‘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.
The Japanese government’s efforts to facilitate cultural exchanges with Hong Kong have resulted in programs offered to students interested in studying and immersing themselves in Japanese society.
The Japan Hong Kong Society helps to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Hong Kong and Japan through cultural cooperation.
Through strong leadership and the establishment of real economic drivers, the Philippines has transformed itself into a leading Southeast Asian investment destination.
Despite impressive economic growth, there are ‘growing pains’ for the country to address and infrastructure acceleration is high on the government’s ten point Socioeconomic Agenda.
Since Japan and Indonesia established bilateral relations in 1958, much has been achieved. Trust, investment and a spirit of partnership have enabled the relationship to grow beyond economic and political ties and encompass friendship and social responsibility. Over the last decade, Japan has become one of Indonesia’s top export destinations.
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.