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Panamanian Students Participated in the Cultural Tour of Kosugi Zoen

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Upon initiative of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, students of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Panama, Susan Lauterbach and Felix Mantilla, visited Japan from March 23rd to March 28th, 2014, in order to participate in a cultural tour sponsored by the company Kosugi Zoen, which is known for its long tradition in the art of Japanese gardening and natural landscaping.

The idea of the tour emerged after the trip to Panama of the President of Kosugi Zoen, Mr. Saki Kosugi, in September 2013, who delivered a lecture on the art of Japanese gardening at the University of Panama. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Panama, and was attended by many people who filled the conference hall, showing the great interest of Panamanian students for the Japanese culture.

The objective of Kosugi Zoen’s cultural tour was to show various aspects of Japanese culture to Panamanian students, with the purpose of strengthening ties of friendship between Japan and future generations of Panamanians, as well as sharing the great care that Japan has for nature.

Also, the Panamanian diplomatic mission worked with Kosugi Zoen in the coordination of a tour for diplomats to the training center of the company in the city of Atami to learn the art of Japanese gardening in order to strengthen relations between the members of diplomatic corps in Tokyo and the citizens of Atami.

The cultural tour for Panamanian and Central American students concluded on March 28th, after visiting several historical sites such as Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Parliament, Atami, Kyoto, among others.

Mr. Saki Kosugi, President of Kosugi Zoen, delivering his welcome speech during the welcome reception for the Panamanian and Central American students.

Mr. Saki Kosugi, President of Kosugi Zoen, delivering his welcome speech during the welcome reception for the Panamanian and Central American students.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, together with the President Kosugi and Panamanian students.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, together with the President Kosugi and Panamanian students.

Participants in the welcome reception for the Panamanian and Central American students.

Participants in the welcome reception for the Panamanian and Central American students.

Mr. Saki Kosugi, President of Kosugi Zoen, during his conference at the University of Panama in September 2013.

Mr. Saki Kosugi, President of Kosugi Zoen, during his conference at the University of Panama in September 2013.

Participants in the conference of the President of Kosugi Zoen, Mr. Saki Kosugi at the University of Panama in September 2013.

Participants in the conference of the President of Kosugi Zoen, Mr. Saki Kosugi at the University of Panama in September 2013.

Mr. Saki Kosugi, President of Kosugi Zoen, together with students of the University of Panama in September 2013.

Mr. Saki Kosugi, President of Kosugi Zoen, together with students of the University of Panama in September 2013.

Launching Ceremony of the Panama-Registered Vessel “Century Dream”

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

On March 18th and 19th, 2014, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, together with his wife Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, participated in the Launching Ceremony of the Panama-registered vessel “Century Dream” in Kochi Prefecture, by invitation of Mr. Kazuo Takigawa, President of the Japanese maritime company DOWA LINE CO., LTD.

During the ceremony, the Ambassador of Panama delivered congratulatory remarks on the launching of the ship, pointing out the importance of the bilateral maritime relation between Japan and Panama, which will be further strengthened by the completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal. The wife of Ambassador, Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, carried out the cut of the inaugural string of the ship.

From left, Mr. Kazuo Takigawa, President of DOWA LINE CO., LTD., his wife, Mrs. Keiko Takigawa, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Abassador of Panama to Japan and his wife, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas.

From left, Mr. Kazuo Takigawa, President of DOWA LINE CO., LTD., his wife, Mrs. Keiko Takigawa, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Abassador of Panama to Japan and his wife, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Abassador of Panama to Japan and his wife, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas in front of the “Century Dream”.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Abassador of Panama to Japan and his wife, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas in front of the “Century Dream”.

Ceremony to Remember Victims of the Earthquake in Japan Held at the Japanese Garden in Panama

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

On March 13th, 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama organized a memorial ceremony for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami which occurred on the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11th of 2011.

The ceremony took place at the Japanese Garden, which was built by the Panama government in downtown Panama City in 2012 in memory of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

On this solemn occasion, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto expressed his respect for the admirable discipline and spirits of Japanese people as a model of resilience and hope for all human beings.

Minister Álvarez De Soto also expressed his satisfaction for the excellent relations between Panama and Japan, which was further strengthened during the official visit he paid to Tokyo early this month, where he held a bilateral meeting with his counterpart H.E. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Minister Álvarez De Soto, accompanied by the Ambassador of Japan to Panama, H.E. Hiroaki Isobe, offered a flower wreath praying that such a disaster remains in the memory of next generations in order to maintain a sense of prevention and a safer world.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, during the memorial ceremony.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, during the memorial ceremony.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Álvarez De Soto and the Ambassador of Japan to Panama, H.E. Hiroaki Isobe, Ambassador of Japan to Panama offering a flower wreath to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Álvarez De Soto and the Ambassador of Japan to Panama, H.E. Hiroaki Isobe, Ambassador of Japan to Panama offering a flower wreath to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Conference of Latin America and Caribbean Today

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

On March 12th, 2014, the Japan-Latin American and Caribbean Ladies’ Association organized a “Conference of Latin America and Caribbean Today”, at Machu Pichu Auditorium of the Embassy of Peru in Japan.

On this occasion, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan carried out a presentation about Panama, which provided general information as well as tourist attractions of the country.

The participants also enjoyed a Panamanian musical interpretation with a tourism video of Panama, as well as traditional dishes and desserts of Panama and other Latin American countries.

Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving a presentation about Panama.

Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving a presentation about Panama.

During the Panamanian musical interpretation.

During the Panamanian musical interpretation.

From left, the Ambassador of El Salvador, H.E. Martha Zelayandia, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas and Wife of the Ambassador of Peru, Mrs. Cristina Escala.

From left, the Ambassador of El Salvador, H.E. Martha Zelayandia, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas and Wife of the Ambassador of Peru, Mrs. Cristina Escala.

Official Visit to Japan by the Foreign Minister of Panama, H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama, H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, paid an official visit to Japan from March 2nd to 4th, 2014, accompanied by Ms. Indira Rangel, Advisor to the Minister and Mr. Julián Lucas, Executive Assistant to the Minister.

The delegation, also accompanied by H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Mr. Ritter Díaz, Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of Panama in Japan, held various meetings with Japanese entities, in order to advance the bilateral relation between the Republic of Panama and Japan.

In this context, H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto held a meeting with high representatives of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in order to highlight the importance of the cooperation of Japan in Panama, especially the interest of Japan to finance and build the Line 3 of Metro as well as the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal, which will be of great benefit to deepen cooperation between both countries.

Minister Álvarez De Soto’s agenda also included a Decoration Ceremony and Cocktail, which were held in honor of Mr. Koichiro Akechi, President of the Association for the Conservation of the Wild Orchids of Panama (COSPA) and ex volunteer of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), who received the Manuel Amador Guerrero in the Degree of “Comendador” in recognition for his great contribution to the conservation of the wild orchids of Panama. It is important to mention that by this Decoration, the Government of Panama is also recognizing JICA’s volunteer assistance program in various countries, being this the first time that a volunteer from a Latin American receives such a distinction. 

In addition, Minister Álvarez De Soto met with the members of Panama-Japan Inter-Parliamentary League, with the purpose of revitalizing the political ties between both countries. The members of parliament also emphasized the geographic importance of Panama to Japan, expressing their support for the construction of the Line 3 of Metro, taking advantage of the good Japanese monorail technology.

As for the private sector, the Panama delegation met with the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA), where H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto exchanged views with the President and Directors of JSA on various maritime issues such as the Panama Canal expansion project and the new services expected to be provided by the waterway.

The visit of Minister Álvarez De Soto concluded with a bilateral meeting and working dinner with H.E. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who expressed his satisfaction for the 110 years of excellent diplomatic relations between the two countries and also congratulated Panama for the 100 years of the opening of the Panama Canal.

Minister Álvarez De Soto pointed out that this visit was a follow up of the visit to Japan by the President of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Ricardo Martinelli in 2012, and the official visit by Minister Kishida to Panama in May 2013.

In the maritime area, both ministers exchanged views on maritime issues such as cooperation at the International Maritime Organization and the progress of the Panama Canal expansion project, which is of great importance to the Japanese shipping industry. 

In the economic arena, the Ministers talked about Japan’s strong interest to finance and build the Line 3 of Metro and the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal, through international cooperation.

During the meeting with Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

During the meeting with Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

During the Decoration Ceremony, Mr. Koichiro Akechi, President of the Association for the Conservation of the Wild Orchids of Panama (COSPA) and the ex volunteer of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), receiving the Manuel Amador Guerrero recognition in the rank of “Comendador”.

During the Decoration Ceremony, Mr. Koichiro Akechi, President of the Association for the Conservation of the Wild Orchids of Panama (COSPA) and the ex volunteer of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), receiving the Manuel Amador Guerrero recognition in the rank of “Comendador”.

At the center, Mr. Koichiro Akechi, President of the Association for the Conservation of the Wild Orchids of Panama (COSPA) and the ex volunteer of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and to his left, his wife, Mrs. Yumiko Akechi, together with H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, Foreign Minister of Panama, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and his wife, Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas.

At the center, Mr. Koichiro Akechi, President of the Association for the Conservation of the Wild Orchids of Panama (COSPA) and the ex volunteer of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and to his left, his wife, Mrs. Yumiko Akechi, together with H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, Foreign Minister of Panama, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan and his wife, Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas.

H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, during his remarks in the meeting with the Diplomats of Interparlamentary League Panama-Japan.

H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, during his remarks in the meeting with the Diplomats of Interparlamentary League Panama-Japan.

During the meeting with the Japanese Shipoweners’ Association (JSA).

During the meeting with the Japanese Shipoweners’ Association (JSA).

From left, H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama and his Japanese counterpart, H. E. Fumio Kishida.

From left, H.E. Francisco Álvarez De Soto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama and his Japanese counterpart, H. E. Fumio Kishida.

During the bilateral meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Panama and Japan.

During the bilateral meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Panama and Japan.

JICA Seminar of Water Business in Panama

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

On February 28th, 2014, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized the Seminar on Water Business in the Republic of Panama, which was held at JICA Yokohama Office.

The seminar counted on the presence of Doctor Serafín Sánchez González, Vice Minister of Health of Panama, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, authorities of Yokohama City Government and Japanese companies affiliated to the Association for Water Business in Yokohama.

H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, gave a presentation about the business environment in Panama as well as the economic outlook of the country.

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H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, giving the presentation about the business environment in Panama.

Professor Nakayama visited Panama

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

On February 27th, 2014, Mrs. Fumiko Nakayama, well known Professor of Mola in Japan was warmly received by the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Culture (INAC), Mr. Raul Castro Zachrisson at Teatro Anita Villalaz in Panama.

The purpose of the visit was to exchange views on the promotion of Mola art as well as to further strengthen the good ties of friendship between the two countries.

Professor Nakayama, an expert on Mola in Japan, was accompanied by 10 students aged 50 to 70 years old, who had the opportunity to experience Guna culture in Panama.

At the center, Professor Fumiko Nakayama, together with her students.

Mola Exhibition

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

From February 19th to 24th, 2014, Professor Fumiko Nakayama organized a Mola Exhibition at Minatomirai Gallery, located in Yokohama City, Kanagawa.

Professor Nakayama is a well known teacher of Mola in Japan, who teaches the art of Guna women to Japanese people at her Mola institute in Kyoto Prefecture.

The exhibition was attended by Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, who praised the excellent work of Professor Nakayama and her students for spreading the Guna culture through the art of Mola, further strengthening the cultural ties between Japan and the Republic of Panama.

From right, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Professor Fumiko Nakayama.

From right, Mrs. Ileana de la Guardia de Kosmas, Wife of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan and Professor Fumiko Nakayama.

Meeting with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

Monday, February 17th, 2014

On February 12th, 2014, H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan participated in a meeting with Mr. Tomoya Sato, Director of Financial Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI).

The meeting was held in order to gather information about the financing for the construction of the Line 3 of the subway in Panama City and the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal.

From left, Mr. Tomoya Sato, Director of Financial Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

From left, Mr. Tomoya Sato, Director of Financial Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and H.E. Jorge Kosmas Sifaki, Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

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.