• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

  • 19 May 2017

    “The 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations provides an excellent opportunity to develop Polish-Japanese cultural cooperation,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski stressed during his meeting with Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito.

    “Poland is an attractive country thanks to its economy and culture, and also as a tourist destination,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy. In a conversation with Prince Naruhito, the minister also mentioned both nations’ shared fascination with the music of Fryderyk Chopin and Polish cinematography. “In 2019 we will be marking a round anniversary of establishing bilateral diplomatic relations, and I think it’s a great opportunity for members of the imperial family to visit Poland,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy when inviting Prince Naruhito to visit Warsaw.


    Minister Waszczykowski also visited the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, where he inaugurated an exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between our countries. He also met with students of Polish studies and delivered a lecture titled “Polish-Japanese history of friendship, solidarity and cultural fascination as the basis for future relations.” “The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, in particular its Faculty of Polish Studies, plays a special role in Polish-Japanese relations. Its graduates help to build bridges and mediate between the two nations and cultures, which at first glance may seem so distant,” Witold Waszczykowski said during his meeting with  the lecturers and students of the Tokyo University. “I’m very impressed by the excellent quality of Polish language teaching here and your knowledge about Poland,” said the minister, congratulating the students.


    Poland’s top diplomat was also a guest of the prestigious Japanese Press Club. Before an audience of journalists and members of the diplomatic corps he delivered a lecture titled “Polish foreign policy in the times of global challenges.” “For years Poland has been making an active and constructive effort to advance peace and stability in Europe and around the world,” noted the minister. “But our country can do much more, and this is why we have put forward our candidacy to the United Nations Security Council, and have increased our soldiers’ presence in the Blue Helmets missions,” concluded the minister.

    As the last point of his visit to Japan, the minister attended an event marking 3 May Constitution Day. During the ceremony, the minister presented Takashi Yamashita with the nomination as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Hiroshima, and awarded the Bene Merito honorary distinction to Dr Koichi Kuyama, a distinguished translator of Polish theatre plays and literature.


    Meanwhile, a delegation of Lodz city officials and Polish entrepreneurs who were accompanying the minister held a series of meetings with their Japanese partners. Lodz’s Deputy Mayor Tomasz Trela met with Ikeaki Takeda, Director of the International Exhibition Promotion Office at the Japanese Ministry of Economy and Trade (METI), to discuss the campaign promoting Lodz's bid to host EXPO 2022. The two sides confirmed their willingness to share experiences of organizing international events such as EXPO.


    Moreover, a gaming seminar was held with the aim of familiarizing Japanese companies with Poland’s economy, games industry, and the portfolio of Polish delegation members. The Japanese partners were provided with game codes offered by the Indie Games Polish Foundation. During an intense B2B session, Polish companies had a chance to gain an insight into the Japanese games sector, and learn how to take part in the Tokyo Gama Show, which will take place in September.



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