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.