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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • POLITICS

  • 29 January 2018

    “Japan is our strategic partner; we are linked by common values and successful political, economic, and cultural cooperation,” MFA Secretary of State Jan Dziedziczak said after his meeting with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Kazuyuki Nakane.

    The talks focussed on Polish-Japanese bilateral relations, and mutual collaboration. “Our economic cooperation is going from strength to strength. We are glad that so many Japanese companies invest in Poland, and that Japanese innovations help to develop Poland’s economy,” emphasized Deputy Minister Dziedziczak. He also expressed his hope for more intensive contacts at the highest level, notably with a view to the hundredth anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between both countries, which will be celebrated in 2019. “Japan is very close to Poland. We have a strategic partnership, and 2019 will offer a great opportunity to celebrate the centenary of our friendship,” added the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy.

     

    In Tokyo, Deputy Minister Jan Dziedziczak also met with participants of this year’s Ship for World Youth, a prestigious scholarship programme which is organized by the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government. Moreover, the deputy foreign policy chief accompanied Akie Abe, the spouse of Japan’s Prime Minister, to the Fukudenkai Welfare Centre, which between 1919 and 1922 sheltered several hundred children orphaned by Polish exiles in Siberia. “It is very moving to be able to be here, in a place where Polish children were given so much loving care over a century ago. Japan and its people proved true friends of Poland. We will never forget it, and we will cherish our memory of this noble gesture,” observed the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy.

     

    During his Japan visit, the deputy minister also attended an official meeting hosted by the PLL LOT Polish Airlines to mark two years of its direct Warsaw-Tokyo service. “More frequent flights between Warsaw and Tokyo testify to the ever closer cooperation between both countries, and to the growing realization that Poland is Japan’s strong and credible economic partner,” said the MFA secretary of state. Furthermore, the deputy MFA head called on the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, where he presented the Bene Merito Honorary Distinction to Tomei Ozaki, a Franciscan friar who has rendered outstanding services to promoting Polish culture, including the knowledge about Poland and the life of St Maksymilian Kolbe. Deputy Minister Dziedziczak thanked Tomei Ozaki for devoting years to raising awareness about the Polish saint, and for acting as a “bridge between Poland and Japan.”

     

    As part of his five-day visit to Tokyo and Nagasaki, the Polish deputy minister also met with representatives of the Kobe Shimbun Corporation, which is mounting a multimedia exhibition about Chopin to mark one hundred years of bilateral relations in 2019. In addition, he opened a Polish Language Oratory Contest at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo, and visited the Nagasaki Franciscan Order, which was founded by St Maksymilian Kolbe and is known as “the Japanese Niepokalanów.”
     

     

    MFA Press Office

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