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Presentation of the book “Molas: Dress, Identity ,Culture’’

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

On April 4th, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan, in collaboration with the Cervantes Institute in Tokyo, carried out the launch of the Mola book titled “Molas: Dress, Identity, Culture’’, written by the Australian author, Dr. Diana Marks, which took place at the Cervantes Institute in Tokyo.

During the opening remarks, the representative from the Cervantes Institute, Mrs. Maria Luisa Carranza reiterated the continuous support of the institute in order to spread the Spanish and Latin American culture, and in this case the Panamanian indigenous culture. Also she praised Dr. Marks’ work as an important academic reference to understand the origin of the Molas and its function as a method to express the identity of the Guna culture.

On the other hand, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, during his introductory remarks, pointed out that the presentation of Dr. Marks’ book marked an important step for the study of the Guna group, because it shows the process of the cultural authentication to explain the origin of the Molas. He also conveyed his gratitude to Dr. Marks for her interests in the study of this ethnic group, describing the Molas as a bridge connecting Panama with two important countries in Asia-Oceania region, Japan and Australia.

In addition, Ambassador Diaz mentioned that Dr. Marks is one of the most important Molas collectors in the world, who held exhibitions in Tokyo in 2009 and Washington D.C. in 2016. She will carry out a new exhibition in the Tobacco and Salt Museum in Tokyo in September of 2018.

Dr. Marks indicates in her book that the Molas are considered not only as colorful panels made of two or three layers of fabrics and worn by Guna women, but also give a plenty of images, such as animals and plants, maps of Panama and its neighboring countries, biblical scenes, popular Western culture, political representations in certain moments of Panama, among others.

After the exhibition in Tokyo in 2009, Dr. Marks took Mola lessons in the Guna Yala region in Panama and also in Japan, where a lot of Mola classes take place, gaining a better understanding of this Panamanian handicrafts.

Later on, she entered the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, where she earned a doctorate in Molas in 2012. Her work focused on fundamental two topics: spread and understanding about the origin of the Molas, and : the reason why the Molas continue to be sewn and worn by Guna women.

Her research brought her to 6 ethnographic museums in Panama, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Austria, covering a 100 year period since 1906, when the oldest Mola was discovered among the indigenous textile collections.

Currently, her research deals with the iconography of the Molas, which was published in the Dress Section of the Journal of the Costume Society of America, explaining how the Guna men defended the right of their women to use the Molas at the first half of 20th century.

Dr. Marks’ presentation concluded with a network cocktail and an exhibition of Panama and Molas in the gallery of the Cervantes Institute.

Tourism material distributed to participants

Mrs. Maria Luisa Carranza, Administrator of the Cervantes Institute during her opening remarks

Tourism material distributed to participants

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

Tourism material distributed to participants

Dr. Diana Marks, during her presentation of the book “Molas: Dress, Identity and Culture”

Tourism material distributed to participants

Dr. Diana Marks, during her presentation of the book “Molas: Dress, Identity and Culture”

Tourism material distributed to participants

Participants at the Presentation of the book

Tourism material distributed to participants

Dr. Diana Marks with the Director of the Cervantes Institute, Ambassadors of Panama, Ecuador and Costa Rica, and two distinguished professors of Molas in Japan

Tourism material distributed to participants

Center: H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his opening remarks in the networking cocktail and Panama tourism exhibition

Tourism material distributed to participants

During the donation of the book to Cervantes Institute

Tourism material distributed to participants

During the network cocktail and Panama touristic exhibitions

Tourism material distributed to participants

During the network cocktail and Panama touristic exhibitions

Tourism material distributed to participants

During the session of the signing of the books

Official Visit to Japan of the Panama Canal Authority

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

From April 21 to 23, 2017, the delegation of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) held an Official Visit to Japan with the purpose of providing updated information to shipping companies in regard to the functioning of the expanded Panama Canal, inaugurated in June of 2016.

The delegation was headed by Jorge L. Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal, and accompanied by Mr. Oscar E. Bazan, Executive Vice-President, Planning and Business Development and Ms. Silvia de Marucci, Manager, Marketing and Forecasting.

During the visit, the delegation held working meetings with various institutions, such as the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Japan Shipowers’ Association (JSA), as well as major companies from shipping and energy sectors in Japan. The delegation exchanged opinions about the services of the expanded Canal and the market perspectives in the different segments of cargo that are operated by the ACP.

In addition, Administrator Quijano gave a detailed explanation about the measures taken by the ACP to improve the fendering system installed in the walls of the new locks. Also he informed that the ACP will develop different business projects in the area of the Canal in near future, which attracted the interests of Japanese shipping companies.

The delegation was also accompanied by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo.

Meeting with the Japan Shipowners Association (JSA)

Meeting with the Japan Shipowners Association (JSA)

AMeeting with the Japan Shipowners Association (JSA)

Meeting with the Japan Shipowners Association (JSA)

During the courtesy visit to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

During the courtesy visit to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

From the left, H.E. Yasutada Ohno, Parliamentary Vice-Minister and Administrator Quijano

From the left, H.E. Yasutada Ohno, Parliamentary Vice-Minister and Administrator Quijano

Meeting of ACP Administrator with the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Meeting of ACP Administrator with the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

From the left, Administrator Quijano and Mr. Ryuichi Yamashita, Director-General of Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Department of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

From the left, Administrator Quijano and Mr. Ryuichi Yamashita, Director-General of Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Department of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Promoting Tourism with the Symbolic Visa Stamp at the Embassy of Panama

Friday, March 17th, 2017

On March 17, 2017, the symbolic visa stamp of the Embassy of Panama in Japan for the residents of the Minato-ku district came to an end after almost two months of regular visits to the Embasssy.

This initiative was carried out with the collaboration of the Minato district and the tourism company, Japan Travel Bureau (JTB), so that the citizens of the district of Minato can become familiar with the work of the Embassies, and also to promote Panama tourist attractions for the Japanese people. This year, approximately 35 embassies enrolled in the program.

Likewise, citizens of the Minato district had the opportunity to get to know the new offices of the Embassy and Consulate of Panama in Tokyo. 450 citizens of all ages visited the Embassy during a period of almost two months, where they were able to gather information on the different tourist attractions of our country.

In addition, we took the opportunity to publicize the upcoming cultural events of the Embassy, such as the launch of the Mola book, “MOLAS – Dress, Identity, Cuture -” scheduled for April 4, 2017 at the Cervantes Institute in Tokyo as well as The Panama Day on June 25 at the Cultural Center of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Symbolic Visa Stamp at the Embassy of Panama

Symbolic Visa Stamp at the Embassy of Panama

Tourism material distributed to participants

Tourism material distributed to participants

Residents doing the symbolic Stamp

Residents doing the symbolic Stamp

Residents doing the symbolic Stamp

Residents doing the symbolic Stamp

Japanese Citizens, taking a look at the Panama tourism brochures

Japanese Citizens, taking a look at the Panama tourism brochures

Latin American and the Caribbean Ambassadors’s Friendly Party with Members of the Japanese Parliament

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

On March 14, 2017, a Friendly Party took place between members of Japanese parliament related to Latin American and Caribbean region (LAC) and several Ambassadors of the said area, with the purpose of strengthening diplomatic relations between the Japanese parliament and the Latin American embassies in Tokyo.

The event was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Panama and the Republic of Nicaragua in Japan, with the participation of the Embassies of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Republic of El Salvador, Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Argentine Republic, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Honduras and the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

The activity began with welcome greetings by H.E. Saul Arana, Ambassador of Nicaragua, on behalf of participants Ambassadors, where he expressed his gratitude for the presence of Ambassadors and members of Japanese parliament, pointing out that this event seeks to deepen the dialogue between the diplomatic missions of LAC and the Japanese parliament.

After the greetings of Ambassador Arana, Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi, member of the House of Councillors and the President of New Komeito Party, the junior partner of the ruling coalition, expressed his satisfaction for the celebration of the event, emphasizing the strong friendship among Ambassadors of LAC region and the Japanese parliament. Likewise, Mr. Nobuo Kishi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and also brother of Prime Minister of Japan, made a toast to the healthy relationship between the Latin American and Caribbean countries and Japan.

During the gathering, the Japanese parliamentarians had the opportunity to taste a variety of traditional dishes from the region, prepared by each diplomatic mission, where Panama presented chicken stew, avocado salad with shrimps, Panamanian pudding “mamallena” as well as national drinks. A Latin music concert was also arranged with several rhythms from the region.

The event was attended by approximately 45 participants, greatly contributing to further develop closer ties between Ambassadors of LAC and the members of the Japanese parliament.

H.E. Ambassador Diaz together with Mr. Yamaguchi

H.E. Ambassador Diaz together with Mr. Yamaguchi

Ambassadors and the parliamentarians

Ambassadors and the parliamentarians

H.E. Saul Arana, Ambassador of Nicaragua, giving the welcome greetings

H.E. Saul Arana, Ambassador of Nicaragua, giving the welcome greetings

Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi, member of the House of Councillors and the President of New Komeito Party, expressing his gratitude as a representative of parliament

Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi, member of the House of Councillors and the President of New Komeito Party, expressing his gratitude as a representative of parliament

Mr. Nobuo Kishi, Parliamentary Viceminister for Foreign Affairs, during his speech before the toast

Mr. Nobuo Kishi, Parliamentary Viceminister for Foreign Affairs, during his speech before the toast

During the toast

During the toast

Latin American and Caribbean music concert

Latin American and Caribbean music concert

Chicken stew

Chicken stew

Avocado salad with shrimps

Avocado salad with shrimps

Panamanian pudding “Mamallena”

Panamanian pudding “Mamallena”

2017 Academic Exchange Program between Panama University (UP) and Panama Technological University (UTP) with Chiba University

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

On February 15th, 2017, three (3) students from Panama University (UP) and three (3) students from Panama Technological University (UTP), accompanied by professors from each university, arrived to Japan under the Academic Exchange Program with Chiba University to train Panamanian students and researchers in the innovative agricultural production called Plant Factory or Vertical Farming, utilizing controlled-environment agriculture technology.

As a token of appreciation for the granting of scholarships for Panamanian students and professors, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, offered a dinner to Dr. Michiko Takagaki, Vice-President for Public Relations, and several professors from Chiba University, expressing his satisfaction for the implementation of the academic exchange agreement, which was negotiated through the Embassy of Panama to Japan in 2015. This is the second group of Panamanian students and professors who participate in the training of this new agricultural technology.

It is important to point out that Chiba University is one of the pioneer universities in the research and development on the new agricultural technology, and therefore, will be participating as sponsor in the 2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture, which will be held in the Convention Center of the Hotel El Panama on May 17 to 19 of this year.

The controlled environment agriculture is an emergent system of agricultural production that includes the cultivation of vegetables and plants inside of buildings especially designed with controlled environment. This plants are cultivated in vertically arranged platforms, fed with nutrient through hydroponic method and illuminated with artificial light in order to facilitate the plant photosynthesis. These production systems protect vegetables and plants from bad weather as well as from bacteria, insects and other kinds of pests that affect the produce in traditional open sky agriculture.

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama in Japan (seated in the center), Dr. Takagaki (standing at the left in the back) together with professors and students from Panama Universtiy, Panama Techonological University and Chiba University, during the thank-you dinner offered to Chiba University for providing scholarships to Panamanian students and professors.

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama in Japan (seated in the center), Dr. Takagaki (standing at the left in the back) together with professors and students from Panama Universtiy, Panama Techonological University and Chiba University, during the thank-you dinner offered to Chiba University for providing scholarships to Panamanian students and professors.

Panama’s Ambassador visit Chuo Primary School

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
On February 8, 2017, S.E. Ritter Díaz, the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, visited Chuo Elementary School in Tokyo. This visit had the purpose to disseminate the Panamanian culture among Japanese students, increasing the interest in our country. In the first part of the visit, Ambassador Díaz made a brief presentation on Panama with the participation of all the students from first to sixth grade. After Japanese harp performance by a group of students, the Ambassador made a brief presentation on Panama such as Panama Canal and the country’s biodiversity. Also, the Ambassador explained about the indigenous groups that live in Panama showing their handicrafts such as Molas, Chaquiras and Chungas. In the second part of the visit, Ambassador Díaz exchanged opinions with approximately 20 students of the fifth grade who had previously visited our embassy during summer vacation last year. Additionally, all fifth graders made a monocycle performance at the school yard for the Ambassador.
H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panamá, with the school principle

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama, with the school principle

Ambassador Díaz, during his presentation on Panama

Ambassador Díaz, during his presentation on Panama

Monocycle performance by fifth graders students

Monocycle performance by fifth graders students

Official visit to Arakawa Water Museum, Sister Museum of Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

On January 28, 2017, Mr. David De Leon S, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, paid an official visit to the Arakawa Water Museum. 。

The visit began with an inspection tour in the lockgates of Arakawa River, guided by Mr. Peter Shimizu of the Museum and Mr. Jun Nakasuga, General Manager of the Arakawa Karyu River Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The inspection tour was followed by a meeting with Mr. Nakasuga in his office, who expressed his gratitude for this visit and the continuing support of the Embassy, taking this opportunity to request materials of the Expansion of Panama Canal to exhibit in the museum.

On the other hand, Mr. De Leon expressed his thankfulness for their warm welcome, stressing the importance of the Museum for the people living in Kita Ward in Tokyo, as an important information source about the relationship between Arakawa River and the Panama Canal. He also expressed the support of the Embassy to provide the necessary material for the Museum.

It is important to point out that Arakawa Water Museum is the sister museum of Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum, where there is a portrait in honour of Japanese Engineer Akira Aoyama, who participated in Panama Canal construction between 1904 to 1911.

Following the seminar about Panama Canal, held by Mr. Peter Shimizu, the participants had the opportunity to exchange questions and answers with Mr. De Leon, enjoying Panamanian coffee offered by the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

This visit is regarded as one of the activities of the Embassy for strengthining the bilateral relationship between Arakawa Water Museum and the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

Mr. David De Leon S, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, was receied by Mr. Jun Nakasuga, General Manager of the Arakawa Karyu River Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Mr. David De Leon S, Chargés d’Affaires a.i., of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, was receied by Mr. Jun Nakasuga, General Manager of the Arakawa Karyu River Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


During the inspection tour in the lockgates of Arakawa River.

During the inspection tour in the lockgates of Arakawa River.


Mr. De Leon, exchanging questions and answers with the participants of the seminar.

Mr. De Leon, exchanging questions and answers with the participants of the seminar.

Consulate-General of Panama presented the certificate for “Hybrid Sox Scrubber System”

Friday, January 27th, 2017

On January 11, 2017, the Consulate-General of Panama in Tokyo presented the Certificate for the Control System of Emission of Sulfur Oxides Gas, known as “Hybrid Sox Scrubber System”, which was officially approved by Panamanian Government.

“Hybrid Sox Scrubber System” was developed by the Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) and installed on a ship of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line, hereinafter) with the purpose of reducing the emission of the pollution substance, such as Sulfur Oxides.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided to tighten regulations on the amount of the Sulfur Oxides for maritime fuels of the ships. However, the ships that will install the “Hybrid Sox Scrubber System” will be able to continue using actual fuels, due to this filtration system.

Class NK, Ship Classification Foundation in Tokyo and the Consulate-General of Panama, have been working jointly for more than 2 years in order to comply with international standards for the approval of the purification system in mention.

The “Drive Green Highway” of K-Line with Panamanian flag has turned into the first ship made in Japan, which has installed this innovative system, targeting to contribute on the global environment conservation.

The presentation of the certificate was taken place by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in the conference room of the Embassy of Panama, with the participation of Mr. Tetsuya Kinoshita, Executive Vice President of ClassNK, Mr. Eiji Kadono, Managing Executive Officer and Mr. Toyohisa Nakano, Executive Officer of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mr. Masao Nakamura, Division Director, Machinery Business Division of Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd., Mr. Akira Zaitsu, Director of Ship & Ocean Engineering Department of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo.

During the presentation of the certificate

During the presentation of the certificate

Inauguration of the New Offices of the Embassy and the Consulate-General of Panama in Japan

Friday, January 27th, 2017

On January 10th, 2017, on the occasion of the relocation of the new offices of the Embassy and the Consulate-General of Panama in Tokyo, the Embassy of Panama hold an Inauguration reception, accounting for more than 40 participants, including the Ambassadors from Latin America and the Caribbean in Japan, politicians, high ranking officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, representatives of Japanese companies and general collaborators of the Embassy.。

During the welcome remarks, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, mentioned that the relocation was due to increase the security level of the personnel and the assets of the Mission, in case of large margnitude earthquake in the área of Tokyo.

The Embassy and the Consulate-General moved to a newly constructed building with the latest aseismatic system, taking up the second floor for the Embassy and the first floor for the Consulate. Also, the location has better access to the metro station, providing an easier approach for the visitors and clients.

H.E. Ritter N . Díaz, Ambassador of Panamá, during his opening remarks

H.E. Ritter N . Díaz, Ambassador of Panamá, during his opening remarks


The Farther Arturo Martin, blessing the Holy Water for the new offices

Farther Arturo Martin, blessing with Holy Water the new offices


Participants

Participants

The Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo organized a Maritime Actualization Seminar.

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

On November 30, 2016, His Excellency Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo together with His Excellency Arsenio Dominguez, Ambassador of Panama to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of the Environment (MEPC), organized a seminar on the latest developments of the Panamanian Ship Registry at the headquarters of the Japanese Shipowners Association.

Ambassador Diaz offered the opening remarks, expressing his thankfulness to the Japanese shipping companies for preferring the Panamanian flag, noting that our Shipping Registry not only offers reasonable prices and good services to vessels under its jurisdiction, but also seeks to strike a balance between regulations and the performance of the maritime market within the IMO.

Following the opening remarks, Mr. Keiji Tomoda, Chairman of the Recycling Committee of the Japan Shipowners’ Association, thanked the Government of the Republic of Panama for the ratification of the Ballast Water Convention and the Hong Kong Convention on the Ship Recycling, which will allow the implementation of the Ballast Water Agreement, and the future ratification of the Hong Kong Convention by other countries.

Ambassador Dominguez explained the current situation of the Ballast Water and Hong Kong Conventions on Ship Recycling, indicating that Panama had ratified both Conventions on September and October of this year. In view of this ratification, both conventions will promote the protection of the Marine environment, as well as the scrapping and recycling of substandard ships.

The seminar also included the presentation of the new e-Segumar platform for the issuance of electronic certificates by Mr. Samuel Guevara, Chief of Segumar office in Tokyo, and Mr. Kentaro Koyanagi, Manager of the Classification Department of ClassNK, who spoke on the implementation of e-certificates by the different flags.

It is important to point out that the seminar was attended by more than 100 people from the major companies and organizations in the maritime sector of Japan.

At the end of the seminar, the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo offered a cocktail to the participants, who were able to exchange views with Ambassadors Diaz and Dominguez, as well with the staff of the Consulate and the Office of Segumar Tokyo, to further strengthening the relations with the maritime sector of Japan, and main user of the Panamanian flag.

 H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo, during his welcoming remarks.
H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador and Consul General of Panama in Tokyo, during his welcoming remarks.

 Presentation of Mr. Keiji Tomoda, Chairman of the Ship Recycling committee of The Japanese Shipowners Association.
Presentation of Mr. Keiji Tomoda, Chairman of the Ship Recycling committee of The Japanese Shipowners Association.

Presentation of H.E. Arsenio Domínguez, Ambassador of Panama on The International Maritime Organization. (IMO)
Presentation of H.E. Arsenio Domínguez, Ambassador of Panama on The International Maritime Organization. (IMO)

During the Presentation of the Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of the Segumar office, Tokyo.
During the Presentation of the Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of the Segumar office, Tokyo.

Presentation of Mr. Kentaro Koyanagi, General Manager of the Classification Department on ClassNK.
Presentation of Mr. Kentaro Koyanagi, General Manager of the Classification Department on ClassNK.

Ambassadors Diaz and Dominguez, with Mr Kentaro Koyanagi from ClassNK and  Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of Segumar Tokyo, during the Question and Answers session.
Ambassadors Diaz and Dominguez, with Mr Kentaro Koyanagi from ClassNK and Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of Segumar Tokyo, during the Question and Answers session.

Participants of the Seminar.
Participants of the Seminar.

Ambassador Diaz and Dominguez during the cocktail, after the seminar.
Ambassador Diaz and Dominguez during the cocktail, after the seminar.
Participants of the Cocktail
Participants of the Cocktail