On the June 15th, 2015, His Excellency Ritter N. Diaz paid courtesy visit to two members of parlament, who belong to the Maritime Promotion Association of Japan, with the purpose of strengthening institutional relations between the Embassy and the Japanese parlament.
First, Ambassador Diaz held a meeting with Mr. Shingo Miyake, Member of the House of Councillors, expressing his gratitude for his participation in the seminar organized by the Maritime Promotion Association on April 27th, where Ambassador Diaz carried out a presentation about the maritime policy of Panama in the headquarters of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA). Ambassador Diaz took this opportunity to inform that Panama and Japan are currently negotiating to finance and build the Metro Line 3 through Japanese international cooperation. Ambassador Diaz and Mr. Miyake agreed to continue cooperating to deepen the relationship between Panama and Japan.
Later in the day, Ambassador Diaz visited Mr. Junzo Yamamoto, Member of the House of Councillors, and who is also the Chairman of the Special Committee of the Official Development Assistance of Japan.
Ambassador Diaz conveyed Mr. Yamamoto his gratitude for the Japanese cooperation provided to Panama through the ODA program and informed that Panama and Japan are currently negotiating about the financing and construction of the Metro Line 3 through the international cooperation of Japanese government.
Mr. Yamamoto, who is also a native of Imabari, conveyed Ambassador Diaz his interest in exploring the possibility of holding cultural activities in the city of Imabari in cooperation with the Embassy of Panama. Ambassador Diaz replied that the Embassy will collaborate with his office to realise this initiative since Panama and Imabari are sister cities since 1979.