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Cooperation Agreement signed between Serbian Singidunum University and Japanese Teikyo University, June 29, 2009

The Agreement on cooperation between the Singidunum University from Belgrade and Teikyo University from Japan has been signed by the representatives of both universities at the Hachioji Campus of Teikyo University, on June 29, 2009.

On behalf of Singidunum, Prof. Dr. Nada Popovic Perisic, Dean of the Faculty for Media and Communication and Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations (in the process of establishing) has signed the Agreement on the Serbian side, while Mr. Yoshihito Okinaga, President of the Teikyo University Group, headed the Japanese side.

The Agreement envisages the exchange of students and professors, credit equivalences, joint researches and projects, as well as joint publishing activity.

The Agreement on cooperation between Singidunum and Teikyo universities is the first of its kind that has been concluded between the private universities of the two countries. It is expected to widely contribute to the scientific and educational exchange, as well as to the enhancement of bilateral relations and friendship between Serbia and Japan.


President of Teikyo University Mr. Yoshihito Okinaga greeting Professor dr Nada Popovic-Perisic from Singidunum University and Ambassador I. Mrkic


New Japanese investment in Serbia

"Asahi Food & Healthcare Co. Ltd." together with "Mitsui Co." joined hands with the American partners to start a new production in the food industry in Serbia.

President of "Asahi Food", Mr. Hikaru Kawamura, visited our Embassy with his colleague and exchanged views with our Ambassador inform about this important project, which aim to the markets in Europe, US and even Japan.


Mr. Kawamura, President of Asahi Food, and Mr. Iwato, Director of Business Planning Division, with Ambassador Mrkic and his colleagues during the meeting in the Embassy

The exhibition of Serbian photographer Nebojša Babić opens in Tokyo, May 28

In collaboration of Japan-Yugo Art Project and Gendai Heights DEN Gallery, a photo exhibition "Power" by Nebojsa Babic, one of the leading and winning phographers in Serbia, (, was introduced to the Japanese public. Apart from Japanese organizers, Mr. Babic was present to personally greet his guests and expess his gratitude for all the support.

Mr. Babic is the founder of multimedia art project O3ONE (, urban magazine "Ambijenti", Belgrade festival of new communications B-link festival ( and is a member of various professional and artistic organizations. Some of his photographs constitute a part of the permanent collection of Belgrade Museum of Applied Arts. This is his second exhibition in Tokyo.

Exhibition is opened until June 9. For details, please visit the web site (opened every day from 13.00-22.00, except Wednesdays).

Visit of the Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister of Japan, Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, to Serbia, May 23, 2009

Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is also a member of the Japan-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship League, visited Serbia on May 23, 2009.

During his stay in Belgrade, Mr. Nishimura held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Mr. Vuk Jeremic and Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Bozidar Djelic, about future bilateral cooperation in the field of political dialogue, economic relations, visa regime and many other issues.


Mr. Nishimura and Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Djelic during Press Conference


Visit of Kashiba Junior High School Students from Nara Prefecture, May 14th

Once again, we had the pleasure of hosting a high school students' visit to our Embassy. We introduced to students from Nara Prefecture our Embassy's facilities and work, showed them Serbian national costumes and other handicrafts and talked about all aspects of Serbian history, tradition and culture, they were interested in. We really had a nice time together learning something new about Serbia.


Student with Ms. Kovac during their visit to the Embassy

Contract between Japanese company "Nagai Hoshi" and Serbian Company "Agrostemin D.O.O." signed on May 13, 2009

Japanese company "Nagai Hoshi" and Serbian company "Agrostemin D.O.O." signed contract on representing this Serbian company and its product, Agrostemin, in 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.

Signing of contract between "Nagai Hoshi" and "Agrostemin D.O.O." is expected to enable export of this famous Serbian product not only to the Japanese market, but to other countries' markets as well.

Serbian participant in JICA Programme (May 11-29)

Representative of Ministry of Economy and Regional Development of Serbia, Mr. Miroslav Spasojevic, Chief of Sustainable Development Section, participated in this year's JICA Program "Energy Policy JFY 2009"

Serbia is committed to the Kyoto Protocol Agenda as developing country and is committed to follow its European counterparts in negotiations for the new, Post Kyoto agreement, expected to be reached in UNFCC Conference in Denmark in December. In regard to this policy, Serbia needs Japanese support to contribute to the protection of environment and its sustainability. JICA Program was good opportunity to exhange opinions with Japanese side on this matter.


Mr. Spasojevic with Ambassador Mrkic and his colleagues in Tokyo

Mr. Dragan Stojković Piksi, Nagoya Grampus Eight Manager, visits the Embassy, May 11

Most popular Serbian sportsman in Japan, best known by his nick name Piksi, Mr. Dragan Stojković, visited our Embassy with his spouse Snežana on May 11th. He shared his insights and impressions on his work and life following his return to Japan after several years.

Being a great player with generous and kind personality, Mr. Stojković has earned a good reputation and huge fame in Japanese public eye. He contributed greatly to Japanese soccer and his country while on the contract as a player in the 90's, and we are sure he will continue to do so in the future in the new role of manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight Club.


Mr. & Mrs. Stojković with Ambassador Mrkić and Embassy’s staff

Serbian participant awarded at the International Coin Design Competition in Tokyo, May 1st

Ms. Aleksandra Stokic from Serbia was awarded for her design of the coin on the theme "The International Year of Astronomy 2009" in the International Coin Design Competition organized by Japan Mint. 67 works competed from more than 10 countries.

It is the third award for Ms. Stokic in this competition, which she received at the award ceremony on May 1st in Tokyo.

The representatives from mints of Canada, Ukraine, Australia, diplomatic corps and our Embassy were also present at the ceremony.

Ms. Stokić with Mr. Shinhara Yoshiake, Director of Japan Mint, and Ms. Aleksandra Kovač from the Embassy
Awarded coin design of Ms. Stokić on display


Visit of H.E. Mr. Božidar Djelić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, to Japan (April 13-18, 2009)

During his official stay, Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Djelić had a range of meetings aimed at enhancing bilateral economic and scientific cooperation and strenghtening political dialogue between our two countries.

Deputy Prime Minister Djelic talked with governmental officials and high representatives about possibilites of closer cooperation in the various projects in Serbia, seeking their support and opinion on issues of mutual interest. He also informed Japanese counterparts about the current political and economic situation in Serbia, attractive opportunities for bigger Japanese investments and ongoing initiatives in the field of trade, science and overall bilateral cooperation.

Deputy Prime Minister's schedule also included talks with Japanese business circles.

H.E. Mr. Djelic had encountered a warm welcome in Osaka by Honorary Consul Mr. Naohide Ueyama and his associates. With their kind support, Deputy Prime Minister held a presentation on economic sitation in Serbia during Serbian Business Seminar organized for this occasion in Osaka Chamber of Commerce on April 15, which attracted attention of many leading Japanese companies and media.

Having also in mind the importance of Japan as a leader in the field of science and advanced techologies, H.E. Mr. Bozidar Djelic visited two highly valued national institutes, that nurture long and fruitful cooperation with our distinguished scientists and experts: the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Gifu Prefecture and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

H.E. Mr. Djelic met with his counterparts from renowned universities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Keio and was given an opportunity to give a lecture on Serbian and European Integration at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

H.E. Mr. Djelic and Ambassador Mrkic with I. Aisawa, President of the Parliamentary League Japan - Serbia, Ambassador T. Togo, President of Japan - Serbia Associtaion and Mr. K. Yoneda, Chairman of the Board of the Association
Meeting with H.E. Ms. Akiko Santo, Vice President of the House of Councillors
H.E. Mr. Djelic with Prof. dr Ken Matsuzawa, President of Aoyama Gakuin University, and his associates
Lecture at Aoyama Gakuin University
Meeting with H.E. Ms. Seiko Noda, Minister of State for Science, Technology Policy and Food Safety
With H.E. Mr. Toshio Yamauchi, Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Meeting with H.E. Mr. Takamori Yoshikawa, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Meeting with H.E. Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
Delegation visited the Honorary Consulate General of Serbia in Osaka, headed by Mr. Naohide Ueyama
Presentation at the Serbia Business Seminar in Osaka Chamber of Commerce
With the President of Tokyo University Prof. dr Junichi Hamada
With Prof. dr Shuzo Nishimura, Vice President of Kyoto University
Visit to NIFS Heaquarters in Gifu Prefecture with its Director General Prof. dr Akio Komori, Prof. dr Milos Skoric and their colleagues
Meeting with Prof. dr Akira Ono, Vice President of AIST, and his associates
Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Djelic and the Embassy representatives with Dr. Hideki Imai, Director of RCIS, Prof. dr Miodrag Mihaljevic and their colleagues
Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Djelic and delegation with Mr. Dragan Stojkovic - Piksi, Manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight Football Club


Serbian children awarded at "The 16th Annual World Children's Picture Contest"

On March 27th, among close to 52,000 applicants from 68 countries, four Serbian children - Nenad Kuzmanovski, Dejana Bukazić, Marko Molnar and Kristina Jovanović - were awarded for their pictures at this event organized by charitable organization IE-NO-HIKARI Association.

Embassy representatives from each awarded country were invited to attend the award ceremony in Tokyo.

Serbian artists from Vojvodina region exhibit in Tokyo, March 23 - 31

Japanese organization "Japan Yugo Art Project" together with Serbian curator Stepanov, galleries Toki Art Space and Den, hosted two exhibitions of seven representative visual artists from Vojvodina region for the first time, curated by Mr. Sava Stepanov from "Golden Eye Gallery" in Novi Sad.

Mr. Stepanov, together with Ms. Vesna Latinovic, Art Manager of "Bel Art Gallery" were guests at the opening. In his address, Mr. Stepanov expressed gratitude for this opportunity to present

The first installation of "Visual Art in Vojvodina" exhibition was opened in Toki Art Space from March 23-29, followed by the other in Gallery Den ( from March 26 - 31.

Serbian Fair and Serbian night held in Tokyo, March 20 - 31

This March, Serbia Cultural Exchange Association (, supported by the Embassy of Serbia in Japan and the company "Adria International Co. Ltd.", decided to open again Serbian Charity Fair, that offered a wide variety of best quality Serbian wines, spirits, home made fruit preserves, traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.

On this occasion, the organizers hosted two events:

  1. special sales day for Serbian goods (up to 50%), on March 20 - 22 and March 28 - 29;
  2. Serbian Night, March 26, open for all interested people. Entrance fee is 3000 yen and the application deadline is March 20.

Serbia - Japan art collaboration works exhibited in Bumpodo Gallery

On March 16, Japanese organization "Japan Yugo Art Project" together with Bumpodo Gallery ( in Tokyo opened an exhibition of works from the collection of Iwano Atelier, that was first held in the Fukui City Museum of Arts 2 years ago.

It included art works produced during years of cooperation between Mr. Heizaburo Iwano, one of the three best known specialists for hand made washi paper in Japan, and the Serbian artists. Every year, at the international art workshops organized by ";The Iwano Project" in Serbia, artists create using Iwano's hand made paper.


Film by director Kusturica to be screened in Tokyo

Japanese company "Desperado" will be bringing in the middle of spring a new movie by Emir Kusturica "Promise me this" to Tokyo's Cinema Rise in Shibuya, where the filmmaker showed his famous movie "Underground" more than 10 years ago. His new work will then be shown around Japan. For the program details, please check the website

Study visit of Mr. Jovan Ratković, Foreign Policy Adviser to the Serbian President, to Japan (March 11 - 18)

On invitation by the Japanese government, Mr. Jovan Ratković, Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Boris Tadić, took participation in this year program "Leaders in the next generations", held for representatives from eight countries of South and Eastern Europe.

During the program, Mr. Ratković attended various seminars and lecture on political and economic situation in Japan by distinguished governmental representatives.

He also informed Japanese and other counterparts about political situation in Serbia at the Opinion Exchange session on the first day of the program and during his separately held talks with Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, President of Parlamentary League of Japan - Serbia Friendship, and Mr. Yasuaki Tanizaki, Director General for Europe at the MOFA.

Foreign Policy Advisor Mr. J. Ratkovic with Mr. I. Aisawa,President of Parlamentary League of Japan - Serbia Friendship
Foreign Policy Advisor Mr. J. Ratkovic with Mr. Yasuaki Tanizaki, Director General for Europe at the MOFA

Serbian ceramic artist presents her works in Seto City Museum of Arts

From March 7 to April 12, Seto City Museum of Arts in Aichi Prefecture ( is having a joint exhibition of works by this year's participants in Seto International Ceramic & Glass Exchange Programe 2008-2009. Ms. Lana Tikvesa, Serbian ceramic artist and Assistant Professor at the Applied Arts Faculty, University of Arts in Belgrade, who had the opportunity to be a part of this program, will also have her works presented.

Serbian participation at FOODEX 2009, March 3 - 7

Following the positive experience in Serbia's participation in last year's fair with its first solo stand, six Serbian companies ("Sicoberry", "IGDA Impex", "Elixir Food", "Frigo Grand", "Sirogojno Company" and "Wine Cellar Jelić"), supported by Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) and this Embassy, had the pleasure of exhibiting their line of products to many interested Japanese and foreign visitors and companies.

Among 2400 exhibitors from various countries in FOODEX 2009 (March 3 - 7), Serbia presented its fruit, mushroom and wine selection, that had gained international attention and awards, establishing also good business cooperation around the world. On this occasion, Ambassador Mrkić attended the opening ceremony with other distinguished guests from Japanese and foreign governments and diplomatic corps.

As a part of our efforts to promote Serbian industry in Japan, Embassy hosted a coctail for Serbian participants and Japanese companies on March 2nd.

Opening ceremony
Ambassador Mrkic with former President of  Poland Lech Walesa
Conversation with Mr. Jozsef Graf, Hungary's minister of agriculture and  regional development
Serbian participants and Embassy’s representative at the stand
Cocktail Reception at the Embassy

Annual Assembly and Merging of two Friendship Associations

On February 24, Japan - Serbia Exchange Association held its fifth Annual assembly and reception in our Embassy.

It was announced that the Association has reached an agreement of merging with the oldest Japan - Serbia Friendship Association. Following that decision, the leadership agreed to take the official name "Japan - Serbia Association" for the friendship society and to enlarge the Board of Directors with new members.

After the plenary meeting for the members, President of the Association, H.E. Dr. Takehiro Togo, President of the Board Mr. Kenzo Yoneda and ambassador of Serbia to Japan, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, greeted the guests. The new Board Members, Mr. Owada, former Ambassador of Japan to Serbia, Prof. Iwata from Tokyo International University, Prof. Abe from Meiji University and Mr. Osamu, President of JPS Company, were introduced to the guests.

After the toast by Board Director and Honorary Consul General of Serbia, Mr. Ueyama, guests had the opportunity to enjoy some Serbian traditional food and spirits.

Leadership of Japan - Serbia Association (from left): President Mr. Togo, Mr. Owada, Prof. Iwata and Prof. Abe
Ambassador Mrkic and Mr. Hirashita, new Board Director and Project Leader of Installation of Nikola Tesla's Bust in TEPCO Museum in Yokohama
Members of the Association during the gathering
Honorary Consul General of Serbia, Mr. Ueyama, giving the toast
Guest during the food reception


National Day of the Republic of Serbia celebrated at the Embassy, February 16, 2009

On February 16, the Embassy organized its annual reception on the occasion of Serbian National Day known as "Sretenje" which is formally commemorated as public holiday on February 15.

This year we had more than four hundred distinguished guests joining us in the celebration. Representatives from Japanese political, business, academic, cultural circles and media, foreign diplomatic missions and Serbian expatriate community enjoyed in our traditional cuisine and music, performed by Japanese guitarist Mr. Shimodate.

Upper House Vice President Akiko Santo greets with Embassy's representatives
H.E. Mr. & Mrs. Mrkić with Mr. K. Yoneda, Chairman of Board of Directors of Japan-Serbia Exchange Association, and his colleague
Japan-Serbia Exchange Association (from right) - President Mr. T. Togo, Member of Board of Directors Ms. A. Igaya and Association Member Mr. Y. Wada
Ambassador and his wife with Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, the President of The Nippon Foundation, and Tatsuya Tanami, Executive Director and Special Assistant to the Chairman
Ambassador with H.E. Mr. Koichi Haraguchi, Grand Master of Ceremonies, and H.E. Archbishop Alberto Bottari de Castello
Ambassador and his wife with H.E. Mr. Ashraf-ud-Doula from People's Republic of Bangladesh
Mrs. Fumiko Tottori, mother of Princess Takamado
Introducing Mr. Shimodate, who played some Serbian national songs
Waiting for guests - Ms.Tijana Zdravković, Mr. Marko Mrkić and Ms. Aleksandra Kovač
Serbian traditional cuisine was a popular demand
We introduced some of Serbian specialties at the Reception


Visit by Kuki Junior High School students, February 10

Group of students of "Kuki Junior High School" from Saitama Prefecture visited the Embassy, as a part of their Studies for International Understanding. In lively conversation on various topics with Ms. Kovač, in charge of cultural affairs, students had the opportunity to hear more about Serbian education system, traditions, sports and cuisine.

Ambassador visits Teikyo University, February 6

Ambassador Mrkić met with Mr. Y. Okinaga, the President of Teikyo University, in Tokyo to discuss the possibilities of strengthening academic cooperation through joint projects and exchange programs with private universities in Serbia.

Teikyo University was established in 1930's in Tokyo and has branch offices in USA, Great Britain and Asian countries. Japanese university with such a good reputation and wide international academic network as this one, is seen as a valuable experience and an important partner to a still young private university sector in Serbia.

Taking into the account that Mr. Kenzo Yoneda, Chairman of the Governing Board of Japan - Serbia Friendship Association, is also a Professor of International Relations at Teikyo University, the cooperation between our universities would definitely contribute more to the friendship between Serbia and Japan.

Theatrical performance of Serbian play in Tokyo

“Black Tent Theater”, an avant-guarde performance group from Japan, is planning to introduce a work of famed Serbian author, Ljubomir Simović, to audience in their Tokyo-based theater in October (from 8th till 18th). The play, known as "The Travelling Troupe Šopalović", is a successful and long running and has been performed numerous times in Serbia and around the world, ever since it was written in 1985.

We had a pleasure to hear more about this project and theatrical ties in general between our two countries during the visit of Black Tent representative, Mr. Hiroyuki Muneshige, to the Embassy. Mr. Muneshige has recently come back from Serbia, where he spent several months researching about contemporary performance art, which would help to a better understanding of Serbian culture in Japan.

Ambassador Mrkić toured statue of Nikola Tesla in TEPCO Museum in Yokohama, January 29th

On invitation by the Group of Support of Tesla's Deeds and TEPCO Museum, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkić visited the museum and bronze bust tribute to Nikola Tesla, Serbian scientist and innovator, which was presented to the public last June (see the link). Ambassador Mrkić also met with their representatives Mr. O. Hirashita and Director Y. Haraguchi, as well with representatives of Japan - Serbia Exchange Association - President T. Togo and Vice President Y. Hamada, and former Ambassador of Japan in Belgrade Mr. T. Nagai.

Museum Director Haraguchi expressed his gratitude for the support of our Embassy, stressing the importance of the establishment of Tesla's statue for the strenghtening of mutual relations and public awarness of Tesla's achievement. This is especially due to the fact that it is the only statue among 16 famous electricity scientists, whose work is part of Museum's exhibition. More than 30.000 people visit this Museum every year, among which the representatives of Imperial family and governmental institutions.

Ambassador Mrkić presented to Mr. Haraguchi the envelope "First Day", issued in 2007 on the occasion of Emperor's 74th birthday and of marking 125th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic correspondance between King of Serbia, Milan I Obrenović, and Meiji the Emperor of Japan.

Ambassador Nagai also gave a valuable present to the Museum - Egg of Columbus, one of Tesla's inventions, announcing that he will give one to our Embassy to commemorate our cooperation on this project.

Serbian and Japanese representatives at the Museum From left: Ms. Takahashi, Mr. Togo, Ms. Kovac, Ms. Hamada, H.E. Mr. Mrkic, H.E. Mr. Nagai, Mrs. Jankovic, Mr. Tatalovic, Mr. Hirashita, Mr. Haraguchi

H.E. Mr. Mrkic with H.E. Mr. Nagai and Mr. Hirashita in front of the Tesla's statue
Present from H.E. Mr. Nagai to the Museum - Columbus Egg


Renowned Serbian cardiologists Dr Ostojić and Dr Nedeljković at CCT International Congress in Kobe, January 29th - January 31st

Two Serbian specialists from Clinical Center of Serbia, Prof. Dr. Miodrag Ostojić and Prof. Dr Milan Nedeljković, visited Japan again to participate at this year's International Congress "CCT 2009 Complex Cardiovascular Therapeutics" in Kobe, from January 29th till January 31st.

They participated in the last year's "CCT 2008 Complex Catheter Therapeutics" when Dr. Ostojić, President of Cardiology Society of Serbia, Member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Head of Department of Cardiology, gave a presentation at Congress in Kobe, sharing his experiences in cardiovascular treatment in Serbia.


Elementary school students visit our Embassy, January 27th

We had a pleasure to meet a group of young Japanese students, who were eager to learn more about Serbia, its world heritage, traditional food, customs, sports and educational system.

Our Embassy is usually a subject of interest of high schools from around Japan, which are more involved with international exchange and foreign cultures, so we were excited to meet even younger generations, also curious and determined to contribute to the friendship between our countries.

We had very enjoyable and fun time together and are looking forward to meet other visitors in the near future.


Serbian artist participates at the Seto International Ceramic & Glass Exchange Programe 2008-2009

Ms. Lana Tikveša, Serbian ceramic artist and Assistant Professor at the Applied Arts Faculty, University of Arts in Belgrade, is participating in this year's Seto International Ceramic & Glass Exchange Programe 2008-2009, Part 2 (January 7th - February 28th), organized by Seto City Cultural Foundation. This is another artist from Serbia, invited to be in this program, along with Prof. Velimir Vukičević from University of Arts in Belgrade who participated in 2007.

Ms. Tikveša gave a lecture on January 16th in the Seto City Cultural Center on Serbian contemporary ceramics from 1990-2008.

For details regarding the lecture and other activities planned during the program, please see the inclosed leaflet (Japanese language only).