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H.E. Mr. and Mrs. Mrkić attend the annual Wild Duck-Netting Event, December 14

On the occasion of Siberian and Alaskan wild duck migration, traditionally marked at the Imperial Estate in Shinhama where His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan organized a special shelter, representatives of diplomatic corps are invited each year to participate in the event aiming for their preservation and protection on his estate.

Ambassador Mrkić with his wife attended the Duck Netting Event and met with the members of the Imperial Family, Princ Akishino and Princess Kiko, who were kind to be the hosts to diplomatic corps for this years' gathering.

H.E. Mr. & Mrs. Mrkic with H.I.H. Princess Kiko Ambassador with H.I.H. Prince Akishino

 

Visit of Ambassador to Okayama University, December 10

On the invitation by Okayama University and Prof. Michitaka Suzuki, Ambassador and Ms. Kovac, Head of Culture and Press Section, visited the University and paid a courtesy call to President Prof. Kyozo Chiba. The academic collaboration between Okayama University and Serbia was praized on both sides and the great contribution of Prof. Michitaka Suzuki from the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences was particularly acknowledged. A joint conclusion was reached to pursue further strengthening of ties, especially with the University of Belgrade.

Ambassador and Ms. Kovac then visited one of the classes of Serbian language study course at the University, which has 160 hard-working and enthusiastic Japanese students enrolled. Ambassador expressed his gratitude to Prof. Suzuki, without whom the course would not be possible, and his wish to students to study hard and visit Serbia one day. Afterwards, Ms. Kovac held a presentation on Serbia in Japanese language.

Ambassador also met with Serbian students, studing at the Okayama University and gave an interview for the local "Sanyo Shimbun".

Ambassador, Ms. Kovac and Miss Nikolic with President Chiba and his colleagues, proffessors Nagata, Takahashi, Taniguchi and Suzuki At the Serbian Language Class

 

Tourism promotion of South-east Serbia at the JATA Seminar, December 9

On December 9, the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) held a seminar to promote the tourism resources and attractions of Serbia and it Balkan neighbours, Macedonia and Albania, with the cooperation of our and the respective embassy and representation in Tokyo. At the JATA Headquarters, around 30 tourism representatives from Japanese agencies attended the event.

Head of Culture and Press Section, Ms. Aleksandra Kovac, gave a presentation in Japanese about tourism attractions, cultural and historical heritage and natural beauties of Southern and Eastern Serbia. The aim of this promotion was to introduce this less known Serbian region to Japanese market and stress the tourist advantages, especially in view of regional package tours by Japanese agencies.

Ms. Kovac during her presentation at JATA HQ Representatives of Japanese Tourism Agencies at the Seminar

 

Serbia participated in Charity Fair "International Ikebana Fair", December 7

Serbian Embassy had an opportunity to participate in another annual International Charity Fair and Ikebana Exhibition, held in Tokyo Prince Hotel on December 7. In this event, supported by its Honorary President H.I.H. Princess Takamado, many countries presented their products and delicacies.

During her visit to our booth, H.I.H. Princess Takamado showed her interest in the food products from Serbia. Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, the wife of the Ambassador, also presented to H.I.H. Princess Takamado a special handmade traditional gift from our country.

H.I.H. Princess Takamado and Mrs. Mrkić at the Serbian booth Mrs. Mrkić with Embassy staff at the Serbian booth

 

Serbian famous sportsman Dragan Stojkovic Piksi named Sports Tourism Meister of Japan, December 6, 2010

Japan Tourism Agency decided to nominate Mr. Dragan Stojkovic Piksi, famous Serbian football player, presently coach of Nagoya Grampus, a Sport Tourism Meister of Japan. By presenting this honorary title to Mr. Stojkovic, Japanese Tourism Agency aims at promoting Japanese tourism worldwide, as well as enhancing cooperation with Serbia in this field.

Mr. Stojkovic was officially nominated Sport Tourism Meister by Mr. Hiroshi Mizohata, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, at a ceremony in Tokyo on December 6, 2010. By receiving the nomination plaque, Mr. Stojkovic became one of only a few foreign athletes active in Japan who were given such an honorary title.

 

NGO Actions For Children in Crisis Christmas Charity Fair in Tokyo, December 5

In ACC organization held their annual Christmas Charity Fair in Ebisu, during which the visitor were able to purchase some hand made products by internally displaced women from Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija. For further information, please click here.

 

Embassy's prize awarded to the naive artist in Japan, December 4

On the occasion of the opening of the 36th annual exhibition of Japanese Naive Art Society, a special viewing of works of their members, previously touring in Serbia, was held in the Mori Museum in Ueno.

Head of Cultural Section Ms. Kovač gave a speech and presented an "Award of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Japan" to one Japanese naive artist, while other recepients were awarded with the prizes given by various governmental and art institutions in Japan.

Prof. Nobuhiro Shiba, Vice President of Japan - Serbia Friendship Society, also greeted the audience and expressed his hope for the future collaboration and strenghtening of relations between Serbia and Japan.

Exhibition of works touring in Serbia Visitors at the Japanese Naive Art Society Exhibition

 

Ms. Kovac gives a speech at the ceremony

 

Visit of H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior to Japan, November 30 - December 4, 2010

High level delegation of Serbia, headed by H. E. Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, visited Japan and had a number of meetings with the high ranking Japanese officials.

H. E. Mr. Dacic is the first Minister of Interior of Serbia to officially visit Japan. During his meeting with H. E. Ms. Tomiko Okazaki, State Minister and Chairman of the National Commission of Public Safety, the Memorandum on Police Cooperation was signed, enabling closer ties between the police authorities of the two countries.

During his visit to Japan, H. E. Mr. Dacic also had meetings with the Hon. Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan, Mr. Hisashi Tokunaga, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shozo Azuma, Senior Vice Minister of Cabinet Office for Disaster Management, Mr. Takaharu Ando, Commissioner of the National Police Agency, Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, President of the Japan-Serbia Parliamentary League of Friendship, as well as Mr. Jiro Kodera, Director General of the European Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegation also visited the Center for Disaster Prevention and the Traffic Control Center in Tokyo, as well as the Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Kansai, where they were welcomed by the Honorary Consul General Mr. Naohide Ueyama and H. E. Mr. Ryuichi Tanabe, Ambassador, Representative of the Government of Japan for Kansai region.

H.E. Mr. I. Dacic and H.E. Ms. T. Okazaki, State Minister, Chair of the National Commission of Public Safety Signing of the Memorandum on Police Cooperation

 

Meeting with Hon. I. Aisawa, President of the Parliamentary League of Friendship Japan - Serbia Meeting with Hon. T. Yokomichi, Speaker of the House of Councilors of the National Diet of Japan

 

Talks with Mr. S. Azuma, Deputy State Minister in charge of disaster prevention Meeting with Mr. T. Ando, Commissioner General, National Police Agency

 

Meeting with Mr. N. Ueyama, Honorary Consul General of Serbia in Osaka

 

High Delegation of Ministry of Health visits Japan

During their visit to Japan regarding the ongoing project with JICA aimed for early screening and prevention of breast cancer in Serbia, Serbian health minister Prof. Dr Tomica Milosavljević and State Secretary Ms. Nevena Karanović met with the officials from JICA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and other medical institutions in Tokyo, to discuss the formats and possibilities of cooperation in the medical field.

We also had a pleasure of having Minister Milosavljević and his associate as our guests in the Embassy.

Health Minister Mr. Milosavljević and State Secretary Mrs. Karanović (second from left) with Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, wife of the Ambassador, and Embassy staff, Mrs. Janković and Ms. Kovač, at the Residence of the Ambassador

 

Serbia represented at the ILBS Charity Bazaar, November 27

Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, wife of the Ambassador, took a part in this year's Christmas Charity Event, organized by International Ladies' Benevolent Society in Prince Hotel Akasaka, where she presented some Serbian food and specialties.

Mrs. Ivona Mrkić with Mrs. Olena Kulinich, wife of the Ambassador of Ukraine, and Mrs. Takako Kimura, Member of the Board od ILBS Serbian products at the ILBS Bazaar

 

Concert in Amagasaki organized by Mrs. Etsuko Tsunozaki, wife of Japanese ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, November 25

Following the perfomance in Tokyo in October, Mrs. Etsuko Tsunozaki, wife of H.E. Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, Ambassador of Japan to Serbia, held another concert in Commemoration of the Tour in Serbia 2010, this time in Amagasaki in Kansai region.

As in their previous perfomance, Violinist Mrs. Tsunozaki, Pianist Ms. Motoko Koizumi and Tenor Mr. Takashi Nakamura introduced famous traditional and modern Japanese songs, which they also perfomed earlier this year in Serbia, and reports on the Tour in Serbia with video and photo shows. One of the objectives of the concerts, organized under the auspices of the Embassy of Serbia in Japan, is to raise the funds for organizing the tour of Serbian famous choir "Barili" from Pozarevac in Japan, in 2013.

 

Lecture on Serbia's integration to EU at Aoyama Gakuin University, November 13, 2010

On November 13, 2010 First Counselor of the Embassy of Serbia, Mrs. Snezana Jankovic held a lecture on Serbia's integration into the EU at the Aoyama Gakuin University. The lecture was part of a two day symposium on EU and its enlargement organized by Prof. Dr. Kumiko Haba, expert on EU.

Mrs. Jankovic holds a lecture

 

Rector of Belgrade University, Prof. Dr Branko Kovačević, and delegation visit Japan, November 12-23

On the occasion of 125 years of Chuo University, Rector of the Belgrade University, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovačević, together with Vice Rector Prof. Dr Marko Ivetić, Dean of Faculty of Architecture Prof. Dr Vladimir Mako, former Dean of Faculty of Philology Prof. Dr Slobodan Grubačić, Vice Dean of Faculty of Philology Prof. Ljiljana Marković and their associates, Ms. Branka Janda Marković and Ms. Ljubica Stamenković, took a part in the celebration event and met with dignitaries of this Japanese university, which nurtures close and active collaboration and exchange programs with Belgrade University.

Delegation also had separate meetings and talks with highest representatives of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University, Waseda University, Toho University, Ito and Tokyo Foundations to discuss the current cooperation. Prof. Kovačević and his colleagues visited our Embassy as well.

Rector Prof. Dr. Kovačević and delegation with Ambassador Mrkić and his associates during their visit to the Embassy

 

TUFS President, Belgrade University Honorary Professors and Associates gather at the Embassy, November 8

As a part of further efforts to enchance the academic and scientific ties between Serbia and Japan, Ambassador Mrkic, with his colleagues, hosted a dinner at our Embassy in the honor of the Belgrade University's Honorary Professors and Associates – Prof. Dr Ikuo Kameyama, President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Prof. Dr Nobuhiro Shiba from Tokyo University, Prof. Dr Katsuhito Iwai from Tokyo University, Prof. Dr Hironori Fujii from Kanagawa Institute of Technology and Mrs. Akiko Igaya.

It was also an occasion to celebrate the start of first Serbian language course at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, owing to the great enthusiasm and support of Prof. Kameyama himself.

Belgrade University’s Honorary Professors and Associates with Ambassador and his colleagues at the dinner

 

Representatives from Colić Hospital participate at the International Seminar in Tokyo

Serbian surgeon Prim. Dr Milan M. Colić and his associate Dr Marko Milosavljević took a part in the International Seminar for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, held in November in Tokyo. Dr Milosavljević had a noticeable presentation about his medical work in Colić Hospital in Belgrade.

Dr Colić and Dr Milosavljević with the Ambassador during their visit to the Embassy

 

Serbian culture and food at the Open Day event in Kyoto, November 3

During an annual event organized by Kyoto City under the name "Kyoto International Community House Open Day" (KICH) on November 3rd, Friendship Society Serbia-Japan "St. Nikolay of Japan" presented Serbian food and culture, inviting all interested to join them in tasting of famous dishes and learning more about our country.

 

Serbian participant on Japanese Language Program for diplomats by Japan Foundation

Mr. Nemanja Grbić, attache in the MFA of the Republic of Serbia, is partipating in the Japanese language program for foreign diplomats and public officials 2010/2011, organized by Japan Foundation and MFA of Japan in the Kansai Japanese Language Institute.

This is the fourth participant from Serbia to be invited to join this program, aiming to enhance Japanese language abilities of foreign service officials in transitional and developing countries.

Serbian participant Mr. Grbic with Cultural Affairs officer Ms. Kovac at MOFA Welcome reception

 

Belgrade University Prof. Kayoko Yamazaki's lecture at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and collaboration with Conductor Ko Matsushita, November 3-4

Renowed Japanese poet and Professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, Mrs. Kayoko Yamazaki, will collaborate again with conductor Ko Matsushita for a Concert in "Shinjuku Bunka Center" on November 3rd, during which some of her work will be presented.

The details can be found on  http://koyukai.info/ .

On November 4, Prof. Yamazaki will give a lecture at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies on Culture of Symbols and Globalization.  For the details about the lecture, please click here.

 

Serbian amateur football team wins second place in Tokyo, October 30

In organization by NPO Active Middle International Association and with the endorsement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the 2nd Futsal Games between the embassies of five continents was held in Tokyo.

Serbian futsal team members, consisted of Embassy staff members, their spouses and Serbian and Japanese friends, made it to the final and won the second place. Congratulations!!!

 

Ambassador gives the interview to Magazine "ITN Open", October 29

On request by trilingual Japanese Magazine "International Tourist Network Open" published by Big Moon Co., Ambassador Mrkic introduced various tourist attractions and advantages of Serbia for their readers. He also spoke about the activities of the Embassy and domestic tourism organizations in promoting our natural and cultural/historic beauties on the Japanese market, which has shown in recent years a growing interest for Serbia and the surrounding region.

Ambassador during the interview in Tokyo

 

Serbia participates at FIVB Women's Volleyball Championship Japan 2010, October 29 - November 11

We are pleased to announce the participation of Serbian women team in Championship to be held in Tokyo, as a part of Group A with Japan, Poland, Peru, Algiers and Costarica. This will be a great opportunity to support our team.

Please find the event schedule here. The tickets can be purchased on the official website: www.sebare.com.

 

Concert in Tokyo organized by Mrs. Etsuko Tsunozaki, wife of Japanese ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Mr. Toshio Tzunozaki, October 20, 2010

Mrs. Etsuko Tsunozaki, wife of H. E. Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, Ambassador of Japan to Serbia, organized on October 20, 2010 at the Musashino Swing Hall the Concert in Commemoration of the Tour in Serbia 2010. Mrs. Tsunozaki as a violinist, Ms. Motoko Koizumi, the Pianist and Mr. Takashi Nakamura, Tenor, performed famous traditional and modern Japanese songs, which they also introduced to Serbian audience during the tour in June this year.

The programme of the concert included reports on the Tour in Serbia with video and photo shows.

On November 25, 2010 another concert will be held in Osaka.

One of the objectives of the concerts is to raise the funds for organizing the tour of Serbian famous choir “Barili” from Pozarevac in Japan, in 2013.

The concerts are organized under the auspices of the Embassy of Serbia in Japan.

Mrs. Ivona Mrkic, wife of the Ambassador and Mrs. Snezana Jankovic, First Counselor, attended the concert.

 

The visit of delegation of Sabac-Fujimi Friendship Club to Japan, October 19-25

Following the last visit of representatives from Fujimi city to its Serbian sister city of Sabac in 2006, Friendship Club President Mr. Vule Čekić and his associates were invited to visit Japan and participate in the celebration of 28 years-long intercity friendship and Fujimi's annual festival.

Serbian guests were also welcomed at our Embassy, which together with Japan-Serbia Association, organized a reception on this occasion. In a friendly atmosphere that gathered numerous Japanese and Serbian friends, the guests were greeted by Ambassador Mrkic, Mr. Čekić, Japan-Serbia Association Vice President Prof. Nobuhiro Shiba and Fujimi International Friendship Association President Mr. Toshio Maki.

Delegation from Šabac also met the mayor and other officials of Fujimi city and was introduced to various city institutions and Japanese historical and cultural heritage.

President of Fujimi International Friendship Association Mr. Toshio Maki makes a toast, on his right Mr. Vule Cekic, Head of Sabac-Fujimi Friendship Club, Ambassador Mrkic and Ms. Tijana Nagato, Secretary The guests and Embassy representatives at the reception

 

Delegation of the University of Belgrade visited Japan, October 18-24, 2010

Delegation of the University of Belgrade, Prof. Dr. Djuro Koruga from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Dr. Zoran Krivokapic from the Faculty of Medicine and Mr. Aleksandar Obradovic, director of ADOC Company, collaborator of Incubator of Technical Faculties of the Belgrade University, visited Japan from October 18 to 24, 2010.

The delegation had fruitful meetings with the highest representatives and scientists of Kobe University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. They have discussed ways of intensifying cooperation among universities in the field of nanotechnology and biomedical researches.

They have also visited Japanese companies, famous for their advanced achievements in these fields, such as JASCO, Hamamatsu Photonics and Kao.

Delegation, together with Embassy representative Ms. Kovac, met with Vice President of Kobe University Prof. Chiharu Nakamura (far right) and Dean of Faculty of Agriculture Prof. Kazunori Uchida Prof. Koruga gives a lecture to the students of Kobe University

 

 

Megatrend University from Belgrade launched Business school in Tokyo

On October 16th, Megatrend University Belgrade, Proudfoot Japan, Inc. and AIO corporation from Hawaii decided to establish Teogaku Training School in Tokyo, aimed to offer the high quality of training of already experienced executives.

The first generation of executives was scheduled to start the School on January 20th, 2011.

Mr. Kawahara, Mr. Kurisu, Mr. Matsuki, Mr. Hasegawa, Professor Jovanović and Mr. Shigehara in the course of deliberations on launching the common project Prof. Dr M. Jovanović and Ambassador I. Mrkić

 

Ambassador meets with Mr. Tsunenari Tokugawa, the Head of the main Tokugawa house, October 14

Ambassador Mrkić had a privilege to meet personally with Mr. Tsunenari Tokugawa, eighteenth head of the main lineage of the famed Tokugawa family, who is now heading the nonprofit Tokugawa Foundation.

It was a great opportunity to learn about the current work and strong efforts of Mr. Tokugawa related to the preservation of Tokugawa heritage and support of education in Japan and abroad. They also exchanged the views regarding the historical processes and present socio-political situations in Serbia and Japan.

Mr. T. Tokugawa and Ambassador Mrkic

 

The visit of Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, Deputy President of the Serbian Progressive Party, to Japan, October 13-19

On the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, Deputy President of the Serbian Progressive Party, participated in a program of Japanese Government aimed to introduce the current situation of Japan through meetings with government officials, business and academic persons and sightseeing in Japan.

During his stay in Japan, Mr. Vučić visited also other Japanese cities like Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagoya.

 

Shiraishi Kazuko won International Poetry Prize "Golden Key of Smederevo", October 8, 2010

Japanese poet Kazuko Shiraishi was awarded Serbia's 41st "Smederevo Golden Key Award" on October 20, 2010. On this occasion her book "Little Planet" was published in Serbia bilingually, both in Serbian and Japanese.

Upon her return from the award presentation ceremony in Serbia, The Poets Society of Japan organized a reception in honor of the famous poet. Mrs. Snezana Jankovic, First Counselor of the Embassy of Serbia attended the reception and extended sincere congratulations to Mrs. Kazuko Shiraishi on behalf of the Embassy of Serbia in Japan.

Mrs. Jankovic gives congratulatory speech Ms. Kasuko Shiraishi reads one of her poems

 

Ambassador and his wife attend the Celebration of the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital, October 7-8

Ambassador and his wife were invited to join H.I.H. Emperor and Empress of Japan, government dignitaries, foreign diplomatic representatives and other distinguished guests at the official commemoration ceremony, marking the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital.

Owing to this special occasion, they had an opportunity to meet with various officials from Nara Prefecture and Nara City and learn more Japanese efforts to preserve the ancient tradition, historical and cultural heritage of Japan.

Ambassadors attending the Celebration

 

Belgrade to host next International P.E.N. Congress in 2011, September 30, 2010

Serbian delegation, headed by Ms. Vida Ognjenovic, famous writer, playwright, theatre director and Ambassador of Serbia in Denmark, participated in the 76th International P.E.N. Congress in Tokyo.

Participation of Serbia in this important event was of a special significance this year. After the presentation on Serbian capital and Ms. Ognjenovic’s statement on Serbia’s long P.E.N. tradition, Belgrade was unanimously elected as a host city for the next, 77th International P.E.N. Congress, its candidature warmly welcomed by the delegates of many countries. The Congress in Belgrade will be held from September 12 to 18, 2011.

Serbian P.E.N. Center was established in 1926 and many writers of international fame were on its helm. Through its history, Belgrade has also hosted many world leading writers, who participated in the International Meeting of Writers, held every October.

Ambassador Mrkic together with H.E. Ms. Vida Ognjenovic, President of PEN Serbia and Ms. Nada Nikolic-Bobic, Secretary of PEN Serbia

 

Members of Japanese and Serbian academies gather at the Embassy, September 27

Ambassador Mrkic, with his associates, hosted the dinner in the honor of the Japanese members of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia at our Embassy. Our distinguished guests, the leaders in their field of expertise, awarded and admired for their work in Japan and abroad, were members of the Japanese Academy of Sciences Prof. Tamio Yamakawa, Prof. Juinichi Nishizawa and Prof. Kunihiko Suzuki, as well as Prof. Masayuki Iwata from Chiba University and Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura from Tokyo University.

We had a great pleasure to exchange some thoughts and ideas regarding the bilateral cooperation in the field of science and technology with our prominent Japanese counterparts, who expressed their warm support and interest in further enchancement of relations between Serbia and Japan.

Prof. Nakamura, Prof. Nishizawa, Prof. Yamakawa, Prof. Suzuki and Prof.Iwata with their hosts, Ambassador Mrkic and his associates Mrs. Jankovic and Ms. Kovac

 

National Japanese television NHK broadcasts the Programe about Tesla, September 26

BS-hi Channel of the national broadcasting station aired the new science programme "Giants of Light and Shadow", which presented the life and achievements of great scientist of Serbian origin, Nikola Tesla, and his partner but then opponent Thomas Edison. The showing highlighted the genius and unprecedented value of Tesla's work in the field of electric energy and other scientific areas.

Our Embassy and the Museum of Nikola Tesla in Belgrade, together with other Japanese admirers of Tesla's achievements, made their contributions and gave support in making of this programme. The Program will be aired again on October 15th, at 19.00 at the NHK BS-hi.

Nikola Tesla

 

Serbian Tennis Women Players Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanović took part in 27th PPO Tennis Tournament in Tokyo, September 24-October 2

Best Serbian tennis players, Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanović, participated in this year’s tournament, which takes place in Tokyo.

Ms. Janković won the second place after the match with Maria Sharapova last year at the same event (see the link: Serbian Tennis Women Players Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic took part in 26th PPO Tennis Tournament in Tokyo, September 23-October 3).

Miss Ana Ivanovic and Miss Jelena Jankovic

 

Serbia participates at the JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel Fair, September 24 - 26, 2010

For the fifth consecutive year Serbia was participating at the JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel Fair at Tokyo Big Sight (http://www.jata-wtf.com), which is one of the biggest international fairs in Asia.

Ambassador Mrkić and Third Secretary Ms. Kovač attended the opening reception on the first day, along with the great number of Japanese high officials and tourism agencies, media and diplomatic corps.

The representatives of the Tourism Organization of Serbia (TOS), Mr. Predrag Rolović, and of the Tourism Organization of Belgrade (TOB), Mr. Saša Stevanović, introduced diverse touristic offers from Serbia and various brochures in Japanese language.

With the support by the main organizer JATA, our turism representatives participated at the seminar on Balkan countries, where the Japanese tour-operators presented their report from the visit to Serbia and other countries in May this year. TOS associate, Mr. Hisashi Yamazaki Vukelić, also had the opportunity to introduce the tourist strategy and priorities of Serbia in Japanese language.

Serbian booth at JATA Fair

 

The representatives of Serbian folklore "Kolo" visit Japan, 2010

Serbian delegation from National Folk Ensemble "Kolo" (www.kolo.rs), headed by Director Radojica Kuzmanović, are participating in various workshops and seminars about Serbian traditional dance.

This is the continuation of the cooperation with Mr. Tetsuo Masunaga from Japanese company "Folklore Report", which was highlighted in February and March this year with "Kolo" tour around Japan.

 

Honorable Muneo Suzuki, Member of the House of Representatives, visits the Embassy, September 13, 2010

We had the pleasure of hosting a dinner in the honor of MP, Honorable Muneo Suzuki, who visited our Embassy with Mr. Masataka Ota, member of the City Parliament of Yokohama.

While enjoying famous Serbian cuisine and wine, our distinguished guests exchanged some views with their host, Ambassador Mrkic, and his associates on the bilateral relations between Serbia and Japan and possibilities for their further strenghtening.

Honorable Muneo Suzuki and Mr. Ota with Ambassador Mrkic and his colleagues

 

Junior High School Students from Miyagi Prefecture visit our Embassy, September 9, 2010

We had the pleasure to meet the students from Kanazu – Tsunoda City Junior High School, Miyagi prefecture, visiting our Embassy for the first time.

It was a great opportunity to deepen cultural exchange between our two countries and present some interesting facts about Serbian customs, history, tourism attractions and education system to our young guests.

Ms. Kovac with students from Tsunoda High School

 

Contract between the Japanese company "Waido Waido" and Serbian company "Agrostemin D.O.O." signed on August 18, 2010

On August 18, 2010, Japanese company "Waido Waido" and Serbian company "Agrostemin D.O.O." signed contract on representing this Serbian company and its product, Agrostemin, in Japan. The contract, previously signed by the Japanese company "Nagai Hoshi", was now transferred to "Waido Waido", which is mainly dealing with promoting import of Serbian food and agricultural products to the Japanese market.

Agrostemin is natural biostimulator, widely used in the agricultural production. It is created on the base of corn cockle (Agrostemma githago), dust and other plants (cultivated, as well as weeds), and invented by Serbian scientist Dr Danica Gajic. Agrostemin significantly increases the quantity and quality of yield and optimizes the cost of agricultural production.

Mr. Hasegawa and Ambassador Mrkic with colleagues Mrs. Jankovic and Mr. Makic

 

The Japan Times, August 4, 2010

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

Kosovo decision sets a disastrous precedent

By VUK JEREMIC

 

BELGRADE — Serbia will never recognize this unilateral declaration of independence: We seek peaceful compromise.

On Feb. 17, 2008, the ethnic-Albanian authorities of Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence against the will of the U.N Security Council and in contravention of my country's constitution. We made it immediately clear that we would never recognize the unilateral declaration of independence, implicitly or explicitly.

This position will not change. Serbia will continue to use all diplomatic resources at the disposal of a sovereign state to oppose Pristina's attempt at partitioning our country. No democratic and proud nation — whose territorial integrity is under threat — would act differently.

From the onset of this grave crisis, we responded to the unilateral declaration of independence peacefully. In October 2008, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution seeking the legal opinion of the International Court of Justice on the lawfulness of the unilateral declaration of independence.

After many months of deliberation, the court delivered its findings. It neither endorsed the view that this unilateral declaration of independence was a unique case, nor Pristina's claim that Kosovo is a state. Moreover, the court failed to approve the province's avowed right of secession from Serbia, or any purported right to self-determination for Kosovo's Albanians.

Instead, the court chose to narrowly examine the language of the unilateral declaration of independence. This strictly technical approach made it possible to say that the text of the declaration itself did not violate international law. The Kosovo Albanian authorities are deliberately misinterpreting the court's views as a legalization of their attempt at secession.

This may produce extensive and deeply problematic consequences for the international community. Ethnic minorities across the globe could take advantage of the opportunity to write their own declarations of independence according to the Kosovo textual template. This would put them in a position to plausibly claim that such texts sufficiently legitimize their respective acts of secession, and for their proclaimed independence to be in conformity with international law.

The inherent dangers of such a scenario must be prevented. Otherwise, the borders of every multiethnic state would be permanently threatened by secessionism, producing lasting instability throughout the world.

The court has left it up to the U.N. General Assembly to manage the political repercussions of the advisory opinion. This has been confirmed by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who stated that the General Assembly "will determine how to proceed on this matter." The forthcoming debate will therefore focus on the consequences and implications of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence in light of the court's findings.

We must ensure that the outcome of this debate makes a positive contribution to global governance. We must find a realistic approach to close the Pandora's box opened up by Pristina. The only way forward is to commence peaceful dialogue between the parties that produces a compromise, a mutually acceptable solution to all outstanding issues.

The consequence of a failure to agree on Kosovo would be the establishment of a universally applicable precedent that provides a ready-made model for unilateral secession.

Serbia is committed to working with the international community to prevent such a disastrous scenario. What we seek is an equitable outcome that both sides can embrace. This is the only way to reinforce shared priorities, to normalize relations, and to complete the democratic transformation of the Balkans into a stable, prosperous region fully integrated into the European Union.

Vuk Jeremic is foreign minister of Serbia.

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Statement by H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, at the UN Security Council Meeting, August 3, 2010


 

Former Ambassador of Japan to Serbia, Tadashi Nagai, visits the Embassy, July 22

On the occasion of being proclaimed an honorary citizen of Belgrade on June 7, former Japanese Ambassador to Serbia Mr. Nagai, accompanied by Mr. Osamu Hirashita from "Japan Planning Systems Co." and Japan-Serbia Association Member, met with Ambassador Mrkic and his associate Ms. Kovac at our Embassy in Tokyo.

We warm-heartedly congratulated Ambassador Nagai on this distinguished acknowledgment, which was given, by now, only to few high ranking foreign representatives, mostly heads of states.

Ambassador Nagai expressed his deepest gratitude for this rare privilege, making him the first Japanese to receive such honor from the Serbian capital. He announced the plans to attend the Awarding Ceremony in Belgrade on August 20, when the Mayor of Belgrade himself, Mr. Dragan Djilas, in the presence of numerous guests and media, will present him with the Charter of an Honorable Citizen of Belgrade.

 

Serbian Theater performing in Japan, July 19 – 29, 2010

Little Theatre "Duško Radović", one od the most respectable theatres in Serbia for children and young audence, will participate in several summer perfomance festivals in Japan, marking their second journey:

- the International Festival for Young Audience "Kijimuna Festa 2010" in Okinawa (July 17-25), info available at: http://www.kijimunafesta.com/
- "Otomichi 2010" Summer Festival of Granship, Shizuoka Prefecture (July 25-29), info available at: http://square.at-s.com/otomichi/

"Duško Radović" will perform play "Book of Wandering", based on the book by Serbian author Dalija Aćin. Their participation is supported by the Secretariat for Culture of City of Belgrade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Serbia and this Embassy.

For further information, please also check the web site of the Little Theater from Serbia: http://www.malopozoriste.co.rs/

 

Embassy Representative visits Ouchi Junior High School in Shimane Prefecture, July 6-7

On the invitation and in organizationby NPO "Actions for Children in Crisis" (ACC), head of Cultural Affairs Section Ms. Kovač visited Ouchi Junior High School to take part in the annual Japan-Serbia Exchange Program.

The project's goal and the activities of ACC, which has been very active in Serbia and collaborated with our Embassy on numerous occasions, aim to strenghten friendly relations between two countries and provide support for socially vunerable groups (refugees from former Yugoslavia and internally displaced persons from Kosovo-Metohia Province, etc.).

On this occasion, Ms. Kovač was given the opportunity to talk about Serbian history, cultural heritage and natural beauties. Students from all grades and teachers attended this presentation, which was followed by ACC workshop activities.

With the School Principal, Mrs. Yamaguchi, and other school teaching staff, Ms. Kovač exchanged the opinions about possibilites to continue and develop this project, and was also invited to talk more about the current social and political issues in Serbia.

Ms.Kovac with ACC and Ouchi Junior High School representatives Presentation about Serbia

 

Students check the messages from their Serbian friends