Japan and Norway celebrate their 115th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year and the two countries are now closer than ever politically, economically and culturally. “Norway is an old friend of ours that shares the fundamental values of peace, democracy, freedom and so much more,” said Masahiro Tauchi, ambassador of Japan to Norway. “The government of Norway, as well as the king, have been close friends of ours.”
Commercially, there are strong bonds in shipping, seafood, energy and technology between the two countries.
Finland’s history of trade with Japan spans longer than a hundred years ago, when the two countries formally established diplomatic relations.
According to H.E. Takashi Murata, Ambassador of Japan to Finland, “The Finnish and Japanese have many similar characteristics and share common values represented by 3 Ps, that is Punctuality, Patience, and Prudence.” “The Finnish life philosophy of Sisu correlates to the Japanese Bushidō, a code for living a life of honor, self-discipline, bravery, and simplicity,” he adds. These shared values and ethics have brought Finland and Japan...
In January 2020, 100 years will have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Japan. However, mutual contacts go back to a deeper history. The first Czech in Japan was Jesuit priest Karel Spinola in 1602, who was later canonized. The first Japanese to settle in Europe was Mitsuko Aoyama, who married a Czech nobleman Henry Coudenhove-Kalergi and lived in Domazlice Chateau in southern Bohemia. By the way, the Czech Republic is famous for the highest density of castles and chateaus per capita in the world.
In the 1950s, Japanese trading house executives were the first to settle in Duesseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The growing Japanese community established schools, banks, shops and restaurants, and today nearly 15,000 Japanese nationals call NRW home.
More than 600 Japanese companies have established a presence in the region, employing more than 50,000 people. Located in the heart of Europe, Duesseldorf’s location is a key factor for Japanese investors.
In 1869 Austria and Japan concluded the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation. One hundred and fifty years later, diplomatic relations between the two continue to flourish.
“Austria was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Japan,” said Karin Kneissl, Austrian minister of Europe, integration and foreign affairs.
“This excellent bilateral relationship has grown significantly since then and our countries cooperate in many areas; in particular, trade, science and technology.
H.E. Jean-François Paroz, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan shares some insight with Synergy Media Specialists on Swiss-Japanese economic relations: In spite of a population of just 8.5 million and a territory about the size of Kyushu, Switzerland may well be called an economic powerhouse. It ranks among the world’s top 20 economies in terms of GDP as well as of merchandise and services trade, and is among the top 10 when it comes to foreign direct investment.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Spain, Synergy Media Specialists (SMS) interviewed Masashi Mizukami, the Japanese Ambassador to Spain.
How have you enjoyed your time in Spain so far? What has been your most enjoyable Spanish cultural experience?
I am enjoying my time in Spain greatly since arriving and I am very happy to be here. The country’s rich history and the diversity found in Spanish culture are outstanding: the historical influences of...
Synergy Media Specialists shares key thought leadership insights into Poland’s remarkable development and strong relationship with Japan. “Poland and Japan’s strong historical ties continue to develop and have led to a deeper understanding of one another. Today, approximately 4,500 Polish students are studying Japanese and a growing number of them are taking Japanese-language proficiency tests.” — Counsellor-Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Poland Satoru Takahashi.
In 2019, Hungary and Japan will be celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations. We not only cherish our ties going back to 1869, but we are also proud of how deep our cooperation has been over the past centuries. Japan is our strategic partner in the region, with whom we cooperate closely — not only in the fields of culture and the economy, but also in terms of foreign and security policy. We share similar ideas on various issues and we share common values.
‘Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance’ (souls in resonance) festival was successfully launched yesterday in Paris (July 12 2018). Cities across France will host events showcasing Japanese culture including ancient ‘Jomon’ pottery, contemporary drama and technology-driven art installations. “‘Les âmes en résonance’ means ‘souls in resonance.’ This comes from the words of Paul Claudel, who was a great writer and served as French Ambassador in Japan in the 1920’s,” explains H.E. Masato Kitera, Ambassador of Japan to France.
This year, Japan and Sweden celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations. During Japan’s Meiji Era, Sweden became one of the first countries to establish ties with Japan and the relationship has continued to flourish, particularly in the areas of business, trade, science, culture and the arts.
“I am delighted that both Japan and Sweden continue to benefit from the relationship we have nurtured over the years,” said Jun Yamazaki, Japan’s ambassador to Sweden.
In 1609, the Dutch and Japanese established their first official trade-relations. As the relationship flourished, Dutch traders were granted the Dejima Island as a trading post in 1641 and were the only Europeans permitted on Japanese territory.
Diplomatic relations between China and Norway were re-established in December 2016 after a six-year hiatus. Both countries are renewing their commitment to one another and building on their strong partnership which dates back to 1950.
For ninety years, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) has played a key role in supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from Switzerland and Liechtenstein as they reach out to international markets.
Synergy Media Specialists sat down with Daniel Küng, CEO of S-GE to discuss Swiss SME’s successes in Singapore and Southeast Asia.