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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


Courtesy Visit from the Panamanian Boxer, Hernán Cortez

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

On June 21, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a courtesy visit of the Panamanian boxer, Hernán Cortez, who informed him about the match where he was scheduled to fight against Japanese boxer, Hidenori Ohtake, in Tokyo Dome on June 24.

The Panamanian boxer was also accompanied by Mr. Keiichi Aota from Condor Taxi which is boxers’ sponsor company, 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 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, Panamanian boxer, Mr. Hernán Cortez and Ambassador Diaz

Embassy organizes a cultural tour in Atami

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

On June 17 and 18, 2016, the Embassy of Panama in Japan, with the collaboration of Kosugi Zohen, prestigious company of Japanese gardening and natural landscaping, organized a cultural tour to Atami City, in order to strengthen relations between the members of diplomatic corps in Tokyo and the citizens of Atami.

The tour included the participation of Ambassadors of Costa Rica, Tonga and Slovenia, as well as the Charge d’ Affairs of the Dominican Republic.

At first, the participants visited the Hakone Museum of Art, where they appreciated the exhibition of Japanese ceramics of the old and medieval period.

Later on, the group made a courtesy visit to Mr. Sakae Saito, Mayor of Atami City. In this occasion, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, congratulated Mr. Saito for his effort to promote the relationship between Atami City and the Heads of Diplomatic Mission in Tokyo.

The first day concluded with a concert of Latin music in the training center of Kosugi Zohen and a welcome ceremony hosted by the president of the company, Mr. Saki Kosugi, which was also attended by Mr. Sakae Saito, Mayor of the city of Atami and several city assemblymen.

On the second day, the group of diplomats participated in a lecture about the Art of Japanese Gardening delivered by President Kosugi, which generated a great interest among participants to further develop the cultural cooperation with Japan through the gardening.

at the Hakone Museum of Art

at the Hakone Museum of Art

Courtesy visit to Mr. Sakae Saito, Mayor of Atami City

Courtesy visit to Mr. Sakae Saito, Mayor of Atami City

Welcome ceremony hosted by Mr. Saki Kosugi

Welcome ceremony hosted by Mr. Saki Kosugi

Concert of Latin music

Concert of Latin music

Lecture about the Art of Japanese Gardening delivered by President Kosugi

Lecture about the Art of Japanese Gardening delivered by President Kosugi

Mr. Kosugi and Ambassador Diaz

Mr. Kosugi and Ambassador Diaz

Courtesy Visit from the Panamanian Boxer, Hernán Cortez

Monday, June 27th, 2016

On June 21, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a courtesy visit of the Panamanian boxer, Hernán Cortez, who informed him about the match where he was scheduled to fight against Japanese boxer, Hidenori Ohtake, in Tokyo Dome on June 24.

The Panamanian boxer was also accompanied by Mr. Keiichi Aota from Condor Taxi which is boxers’ sponsor company, 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 to enhance the Panamanian national sports and encouraged him to further raise the good profile of Panama in the field of boxing.

Panamanian boxer, Hernán Cortez and Ambassador Diaz

 


Ambassador participated in the 10th Anniversary Celebration of JICA Global Plaza

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

On May 28, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, attended the 10th Anniversary Celebration of JICA Global Plaza, where he had a opportunity to make a toast for the wellbeing of this International Center., which was established as a part of the Japan Internacional Corporation Agency (JICA) with the purpose of encouraging Japanese people to participate in the activities related to international corporation.

Ambassador Diaz conveyed his gratitude for the continuous support which the center provides to the Embassy of Panama in Japan in order to introduce to Japanese people different aspects of Panamanian culture.

In addition, he mentioned about the cultural exhibition of Central American region, organized by JICA last year in the context of the 80 years of Friendship between Japan and Central America, where the Embassy of Panama, jointly with other central american countries, cooperated on exhibition of folk crafts, touristic materiales and traditional dresses.

Finally, Ambassador Diaz reaffirmed the commitment of the Embassy of Panama in Japan to closely collaborate with JICA Global Plaza.

Ambassador Diaz, delivering a speech during the ceremony


Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

On May 28, 2016, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, attended the 10th Anniversary Celebration of JICA Global Plaza, where he had a opportunity to make a toast for the wellbeing of this International Center., which was established as a part of the Japan Internacional Corporation Agency (JICA) with the purpose of encouraging Japanese people to participate in the activities related to international corporation.

Ambassador Diaz conveyed his gratitude for the continuous support which the center provides to the Embassy of Panama in Japan in order to introduce to Japanese people different aspects of Panamanian culture.

In addition, he mentioned about the cultural exhibition of Central American region, organized by JICA last year in the context of the 80 years of Friendship between Japan and Central America, where the Embassy of Panama, jointly with other central american countries, cooperated on exhibition of folk crafts, touristic materiales and traditional dresses.

Finally, Ambassador Diaz reaffirmed the commitment of the Embassy of Panama in Japan to closely collaborate with JICA Global Plaza.

Ambassador Diaz, delivering a speech during the ceremony


Embassy of Panama receives Students Visit

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

On May 26, 2016, H.E.Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, received a school visit by the students from the Aikawa Junior 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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Panama Expo Grafica 2016

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Panama announces that the Panama Expo Grafica 2016 will take place in Atlapa Convention Center,Panama City, from September 15th to 18th.

For more información, click here ↓

Panama and Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for the Project of the Metro Line-3

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

On January 14th, 2016, H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, and his counterpart, H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, signed the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Governments of the Republic of Panama and Japan on the Introduction of Quality Infrastructure in Panama City.

In the referred Memorandum, both governments agree on utilizing Japanese high-quality monorail technology for the implementation of the Line-3 Project, meanwhile, the civil work component of the Line-3 will be implemented basically in accordance with the procedures prescribed by Panamanian local regulations. In addition, the Government of Japan expressed its intention to provide a technical cooperation on a non-reimbursable basis to finance the project management and the interface management between the monorail system of the Metro Line-3 and the 4th Bridge over the Panama Canal.

From left:H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama and H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, signing in the Memorandum of Cooperation
From left:H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama and H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, signing in the Memorandum of Cooperation
Vice-Minister Hincapie and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada, exchanging the Memorandum of Cooperation after signing
Vice-Minister Hincapie and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada, exchanging the Memorandum of Cooperation after signing
Vice-Minister Hincapie and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada, shaking hands
Vice-Minister Hincapie and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada, shaking hands

Official Mission of the Vice-Minister finished successfully

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

On January 14, 2016, H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Panama, held important meetings to promote the country as the Hub of Americas, in the context of his Official Mission to Japan

First, the Vice-Minister participated in a lunch offered by Mr. Koji Shibata, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning-Asia Pacific of ANA Holdings Inc., and later met Mr. Osamu Shinobe, President of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), and Mr. Shuichi Fujimura, Executive Vice President of ANA, with whom he reiterated the interest of Panama of establishing a direct flight with Tokyo.

In addition, the Vice-Minister held a meeting with Mr. Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). He conveyed his gratitude to Mr. Shindo for the support of the organization to promote the products of Panama, through the International Food and Beverage Exhibition, called FOODEX, as well as the support for the Panama investment seminars, held in Tokyo.

During the meeting, the Vice-Minister also informed about the Panamanian government’s five-year investment plan, which includes the Metro Line-3 of Panama, and called for the participation of Japanese companies in different infrastructure projects of Panama.

In the bilateral meeting with H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, several issues were discussed. The Vice-Minister Hincapie expressed his satisfaction with the excellent relations between both governments and reiterated the invitation from President Varela to the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to participate in the Inaugural Ceremony of the expanded Canal.

Furthermore, they discussed about the agreement of visa exception, that has been under negotiations between both countries during several years. The Vice-Minister Hincapie asked Mr. Kikawada for his support to advance this issue in order to conclude it successfully in the near future.

The Vice-Minister closed the official agenda in Tokyo with a courtesy visit to Mr. Hidetoshi Irigaki, Vice-President of Japan Internacional Cooperation Agency (JICA), to whom he expressed his sincere gratitude for the great effort of JICA staffs in order to advance the project of the Metro Line-3 with the international cooperation of the Japanese government.

During this visit, Vice-Minister Hincapie was accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. Analuisa Bustamante, Director-General of Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Roberto Zuñiga, Director General of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Ms. Nicole Wong, Chief of Staff of the Vice Minister’s Cabinet and Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

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From left:H.E. Luis Miguel Hincapie, Vice-Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Panama、Mr. Osamu Shinobe, President of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA)
Participants in the meeting with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and ANA Holdings Inc.
Participants in the meeting with All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and ANA Holdings Inc.
Meeting with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Meeting with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
From left:Mr. Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)、Vice-Minister Hincapie
From left:Mr. Tatsuhiro Shindo, Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)、Vice-Minister Hincapie
Vice-Minister Hincapie, exchanging opinions with H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Vice-Minister Hincapie, exchanging opinions with H.E. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan

From left:Vice-Minister Hincapie、Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada
From left:Vice-Minister Hincapie、Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikawada