a cocktail reception, where the participants exchanged opinions about the new system with the Ambassador and the personnel of the Consulate.

Participants during the briefing

Participants during the briefing

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo, during delivering opening remarks

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo, during delivering opening remarks

Ms. Tomomi Sato, staff in charge of the seafarers’ licensing section of the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo, explaining about the New Seafarers’ Automated Application System.

Ms. Tomomi Sato, staff in charge of the seafarers’ licensing section of the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo, explaining about the New Seafarers’ Automated Application System.

From the left to right: Ambassador Diaz, Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo and Ms. Yuka Yamagata, staff of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo, responding to the questions of the participants.

From the left to right: Ambassador Diaz, Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo and Ms. Yuka Yamagata, staff of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo, responding to the questions of the participants.

Participants during the briefing at the Latin American Salon

Participants during the briefing at the Latin American Salon

 

 

Panama participated in SCAJ World Specialty Coffee Conference and Exhibition 2015

Friday, October 16th, 2015

From September 30th to October 2nd, 2015, Panama participated as exhibitor in the SCAJ World Specialty Coffee Conference and Exhibition 2015 held at the Tokyo Big Sight. The conference was organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Japan (SCAJ) with the support of the Ministry of Trade and Industries of Panama and the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

The Panamanian delegation was led by Ms. Leyda Aparicio, National Director of Exports Promotion and Ms. Keren Batista, Promoter, from the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Panama (MICI).

From the coffee sector, Mr. Francisco José Serracín, from Don Pachi Estate, Mr. Edwin R. Santamaría, from Santamaría Coffee Estate, Mr. Carl Janson from Café Volcán Barú S.A., Mr. Wilford Lamastus from Elida Estate C offer and Ms. Rachel Peterson from Esmeralda Estate participated in the exhibition.

On September 30th, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama, with the other Heads of Mission in Tokyo participated on the ribbon-cutting Inaugural Ceremony.

In the content of SCAJ World Specialty Coffee Conference and Exhibition, Mr. Kimihiko Sato, President of Santosha Co. Ltd., organized a seminar about Panamanian Specialty Coffee on September 29 at the Japanese Parliament Building.

At the beginning of the seminar, Ambassador Diaz expressed his gratitude for the event organization, and the participation of Mr. Shunsuke Mutai, Member of the House of Representative and various secretaries of the Members of the Parliament.

Mr. Francisco Serracin from Don Pachi Estate delivered the seminar in company with Mr. Edwin R. Santamaria from Santamaria Coffee Estate and Mr. Carl Janson from Café Volcan Baru, S.A, explaining the participants about the cultivation and processing of Geisha Coffee and offering the tasting session.

Second from the left, Ambassador during the ribbon-cutting of the Opening of Ceremony the SCAJ World Specialty Coffee Conference and Exhibition 2015.

Second from the left, Ambassador during the ribbon-cutting of the Opening of Ceremony the SCAJ World Specialty Coffee Conference and Exhibition 2015

Visitors at the Panama booth

Visitors at the Panama booth

During the seminar about Geisha Coffee in Japanese Parliament. 
From the right, Embajador Díaz, Mr. Edwin Santamaria from Santamaria Coffee Estate; Mr. Carl Janson from Café Volcan Baru S.A. and Mr. Francisco Serracin, from Don Pachi Estate.

During the seminar about Geisha Coffee in Japanese Parliament. From the right, Embajador Díaz, Mr. Edwin Santamaria from Santamaria Coffee Estate; Mr. Carl Janson from Café Volcan Baru S.A. and Mr. Francisco Serracin, from Don Pachi Estate.

Ambassador Díaz, delivering opening remarks during the seminar about Geisha Coffee in Japanese Parliament

Ambassador Díaz, delivering opening remarks during the seminar about Geisha Coffee in Japanese Parliament

Participants enjoying the seminar about Geisha Coffee

Participants enjoying the seminar about Geisha Coffee

 

 

Panamanian Boxer Paid a Courtesy Visit to the Embassy of Panama in Japan

Friday, September 18th, 2015

On September 3rd, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a courtesy visit of the Panamanian boxer in the flyweight category, Walter Tello Hernández, accompanied by Mr. Héctor Villareal, a Panama boxing promoter, who informed about the classification match where the Panamanian boxer is scheduled to fight against Venezuelan Boxer, Juan Jose Landaeta, in Takaoka Techno Dome in Toyama Prefecture on September 6th.

The Panamanian boxer was also accompanied by Mr. Hisahi Iwata, President of Condor Taxi and boxers’ sponsor, Mr. Keiichi Aota, Japanese boxing promoter, as well as Mr. Makoto Maeda, editor of the Japanese magazine Boxing Beat, who interviewed Ambassador Díaz about Panamanian boxers.

Ambassador Díaz congratulated the Panamanian boxer for his effort and dedication on behalf of Panama national sport and encouraged him to further raise the good profile of Panama in the field of boxing.

From left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Panamanian boxer, Walter Tello Hernández

From left, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Panamanian boxer, Walter Tello Hernández


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