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Courtesy Visit by the Panama-Japan Friendship Association

Monday, February 17th, 2014

On January 21st, 2014, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan received a courtesy visit from the members of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association; Mr. Toru Hikasa, Vice president, Mr. Nagashi Ogushi, Director and Mr. Jirou Hitotsuyanagi, Director.

During the meeting, the members introduced Mrs. Nao Namizuka, a graduate student of the International Cooperation Course of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Mrs. Namizuka is specializing in the social interaction of the region of Ngöbe-Buglé, and she will visit Panama in February for the investigation. Her studies aim to contribute to the defense and develop of the Indian communities.

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From left, Mr. Jirou Hitotuyanagi, Director of the Panama-Japan Friendship Association, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Mr. Toru Hikasa, Vice president of the Asociation, Mrs. Nao Namizuka, a member and Mr. Nagashi Ogushi, Director of the Association.

GRULAC Meeting and Lecture on the National Security Policy of Japan

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

On December 5th, 2013, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, presided over a meeting of the Group of Heads of Missions of Latin-American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC, in Spanish), in order to discuss changes to the regulations of GRULAC as well as other issues of common interest to the group.

After the internal meeting, Mr. Takehiro Kano, Director of National Security Policy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan gave a presentation to the Ambassadors of GRULAC about the National Security Policy outlined by the administration of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as the recent establishment of the National Security Council of Japan.

During the meeting of Heads of Missions of GRULAC.

During the meeting of Heads of Missions of GRULAC.

Mr. Takehiro Kano, Director of National Security Policy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan explaining the National Security Policy of the Abe Administration.

Mr. Takehiro Kano, Director of National Security Policy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan explaining the National Security Policy of the Abe Administration.

Courtesy Visit by the Japanese Shipowners’ Association

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

On December 4th, 2013, Ambassador of Panama to Japan H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki received a courtesy visit from the representatives of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA), headed by Mr. Osamu Suzuki, Vice President of the organization.

During the meeting, the representatives of JSA informed the recent activities regarding various maritime issues, and exchanged views with Ambassador Kosmas on the Panama Canal expansion project and the new services which the Panama Canal Authority seeks to develop in the interoceanic route.

At the center, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, together with the representatives of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA).

At the center, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, together with the representatives of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA).

Meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

On December 4th, 2013, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan participated in the 9th Meeting between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Heads of Mission of Latin America and the Caribbean Countries in Japan (GRULAC, in Spanish), which took place in the premises of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Akira Yamada, Director General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, who made a summary of the activities carried out this year, and also provided an outlook of the Political Dialogue between Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean Countries for next year.

In addition, Director Yamada referred to the regional situation in East Asia, including Japan’s relations with China, South Korea and Russia.

Mr. Akira Yamada, Director General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, delivering a briefing to the Ambassadors of GRULAC on diplomatic relations concerning GRULAC region and Japan and the situation of East Asia.

Mr. Akira Yamada, Director General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, delivering a briefing to the Ambassadors of GRULAC on diplomatic relations concerning GRULAC region and Japan and the situation of East Asia.

Lunch with the Vice President of the House of Representatives of Japan

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

On November 25th, 2013, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan attended a lunch hosted by Mr. Hirotaka Akamatsu, Vice President of the House of Representatives of Japan, in the context of the diplomatic activities carried out by the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) .

The event took place at the official residence of the Vice President of the House of Representatives, which further contributed to promote the dialogue between the Heads of Mission of GRULAC and lawmakers of the Japan-Latin America Parliamentary Friendship League.

During the encounter, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in his capacity of President of GRULAC, delivered a brief speech to express his gratitude to Vice President Akamatsu for the excellent hospitality extended to the Ambassadors of Latin America and Caribbean countries.

Mr. Hirotaka Akamatsu, Vice President of the House of

Mr. Hirotaka Akamatsu, Vice President of the House of

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in his capacity of President of GRULAC, expressing his gratitude to the Vice President Akamatsu for his hospitality.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in his capacity of President of GRULAC, expressing his gratitude to the Vice President Akamatsu for his hospitality.

During the lunch, Ambassador Kosmas exchanged opinions with Mr. Takeo Kawamura and Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Members of the House of Representatives of Japan.

During the lunch, Ambassador Kosmas exchanged opinions with Mr. Takeo Kawamura and Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Members of the House of Representatives of Japan.

Lecture at GRULAC Meeting

Friday, December 6th, 2013

On November 21st, 2013, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, presided over a meeting of the Group of Heads of Missions of Latin-American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC, in Spanish), in order to discuss changes to the regulations of GRULAC as well as other issues of common interest to the group.

After the internal meeting, Ambassadors of GRULAC listened to the lecture entitled “The Growth Strategy and the TPP: The Third Arrow of the Abenomics”, delivered by Professor Yorizumi Watanabe, international economist at the prestigious Keio University, who explained about the economic growth strategy outlined by the administration of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Ambassador of Panama to Japan, presiding over a meeting of the Group of Heads of Missions of Latin-American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).

The Ambassador of Panama to Japan, presiding over a meeting of the Group of Heads of Missions of Latin-American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).

During the presentation of Professor Yorizumi Watanabe from Keio University.

During the presentation of Professor Yorizumi Watanabe from Keio University.

Professor Yorizumi Watanabe, Keio University

Professor Yorizumi Watanabe, Keio University

Panama Embassy at the Peace Boat Tourism Fair

Friday, December 6th, 2013

On November 17th, 2013, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the Culture and Tourism Fair held at the Peace Boat at the port of Yokohama, before the departure of the vessel in its global journey to visit several destinations.

The stand of Panama displayed tourist brochures with the country´s general information, history, indigenous culture, ecotourism, banners with pictures of Panama, as well as a video presentation of the Panama Canal.

Visitors also had the opportunity to taste Panamanian coffee at the exhibition booth, whose delicious aroma attracted strongly the attention of participants.

The successful event was attended by more than 5,000 visitors, contributing to the promotion of tourism and coffee from Panama.

The booth of the Republic of Panama.

The booth of the Republic of Panama.

Visitors reading tourist information of Panama.

Visitors reading tourist information of Panama.

Visitors tasting Panamanian coffee in the booth of Panama.

Visitors tasting Panamanian coffee in the booth of Panama.

Mola Exhibition in Ginza

Friday, December 6th, 2013

From November 11th to 17th, 2013, under the auspices of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, Professor Naomi Yamada organized a Mola Exhibition at Miharaya Gallery, located in the exclusive district of Ginza in Tokyo.

Ms. Yamada is a well known teacher of Mola in Japan, who runs five Mola schools around Tokyo, teaching the art of Guna women to Japanese people, which she learned while living in Panama.

The exhibition was attended by Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, who appreciated the excellent work of Professor Yamada and her students in the dissemination of Guna culture through the art of Mola, contributing to further strengthen the cultural ties between Japan and the Republic of Panama.

From left to right, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan and the Professor Naomi Yamada.

From left to right, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan and the Professor Naomi Yamada.

The visitors to the Mola Exhibition by the Professor Yamada.

The visitors to the Mola Exhibition by the Professor Yamada.

Study Tour in Saitama Prefecture

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

On November 14th, 2013, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, together with the Heads of Mission of Latin America and the Caribbean Countries in Japan (GRULAC, in Spanish), participated in a study tour in Saitama prefecture, invited by H.E. Hiroshi Takano, Special Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, in order to increase knowledge about Japanese companies and industrial waste recycling process.

The tour began with a visit to Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd., a company engaged in industrial waste recycling process in the town of Miyoshi. GRULAC ambassadors were received by the President Noriko Ishizaka, who offered a tour inside the plant, and explained about the technology applied in the recycling facilities.

After the visit to Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd., the Heads of Mission of GRULAC made courtesy calls to the Governor of Saitama Prefecture, H.E. Kiyoshi Ueda, the President of Saitama Prefectural Assembly, H.E. Tokuji Hosoda, as well as the Mayor of Kawagoe city, H.E. Yoshiaki Kawai, who expressed appreciation for the visit of the Ambassadors to the prefecture.

During the meetings with the Mayor of Kawagoe city and the Governor of Saitama, the Ambassador of Panama, in his capacity of President of GRULAC, delivered a brief speech to express his gratitude for the excellent hospitality and attention they received during the tour, which will certainly contribute to further strengthen the ties of friendship between the Saitama government and the embassies of the Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

The Ambassador Kosmas also expressed his admiration for the advanced recycling technology of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd., hoping that the technology can transferred beyond the Japanese borders, contributing to the development of the environment in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The recycling plant of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd.

The recycling plant of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd.

During the tour in the recycling plant of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd.

During the tour in the recycling plant of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving an interview to mass media, after the tour in the plant of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving an interview to mass media, after the tour in the plant of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd.

From left to right, Mrs. Noriko Ishizaka, President of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd. and H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

From left to right, Mrs. Noriko Ishizaka, President of Ishizaka Sangyo Co., Ltd. and H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, delivering words of thankfulness to the Mayor of Kawagoe city, H.E. Yoshiaki Kawai, during the visit to this historical city.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, delivering words of thankfulness to the Mayor of Kawagoe city, H.E. Yoshiaki Kawai, during the visit to this historical city.

Seated at the center, the Mayor of Kawagoe city, H.E. Yoshiaki Kawai and to his right, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, together with the Ambassadors of GRULAC.

Seated at the center, the Mayor of Kawagoe city, H.E. Yoshiaki Kawai and to his right, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, together with the Ambassadors of GRULAC.

H.E. Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture, during his welcome remarks to the Ambassadors of GRULAC.

H.E. Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture, during his welcome remarks to the Ambassadors of GRULAC.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in his capacity of President of GRULAC, delivering a brief speech of gratitude during the courtesy visit to the Governor of Saitama Prefecture, H.E. Kiyoshi Ueda and the President of Saitama Prefectural Assembly, H.E. Tokuji Hosoda.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in his capacity of President of GRULAC, delivering a brief speech of gratitude during the courtesy visit to the Governor of Saitama Prefecture, H.E. Kiyoshi Ueda and the President of Saitama Prefectural Assembly, H.E. Tokuji Hosoda.

At the center, front row, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan. To his right, H.E. Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture, and to his left, H.E. Tokuji Hosoda, President of Saitama Prefectural Assembly.

At the center, front row, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan. To his right, H.E. Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture, and to his left, H.E. Tokuji Hosoda, President of Saitama Prefectural Assembly.

Courtesy Visit by the Commander of the Training Squadron of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces in Japan

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

On November 13th, 2013, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan received a courtesy visit from the Real Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa, Commander of the Training Squadron of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces in Japan.

During the visit, Real Admiral Kitagawa informed Ambassador Kosmas about the voyage of the Training Squadron, in which they visited 19 cities in 18 countries from May to October 2013, with a stopover in Panama City on the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of the South Sea.

Ambassador Kosmas expressed his thankfulness to the Commander for the visit to Panama, which certainly contributed to further strengthen the good ties between Panama and Japan.

From right to left, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Real Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa, Commander of the Training Squadron of the Maritime Self-Defence Forces in Japan.

From right to left, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Real Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa, Commander of the Training Squadron of the Maritime Self-Defence Forces in Japan.