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Latin American Bazar 2017

Friday, November 10th, 2017

On October 30, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the Latin American Bazar 2017 held in Tokyo Prince Hotel.

This Bazar is organized by the Japan-Latin American and the Caribbean Ladies Association, with the purpose to raise funds for the charity works in our region. In the case of Panama, the raised funds are donated to social activities of the Office of the First Lady.

The event counted on the participation of Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan, on behalf of Princess Hitachi, Honorary President of the Bazar.

The Embassy presented an exhibition table with banners of tourism and handicraft of Panama. In the food table, we offered traditional dishes such as “biztec picado y arroz con maíz” (chopped beef steak and corn rice), “ensalada verde” (green salad), “plátano en tentación”(syrupped plantains), and a traditional dessert called “mamallena” (bread-pudding) , as well as a traditional drink known as “ron ponche” (eggnog with rum) .

We also took this opportunity to disseminate the information about the World Youth Day (JMJ2019), which will be held in Panama in 2019.

More than 3,000 people participated in the event, who are interested in Latin American and the Caribbean region.

From left: Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambasador, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

From left: Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambasador, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

Table of handicrafs

Table of handicrafs

Ambassador and his wife with the Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan

Ambassador and his wife with the Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan

Ambassador and his wife with the Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan

Mrs. Ayana Hatada with the Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan

Participants appreciating Panamanian handicrafts

Participants appreciating Panamanian handicrafts

Participants appreciating Panamanian handicrafts

Participants appreciating Panamanian handicrafts

The food table with the Embassy staffs

The food table with the Embassy staffs

Chopped beef steak

Chopped beef steak

Rice with corn

Rice with corn

Syrupped plantains 

Syrupped plantains 

ラEggnog with rum

Eggnog with rum

Naming Ceremony of the Panamanian-flagged vessel MOL TRUTH

Friday, November 10th, 2017

On October 25, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, participated in the Naming Ceremony of the Japanese-made and Panamanian-flagged vessel MOL TRUTH, which was held in Saijo Shipyard in Imabari city.

This newly named ship MOL TRUTH is the biggest vessel constructed in Japan, which is the first 20,000 TEU-class containership registered with the Panama flag. It will be operated by Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) in Asia and Europe routes, in order to transport cargos from Toyota Corporation.

The ceremony counted on the participation of the top executives of Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL), Imabari Shipbuilding, Toyota Corporation and other associated companies to the ship operation.

In the beginning of the event, Japan and Panama flags were raised, with the mational anthems of both countries. The ribbon-cutting was carried out by the wife of the representative of Toyota Corporation.

On behalf of the Republic of Panama, Ambassador Diaz had the honor to deliver the toast, expressing his sincere gratitude for the generous invitation to this memorable and historic event, in the context of the 100th Anniversary of Panama Ship Registry and the 40th Anniversary of the Sister-City Agreement between Imabari city and Panama city.

In addition, the Ambassador conveyed his appreciation to MOL and Imabari Shipbuilding for their confidence in the Panama Registry, praying for the safe navigation of the vessel, captain and crew, as well as the health and prosperity of those who attended to the ceremony.

During his remarks, Ambassador expressed that Panama will continue working not only in terms of competitive prices and expansion of the technical offices, but also in giving priority to the highest standards of maritime security for the more than 8,000 vessels operating under our jurisdiction. 。








Panama Maritime Golf Tournament

Friday, October 13th, 2017

On the Occasion of Panama National Day and 100 Anniversary of the Panama Ship Registry, the Maritime Golf Tournament will be held on November 3 (Fri.) at Kanagawa Country Club, by the Embassy of Panama in Japan and the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo.

For registration and more detail, please visit following web site (in Japanese only).

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Promotion Event of Panama Tourism with H.I.S.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

On September 26, the Embassy of Panama in Japan carried out a tourism promotion event of Panama, titled “Discover Panama in Ambassador’s residence”, with 30 representatives and clients of H.I.S one of the three mayor travel agencies in Japan.

The event included a presentation about the country’s attractions, as well as videos of Panama tourism and the Panama Canal.

In addition, the participants had an opportunity to taste our foods and enjoyed listening to Panamanian music.

This event was held as a part of the promotion events of Panama held tourism by this Mission, in collaboration with important travel agencies in Japan that promote different touristic packages to Panama.

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

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Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, during her presentation about the country

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Participants in the event

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Music Session

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Ambassador and his wife with the participants

Paticipation in the Specialty Coffee Exhibition SCAJ2017

Friday, October 13th, 2017

From September 20 to 22, 2017, the SCAJ 2017 (Specialty Coffee Exhibition) took place in Tokyo Big Sight, where the representatives of 8 coffee farms from Panama attended with the support of the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

In our stand, the visitors could enjoy tasting the famous Geisha Coffee in natural and washed process.

In the context of the event, the representatives from La Esmeralda Farm, Elida Farm and la Mula Farm, delivered a presentation about the attributes of Geisha Coffee,including a cupping of the Geisha beans of said farms.

Additionally, the cupping of the Geisha Coffee from Janson Farm was also held during the exhibition, organized by Mr. Francisco Serracin and Mr. Kai Janson.

This year the event counted on more than 250 exhibition booths and 30,000 visitors. 。

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The Panama Booth

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Mr. Wilford Lamastus from the Elida Farm, during his presentation

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Ms. Rachel Peterson from La Esmeralda Farm, during her presentaton

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Mr. William Boot from la Mula Farm, during his presentation

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Cupping session during the seminar

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Geisha Coffee Cuppinf from the Janson Farm

Official Visit to Japan of the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

From September 1st to 5th , H.E. Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, carried out an Official Visit to Japan upon invitation of Japanese Government.

On the first day, the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs had a bilateral meeting with her counterpart, H.E. Taro Kono, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan. She pointed out the support of Panama to Japan against the recent unilateral activities in the Asia Pacific Region. In addition, she expressed her satisfaction in the agreements that H.E. Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama, and H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, reached last year, including the project of the Line 3 of Metro in Panama.

In addition, the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Seishiro Eto, President of Interparliamentary League Panama Japan, in order to convey her sincere gratitude for his support and work to promote the bilateral relations.

Afterwards, she visited the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), where she expressed her interest in promoting Japanese companies to make their ways into Panama taking advantage of the connectivity and the business incentives of the country.

As the last point in her first day of agenda, she made an inspection visit to an incineration plant in Tokyo with a purpose to exchange opinions with the Director and the executives of the plant in a way to search different ways to develop the waste treatment in Panama.

On the second day, the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs delivered her presentation titled Panama: “Consolidation of the Democracy, Growth and Human Development”, in the Cervantes Institute in Tokyo. During the presentation, she addressed the development and progress which Panama has obtained, such as solid economic growth, the key roles which Panama is taking in commercial and diplomatic issues at regional and global level, including the expansion of the Panama Canal. More than 100 people participated in the event, exchanging opinions with the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs about various aspects of Panama.

The Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs started her 3rd day with a courtesy visit to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in order to strengthen the bilateral cooperation ties, especially, in the scheme of the new strategic vision on the national cooperation plan “Panama Coopera 2030”.

Additionally, she had a meeting with the executive board of the Japan Shipowners Association (JSA), where she expressed the invaluable importance of Japan to Panama as one of the main users of the interoceanic route and the No. 1 user of the Panama Ship Registry. She concluded her official visit with a luncheon meeting with the executives of the Japanese company Hitachi, who showed their interests in reinforcing the relationship with Panama in the areas where the company would be able to provide their technologies.

During the Official Visit, the delegation headed by the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs was accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan and Mr. David De Leon, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

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From left: H.E. Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama and H.E. Taro Kono, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan

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Bilateral Meeting between H.E. Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama and H.E. Taro Kono, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan

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Meeting with Mr. Seishiro Eto, President of Interparliamentary League Panama Japan

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Meeting with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

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Inspection visit to the Incineration Plant in Tokyo

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Inspection visit to the Incineration Plant in Tokyo

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Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs , during her presentation in the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo

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Participants in the presentation

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During the exchange of opinions with the participants

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Meeting with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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Meeting with the Japan Shipowners Association (JSA)

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Meeting with the Japan Shipowners Association (JSA)

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Meeting with the company Hitachi

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