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Main Events

Lecture on Serbia at the International School in Tokyo

On December 17, 2009, First Counselor of the Embassy Mrs. Snezana Jankovic gave lecture on Serbia to the students of the International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH) in Tokyo.

The students were introduced with the history of Serbia, genesis of the conflicts in the territory of the former Yugoslavia, as well as with the Serbian position regarding the unilaterally proclaimed secession of Kosovo and Metohija and with the integration process of the Western Balkan region in the European Union.

 

Stage-reading of Serbian play "Tracks" by Milena Marković, December 16 & 19

Japanese Centre of the International Theatre Institute/UNESCO presented a play "Tracks" ("Šine") by Milena Marković, as a part of the stage-reading project "Contemporary Theatre in Balkan Peninsula – Theatre in Trouble Spot".

The event, planned to mark "Japan-Danube Friendship Year 2009", has been supported by Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japanese Government and our Embassy, and was held at the Theatre Iwato in Tokyo.

 

Ambassador Mrkić hosts dinner for organizers of Autumn Harvest Fair in Yokohama

On the occasion of the successful opening of first Serbian booth at the traditional Autumn Harvest Fair in Yokohama this autumn, Ambassador Mrkic and his wife hosted a "Thank You" dinner for our friends and benefactors, who were involved in the organization of this event.

Japanese guests - Mr. Kenzo Yoneda, Chairman of Board of Japan-Serbia Association, Director of "Toagas" Mr. Toshio Tanabe with his wife and son, member of the Yokohama Autumn Harvest Fair Organizing Committee Mr. Tsuruta with his wife, and Mr. Mori, Mr. Tanabe's associate - were served with hand made Serbian specialities, wine and spirits.

For details about the Autumn Harvest Fair in Yokohama, please see the following link.

Hosts, Ambassador Mrkic and his wife, with Japanese guests (Mr. Yoneda, Mr. Tanabe, Mr. Tsuruta with his wifes and family members and Mr. Mori) and colleagues at the dinner held in our Embassy

 

NGO "Actions For Children in Crisis" Christmas Charity Fair in Tokyo, December 6

ACC organization held their annual Christmas Charity Fair in Tokyo, selling the hand made products by internally displaced women from Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija.

According to ACC Director Ms. Matsunaga, this year's Fair was visited by many people. Serbian artifacts also drew a lot of attention, which resulted in attracting a valuable support and new collaboration with other Japanese charity and non-profit organizations.

The representatives of ACC are planning another trip to Serbia in February next year to continue with their programs of support for refugees, elderly and orphans in Belgrade and other cities.

 

Representatives of Kanagawa TV visit Embassy

Ms. Etsuko Iwata and Ms. Ikuyo Azuma from Kanagawa TV, together with the member of the Yokohama Autumn Harvest Fair Organizing Committee, Mr. Tsuruta, visited our Embassy to discuss about current and future collaboration in the media promotion of Serbia.

Kanagawa TV, which covers a wide area of Kanagawa Prefecture with around 10 million viewers, was a major broadcaster at the Autumn Harvest Fair in Yokohama. The popularity of Serbian booth, the only foreign exhibitor at the Fair, grew also as a result of Kanagawa TV's support, which broadcasted the performance of Serbian national dancers from Ensemble "Kolo" at the main stage.

Ambassador Mrkić and his colleagues with representatives of Kanagawa TV and Mr. Tsuruta

 

"F-Commu" interviews Ambassador Mrkić

Japanese company "Sedna Corporation" interviewed Ambassador Mrkic for its veb content "F-commu", which focuses on the talk about the country and profession to which the guest belongs.

This project includes series of inteviews with the heads of diplomatic missions in Tokyo. It is intended to introduce foreign cultures and various careers of their guests to the younger generations in Japan.

To see the videocast of the interview (by Quick Time), please click on the following links. 
http://career-finders.net/images/videocast/file_video/Sno92.mp4
http://career-finders.net/images/videocast/file_video/Sno93.mp4
http://career-finders.net/images/videocast/file_video/Sno94.mp4
http://career-finders.net/images/videocast/file_video/Sno95.mp4

To download the software of Quick Time for free http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/.

 

Serbia participates in Charity Fair "International Ikebana Fair", December 1

Once again, Serbian Embassy participated in this year's bigest annual International Charity Fair and Ikebana Exhibition, held in Tokyo Prince Hotel on December 01. In this event, supported by its Honorary President H.I.H. Princess Takamado, many foreign countries presented their products and delicacies. Our booth was visited by many guests, which showed a lot of interest in our country, its beauties and various products, that were on sale.

During her visit to our booth, H.I.H. Princess Takamado showed her interest in some of Serbian traditional food. Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, the wife of the Ambassador, presented to H.I.H. Princess Takamado the postal stamps, issued 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 the Emperor of Japan.

The event has been widely reported in the press and TV channels.

Ambassador’s wife Mrs. Mrkic with H.I.H. Princess Takamado at the Serbian booth Representatives of Serbian Embassy at the booth (from left: Mrs. Milic, Ms. Kovac and Ms. Takahashi)

 

Mrs. Mrkic with the colleagues from the Embassy Serbian food, spirits and souvenirs for sale at the Fair

 

Second JATA Study Tour in Serbia, November 25-27

After succesfull visit of tourism representatives from Japan to Serbia, Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA) decided to organize for their members a second tour across Danube countries.

Tourism Agency of Serbia was the main host of their stay. In Belgrade, a seminar for Serbian travel agents and other representatives from tourism sector was organized, in the course of which Japanese guests had the opportunity to introduce their know-how and give valuable advices aiming to increase the number of Japanese tourists in Serbia.

 

JETRO Mission visits Serbia, November 18-20

In a joint organization of Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO), SIEPA, Embassy of Japan in Belgrade and our Embassy, a delegation of JETRO and Japanese companies’ representatives visited Serbia to find out more about the business environment and investment opportunities.

On this occasion, the Embassy of Japan in Serbia hosted the seminar on foreign investment climate in Serbia with speakers, such as Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Bozidar Djelic and representatives from SIEPA, City of Belgrade and Foreign Investors Council.

Japanese delegation also visited several factories around Serbia and met with their management.

Seminar JETRO in the premises of Japanese Embassy in Belgrade JETRO delegation during the visit to factory facility in Kragujevac

 

Serbia participates in Christmas Charity Fair ILBS, November 28

Our Embassy parcitipated in organization and preparation of the hand made products sale at the Christmas Charity fair, hosted by International Ladies Benevolent Society in Tokyo.

This society is known for its world wide support of the children and socially groups. Some of its representatives has already visited and extended help for the Serbian community in Kosovo and Metohia province.

 

Luncheon with Ms. Akiko Santo, Vice President of the House of Councillors, November 17

On the invitiation by Ms. Akiko Santo, Vice President of the House of Councillors, extended to one number of spouses of the Diplomatic Chiefs of Missions in Tokyo, Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, wife of the Ambassador, participated at the luncheon and cultural exchange event at the Official Residence of Vice President Ms. Santo.

The guests talked about their countries' cultural heritage, customs and differences, and were presented with the "temari" ball by their host.

Ms. Santo presents Mrs. Mrkić with temari in the colors of Serbian flag Mrs. Mrkić with the host and guest (among which were Ms. Okada, the wife of MOFA Okada, and spouses of other foreign Ambassadors in Tokyo)

 

His Holiness Mr. Pavle, the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, passed away

We have learned, with deep sorrow, that His Holiness Mr. Pavle, the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, has passed away on Sunday, the 15th of November in Belgrade, at the age of 95.

Serbian people lost its spiritual leader, whose life testified the highest moral values and philantropy.

His Holiness Mr. Pavle was the 44th Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who held the position for almost 19 years.

Our Embassy opened the Book of Condolences for signing on Wednesday, November 18th, and Thursday, November 19th, 2009.

The Book of Condolences opened in the Embassy


Embassy's prize awarded to the naive artist in Japan

On the occasion of the opening of the 35th annual exhibition of Japanese Naive Art Society, held on the Culture Day in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Musem, ambassador Mrkić and Head of Cultural Section Ms. Kovač participated in the event, along with two Vice Presidents of Japan - Serbia Friendship Society, Ms. Hamada and Prof. Shiba, and some other members of the Board of Directors.

Ambassador Mrkić gave a speech and presented an "Award of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Japan" to Ms. Eiko Nagata. This is the first time our Embassy was honored to give a prize to the Japanese naive artist, while other awards are given by various institutions (MEXT, Tokyo Government, museums…) and companies like JAL.

Earlier that day Prof.Shiba held a lecture on Naive Art in Serbia and the representatives of Japanese Naive Art Society organized a presentation about their recent trip and exhibitions in Serbia.

Ambassador Mrkic presents the award to Ms. Nagata at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

 

Serbian Booth at the Autumn Harvest Fair in Yokohama

This year Serbia participated for the first time at the annual "Autumn Harvest Fair" in the center of Yokohama as the only foreign exhibitor among 100 participants from Japan.

This was a great opportunity to promote delicious food products and wines from our country, as well as culture and tourism. Our presence was strongly supported by Prof. Kenzo Yoneda, President of the Board of Directors of Japan - Serbia Friendship Association, and his colleagues Mr. Toshio Tanabe, President of "Toagas Co." as well as by Mr. Riichiro Tsuruta.

Ambassador Mrkić, his family and other Embassy's colleagues with their families participated in the event and worked, alongside Serbian volunteers, at the stand to promote our country. Ambassador and First Counsellor Ms. Janković also greeted the visitors.

The dance and singing perfomances of Ms. Anđelka Petrović and Ms. Milica Miladinović from Serbian National Folk Ensemble "Kolo" attracted a great number of visitors to our booth, and was even broadcasted on the regional TV Kanagawa. Prefectural Governor Mr. Shigefumi Matsuzawa also came to Serbian stand.

The visitors had also an opportunity to see a demonstration of the invention by Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla, "Colombus Egg".

Ambassador Mrkic with his family, Embassy representatives, Japanese organizers Mr. Tanabe and Mr. Tsuruta, Serbian and Japanese volunteers and two guests from Ensemble "Kolo" in front of Serbian Booth in Yokohama Fair Ms. Anđelka Petrović and Ms. Milica Miladinović from Serbian National Folk Ensemble "Kolo" welcoming visiters in front of Serbian map and boot

 



Deputy Head of the Embassy, Mrs. S. Jankovic, addresses the guests Prof. Kenzo Yoneda, President of the Board of Directors of Japan - Serbia Friendship Association, addresses the guests

 

Ms. Anđelka Petrović and Ms. Milica Miladinović from Serbian National Folk Ensemble "Kolo"


Official visit of H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, Foreign Minister of Serbia, to Japan

Serbian Foreign Minister Mr. Vuk Jeremić visited Tokyo on the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Katsuya Okada, from October 29th to 30th, 2009. It was the first official visit to Japan of Foreign Minister of the Republic of Serbia, which marked the significant moment in our 127 years long bilateral relations.

During his stay, Foreign Minister Mr. Jeremić had a range of meetings aimed at enhancing bilateral political and economic cooperation between our two countries.

Apart from official talks and dinner with Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Katsuya Okada, program of the visit included talks with President of JICA Mrs. Sadako Ogata, signing the Joint Statement with Deputy President of JBIC Mr. Yoshiko Morita, receptions by Upper House President H.E. Mr. Satsuki Eda and Lower House Speaker H.E. Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi and meeting with the Honorary Consul General of Serbia in Osaka Mr. Naohide Ueyama.

Serbian Foreign Minister Mr. Vuk Jeremic meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Katsuya Okada Official talks in the "Iikura House" between two Ministers, Mr. Jeremic and Mr. Okada

 

Serbian Foreign Minister Mr. Jeremic meets with H.E. Mr. Satsuki Eda, President of the House of Councillors of Parliament of Japan Serbian Foreign Minister Mr. Jeremic meets with H.E. Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi, President of the House of Representatives of Parliament of Japan

 

Serbian Foreign Minister Mr. Jeremic and JBIC President Mr. Morita at the signing ceremony of the Joint Statement on Mutual Cooperation of Environmental Protection and Climate Change Serbian Foreign Minister Mr. Jeremic with JICA President Madam Ogata in JICA HQ in Tokyo


Serbian translators awarded for the work on "Kojiki"

The Japanese Society of Translation presented an award to the team of translators from Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, headed by well-known translator Mr. Hiroshi Yamasaki Vukelić, for their translation of the representative work of Japanese literature "Kojiki".

Mr. Yamasaki Vukelić, who came from Serbia for this occasion, received the award and made a speech during the award ceremony in Tokyo.


Photo Exhibition "Portraits of Serbia" opened in Tokyo

Japanese Photographer Haruo Matsuya, who visited Serbia several times, exhibited his impressions on Serbia in the photos and videos at Tokyo's "Up Field Gallery".

Head of Cultural Section Ms. Kovač greeted the guests at the opening, expressing gratitude for his impressive works which celebrate Serbian people and its historical heritage.


Japanese performance of "The Šopalović Traveling Theater" held in Tokyo

The work by outstanding Serbian writer and member of the Academy of Serbia Mr. Ljubomir Simović was performed in Tokyo's "Theatre Iwato" by the Japanese theater company "Black Tent". This is the very first time that a theatrical troupe from Japan presented such a significant and awarded drama, which left an imprint in the contemporary theatre in Serbia. For this purpose the whole text of the play was translated into Japanese.

The play was directed by Mr. Prosper Diss, French theater director.

The project was supported by Japan Foundation and our Embassy. We are delighted that, after touring in various parts of the world, &"The Šopalović Travelling Theater" has reached Tokyo as well.

 

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science Mr. Božidar Đelić participated in the Science and Technology Forum, October 4-6

Mr. Božidar Đelić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic of Serbia, participated in the annual Science and Technology in Society Forum, held on 4-6 October, 2009 in Kyoto.

During the Forum, Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Đelić anSerbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science Mr. Božidar Đelić participated in the Science and Technology Forumd State Secretary Ms. Snežana Pajović met with the representatives of MEXT and AIST from Japan, as well as numerous dignitaries from other countries, participating in the event.

 

Mr. Božidar Đelić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technology


Serbian Tennis Women Players Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic took part in 26th PPO Tennis Tournament in Tokyo

In the final of the Pan Pacific Open, 24-year-old 7th-seeded #8 (former #1) Jelena Jankovic won the second place. In the match with Maria Sharapova, Jelena retired due to a right arm injury winning the second prize. Ana Ivanovic finished at 11th place.

Ambassador I. Mrkić and Serbian football coach of Nagoya Grampus Eight Team, Mr. Dragan Stojković Piksi, attended the tournament with their families and colleagues, cheering for our best tennis players.

 

Ambassador, his wife and colleague with Serbian Coach Mr. Stojkovic and his family in the semi-final tennis match of Ms. Jankovic in Tokyo

 

130th Anniversary of birth of famous Serbian scientist Milanković celebrated in the Embassy

Following the decision of the Government of Serbia to mark 130 years since the birth of one of the world's most significant scientists and geophysicists, Milutin Milanković, a Serbian, the Embassy organized a reception on September 24 in Tokyo, remembering his astonishing achievements.

In addressing the guests, Ambassador Mrkić underlined the importance of Milanković’s work, whose contributions to the world of science are considered as indispensable. Representatives of our friendship associations, Japanese academic and scientific circles, our students and other guests had the opportunity to enjoy the presentation on Milanković's life and research, followed by coctail and musical performance.

On this occasion, Ms. Kovač, Head of the Embassy's Cultural Section, gave the interview for Serbian TV "F Magazine" in which she talked about the historical links between our two countries and bilateral cultural cooperation.

Ambassador Mrkic addresses the guests
Presentation on Milankovic by Ms. Zdravkovic and Mr. Milic
Serbian food

 

Sbian scientist M. Milankovic
At the reception
During the presentation


The representatives of Serbian folklore "Kolo" visit Japan

We were happy to greet in our premises Mr. Tetsuo Masunaga from "Folklore Report" and Serbian delegation from state traditional dance ansamble "Kolo" (www.kolo.rs), headed by Director Radojica Kuzmanović. Their visit is of preparatory nature, ahead of the Japanese tour of Serbian most famous "Kolo" dance group in 2010.

We learned more about the ongoing preparations and program of the concerts, which will be organized in February and March 2009 in various cities throughout the country.

The Embassy will continue with its support to this important event and invites all our friends, colleagues and interested parties to the "Kolo" performances next year.

 


Serbia participates at the JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel Fair

For the fourth 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 tourism institutions and agencies, media and diplomatic corps.

The representatives of the Tourism Organization of Serbia (TOS) and of the Tourism Organization of Belgrade (TOB) introduced diverse touristic offers from Serbia, focusing on the tourist attractions in the vicinity of Danube river. This year our booth joined other European countries around Danube river, as the initiative supported and promoted by the main organizer JATA.

TOS representative, Mr. Rolović, also had the opportunity to introduce the tourist strategy and priorities of Serbia at the seminar on Danube countries on September 18th, underlining its positive effects and the increase in number of Japanese tourists to our country.

 

Serbian participant from the Commission for Protection of Competition in JICA Seminar

Ms. Vesna Džagić, Head of Restrictive Agreements Assesment Department of the the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia, is participating in JICA Seminar on Cometition Law and Policy, from August 19 to September 19, 2009.

This course is a part of technical assistance of Japan to Serbia, held in Osaka and Tokyo. During her stay in Tokyo, Ms. Džagić met with Ambassador Mrkić and Third Secretary Ms. Kovač to share some of her experiences and opinions on the cooperation with Japan.

Pursuant to the current Serbian Law on Protection of Competition (came into force on September 23, 2006), Commission for Protection of Competition has been set up as an independent and autonomous authority in the capacity of legal entity, located in Beograd and responsible for its activities to the National Parliament. For more information about Serbian Competition Commission, please click here.

Ambassador  Mrkić and Ms. Kovač with Ms. Džagić


Serbian Opera Singer performs in Tokyo

We had a pleasure to learn that Ms. Mila Vilotijević, soprano opera singer from Serbia, came to Japan to perform this September in two famous operas by renowned Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi: Aida and Don Carlos.

Ms. Vilotijević is a member of La Scala from Milan – one of the most distinguished opera houses in the world. Ms. Vilotijević had already been introduced to Japan during her previous tours here. This time she also visited our Embassy.

Ambassador Mrkić and Ms. Kovač with Ms. Vilotijević


Ambassador's visit to Waseda University, September 8

Ambassador Mrkic and Third Secretary Kovac met with Prof. Katsuhiko Shirai, President of Waseda University, Prof. Masataka Ota, Vice President, and their colleagues from University's International Affairs Division Director Shinichi Adachi and Mr. Tsutomu Harada.

They exchange views on the possibilities of future cooperation regarding the high level official's visit expected this year. They also reaffirmed the wish to continue the on-going academic cooperation and student exchange between Waseda University and University of Belgrade, established in 2005.


Movie "Maradona" by Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica to be shown in Japan

New movie by renowned film director, Emir Kusturica, whose previous work "Promise me this" ("Zavet" in Serbian) was released last year in cinemas in Tokyo and across Japan, will be coming to cinema in Shibuya and then to dozen more in the country in December 2009.

The preview of the movie, portraying the famous Argentinian football player Diego Maradona, was shown on August 31 in IMAGICA Center in Tokyo. Ambassador Mrkic and Head of Cultural Affairs Section Ms. Kovac attended the preview and met with the representatives of film distribution company and others involved in this project.

 

Serbian team in Okinawa Karate-do World Tournament, August 14-16

Seven members of Serbian team, headed by Mr. Vladimir Popovic, took part in this year's tournament in the traditional Okinawa sport of karate-do, among 43 countries and over 900 other participants. In this event, held in Okinawa's capital Naha, Okinawa karate-do master from Serbia, Mr. Nebojsa Baba, was placed among 16 best in the world.

Ambassador Mrkic with his colleague Ms. Kovac, who were invited to support the tournament, met with Serbian karate-do players and congratulated them for the achievements and zealous work. They were also guests at the Welcome party on August 15 organized by Okinawa karate-do Association, which has been nurturing a long relation and friendship with Mr. Popovic and our country. Ambassador Mrkić addressed the gathering. The speeches by the President of the Association Mr. Nobuhide Asato and Prof. Shigeru Takamiyagi, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Society for the Advancement of the Traditional Okinawan karate, were very moving and full of warm emotions extended to Serbia and its people.

Ambassador and Mr. Popovic, together with their colleagues and Okinawa karate-do Association representatives, had the opportunity to meet on separate occasions with H.E. Mr. Hirokazu Nakaima, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, and Mr. Tomokazu Takamine, President of daily paper "Ryukyu Shimpo".

Ambassador Mrkić, Mr. Popovic, Ms. Kovac and representatives of Okinawa karate-do Association with Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima
Ambassador Mrkić and the President of Ryukyu Shimpo Tomokazu Takamine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ambassador Mrkić greeting the public at the Opening Ceremony

 

Serbian team at the Opening Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Team leader and Coach Mr. Vladimir Popović introduces his team members at the Welcome Ceremony in Naha (Mr. Nebojša Baba, Ms. Tatjana Zakić, Mr. Dejan Tadić, Mr. Vladimir Borzanović, Mr. Gale Vujović, Mr. Nemanja Petrović, Mr. Hisashi Yamasaki)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador's participation at Mayors for Peace Conference in Nagasaki, August 7-9th

Nagasaki this year too commemorated its victims (150.000 altogether), who died in the atomic bombing on August 9th, 1945.

The main guest speaker was H.E. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, the President of the United Nations General Assembly. The mayors coming from cities from all over the world, together with many diplomatic representatives, encountered the representatives of the survivors (hibakusha) and visited the museum devoted to those who lost their lives in the attack and use of this unhumane weapon.

 

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Ambassador Mrkić and his wife with
Mr.Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki


Ambassador's participation at the 64th Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, August 6th

Ambassador Mrkic participated in the memorial ceremony devoted to the victims of the atomic bomb, an abhorrent weapon used for the first time against many civilians, who perished instantly or were later affected by the radiation.

The whole leadership of Japan, headed by the Prime Minister Taro Aso, and great number of guests and representatives of diplomatic corps were also present at the ceremony.

As always, the whole event passed in a dignified atmosphere and emotional remembrance of those who lost their lives.

Ambassador Mrkić and his wife with Mr. Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima
Speech by Prime Minister Taro Aso

High School Students from Hiroshima visit Honorary Consulate General

On July 23, the Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Osaka, with support of our Embassy, had a pleasure to welcome a group of students from Hiroshima.

Honorary Consul General, Mr. Naohide Ueyama and the Head of the Serbian Embassy's Culture and Press Section, Aleksandra Kovač, talked about Serbian history, its cultural heritage and natural beauties and engaged in lively discussion with students about various topics regarding environmental protection, education, lifestyle and sport in Serbia.


Our colleague’s Wedding Day

On July 12 in Tokyo, the Embassy was celebrating the wedding of our colleague Mrs. Tijana Zdravkovic to Mr. Keigo Nagato. Isn’t this event the vivid confirmation of the closeness and mutual affection between Serbian and Japanese nationals?

We wish Tijana and Keigo the very best in their matrimony, plenty of children and above all good health and happiness!

Keigo and Tijana Nagato on their wedding day
Ambassador Mrkic’s best wishes for the newly-married couple
Ambassador Mrkic and Embassy staff with bride and groom
Keigo’s parents and family friends at the wedding reception

 

Serbian official participates in JICA Seminar on Cool Earth Partnership Program

Ms. Danijela Bozanic, official of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia, took part in the Seminar on Cool Earth Partnership in Osaka and Tokyo, organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in July 2009.

During her stay in  Tokyo, Ms. Bozanic had the opportunity to visit us and talk about current growing  cooperation and projects between Japan and Serbia in the environmental area.

 

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Ms. Bozanic with Ambassador Mrkic and Ms. Kovac during the visit in the Embassy

 

Serbian film "Here and There" at the International film festival in Japan, July 10-20

Darko Lungulov, remarkable Serbian filmmaker, was invited to this year's SKIP City International D-Cinema Festival in Saitama to present his awarded and praised new movie "Here and there" (2009). The international film festival is held from July 10-20 in beautiful cinema complex (http://www.skipcity-dcf.jp), attracting short and feature movies from around the world to compete for generous awards.

The movie will be shown on July 11th and 17th in the same complex in Saitama. For summary, trailer and recent news about the movie, please visit http://hereandtherethemovie.com/ and http://www.skipcity-dcf.jp/en/program/feature/#f01.

Director Lungulov and Cultural Affairs Deputy Ms. Kovac at the opening reception
Mr. Lungulov with other international guest being presented to the guests at the opening

DECEMBER 2008

 

Serbian Charity Mini Bazaar opens at Shimbashi in Tokyo, December 21

From December 21, Japan - Serbia Cultural Exchange Association, the Embassy of Serbia in Japan and the company "Adria International Co. Ltd." opened this year's Serbian Charity Fair, that will offer a wide variety of best quality Serbian wines, spirits, home made fruit preserves, traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Representatives of the Embassy and members of the Association were present at the opening ceremony on December 20th.

This is unique opportunity for everyone interested to purchase some Serbian products, which are not yet available at the Japanese market.

The fair will be opened until January 18, 2009 on the following address:

Italian House, Onarimon Store
3-23-6 Shimbashi, Minato-ku
(from station Onarimon 1 min.)
Tel. 03-3434-3843 (office), 03-5473-8071 (store)
Web site:         http://www.adriawine.com/
Map:   http://www.adriawine.com/design/italianhouse/css/store/Italian_House_Onarimon.pdf

 

Ambassador visits Kansai region, December 11 - 13

As part of annual consultations on consular issues, Ambassador Mrkić and Deputy for Consular Affairs Ms. Kovač paid a visit to Honorary Consul General, Mr. Naohide Ueyama, in the premises situated in "Dainihon Jochugiku" Company (better known as Kincho) in Osaka.

They also had an opportunity to meet with other high representatives of this respectable company, Mr. Hidesuke Ueyama, Chairman, Mr. Hisashi Ueyama, Senior managing Director, and Mr.Takashi Hasegawa, General Manager.

In Kyoto, Ambassador Mrkić met with Prof. dr Shin-ichi Kanemaru, from Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto University, who was last year awarded with the Embassy's acknowledgements for his expertise and succesful treatment of Serbian patient.

Ambassador and Ms. Kovač with Ueyama family in the premises of Honorary Consulate General of Serbia

 

Serbia participates in Charity Fair "International Ikebana Fair", December 10

Serbian Embassy participated in this year's bigest annual International Charity Fair and Ikebana Exhibition, held in Tokyo Prince Hotel on December 10. In this event, supported by its Honorary President H.I.H. Princess Takamado, 45 countries presented their products and delicacies.

During her visit to our booth, H.I.H. Princess Takamado showed her interest in some of Serbian traditional food. Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, the wife of the Ambassador, presented to H.I.H. Princess Takamado 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 the Emperor of Japan.

We are proud to say that many guests at the fair were interested to know more about our country and purchase our products, which were sold out. This way, we hope we demonstrated simbolically our gratitude for long standing Japanese aid support, by donating our bazaar earnings to be used for people in need through the humanitarian efforts of Japanese volunteers.

Mrs Mrkić meets H.I.H. Princess Takamado
Mrs. Mrkić presenting the commemorative envelope of 125th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations to H.I.H. Princess Takamado
Embassy staff at the booth (from left: Ms. Zdravković, Mrs. Mrkić Ms. Kovač and Ms. Takahashi)
Ms. Kovač and Ms. Zdravković with one of the visitors to our booth, Mr. Furuya
Warm welcome and cheerful atmosphere at the Serbian corner attracted many visitors and buyers

 

Serbian ballerina Lidija Radovanov perfoms in Tokyo in "Nutcracker", December 7

Lidija Radovanov, ballet dancer from Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, was invited to appear in one of leading roles in special Christmas ballet perfomance of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" in Tokyo.

It was a great pleasure watching the ballet, choregraphed by Suwako Tago, and followed by the orchestra, at U Port Hall in Gotanda.

Head of Cultural Section at the Serbian Embassy Ms. Kovač with ballerina Radovanov and the Mrs. Hayase and Mr. Yamamoto from Beato Music Inc.

 

NGO Actions For Children in Crisis Christmas Charity Fair in Tokyo, December 7

In ACC Headquarters in Tokyo, the organization held their annual Christmas Charity Fair during which the hand made products by internally displaced women from Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija were sold.

Director Matsunaga visited us with one of her activists from Hyogo prefecture, Yoshiki Moriyama, who recently wrote his impressions during and after his visits to Serbia, displaying unusually deep understanding and interest in ongoing situation.

Ambassador Mrkić and Ms. Kovač with guests, Mrs. Matsunaga and Mr. Moriyama

 

NOVEMBER 2008

 

H.E. Mr. and Mrs. Mrkić participated in annual Duck Netting Event, November 19

Ambassador Mrkić with his wife were invited to the Imperial Estate for Duck Netting Event, traditionally held on the occasion of Siberian and Alaskan wild duck migration.

His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan has organized a special shelter for these migratory birds on his estate and now the representatives of diplomatic corps are invited each year to participate in the event aiming for their preservation and protection.

H.I.H. Princess Mikasa wih Ambassador Mrkić and his wife

 

New movie by Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica shown in Tokyo, November 21

Japanese film distributor and filmmaking company "Desperado Inc." held a pre-screening of Kusturica's movie "Promise me this" in Tokyo.

Before the nationwide release, the company will show it next spring at the "Cinema Rise" in Shibuya (http://www.cinemarise.com/), the same place where Kusturica was introduced to Japanese audience for the first time with his big hit "Underground".

kusta

 

Serbian representative at the International Legal Conference in Tokyo, November 19

The international gathering of legal experts on trade law was held in Tokyo on November 19th for the purpose of improvement of international regulations within UNCITRAL. Representative of Law School of Belgrade University was Mrs. Milena Đorđević, Assistant Professor.

Ambassador Mrkić and his wife with Mrs. Đorđević during her visit to our Embassy

 

Lecture about Serbia and Serbian cuisine workshop held in the premises of Kodaira UNESCO Association, November 9

On the invitation by Kodaira UNESCO Association, representatives of our Embassy introduced Serbian traditions through workshop and presentation.

Around 40 members of Association, among which some had already been to our country, enjoyed the recipes of traditional Serbian dishes, fruit jams and wine in jointly organized workshop. The taste of Serbian cuisine was highlighted later with the talk about its famous cultural and historical heritage and touristic attractions.

Cooking teacher Mrs. M. Tatalovic
Participants
Representatives of Serbian Embassy and Kodaira UNESCO Association
Guidelines for the Cuisine Workshop
Ms. Kovac from Serbian embassy during presentation

 

Dr Shosaku Tokunaga, the President of Japan - Serbia Friendship Association, dies on November 3

Dear and great friend of Serbia, Dr Shosaku Tokunaga, who has been the President of Japan-Serbia Friendship Association for many years, passed away on November 3, 2008.

With his continuous and sincere effort, Dr Tokunaga contributed to the further strengthening of friendship between people of Serbia and Japan, leaving unforgettable and permanent imprint in the history of our relations.

At the same time, as a Professor of the University in Sapporo who received his PhD in Belgrade, dr Tokunaga contributed to the establishment of lasting academic and intelectual ties with Serbia, and deepening of broader understanding and appreciation for our history and cultural heritage in Japan.

 

OCTOBER 2008

 

Ambassador I. Mrkic returned to Tokyo, from consultations in Serbia, October 29, 2008

Following the decision of the Government of Serbia to return ambassadors accredited to the countries that recognized unilaterally proclaimed independence of Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija to their posts after they were recalled for consultations, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to Japan, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic returned to Tokyo on October 29, 2008 and resumed charge of the Embassy.

 

Lecture of Charge d'Affaires a.i. at Aoyama Gakuin University, October 23, 2008

On October 23, 2008 Charge d'Affaires a.i. Mrs. Snezana Jankovic gave lecture about EU integration of Serbia and its position regarding Kosovo and Metohija at the Aoyama Gakuin University.

Mrs. Jankovic explained to the students of this university about Serbian efforts to join EU and its diplomatic and legal strife to maintain its territorial integrity and sovereignty. She informed them about the success of the recent Serbian initiative in the UN General Assembly to request opinion of the International Court of Justice about legality of the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohija and pointed out possible consequences of Kosovo's secession for the world peace and stability.

 

Participation of Rector of Belgrade University and State Secretary of the Ministry of Science at the STS Forum in Kyoto, 5-7 October, 2008

Rector of the University of Belgrade, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovacevic and State Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of Serbia Prof. Dr. Snezana Pajovic participated in this year's Science and Technology in Society Forum in Kyoto.

Dr. Pajovic took part in the Ministers' round table meeting, presided by H. E. Ms. Seiko Noda, State Minister in charge of Science and Technology Policy, while Rector Kovacevic participated in the Rectors' Meeting, chaired by the President of the University of Tokyo.

Along with numerous discussions at the Forum, Rector Kovacevic and State Secretary Pajovic held a number of bilateral meetings with the Japanese and foreign officials and scientists on future scientific cooperation.

 

Visit of the Rector of Belgrade University, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovacevic, to Osaka University and Institute for Laser Engineering, October 6, 2008

Rector of the Belgrade University, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovacevic, who participated in the annual Science and Technology in Society Forum in Kyoto (October 5 - 7), met with the Vice President of the Osaka University, Prof. Dr. Kiichiro Tsuji.

Vice President Tsuji expressed their readiness to enchance the cooperation with Belgrade University and sign bilateral Memorandum of Understanding in the near future. He was invited to participate in the international rector conference in April 2009 in Belgrade, as a part of the Universiade event that will be organized there in summer next year.

Rector Kovačević also met with Dr. Kunioki Mima, Director of the Institute for Laser Engineering (ILE), who has a succesful and long term collaboration with Serbian Institute "Vinča" and visited the Institute premises.

This is second visit of Rector Kovačević to Japan, who previously had meetings with the ITO, Nippon and Tokyo Foundations and participated at International Conference IPSI in Tokyo in May - June last year (for details, please see the news for May - June 2007).

Rector Kovačević (far left) with Vice President Tsujii and ILE Director Dr. Mima
Visit in ILE: (from top left) ILE Director Dr Mima, Dr Kobayashi, Dr Nagatomo, (from down left), Rector Kovačević and his spouse, Ms. Kovač from the Embassy
ILE Director Dr Mima and Rector Kovačević in the Institute

 

SEPTEMBER 2008

 

President of the Japan-Serbia Exchange Association, Ambassador Takehiro Togo won prize for the painting of Kalemegdan Fortress, September 29, 2008

On the occasion of the Art Exhibition by Parliamentarians, Businessmen and Artists, held on September 29, 2008, Ambassador Takehiro Togo, President of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association, won the prize of the Vice Chairman of the Exhibition, for his painting of the famous Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade.

Ambassador Togo, who visits Serbia frequently, was impressed by this centuries old fortress with the view of Danube and Sava Rivers, whose beauty he successfully depicted in his painting.

Ambassador Takehiro Togo, Mrs. Ivona Mrkic, wife of Ambassador of Serbia to Japan, H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and Snezana Jankovic, Charge d’Affaires a.i.

 

Serbia participates at the JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel Fair (September 19 - 21, 2008)

For the third consecutive year Serbia is 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. Openning reception was held on September 19, with great number of Japanese tourism institutions and agencies, media and diplomatic corps present at the event.

The representatives of the Tourism Organization of Serbia (TOS) Mr. Predrag Rolović and of the Tourism Organization of Belgrade (TOB) Ms. Ljiljana Alajbegović and Ms. Dragana Babović, will introduce diverse touristic offers from Serbia, which include some new initiatives like congress tourism and birthplaces of Roman emperors.

Private travel agency from Serbia "Glob Metropoliten Tours", with more than 10 years of successful working experience with tourists from around the world, will be participating at the fair for the first time.

Please join us and learn more about Serbia.



 

 

AUGUST 2008

 

Exhibition by Serbian painter Viktor Mitić will be opened in Tokyo, September 8 - 13

Viktor Mitić, artist from Serbia, will exhibit his newest abstract paintings in collaboration with Malaysian artist Chew Kiat-Lim at Ginza Muromatsu Gallery between September 08 - 13, 2008.

Mitić, mainly working in Canada where he now resides, will introduce his challenging oil-on-canvas art experiments for the first time to Japanese visitors.

For details about exhibition, please see the flayer as well as the following link of the gallery's web site: http://www.muramatsugallery.co.jp/schedule.html.

 

Serbian artist participating in this year's Nagasawa Art Project in Awaji island

Prof. Branko Pavić, Serbian visual artist and art lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Art University in Belgrade, will be participating in the "12th Nagasawa Art Park Artist-in-Residence" project in Hyogo Prefecture, from August 25 till October 18, 2008.

The program, which started in 1997, involves various artists from around the world to reside in rural area in Awaji island for around two months and undertake training in water base printmaking. During the program, there will be an open studio day organized for visitors interested to see the art process and artworks. For details, please visit http://www.endeavor.or.jp/nap/.

 

Lecture about Serbia by the Embassy representative held in Kyoto, August 2nd

On invitation by the Association of Serbian - Japanese Friendship "Saint Nicholas from Japan" head of Cultural Affairs Section Ms. A. Kovač held a presentation about Serbia in Kyoto Community House on August 2nd (Saturday). Ms. Kovač introduced Serbian history, cultural heritage and customs, and discovered some interesting tourist attractions and less known moments in the relations with Japan.

This lecture is a part of ongoing programme, initiated and organized by friendship association, aimed to provide more useful informations about Serbia and introduce its culture, history etc. The events are organized twice a month, every first and third Saturday, in the premises of "Kyoto International Community House", Kyoto City International Foundation (http://www.kcif.or.jp).

For further information about activities, please check the web site http://www.kcif.or.jp/jp/jigyo/cosmos/cosmos-2.html#serb or contact association's representative, Mr. Dragoslav Tatalović ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Ms. Kovac during the lecture
Announcement of the Lecture

 

Serbian artist as Jury member at the 12th International Animation Film Festival in Hiroshima, August 7 - 11

Well known Serbian illustrator and Belgrade Art University Professor, Rastko Ćirić (http://www.rastkociric.com/), will be coming to Japan as the member of International Jury at the 12th International Animation Film Festival in Hiroshima (http://hiroanim.org/), from August 7 - 11.

During the Festival, Prof. Ćirić will open a special exhibition of his artworks (http://hiroanim.org/en/e02program/2-01_en.html) and there will be a screening of his animation organized on the last day at 2.30 pm. For details, please check the Festival's website.



Serbian musician performs in Tokyo in August

Predrag Delibasic, Serbian musician from Australia, is having several concerts in Japan under the name of Gutter Guitar, together with two other artists Stina Thomas and Chris Cobilis. His music is dominated by the guitar improvisations (to hear the sample, please visit http://www.myspace.com/gutterguitar).

The concerts will be organized in several places in and around Tokyo, like Em Seven in Koiwa, Penguin House, UFO Club in Koenji and Flat + RinkyDink Studio. For program, click here.

 

 

JULY 2008

 

Final Serbian Naive Art exhibition opened in Tama Art University Museum, July 27

For the forth and last time the touring exhibition of Serbian Naive Art from the collection of International Ethno Center Babka Kovačica has been opened to the Japanese public. This time the opening took place in the Tama Art University Museum on July 27, where it will be available for the viewers until September 14th. Like in previous installations, apart from art work by naive painters, the visitors will have the opportunity to purchase beautiful brochures on naive art and Serbian hand-crafts.

On the first day of the exhibition, about 100 people gathered to attend lively discussion about Serbian history and culture, with the focus on the roots and development of naive art in Serbia, by Ms. Marja Bastajić, art historian and coordinator for UNESCO Culture Management Policy Course at Art University in Serbia, and Prof. Dr Nobuhiro Shiba from Tokyo University, acting also as Secretary General of Japan - Serbia Association.

After the discussion, coctail was held for the guests from the Embassy, Japan - Serbia Association for Cooperation, Japan Naive Art Association, media and various academic and art circles, to mark this special moment in final stage of two-year project of collaboration. For the occasion, the speeches were given by Mr. Naohide Ueyama, Honorary Consul General of Serbia in Osaka, Mr. Takehiro Togo, President of Association for Cooperation Japan - Serbia, Mr. Toshiaki Minemura, Director of the Museum and Mrs. Snežana Janković, Charge d'Affaires a.i. of the Serbian Embassy.

The organizers of this event are Ethno Center Babka and Association for Cooperation Japan - Serbia, with the support of the Japanese institutions and organizations (UNESCO Associations of Japan, Meguro UNESCO Association, Association of Naive Art of Japan) and Serbian institutions (Government of Serbia, Ministry of Culture of Serbia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Honorary Consulate General in Osaka and this Embassy).

For the program of exhibition, please visit web site of the Tama museum.

Ms. Marja Bastajic and Prof. Shiba during discussion at the museum
Mrs. Jankovic giving a speech
Organizers and guests during the cocktail

 

Honorary Consul General of Serbia Mr. Ueyama
Mrs. Akiko Igaya from Japan - Serbia Association for Cooperation asks questions about naive art

 

Serbian musician, composer Miško Plavi touring in Japan, August 9th - 23rd

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the concert of Miško Plavi, musician and composer of film music from Serbia, who will be coming again from August 9th till 23rd for series of concerts around Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya etc. This time, he will be accompanied with two members of his bend "Miško Plavi Trio".

Last year Miško Plavi released highly praised album "Super Best of Miško Plavi" as his first Japanese edition, and had a promotion concert in our Embassy, where he presented his amazing skills and talent. To see the last year event, please see here.

For the concert schedule and venues, please see press release and web site of the organizer JABUP.

 

Serbian Theater performing at the International Festival for Young Audence in Okinawa, July 19 - 20

Little Theatre "Duško Radović", one od the most respectable theatres in Serbia for children and young audence, will participate on July 19th and 20th in the International Festival for Young Audience "Kijimuna Festa 2008" in Okinawa (July 19-27th ).

"Duško Radović" will perform Danish-Serbian children's theatre coproduction "The Stone Prince", based on the book by Elgard Jonssona "Galefyrsten", which represents the story about isolation of its main character. 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 check the web site of the Festival and Little Theater from Serbia.

 

JUNE 2008

 

Statue of Nikola Tesla officially revealed in TEPCO Museum in Yokohama, June 28th

Bronze bust tribute to Nikola Tesla, world renown scientist of Serbian origin, that was installed this April in the Electric Power Historical Museum TEPCO in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, was officially revealed on June 28th.

The project was successfully accomplished based on collaboration between members of the Group of Support of Tesla's Deeds, TEPCO Museum, Embassy of Japan in Belgrade, Association for Cooperation Japan - Serbia, many other enthusiastic people, who contributed to this project, and our Embassy.

This is the first statue of Nikola Tesla in Japan, aiming to raise more awarness of his work and achievements in Japanese public. For their efforts in promoting not only Tesla’s contributions to modern society, but also friendly relations between Serbia and Japan, the Group of Support of Tesla's Deeds and TEPCO Museum were awarded with the Acknowledgment plaques by both embassies of Serbia and Japan respectfully.

After the revelation of the statue by Charge d’Affaires a.i. Mrs. S.Janković and H.E.Mr. T.Nagai, who also delivered the speeches along with other organizers, the visitors had the opportunity to hear more about the project and Tesla’s accomplishments in the presentation by Mr. O.Hirashita, the founder of the Group of Support of Tesla's Deeds, and lecture by Mr. M.Shindo, authors of several books on Tesla and the representative of Tesla’s Institute in Japan.

For this unique occasion, the guests were presented with a commemorative stamps with Tesla’s character and a Serbian banknote with Tesla’s image.

“Well-done!” handshake between Charge d’Affaires a.i. Mrs. S. Janković and H.E. Mr. T. Nagai

Presenting the Acknowledgment plaque to Mr. Hirashita

Charge d’Affaires Mrs & Mr. Janković, Ambassador’s spouse Mrs. Mrkić, Head of Cultural Section Ms. Kovač and CN-Intervoice Inc. Production House Representative Mr. Hasegawa

 

Audience at the TEPCO Museum
Serbian stamp with Tesla’s image

 

Concert of Emir Kusturica and No Smoking Orchestra held in Tokyo, June 26th

After 20 years of sell-out tours throughout Europe and South America, Japanese audence was finally able to witness the great talent of world famous filmmaker Emir Kusturica ("Underground", "Life is a miracle") & "The No Smoking Orchestra" on June 26th in Tokyo JCB Hall.

This very successful and vibrant event, organized by Conversation & Company Ltd. (link na http://www.conversation.co.jp/schedule/ek_tnso/) with the support of our Embassy, introduced some of the well-known compositions from Kusturica’s movies and songs by The No Smoking Orchestra.

More than 3000 people in the audence, some of which stars themselves like Tadanobu Asano, cheered, danced and sang along the tunes. With his fantastic performance and energy, Dr.Nele Karajlić, the lead singer and one of the great rock stars in former Yugoslavia, contributed greatly to the heating atmosphere among fans in JCB Hall.

To find out more about Kusturica and his tourist village in Serbia, please see http://www.kustu.com and http://www.kustendorf.com

For further information on “The No Smoking Orchestra” and their concerts’ schedule, please visit http://www.thenosmokingorchestra.com/index.php.

Performing with a member of the audience
Kusturica’s solo act on guitar
Dr. Nele Karajlić in action

 

Band members and kampai speech at the After-Party
Representatives of the Embassy with Karajlić and the fan

 

Photo Exhibition by Joint Network of International Volunteers in Tokyo, June 21 - 22

In celebration of the International Refugee Day on June 20th, NGO "Joint Network of International Volunteers" (JNIV), focused on humanitarian support towards refugees and internally displaced persons in Serbia and former Yugoslavia, organized a photo exhibition 残る傷跡・未来への笑顔 in Orange Gallery in Shinjuku, June 21 - 22.

The exhibited works by volunteers of JNIV showed the atmosphere and situation in refugee camps in former Yugoslavia and is a part of greater effort of JNIV to raise the awarness in Japanese public about refugee issues from this region.

 

Presentation of Serbia in "Wai Wai Hiroba" event in Tokyo, June 7-8

As a part of the programme of the 64th National Convention of UNESCO Federation in Tokyo (June 7-8), 15 countries from around the world, including Serbia, participated in the event "Wai Wai Hiroba", organized in "Meguro Persimmon Hall".

The visitors of Serbian booth had the opportunity to learn more about popular tourist destinations, national cuisine and costumes, natural beauties, history and cultural heritage of our country, and to buy goods from Serbian Naive Art Exhibition in Hiroshima prefecture and commemorative envelopes issued for the occasion of 125 anniversary of Serbian - Japanese relations.

Serbian presentation was a product of collaboration between our Embassy, Japan - Serbia Exchange Association and Serbian students in Japan.

Mr. Ilja Musulin, Mrs. S. Jankovic, Mr. Eiji Aoki, Mayor of Meguro City and Mr. M. Jankovic
Ms. T. Zdravkovic, Ms. A. Kovac and Ms. Y. Hamada during the event
Visitors at the Serbian stand

 

Summer Charity Bazaar of handycrafts of Serbian refugees in Tokyo, June 8th

Japanese nongovernmental organization "Actions for Children in Crisis" (ACC), which has been actively involved in humanitarian programmes for orphans, elderly and refugees in Serbia and South East Asia, organized seasonal Charity Bazaar on Sunday, June 8th in their Tokyo headquarters.

Among various exhibits, the visitors were welcomed to purchase some of hand made products created by internally displaced persons from Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija, during collaboration workshops of ACC with sister organization from Belgrade "Hi Neghbour". The proceeds from the Bazaar will be used for financing ACC activities and development of their humanitarian programmes.

 

Participation of the Serbian Diplomat in the Radio NHK programme, June 6th

On invitation by the Radio NHK, Ms. Aleksandra Kovač, Head of Cultural Affairs Section, participated in a NHK radio talk show "Taishikan kara Konnichiwa" on June 6th, 2008.

During the half an hour programme in Japanese, Ms. Kovač talked about her interests in Japan, as well as about Serbia's cultural and historical heritage and popular tourist attractions. Recent successes of Serbian volleyball national team in Japan and tennis players in international tournaments also raised a lot of interests during the show.

 

Activities of Serbian - Japanese Friendship Association "St. Nikolaj Japanski" from Kyoto in June

Serbian - Japanese Friendship Association "St. Nikolaj Japanski" from Kyoto is planning to invite Mr. Branko Manojlović, guest lecturer at Doshisha University in Kyoto from London, to give a lecture on June 21st, about Serbia.

This lecture is a part of ongoing programme, initiated and organized by friendship association, aimed to provide more useful informations about Serbia and introduce its culture, history etc. The events are organized twice a month, every first and third Saturday, in the premises of "Kyoto International Community House"

For the full list of previous and future activities, please check the web site www.kcif.or.jp or contact association’s representative, Mr. Dragoslav Tatalović ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

The Exhibition of Serbian Naive Art from Kovačica opens in Onomichi

After successful opening in Kyushu in April, the exhibition of 76 artworks by 35 naive painters from the collection of International Ethno Center Babka Kovačica moved to Onomichi City Art Museum in Hiroshima Prefecture (May 24 - June 15, 2008).

This is a third installation of Serbian naive art in Japan, organized by Ethno Center Babka and Association for Cooperation Japan - Serbia, with the support of the Japanese institutions and organizations (UNESCO Associations from Tokyo and Hiroshima city, NHK, regional Board of Education) and Serbian institutions (Government of Serbia, Ministry of Culture of Serbia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and this Embassy).

For this occasion, Mr. Pavel Babka, director of International Ethno Center from Kovačica, held two lectures on development and challenges of Serbian naive painting in the Onomichi City Art Museum, which were visited by not only Japanese audience, but also Serbian students from Kobe, Himeji and Okayama.

Like in previous installations, apart from Naive Art Paintings, the visitors have the opportunity to see Serbian traditional costumes, short documentary about painters in Kovačica village, short movies by renowed Serbian filmmaker, Petar Lalovic, and to purchase some of the hand-crafted works from Serbia.

The closing exhibition of Serbian naive art in Japan will be organized in Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo (July 27 - September 14, 2008).

Mr & Mrs. Babka and Mr. T. Togo visits the Embassy

 

MAY 2008

 

High school group visits to our Embassy in May

During May, we have hosted many students from various prefectures and regions in Japan like Hyogo, Gifu, Aichi, Osaka, Wakayama, Yamagata and Miyagi. It was real pleasure to meet with young Japanese generation and to not only talk with them about Serbian history, natural beauties and culture, but also to exchange opinions about current environmental and social issues in Serbia and Japan.

We were moved by students' effort to learn more about Serbia and we hope our enjoyable and fun time spent together will contribute more to the future cultural and educational exchange between our two countries.

 

Serbian folklore group "Karadžić" performs in Chiba Prefecture on May 21, 2008

On the last day of their touring in Japan, 25 members of Serbia's oldest folklore dance group delivered dinamic and passionate performance in front of numerous audience in Chiba Culture Civic Center.

Their repetoire included dances and songs from various Serbian regions, including provinces of Vojvodina and Kosovo-Metohija, and the central part known as Šumadija.

Organisers thanking "Karadzic" members on their performance
"Karadzic" members dance East Serbian kolo

 

Audience applauding to Mr. & Mrs. Oka and "Karadzic" members on their performance
Deputy for Culture Affairs Ms. Kovač with members of Japan-Serbia Exchange Association

 

Electoral Commission releases official results of Election

BELGRADE, May 20 (Beta) - On May 20, the Republican Electoral Commission released the final results of early parliamentary elections:
(numbers correspond to order of appearance on voting slips)

1. For a European Serbia Boris Tadic 1,590,200 votes (38.4 percent) 102 seats.
2. Liberal Democratic Party Cedomir Jovanovic 216,902 votes (5.24 percent) 13 seats.
3. Democratic Party of Serbia New Serbia Vojislav Kostunica  480,987 (11.61 percent) 30 seats.
4. Serbian Radical Party Dr Vojislav Seselj 1,219,436 votes (29.45 percent) 78 seats.
5. Socialist Party of Serbia Party of United Pensioners of Serbia United Serbia 313,896 (7.58 percent) 20 seats.
6. Bosniak Ticket for a European Sandzak Dr Sulejman Ugljanin 38,148 (0.92 votes) 2 seats.
7. Hungarian Coalition Istvan Pastor 74,874 votes (1.81 percent) 4 seats.
17. Coalition of Albanians of Presevo Valley 16,801 votes (0.41 percent) 1 seat.

 

Serbian Folk Dance Group "Karadzic" visits Embassy while on tour in Japan

"Karadzic", the oldest folk dance group from Loznica city in Serbia, named after renowned Serbian scholar from 19 century, is touring in Japan for the first time.

Its 25 members, consisting of dancers, singers and musicians, had the opportunity to perform at this year's Rose Festival in Fukuyama city, Hiroshima Prefecture on May 18th. They also visited local school and center for elderly, showing their entertainment skills and introducing Serbian culture.

On May 19th, they stopped by our Embassy, where we all talked about their impressions about Japan and experiences from their stay.

They will have two more concerts in Japan - in Ibaraki Prefecture (Koga City) on May 20th and Chiba Prefecture (Chiba City) on May 21st, 2008.

Members of "Karadzic" with Embassy staff
Boys' choir of "Karadzic", singing Serbian farewell song

 

From left: Deputy for Cultural Affairs Ms. Kovač, coreographer and director of "Karadzic" Mr. Miodrag Spernjak, Charge d'Affaires a.i. Mrs. Janković, organizers Mr & Mrs. Yoshiaki Oka, supporter Mr. Yuzuru Otsuka
Members of "Karadzic" relaxing and enjoying refreshments

 

Junior High School Students from Sendai city visit our Embassy

Season of high school study trips to the foreign embassies in Tokyo has started!

This time, we had the opportunity to meet nine students from Junior High School in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture and to present some interesting facts about Serbian culture, customs and history.

Deputy for Cultural Affairs Ms. Kovač with students

 

Lecture about Serbia held at the Gunma Prefectural Women's University, May 13, 2008

Upon the invitation of the Gunma Prefectural Women's University, Charge d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Serbia in Japan Mrs. Snezana Jankovic gave lecture about Serbia to the students of the University and citizens of the Takasaki City. This is the second presentation of Serbia at this university, previously being done in October 2007.

Along with the presentation of natural and tourist attractions of Serbia, Mrs. Jankovic presented the priority issues in Serbian internal and foreign policy, results of the ongoing economic reforms, Serbian activities and initiatives in the international arena, as well as its bilateral relations with Japan. She also explained to the auditorium the history of the Kosovo problem and the negative consequences of the unilaterally proclaimed independence of the southern Serbian province.

 

Article about Serbian monastery Sopoćani on Kersol Web Magazine

UNESCO World Heritage monument from XIII century, Sopoćani Monastery, was featured in the online article in Japanese web magazine Kersol. Natural beauty surrounding this solemn place was also presented in the article. The author is Japanese designer Fumio Matsui.

To read the article (in Japanese), please click here.

This magazine, whose topics range from leisure to business and art, also introduced two major Serbian cities in its prevous article. To see it, please go here.

 

Serbian monastery Sopocani

 

APRIL 2008

 

Participation of the Charge d'Affairs a.i. in the Radio NHK programme, April 29, 2008

At the invitation of the Radio NHK, Mrs. Snezana Janković, Charge d'Affaires a. i. participated in the programme "Watashino sukina Nippon" on April 29, 2008.

During an hour programme in Japanese, Mrs. Janković talked about Japanese culture and her interest in Japan, as well as about bilateral relations between Serbia and Japan, Serbia's cultural heritage and tourist attractions.

 

Article about Serbia on Kersol Web Magazine

Kersol, Japanese web magazine featuring various topics - from food, travel to business and art, issued an online article about famous music festival in Serbia "EXIT" and atmosphere in cities like Novi Sad and Belgrade.

The author is Japanese designer Ai Ohara.

To read the article (in Japanese), please click here.

 

Statue of Nikola Tesla installed in TEPCO Museum in Kawasaki

On April 21, the statue of Nikola Tesla, world renown scientist of Serbian origin, along with the replica of his AC motor, were installed in the Electric Power Historical Museum TEPCO in Kawasaki city.

This project was initiated by Mr. Osamu Hirashita from "Japan Planning Systems", who was enchanted by Tesla's achievements, exhibited in "Nikola Tesla Museum" in Belgrade (http://www.tesla-museum.org/), during his trip to Serbia. Mr. Hirashita and his associates, with the support of our Embassy, Association for Cooperation Japan - Serbia and many others, succedeed in their efforts to finalize this project, which is meant to raise more awarness of Tesla's work in Japan.

Link to the Museum http://www.tepco.co.jp/shiryokan/home-j.html.

Statue of Nikola Tesla and replica of AC motor in TEPCO Museum in Kawasaki

 

Serbian activist for total ban of cluster bombs Kapetanović visits the Embassy

Mr. Branislav Kapetanović, Serbian cluster bomb victim and firm advocate of total ban of use of cluster bombs, visited Japan as a participant of anti-cluster campaign and related simposium, organized by NGO "Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines" (JCBL).

During his 10-day stay, Kapetanović engaged actively in raising awareness of the dangers of this "inhumane weapon", through various lectures, interviews and meetings with not only Japanese citizens, but also government officials from Ministry of Defense, MOFA and Parliament. Kapetanović, also a spokesman of NGO "Cluster Munitions Coalition", urged Japanese government to join an international bid to totally ban cluster bombs, stressing that 95% of its victims are civilians.

On Friday 18th, Kapetanović and the representatives of JCBL visited our Embassy, where we had the opportunity to hear more about their efforts in promoting anti-cluster actions.

As a country aware of humanitarian problems caused by this munition, from its own experience, Serbia is supporting international initiative "Oslo Process" aiming for total banning and hosted Belgrade Conference of States Affected by Cluster Munitions in October 2007.

 

Delegation from Serbia participates in the Seventh Annual Conference of ICN in Kyoto

Prof. Dr Dijana Marković Bajalović, President of the Council of the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia, and Prof. Dr Radovan Vukadinović, Member of Council, were among more than a hundred participants from their respective countries at the Seventh Annual Conference of International Competition Network (ICN), hosted by the Japan Fair Trade Commission in Kyoto, April 14 - 16. During their visit to Japan, Serbian delegation had also the opportunity to meet with the Embassy representatives in Tokyo.

Pursuant to the current Serbian Law on Protection of Competition (came into force on September 23, 2006), Commission for Protection of Competition has been set up as an independent and autonomous authority performing public legal competencies, in line with the Law, in the capacity of legal entity, located in Beograd and responsible for its activities to the National Parliament. The Commission consists of the Council of the Commission and Technical Service of the Commission.

For more information about Serbian Competition Commission, please click here.

 

The Exhibition of Serbian Naive Art from Kovačica opens in Kyushu, April 15

The exhibition of 76 artworks by 35 naive painters from the collection of International Ethno Center Babka Kovačica was opened in the Oita Prefectural Art Hall in Kyushu. This second installation of Serbian naive art was organized by Oita Godo Shimbun and Association for Cooperation Japan - Serbia, with the support of the Government of Serbia, Ministry of Culture of Serbia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and this Embassy.

During the official openning event, the representatives of Oita Godo Shimbun and Oita Prefectural Art Hall addressed the auditorium, followed by the speeches of Mr. Takehiro Togo, President of Association for Cooperation Japan-Serbia, and Ms. Aleksandra Kovač, Deputy for Cultural Affairs.

Honorary Consul General of Serbia in Osaka, Mr. Naohide Ueyama, representatives of prefectural governmental and cultural institutions, media, art associations and universities were present at the opening, among more than hundred guests.

Apart from Naive Art Paintings, the visitors will have opportunity to see short documentary about painters in Kovačica village and short movies by renowed Serbian filmmaker, Petar Lalovic, and to purchase some of the hand-crafted works from Serbia.

The remaining two exhibitions of Serbian naive paintings in Japan will be organized in Onomichi City Art Museum in Hiroshima Prefecture (May 24 - June 15, 2008) and Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo (July 27 - September 14, 2008).

(From left) Representative from Oita Godo Shimbun, Mr. Takehiro Togo (Association for Cooperation Japan-Serbia), Mr. Osamu Komatsu (Gendai Dougakai), Ms. Yasuko Hamada (Association for Cooperation Japan-Serbia), Ms. Aleksandra Kovac (Embassy of Serbia in Tokyo), Mr. Naohide Ueyama ( Honorary Consul General of Serbia in Osaka), Mr. Tsukasa Senni (Tama Art University Museum)

 

Ms. Hamada gives an expert guidance Serbian naive art
Serbian national costumes exhibited at the venue

 

Glance at the exhibition hall
Various hand-made products

 

Serbian - Japanese collaboration visual art project "Za sutra" opens in Yokohama

The first of two of exhibitions by Serbian and Japanese visual artists was opened in Gallery ZAIM in Yokohama on April 5th, 2008. Ms. Akikawa, organizer and head of NPO "Japan Yugo Art Project", and Mrs. Jankovic, Charge d'Affairs a.i., also delivered speeches, greeting this valuable opportunity for nurturing and strenghtening mutual understanding and collaboration between two cultures and their art scenes.

This time the organizers presented works of seven contemporary Serbian visual artists – Mr. Nebojsa Babic, Mr. Ivan Petrovic, Mr. Ivan Zupanc, Ms. Jelena Radic, Mr. Aleksandar Kujuncev, Ms. Milica Ruzicic and Ms. Jelena Culafic - some of which had been showing their artworks to Japanese public before.

The works by esteemed Serbian film makers Petar Lalović and Oliver Fojkar, who participated at the last year's "International Wildlife Film Festival" in Toyama, will also be shown during the event.

The following exhibition will be opened on April 9th, at Tokyo's Gallery Huit. All visitors will be able to visit Tokyo exhibition until April 22nd and exhibition in Yokohama until 15th . For further details on the events, please also visit following links:

http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/event/2008/7F8C
http://www.gendaiheights.fc2.com/

Artist Nebojsa Babic next to his art
Charge d"Affaires a.i. Mrs. Jankovic and Head of Cultural Department Ms. Kovac with Mr. Kujuncev in front of his works

 

Guests at the ZAIM openning event
Music performances by Mr. Akiyama
Music performances by Mr. Murata

 

MARCH 2008

 

International Cartoon Festival in Vučje, Calls for Application

All interested in participating in International Cartoon Festival, taking place this year in Vučje, Serbia, can see here for the requirements, deadlines and contact details.

Subject:                        "Forest is Health"
Works dimensions :      A4
Number of entries :       3
Technique:                    free
Deadline :                     April 31st 2008
Exhibition:                     May 8th in Vučje

Submissions of entries:

In JPG format at a resolution of 300 dpi to the e-mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
For submitting original artworks, please reffer to:
Cultural Center Vučje
Koste Stamenkovića bb, 16203 Vučje
Republic of Serbia                
Phone: +381 16 885 142

Awards:

First prize:10 days full board accommodation in the Kukavica Mountain Hotel for two persons and a diploma
Second prize: 7 days full board accommodation in the Kukavica Mountain Hotel for two persons and a diploma
Third prize: 5 days full board accommodation in the Kukavica Mountain Hotel for two persons and a diploma
Three special prizes

Artistic Director Aleksandar Blatnik, Festival executive Director Dragan Stojilković

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Serbian Naive Art again in Japan!

The Exhibition of Serbian Naive Art from Kovačica, that made a successful debut in Tokyo City Art Museum, will be visiting Japan again this sping and summer.

Planned venues: Oita Prefectural Art Hall in Kyushu (15.04-11.05.2008), Onomichi City Art Museum in Hiroshima (May 05 - June 15, 2008) and Tama Art University Museum (July 27 - September 14, 2008).

For Oita exhibition, please visit following link: http://geijutukaikan-b.oita-ed.jp/exhibition/schedule.html.

Serbian Naive Art Exhibition in Oita Prefectural Art Hall

 

Concert of Serbian folk dance company "Karadžić" in Japan

"West Japan Folkdance Association" from Fukuyama City in Hiroshima will be organizing the concert of traditional Serbian dance in several cities in Japan.

Serbian folkdance company "Karadžić" from Loznica will participate at Fukuyama's Rose festival and then will be guests in prefectures Ibaraki and Chiba (18-21.05.).

For more information, please contact Mr. Oka from this association on telephone 090-6840-0081, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Serbian folkdance company "Karadžić" in Chiba Prefecture

 

"Za sutra" - works of contemporary Serbian artists in Tokyo and Yokohama

Collaboration with Japanese counterparts, brought several Serbian visual artists to Japan, where they will show to Japanese public their artwork.

The event was organized by Japanese non-profit organization "Japan Yugo Art Project" in Tokyo (Gallery Huit) and Yokohama (Gallery ZAIM) under the name "Za sutra" (For tomorrow).

Tokyo exhibition will be from April 09-22, and in Yokohama from April 5-15.

The organizers are planning also to show some works by esteemed Serbian film makers Petar Lalović and Oliver Fojkar, who participated at the last year's "International Wildlife Film Festival" in Toyama, when Mr. Lalović was a jury member and Mr. Fojkar winner of Children Film Award.

Mr. Lalović's work was recently shown at the Mainichi Shimbun screening, as a part of a series of nature related foreign films.

"Za sutra" exhibition

 

Young Serbian born artist exhibits at Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo

Natalija Ribović, young multimedia artist of Serbian origin, residing in Japan, was given a great opportunity to show her interesting work through her exhibition "Octo Hasi Balkan Picnic" as a part of "Emerging Artists Program 2007" in the gallery of Tokyo Wonder Site - Hongo.

The event will be opened until April 20th, 2008. Those interested can visit the following web page: www.tokyo-ws.org

Tokyo Wonder Site - Hongo Exhibition

 

Distinguished Serbian artist participates in exhibition at Seto City Art Museum

Velimir Vukićević, artist and professor at the University of Arts in Belgrade, who participated last summer at the Seto International Ceramic & Glass Art Exchange Program 2007-2008, will exhibit his works, along with other participants at the group exhibition in the Seto City Art Museum, Aichi Prefecture.

The exhibition is opened until April 13th and the details can also be seen at the following web site: www.seto-cul.jp/program.htm.

Seto City Art Museum Exhibition

 

Serbian children awarded at "The 15th Annual World Children's Picture Contest"

Among more than 50,000 applicants from 67 countries, five Serbian children – Jovana Stankov, Jovana Mitrović, Jovana Vladimir Kreculj, Kristina Jugoslav Stošić and Katarina Štrbac - were awarded for their picture at this event organized by charitable organization IE-NO-HIKARI Association.

Last year, as well, several Serbian pictures won prizes (for details, please click here).

Embassy representative, Ms. Aleksandra Kovač, attended the award ceremony.



Famous Serbian Surgeon, Prof. dr. Zoran Krivokapic visited Japan, March 18 - 25, 2008

One of the leading Serbian surgeons and distinguished member of the world most prestigious medical associations, Prof. Dr. Zoran Krivokapic from the First Surgical Clinic of the Clinical Center of Serbia, held talks with the most prominent specialists for malignant diseases during his one week visit to Japan.

Prof. Krivokapic exchanged views about the latest results in the cancer treatment with Prof. Dr. K. Sugihara of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital, Prof. Dr T. Muto, Director if the Institute for Cancer and Prof. Dr. Y. Moriya, from the National Cancer Center. There were also talks about the modalities of the future cooperation between the medical institutions of Serbia and Japan.

Prof. dr. Zoran Krivokapic, Prof. dr. Sugihara from Tokyo Medical & Dental University and Ambassador Ivan Mrkic

 

Serbia protests to Japan on recognition of Kosovo, March 18, 2008

Following the decision of the Japanese Government to recognize the unilaterally proclaimed independence of the so called "Republic of Kosovo" by the Albanian secessionist minority in the southern Serbian province, Ambassador of Serbia to Japan H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic handed in to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a protest note against this decision of the Government of Japan.

In accordance with the Action Plan adopted by the Serbian government, Ambassador Mrkic was instructed to return to Serbia for consultations as of March 20, 2008.

 

Meeting between Serbian Ambassador Ivan Mrkic and President of the House of Counselors, National Diet of Japan, The Honorable Satsuki Eda, March 12, 2008

In a meeting at the National Diet of Japan, Ambassador of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and the President of the House of Counselors, The Honorable Mr. Satsuki Eda, exchanged views about the situation following the unilaterally proclaimed independence by the Albanian minority living in the southern Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohija.

Mrs. Akiko Santo, Vice President of the House of Councilors was also present at the meeting.

Ambassador Mrkic explained Serbian position regarding the illegal act of the unilateral proclamation of independence, which represents flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the Security council, Helsinki Final Act and the international law.

President Eda expressed his hope that the situation will not bring destabilization to the region and that peace will be preserved.

H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and Hon. Satsuki Eda

 

Foodex 2008

Among more than 200 exhibitiors from 63 countries at the biggest International Food and Beverage Exhibition in Asia FOODEX JAPAN 2008, held from March 11-14 in Makuhari Messe, Serbia opened its first stand. Six Serbian companies ("Sicoberry", "IGDA Impex", "Malina Produkt", "ITN Belgrade", "Sirogojno Company" and "Wine Cellar Jelić"), with the support of Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) and this Embassy, succesfully presented their products to Japanese and foreign visitors.

On this occasion, Ambassador Mrkić, as the only representitave from South East Europe, was one of the special guests at the opening ceremony, where speeches were made by Japanese Minister of Agriculture Masahiro Imamura and Polish Minister of Agriculture Marek Savicki.

On the second day of the fair, a seminar was held to introduce Serbian stand and companies. Special guest at the seminar, Mr. Komei Nakajima, former JICA expert for foreign investments in Serbia, spoke about the advantages of domestic programme of healthy food and organic fruit and vegetable production in Serbia. He also highlighted good conditions for establishing cooperation between Japanese and Serbian companies, like continuous efforts of Serbian government to introduce legal framework in accordance with EU standards, the fact that Serbia is a country with the lowest percentage of pesticide use in Europe and one of the biggest producers of raspberries in the world, etc.

Openning Ceremony
Serbian stand at Foodex 2008

 

Ambassador I. Mrkic and Mr. Masahiro Imamura, Senior Vice Minister for Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
Third Secretary Ms. A. Kovac at the Openning Ceremony

 

Cocktail at the Embassy honouring the participation of the representatives of SIEPA (Serbian Investment and Export Agency) and Serbian companies in the Foodex Japan 2008, March 10, 2008

The Embassy of Serbia in Tokyo organized a cocktail party in honor of the representatives of the Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) and companies participating in the 33rd International Food and Beverage Exhibition, Foodex Japan 2008, being held from March 11 to 14 in Makuhari Messe.

Representatives of Serbian exporters of healthy and organic food, like Malina produkt, Sirogojno Company, Igda Impex, Vineyards and vine cells Jelic, ITN Belgrade etc. had the opportunity to discuss with Japanese guests and partners from Japanese food and beverage business about the possibilities for expanding present and establish future cooperation.

Continuous participation in Foodex Japan manifests Serbian companies' interest and eagerness to present their highest quality products at this largest food and beverage exhibition in Asia.

More information about Foodex Japan 2008, in English and Japanese, is available at the SIEPA web site.

Atmosphere during the Reception
Ambassador conferring with representatives of SIEPA and Serbian businessmen

 

Annual Assembly of the Japan - Serbia Asociation, March 7, 2008

Upon the invitation of the President of the Japan-Serbia Association, Prof. Dr. Shosaku Tokunaga, Ambassador of Serbia to Japan, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and his associates took part in the Annual Assembly and reception of the Japan - Serbia Association.

In his speech, Ambassador Mrkic praised the efforts of this association, which was established more than half a century ago, towards enhancement of stronger and closer bilateral ties between the two countries and their people. He expressed Serbia's appreciation and respect to the prominent members of the Association, whose work contributed to better mutual understanding and cooperation between Serbia and Japan.

Serbian Ambassador also explained to the guests the situation after the unilaterally proclaimed independence by the Albanian minority in the Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohija, emphasizing Serbian efforts to bring Kosovo back under its sovereignty by exerting all diplomatic and legal means.

President of the Association Dr. Tokunaga expressed understanding and solidarity with Serbian position regarding Kosovo and Metohija. He announced the plan for future activities, including publishing the History of the Association and its ties with Serbia.

Secretary General of the Association, prof. Nobuhiro Shiba
Ambassador I. Mrkic greets the members of the Association

 

President, prof. dr Shosaku Tokunaga delivers speech
Guests at the Reception

 

Reception after the Annual Assembly
Former Japanese ambassador to then Yugoslavia, Mr. Noriaki Owada proposes a toast

 

Annual Assembly of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Asociation

The Fourth Annual assembly and reception of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association were held at the Embassy's premises on March 5, 2008.

President of the Association, H.E. Dr. Takehiro Togo, President of the Board Mr. Kenzo Yoneda, as well as ambassador of Serbia to Japan, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, greeted the guests. President Togo and President of the Board Yoneda reported to the members about the successful activities of the Association in the previous year. They also explained to the guests the problem of the unilaterally proclaimed independence by ethnic Albanian minority in Kosovo, southern province of Serbia.

During the reception organized after the annual meeting, Japanese musicians performed traditional Serbian and classical music.

President of the Board, Mr. Kenzo Yoneda delivers speech
President, prod. dr Takehiro Togo greets the guests

 

Director of the Board Mrs. Akiko Igaya & Mrs. Ivona Mrkic
Japanese artists Mr. Murata and Mr. Kouda perform Serbian music

 

Atmosphere at the reception
Prof. dr Takehiro Togo and guests listening to music
Enjoying the performance

 



Famous Japanese tenor Mr. Tetsuro Fujinuma performs at the Embassy

 

Lecture on Serbia in the Rotary Club Tokyo - North, March 4, 2008

Ambassador of Serbia to Japan, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, gave a lecture and video presentation about Serbia and its relations with Japan to the members of the Rotary club "Tokyo - North", (H.I.H. Prince Mikasa is the Honorary President).

Ambassador Mrkic informed the guests about the 126 years long tradition of official relations between Serbia and Japan, as well as about the potentials for their further development, especially in the economic sector.

Serbian ambassador also has extensively explained the roots, historical background, causes and consequences of the unilaterally proclaimed independence by the separatist Albanian minority in the southern Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohija.

Text of Ambassador's lecture in Japanese

Ambassador I. Mrkic with members of the Rotary Club
The room where Lecture on Serbia was held

 

FEBRUARY 2008

 

Article written by Foreign Minister of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, published in the New York Times on February 27, 2008 and Japan Times on March 12, 2008

One Nation, Indivisible

By VUK JEREMIC

The international system that has brought unprecedented prosperity to the world since 1945 is based on rules that apply without exception. This system is supposed to protect the basic, legitimate national interests of every country, whether rich or poor, strong or weak. Its binding principles include the sovereign equality of states, the respect for the territorial integrity and the inviolability of internationally recognized borders.

Yet on Feb. 17, the Serbian province of Kosovo, which has been under United Nations administration since 1999, unilaterally declared independence from my country. This illegal act has, unfortunately, been recognized by the Bush administration and some European countries including Britain, France and Germany. Others in Europe – including Greece, Romania and Spain – have withheld recognition, as have most other leading global and regional players, including Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Israel, Russia and South Africa.

As things stand, the number of countries that will recognize an independent Kosovo will plateau at around 40, leaving it unrecognized by a vast majority of the close to 200 members of the United Nations. This includes, of course, The Republic of Serbia.

A peaceful demonstration of close to half a million people in Belgrade last week condemned this act of illegal secession. Unfortunately, a few hundred hooligans attacked several embassies, including that of the United States, and looted stores; they even attacked my ministry. Our government has condemned these acts, and will prosecute the offenders.

The case against recognition is based not only on the Security Council's 1999 resolution reaffirming Serbia's sovereignty over Kosovo, but also founded on the view that the international system has, as a result of this hostile act by the Kosovo Albanians, become more unstable, more insecure and more unpredictable.

Here's why. Recognizing the unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence from Serbia legitimizes the doctrine of imposing solutions to ethnic conflicts. It legitimizes the act of unilateral secession by a provincial or other non-state actor. It transforms the right to self-determination into an avowed right to independence. It legitimizes the forced partition of internationally recognized, sovereign states.

It violates the commitment to the peaceful and consensual resolution of disputes in Europe. It supplies any ethnic or religious group that has a grievance against its capital with a playbook on how to achieve its ends. It even resurrects the discredited cold-war doctrine of limited sovereignty.

A historical injustice is being imposed on a European country that has overcome more obstacles since we democratically overthrew Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000 than most other nations have in a much longer time. Recognizing Kosovo means saying, in effect, that Serbian democracy must be punished because a tyrant – one who committed heinous deeds against the Kosovo Albanians in the 1990s – was left unpunished. Such misplaced revenge may make some feel better, but it will make the international system feel much worse.

To act out of a false moral imperative to right a supposed historical wrong will contribute neither to international security nor to the region's prospects of European Union membership. It is time to take a step back and examine the damage done.

If we can find a creative way to step back from the abyss that is Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, we could not only salvage the credibility of the international system, but even strengthen it through a re-commitment to its basic principles. Some will say that it's too late to put the genie back in the bottle. I don't believe that's true, because it's never too late to forge a prosperous future for all stakeholders to share.

What is absolutely certain is that trust needs to be rebuilt and values must be reaffirmed. The way forward lies in coming together and securing an agreement between the two parties: a negotiated, compromise solution to Kosovo's future status that addresses the legitimate right to broad self-governance for Kosovo's Albanians, while preserving a democratic Serbia that is whole and free, integrated into Europe, and engaged with a world set aright through prudent statecraft.

The legitimacy of the international system hangs in the balance.

 

National Day of the Republic of Serbia celebrated at the Embassy, February 15, 2008

Serbia celebrated its National day on February 15, at the Embassy's premises in Tokyo. Over four hundred distinguished guests from Japanese political, business, academic, cultural circles and media, foreign diplomatic missions and Serbian expatriate community were present at the Embassy"s reception.

The guests enjoyed Serbian traditional music, performed by the Japanese guitarist Mr. Shimodate, as well as national dishes, wines and spirits.

Former Minister of Defence, Mr. F. Kyuma
Vice President, House of Councillors, Ms. Akiko Santo

 

Grand Master of Ceremonies, Imperial Palace, H.E. Mr. and Mrs. K. Haraguchi
Mr. Takehiro Togo, President of Japan - Serbia Exchange Association

 

Mr. Yasushi Akashi with Libian diplomatic representative
Mr. S. Fujita, Executive Vice President of ITOCHU Corporation

 

H.E. Mr. and Mrs. Mario Bova, Italian Ambassador
President of Ito Foundation, Ms. S. Ito

 

Diplomatic representatives of Syria, Egypt and Libya with Dr. NakaMats
Atmosphere at the entrance

 

Mr. Naoki Shimodate plays Serbian traditional music
Ms. A. Kovac and Mr. N. Shimodate in Serbian traditional costumes

 

Cookes in shape of Serbian people in traditional costumes
Cake with Serbian Coat of Arms

 

State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development of Serbia dr Goran Petkovic participates in the Workshop on Tourism Promotion in Southeastern Europe (Tokyo, February 6, 2007)

At the invitation of the Government of Japan, State Secretary dr Goran Petkovic participated in the Workshop on Tourism Promotion in the countries of Southeastern Europe.

The official host was Mr. Etsuro Honda, Deputy Director General, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. This was the third such meeting. The previous workshops were held in Becici (Montenegro) and Sarajevo (Bosnia). This conference was attended by officials from nine countries (Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and the Ukraine) and their diplomatic representatives stationed in Tokyo.

Mr. Etsuro Honda reconfirmed continuing support of the Governmnent of Japan to the development of tourism in the countries of this region. He also said that mutual cooperation in tourism promotion is an important component of Japan's bilateral relations with these countries.

Japanese participants were experts from the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), Overseas Tour Operators Association of Japan (OTOA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and various travel agencies.

Dr Goran Petkovic gives a speech in the Workshop
Mr. N. Tasic, Mr. Y. Katagiri, Asst. General Manager (JATA) and State Secretary dr. Goran Petkovic

 

Boris Tadic reelected President of Serbia, February 3, 2008

According to the preliminary data of the Republican Electoral Commission, turnout in the 2nd round of presidential elections in Serbia, held on February 3, 2008, was 67.6% (record high).

Candidate of the Democratic party Boris Tadic won 50.57% (approximately 2.257.105 votes) and candidate of the Serbian Radical Party Tomislav Nikolic 47.71% (approximately 2.129.403 votes). Final results will be declared on February 7, 2008.

By voting for Boris Tadic, citizens of Serbia opted for the acceleration of Serbia's accession to the European integration processes.

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Mr. Boris Tadic, President of Serbia

 

JANUARY 2008

 

Renowned Serbian cardiologists Dr Ostojić and Dr Nedeljković visit Japan

Two Serbian specialists from Clinical Center of Serbia, Prof. Dr Miodrag Ostojić and Prof. Dr Milan Nedeljković, participated at this year's International Congress "CCT 2008 Complex Catheter Therapeutics (31.01. - 02.02.)".

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.

Their participation at this congress contributes greatly to strengtening of medical cooperation with Japanese and other countries' colleagues in the field of cardiology.

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Prof. dr Miodrag Ostojić, Ambassador Ivan Mrkić and prof. dr Milan Nedeljković

 

Two special prizes for participants from Serbia at the 29th Yomiuri International Cartoon Contest, January 30, 2008

At the 29th Yomiuri International Cartoon Contest, two out of five Special Overseas Junior Prizes, selected from almost 3000 participants in the junior category from all over the world, have been extended to Serbia.

Serbian participants Arsen Lalić (15) and Uroš Maksimović (11) won Special Overseas Junior Prizes for their entries in this prestigeous, one of the biggest cartoon contests in the world.

A ceremony of confering the prizes was held at the Yomiuri Shimbun Headquarters, in the presence of H.I.H. Princess Takamado, executives of the Yomiuri Shimbun, representatives of the diplomatic corps and media.

Mrs. Snežana Janković, Counselor of the Embassy of Serbia in Tokyo, received the letters of commendation on behalf of the prizewinners.

Arsen Lalić's caricature
Uroš Maksimović's caricature

 

Japanese translation of "The Light of Microcosm" celebrated at the Embassy, January 24, 2008

On January 24, 2008, Japanese translation of "The Light of Microcosm", one of the most famous literary works written in 1845 by Petar II Petrović Njegoš, was promoted at the Embassy of Serbia in Tokyo. "The Light of Microcosm" has been jointly translated by Professor Kazuo Tanaka, who passed away on March 9, 2007, and Professor Hiroshi Yamasaki, who completed the translation.

Ambassador of Serbia Ivan Mrkić and Mrs. Chizuko Tanaka,  widow of Professor Tanaka, greeted the guests. Explaining the place that this philosophic work of extraordinary value and beauty occupies in Serbian literature, Ambassador stressed the importance of its Japanese translation for further promotion of Serbian culture in Japan. Professor Hiroshi Yamasaki delivered an interesting lecture about the process of translating "The Light of Microcosm" into the Japanese language, expressing his and Professor Tanaka"s views on Njegoš"s literature.

More than fifty guests from academic circles, media, as well as friends of Serbia were present.

Among other dignitaries, the Honorable Mr. Satsuki Eda, President of the House of Councilors of the National Diet of Japan, attended the gathering.

 

Ambassador Mrkic greeting the guests
Mrs. Chizuko Tanaka addressing the gathering

 

Prof. Hiroshi Yamasaki giving lecture about The Light of Microcosm
Hon. Mr. Satsuki Eda, President of House of Councilors with Ambassador I. Mrkic, Prof. H. Yamasaki and Counsellor Mrs. S. Jankovic

 

TCAC Seminar on the Japanese Labor Law hosted in the Embassy

On January 22nd, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia hosted Tokyo Consular and Administrative Corps" (TCAC) seminar on the Japanese Labor Law. On this occasion, Mr. Kunio Miyazato, President of Labour Lawyers Association of Japan and a member of the Tokyo Bar Association, delivered a lecture, while Embassy's representative Mrs. Snežana Janković welcomed the attendants and Ms. Laurie Trost, President of TCAC, made introductory remarks.

This seminar provided an excellent opportunity to discuss labor issues. Attendants, more than 40 representatives of diplomatic community in Tokyo, also enjoyed some traditional Serbian food and drinks.



Lecture about Serbia held in Fukuyama City

On January 16, West Japan Folkdance Association, with the support of our Embassy, organized public lecture about culture and history of Serbia in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The lecturer and the president of the Association, Mr. Yoshiaki Oka, used the opportunity to distribute some tourist pamphlets and information about our country and arrange a Serbian language workshop.

This event is part of the activities f Association, promoting their project of bringing folklore dance group from Serbian city of Loznica "Karadžić" to perform at the "Rose Festival" in Fukuyama City in May.

The concerts are also planned for Ibaraki and Chiba Prefecture, so those ones interested to get more information or purchase the tickets can contact Mr. Oka directly ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

West Japan Folkdance Association has been nurturing close relationship with Serbian folklore dance group for some time now, and in 2005. they invited Mr. Miodrag Spernjak, coreographer, who held a very succesful Serbian traditional dance workshop in Fukuyama city.

The articles about this lecture could be read here (available only in Japanese).

DECEMBER 2007

 

Serbian Charity Mini Bazaar opened at Ikebukuro Sunshine City, December 22, 2007

The first ever mini bazaar of Serbian products was opened at Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, on December 22, 2007. It was organized by the Japan – Serbia Cultural Exchange Association, the Embassy of Serbia in Japan and the company "Adria International Co. Ltd.". It offers a wide variety of best quality Serbian wines, spirits, home made fruit preserves, traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.

The opening ceremony was attended by around 100 guests from various Japanese institutions and companies, friendship associations, etc.

The proceeds from the Bazaar will be used for financing the construction of a Japanese cultural center and budokan in Belgrade.

The bazaar will be opened until January 20, 2008.

Access map is available on the following links:

http://www.adria-shop.com/italianhouse/shops.htm
http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/sunshine/info/access_train.html



Counsellor Mrs. S. Jankovic giving speech at the Opening of the Bazaar
President of the Japan - Serbia Cultural Exchange Association Mr. T. Ushiyama and Mrs. S. Jankovic at the Tape-cutting Ceremony

 

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Part of the Opening Ceremony

 

Special Edition of Serbian Postage Stamps celebrating 125 years of Serbia – Japan official diplomatic correspondence and relations

On December 23rd, Serbian Post issued commemorative postage stamp and first day envelope as part of celebration of 125 years since the official correspondence between the ruler of the Kingdom of Serbia and the Empire of Japan was exchanged.

During the Berlin Congress, on July 13th in 1878, Serbia became an independent and internationally recognized state, and on March 6th in 1882, was proclaimed Kingdom. Milan I Obrenovic was the first Serbian king after the liberation from the Turks, the first sovereign after the Nemanjic family, and a representative of the dynasty which originated from its own people. He addressed to the Japanese Emperor and great reformer of that time Meiji, informing him about his coronation and the international recognition of Serbia. In the written answer of Emperor Meiji, Japan recognized Serbia as an independent state which led to the formal establishing of relations between two monarchies and beginning of official diplomatic correspondence between two sovereigns.

See also: 125 years of Diplomatic Correspondence celebrated between Japan and Serbia

 

Motif on the stamp: portraits of King Milan I Obrenovic and Japanese Emperor Meiji; details of their letters in the background

 

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First Day Commemorative envelope

 

Delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia visited Japan, December 11, 2007

Delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, headed by the Assistant Foreign Minister Ambassador Cedomir Radojkovic, Director General for Bilateral Affairs, visited Japan on December 10 and 11, 2007.

Representatives of the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held talks with the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, headed by the Director General of the European Affairs Bureau, Mr. Chikahito Harada, on future cooperation between the two Ministries, as well as about the overall bilateral relations between the two countries. They were also received by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masakatsu Koike.

Delegations of the Foreign Ministries of Serbia and Japan holding talks
Meeting with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. M. Koike

 

High level officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia met with JICA Vice President Mr. Seiichi Nagatsuka, December 10, 2007

High officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Assistant Minister for Bilateral Cooperation ambassador Cedomir Radojkovic and Director of the Directorate for Asia and the Pacific ambassador Stanislav Stakic, met with the Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Seiichi Nagatsuka at JICA headquarters in Tokyo.

They were accompanied by H.E. Ambassador Ivan Mrkic and Counsellor for Economic Affairs Mr. Nebojsa Tasic.

Serbian officials exchanged views with Vice President Nagatsuka on enhancing cooperation between Serbia and Japan.

 

125 years of Diplomatic Correspondence celebrated between Japan and Serbia

This year, the Embassy of Republic of Serbia celebrated 125 years of the very beginning of diplomatic correspondence and diplomatic relations between Kingdom of Serbia and Empire of Japan. The copies of the original letters from that time, obtained from the Diplomatic archives of Japan and MOFA, were displayed as an exhibition during the Embassy's reception in the occasion of the visit of Serbian Minister for Energy and Mining dr A. Popovic to Tokyo, on November 30th, 2007 (for more, please click here).

On March 10th, 1882, King Milan I Obrenović wrote a letter to Japanese Emperor Meiji, informing about his coronation as the sovereign of the Kingdom of Serbia. By replying to this letter on September 27th, 1882, Emperor Meiji not only congratulated Serbian king on his coronation, but confirmed the recognition of the newly established Serbian state.

After long period under foreign occupation, Serbia became independent and internationally recognized state on July 13, 1878 during the Congress of Berlin. On March 6, 1882, Serbia became a kingdom. The first time Serbia was pronounced kingdom was in 1217, when Stefan Prvovenčani, from Nemanjić ruling family, was crowned its first sovereign.

For details about Serbian medieval history, please see the following link: http://www.serbianembassy.jp/ENGLISH/Medieval.html .

Serbian representatives in Study Tour Program for Youth Groups in Japan

On invitation of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs to join ten-day group study tour of Japan, 15 representatives from Central and South East Europe arrived to Tokyo on December 2. This year two participants from Serbia are joining the program - Mr. Miloš Milovanović, adviser in the Ministry of Agriculture, and Ms. Biljana Stojaković, journalist in Cultural Section of major daily newspaper "Politika".

The openning reception was held in the Tokyo Prince Hotel on December 3rd, with representatives of MOFA and embassies from invited countries.

It is hoped that in the longer term, the applicants deeper understanding of Japan gained in the tour will contribute to strengthening future ties between Japan and European countries.

 

Serbian participants awarded at the Yomiuri International Cartoon Contest

In the 29th Yomiuri International Cartoon Contest held this year in organization of daily newspaper "Yomiuri Shimbun", among more than 6000 candidates, Serbian participants Mr. Arsen Lalic i Mr. Uros Maksimovic won the Sepcial Overseas Junior Prize.

More information is available on the web site: http://info.yomiuri.co.jp/prize/cartoon/ .

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Serbian haiku poets awarded at the International Haiku poetry competition in Hekinan-city

At the annual International competition in haiku poetry (category English language), held in Hekinan-city in Aichi Prefecture, Special award went to Ms. Svetlana Stanković.

Other Serbian participants, awarded as Runners-up, are Mr. Branislav Brzaković, Ms. Jasminka Nadaskić-Đorđević and Ms. Rajna Begović.

All works have been published in special edition “Hekinan Exposition Haiku 2007”, and are posted on the web site of the event organizer:
http://www.city.hekinan.aichi.jp/KANKOKYOKAI/haiku/genkissu/haikutaikai_kekka.htm#e-tokubetu

I spread loundry on balcony
on horizon a ship sails
from one to other clothespin

Svetlana Stankovic

 

 

NOVEMBER 2007

 

Reception at the Embassy on the occasion of the visit of Minister of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia dr A. Popovic to Tokyo, November 30, 2007

The cocktail reception, hosted by H.E. Ambassador Ivan Mrkic in honour of Minister dr A. Popovic, was attended by the members of Parliament, officials of the Government of Japan, representatives of leading corporations and companies, members of the academic circles, the diplomatic corps and media.

Among prominent guests were Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, president of the Parliamentarian League of Friendship Japan-Serbia, Ms Akiko Yamanaka, member of the Parliamentarian League, Mr Chikahito Harada, Director General, European Affairs Bureau, MOFA, Mr. Seiichi Nagatsuka, Vice President of JICA, Mr. Hideo Matsui, Senior Executive Director, JBIC, ambassador Takehiro Togo, president of the Association for Interchange Japan-Serbia, Ms Yasuko Hamada, Vice President of the Association, Mr. Sumitaka Fujita, Vice Chairman of ITOCHU, Mr. Hanazawa Kazuyoshi, President, Sankyo and numerous high officials of various Japanese companies.

Displayed for this occasion were copies of the original letters exchanged between King Milan I Obrenovich of Serbia and Emperor Meiji by which diplomatic relations between Serbia and Japan were established  125 years ago. These historical documents attracted great attention.

Minister dr A. Popovic with Vice President of JICA Mr. S. Nagatsuka
Ambassador I. Mrkic gives a welcome speech
Minister dr A. Popovic and Ms. A. Yamanaka, Member of Parliament

 

Minister dr A. Popovic and Ambassador I. Mrkic discussing with Ms. A. Yamanaka and Mr. I Aisawa, President of the Parliamentary League of Friendship Japan - Serbia
Minister dr A. Popovic, Ambassador T. Togo and Croatian Ambassador D. Stambuk

 

Invitees at the Reception pay heed to the correspondence between Serbian King Milan Obrenovic and Japanese Emperor Meiji dated 1882
Invitees at the Reception

 

Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy dr Aleksandar Popovic visits Japan, November 29 - December 1, 2007

Minister Popovic met with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Masakatsu Koike and had comprehensive talks on enhancing bilateral cooperation in the sectors of mining and energy and in environmental protection with Senior Vice Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Masashi Nakano, Vice President of JICA Mr. Seiichi Nagatsuka, Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Mr. Koji Tanami, President of the Parliamentary league Japan - Serbia Mr. Ichiro Aisawa and the high officials of some Japanese companies.

H.E. Ambassador I. Mrkic, Minister dr A. Popovic and JBIC Governor Mr. Koji Tanami
H.E. Ambassador I. Mrkic, Minister dr A. Popovic and JICA Vice President Mr. Seiichi Nagatsuka
Minister dr A. Popovic and METI Senior Vice Minister Mr. Masashi Nakano

 

Meeting between Serbian Minister of Energy and Mining, Dr. Aleksandar Popovic, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Masakatsu Koike

During his two day visit to Japan, Minister of Energy and Mining of the Republic of Serbia, Dr. Aleksandar Popovic, met with the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Masakatsu Koike, on November 29, 2007.

Minister Popovic and Vice Minister Koike exchanged views on the possibilities for further enhancement of cooperation between Serbia and Japan in various fields.

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Minister Popovic expressed his gratitude to the people and the Government of Japan for their generous economic assistance to the people of Serbia.

He conveyed the letter of Prime Minister of Serbia Dr. Vojislav Kostunica addressed to the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Yasuo Fukuda.

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Vice Minister M. Koike and Minister dr A. Popovic during talks

JICA Seminar on Investment Promotion in Serbia (Tokyo, November 27, 2007)

In collaboration with the Embassy of Serbia in Tokyo, JICA and "Mitsui Mineral Development Engineering Co., Ltd." (MINDECO) organized a seminar at JBIC headquarters in Tokyo on investment promotion in Serbia, which was attended by around 100 representatives of Japanese companies. Its main topic was promotion of investments in the mining sector and related industries in Serbia. Similar seminars, also funded by JICA, will be held next year in London and Toronto.

Vice President of JICA Mr. Seiichi Nagatsuka was the keynote speaker. H.E. Ambassador Ivan Mrkic and Assistant Minister for Mining and Energy Mr. Dejan Rajkovic also were among the speakers. From the Japanese side, presentations on very attractive business and investment climate in Serbia were given by Mr. Yuji Nishikawa, General Manager of MINDECO and Mr. Hiroshi Yamamoto, Vice President, Tobacco Business Planning, Japan Tobacco International. JTI made a successful investment in the production of top brand cigarettes in Serbia.

Japanese participants
MINDECO Managing Director Mr. Yuji Nishikawa

 

Serbian participants with Ambassador I. Mrkic and Embassy staff
Keynote speaker Vice President of JICA Mr. Seiichi Nagatsuka

 

Serbian delegation participates in the "Second Japan - Wider Black Sea Area Dialogue" in Tokyo, November 21, 2007

Members of the Serbian delegation, H.E. Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Japan Mr. Ivan Mrkic and Economic Counsellor Mr. Nebojsa Tasic, participated in this international forum, which was organized by The Global Forum of Japan, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Its main theme was "Japan and the Wider Black Sea Area in the Rapidly Changing World".

Ambassador I. Mrkic was one of the panelists at this conference.

Other panelists were high officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, representatives of nine member countries of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), its Secretary General Leonidas Chrysanthopulos and representatives of the EU and various Japanese universities and institutions.

Serbia was chairing BSEC from November 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007.

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H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic at the Conference

 

High School Students from Higashi Osaka visit Honorary Consulate General

On November 21, the Honorary Consulate General had a pleasure to welcome a group of students from "Tatetsu Higashi High School" from Kansai region.

After a presentation on Serbian history by Honorary Consul General, Mr. Naohide Ueyama, he and the Head of the Serbian Embassy's Culture and Press Section, Aleksandra Kovač, had the opportunity to engage in lively discussion with students about various topics regarding Serbian lifestyle, education, sport and culture.

 

Serbian National Employment Service representatives attend WAPES annual meeting in Tokyo (November 13-16, 2007)

Representatives of the National Employment Service of the Republic of Serbia Mrs. Tamara Samardzic (Director) and Mrs. Vesna-Raca Radisavljevic (Deputy Director) participated in the workshop, study visit and Managing Board Meeting "WAPES in Japan 2007" (Tokyo, November 13-16, 2007), organized by the World Association of Public Employment Services.

This event was hosted by the Employment Security Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

The Managing Board unanimously elected the Serbian National Employment Service as WAPES Regional Center for South-Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

 

Lecture on Serbian Naive Art in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Mr. Pavel Babka, director of International Ethno Center Babka in Kovačica village in Serbia, held a lecture on "Rise and Perspectives of Serbian Naive Art" at the lecture hall in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. He introduced some current issues facing naive art in Serbia, like globalization, human treasure inscription, non-material culture preservation etc.

One of the guests from Serbia, award-winning artist Mr. Jan Glozik, whose artworks are the part of this exhibition, also talked about his extensive lifework and experience.

The audience, consisting of the representatives of Museum, Association for Interchange Japan-Serbia, Modern Naive Art Of Japan Association and Museum visitors, was welcomed by Embassy representative, Ms. Aleksandra Kovač.

Audience at the Lecture by Mr. Pavel Babka
Mr. Glozik explains his work

 

Mr. Glozik signs his autograph
Mr. Pavel Babka gives a lecture

 

Women Volleyball Team from Serbia wins against Japan

In very exciting and to some "an epic" match, held on Sunday November 4th, within "2007 FIVB World Cup Volleyball for Men and Women" (November 2 - 16), Serbian team won against Japan with 3:1.

Both teams played their best, with each team member displaying their talents.

This is how the coach of Serbian team, Mr. Zoran Terzić described his impressions:

"This game was almost the same as the one a year ago in the World Championship. We played very well in the first two sets but after the break the Japan team started to play excellently. Maybe they had some very good drink in the 10 minutes, I don't know! We have a very young team and we are playing this tournament without three or four very important players. We are playing with some new and young players and it is normal from time to time not to play very well, because some had to play in front of 10,000 people for the first time in your life. It is not so easy. The young players played very well at the end of the game, especially Nešović and Veljković.“

The further information are available on official web site 2007 FIVB World Cup Volleybal lhttp://www.vbworldcup.jp/2007/en/ .

 

Embassy Reception held on the occasion of the openning of Serbian Naive Art Exhibition in Tokyo

On November 2nd, the Embassy held a reception to mark the opening of Serbian Naive Art Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (until November 12, 2007).

After delivering the message of Serbian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vuk Jeremić, supporting this cultural event, T.Togo, president of Friendship Association, Ambassador I. Mrkić and Mr. Nishikawa, President of Japan Modern Naive Art, made speeches on this exceptional occasion, presenting unique artworks from Serbia.

Distinguished representatives of public and cultural elite, and representative of diplomatic corps could be seen among numerous guests at the reception, enjoying Serbian food and famous fruit liquor - rakija.

With almost 70 artworks from the Art Gallery Babka from Kovačica village, not so far from Serbian capital Belgrade, this event is the first to be organized in Japan. The next ones are planned to be in Oita and Hiroshima prefectures and Tama city during 2008.

The exhibition, aiming to further strenghten cultural relations with Japan, was organized by Association for Inter-change Japan-Serbia, Modern Naive Art of Japan, International Ethno Center Babka Kovačica, and with the support of Government of Serbia, Ministry of Culture, MFA of Serbia and the Embassy in Tokyo It is to be underlined that without personal effort and enthusiasm of Ms. Akiko Igaya and Ms. Yasuko Hamada this event would not have been possible.

Speech by H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic
Ms. Hamada is introducing the artists

 

Speech by Mr. Nishikawa, Japan Modern Art Association
Mrs. and Mr. Asaka

 

Ms. A. Kovac with Ms. C. Bergstrand from US Embassy (left) and Ms. Diana Tihan from Romanian Embassy
H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic with dr Chiharu Igaya, Vice-president of International Olympics Comittee and Mr. Tomio Hama from Harmo Museum

 

Ambassador of Slovakia, H.E. Mr. P. Vrsansky is displaying his musical talent on national instrument "fuyara"
Bosnian Ambassador H.E. Mr. B. Marojevic with Mrs. I. Mrkic

 

Serbian Naive Art Exhibition opens in Tokyo

After more than 20 years, Serbian naive art paintings are coming to Tokyo, within 33rd Japan Naive Art Society Exhibition in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, from November 2 – 12, 2007.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the paintings from the collection of "International Ethno Center Babka Kovacica" from Kovacica village (http://www.babka-center.com) and other parts of Serbia.

The entrance fee for adults is 700 yen.

Additional information about the exhibition are available on the Museum's web site (http://www.tobikan.jp/) and of http://www.gendoh.jp/topics/index.html).

Ms. A. Kovac, Mr. Jan Glozik, naive painter, Ambassador of Serbia H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Ms. A. Igaya and Mr. Pavel Babka
Guests from Kovačica during their visit to the Embassy

 


Serbian culture and food at the Open Day event in Kyoto

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" will be presenting Serbian food and culture and is inviting all interested to join them in tasting of famous dishes and learning more about our country.

All information about the event, can be obtained via email to Mr. Dragoslav Tatalovic, the president of the friendship society, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on the official web site of KICH http://www.kcif.or.jp/en/zigyo/open_day/07/top-en.html.

 

Serbian women volleyball team at 2007 World Cup in Japan

Serbian women volleyball team will participate in “2007 FIVB World Cup Volleyball for Men and Women” (November 2 – 16). During 2006 FIVB Volleyball World Championship in Japan, the Serbian team scored the third place (http://www.2006vball.jp/en/top.html).

Serbia vs. Japan game is scheduled for November 4th, starting at 6:00 p.m. local time.

For further information and detailed schedule, please visit FIVB’s official web site: http://www.vbworldcup.jp/2007/en/

 

OCTOBER 2007

 

Serbian Naive Artist Jan Glozik celebrates birthday in Tokyo

On October 29th, Mr. Jan Glozik, one of four representatives of Kovačica village in Serbia, celebrated his 50th birthday in the Tokyo restaurant „Darie“ in a warm and home-like atmosphere, with Japanese friends and partners, and Embassy's staff.

This event was arranged by Ms. Akiko Igaya and Ms. Yasuko Hamada, members of Association for Interchange Japan-Serbia, who are also main organizers of Serbian Naive Art Exhibition in Japan.

For further information on the exhibition, please see following link.

Mr. Glozik with representatives of Modern Naïve Art of Japan, Mr. Komatsu and Mr. Itoi
Violin performance by Mr. Hasegawa’s daughter – a surprise present for Mr. Glozik!

 

Lecture about Serbia held at the Gunma Prefectural Women's University

Upon the invitation of the Gunma Prefectural Women's University, Counselor of the Embassy of Serbia in Japan Mrs. Snezana Jankovic gave lecture about Serbia to the students of the University and citizens of the Takasaki City.

Along with the presentation of natural and tourist attractions of Serbia, Mrs. Jankovic presented the primary goals of Serbian foreign policy, results of the ongoing economic reforms, as well as Serbian activities and initiatives in the international arena.

She also pointed out that bilateral relations between Serbia and Japan have a long history of friendship and expressed her hope that exchange of students and cooperation between the universities of the two countries will contribute to their further enhancement.

 

Presentation on working women in Serbia and Japan held in Fuchu City

On October 26, Deputy for Cultural Affairs Ms. Aleksandra Kovač was invited, along with two other colleagues from Poland and China, to address the auditorium of the Silver Jinzai Center in Fuchu City.

Ms. Kovač spoke about working women in Serbia and Japan, and governments’ efforts to introduce new strategies in order to increase the number of women in governmental bodies and decision making process.

After their presentations, guests have answered questions and were given memorable hand-made presents by representatives of the Center. The event was also supported by Foreign Embassies Friendship Association.

Ms. A. Kovac and Mr. Radek Tyszkiewicz from Embassy of Poland
Speech by Ms. Kovac
Ms. Kovac with the representatives of Polish and Chinese Embassy, Mr. R. Tyszkiewicz and Ms. Dong Shu Hui

 

Serbian official participates in the Open Workshop for Promoting Carbon Business Potentials through Clean Development Mechanisms and Joint Implementation in South East European Countries and CIS at the JICA Institute for International Cooperation

On October 24, Ms. Danijela Bozanic, Counsellor, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia, took part in the "Open Workshop", organized by the japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC).

The other participants were from FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan and the Ukraine.

The Open Workshop, which was attended by the representatives of Japanese government institutions and companies, was a part of the JFY Group Training for Kyoto Mechanism Host Countries in SEE and CIS in Tsukuba, Japan (October 15 - 27). This Training Course was held for the first time this fiscal year and will be held on a regular basis every year.

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Ms. Danijela Bozanic during Workshop

 

Serbian participant on Japanese Language Program for diplomats by Japan Foundation

Ms. Jelena Djokovic, attache in the MFA of the Republic of Serbia, will be partipating in the Japanese language program for foreign diplomats and public officials 2007/2008, organized by Japan Foundation and MFA of Japan in the Kansai Japanese Language Institute.

This is the third 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.

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Ms. J. Djokovic, Serbian representative on Japanese Language Program

 

New World Heritage site in Serbia registered by UNESCO

On June 29, UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed 22 new sites on its World Heritage List, among which is historical place Romuliana in Gamzigrad, near Zaječar city in east Serbia (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1253).

The Late Roman fortified palace compound and memorial complex of Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius, in the east of Serbia, was commissioned by Emperor Caius Valerius Galerius Maximianus, in the late 3rd and early 4th century. It was known as Felix Romuliana, named after the Emperor's mother.
The photos of the complex are also available on the following web site http://www.gamzigrad.com/common/gallery .

Apart from Gamzigrad, there are more sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Stari Ras and Sopoćani Monastery (1979), Studenica Monastery (1986) and medieval monuments on Kosovo and Metohija, southern province of Serbia (2004/2006).

 

Serbian Minister of Science dr Ana Pesikan Participated in the Science and Technology Forum, October 7-9, 2007

Dr. Ana Pesikan, Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic of Serbia, participated in the annual Science and Technology in Society Forum, held on 7-9 October, 2007 in Kyoto.

Dr. Pesikan took part in the Ministers' Round Table, hosted by the State Minister for Science and Technology Policy of Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida, where she presented the policy of Serbia in Science and Technology, as well as the ongoing cooperation with foreign countries, especially within the programs of the European Union.

During the Forum, Dr. Pesikan held numerous talks with the dignitaries from Japan, among them with the Chairman of the Forum, Mr. Koji Omi, the director of the Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Center, Mr. Shuichi Fukuda, and many others. She also exchanged views with the State Minister for Science and Technology Policy, Mr. Fumio Kishida, on the possibilities for further improvement of scientific cooperation between Serbia and Japan.

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Prof. dr Ratko Jankov, Assistan Minister of Science, Dr. Ana Pesikan, Minister of Science of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, ambassador and Counsellor Mrs. Snezana Jankovic

 

Culture Class about Serbia

On October 5, Ms. Aleksandra Kovac, head of Cultural Affairs Section, held an introductory lecture about Serbian history, culture, life style and food at the premises of International Friendship Center (IFC).

The members of IFC had the opportunity to learn more about our famous hospitability and vivid background of Serbian nation. Attendants were also encouraged to engage in lively discussion, accompanied with some video presentation from Tourism Organization of Serbia.

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Discussion after the lecture

 

Serbian Fiscal Society becomes member of the International Fiscal Association

At the 61st Congress of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) held in Kyoto (September 30 - October 4, 2007), the Serbian Fiscal Society was voted into membership of this international organization as its 53rd national branch and the first from South-East Europe.

The Serbian Fiscal Society was represented by Mr. Svetislav Kostic, member of its Governing Board and lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Belgrade.

 

SEPTEMBER 2007

 

Okinawa Karate-do Association representatives visit the Embassy on September 24, 2007

A group of representatives of Okinawa Karate-do Association, led by Prof. Shigeru Takamiyagi from International Okinawa University, met with H.E. Mr. Mrkic and third secretary Kovac in the Embassy to greet us before their trip to Serbia.

They had been invited to join the programme of "Days of cultural exhange between Japan and Serbia" in Belgrade (September 28 – October 6, 2007), organized by the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade, Ilija Kolarac Foundation, Belgrade University, Novi Sad University and branch of Okinawa Karate-do Association from Belgrade.

They will take part in the presentation of karate martial art and Japanese traditional dance and prof. Takamiyagi will also give several lectures on Japanese martial arts and culture.

Prof. Takamiyagi, author of Comparative Study between martial art culture in Serbia and Okinawa, expressed his wish that this visit will contribute to further deepening of bilateral relations and to enhancing exhange in the area of karate sport.

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Serbian Police representative on "Seminar on Control of Drug Offences"

Mr. Dalibor Živković, from Drugs Smuggling Suppression Department of Criminal Investigations Directorate, Ministry of Interion of the Republic of Serbia, took participation in this year's "Seminar on Control of Drug Offences in Tokyo" (September 17 – October 5, 2007), organized by National Police Agency and the Japan Interantional Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This is the third participant from Serbia (previously in 2004. and 2005.) taking a part in the event, held annually since 1962. in order to enhance a partnership among the countries fighting against illicit drug trafficking.

The reception, marking the opening of the course, was held in the Grand Arc Hanzomon Hotel in Tokyo on September 21, with the presence of the Embassy’s representative.

 

Lecture on Kosovo and Metohija held in Tokyo

Organized by the network on non-governmental organizations interested in the situation in the Balkans and dealing with the humanitarian affairs in Serbia, a lecture on Kosovo and Metohija was held at the Meiji University in Tokyo on September 22, 2007.

Prof. Masayuki Iwata of Tokyo International University, presented his analysis of historical facts that led to the break-up of former Yugoslavia, as well as to the escalation of the so called “Kosovo problem”.

While displaying the material on cultural heritage and Serbian spiritual monuments in Kosovo and Metohija, Prof. Iwata gave his views on the roots of the problem and its consequences on other regions and countries in the world in case of imposed solution or secession of the Province from the Republic of Serbia, as a sovereign country.

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Prof. Masayuki Iwata gives a lecture

 

Serbian motocyclysts visit Embassy during their World trip

Two Serbian motocyclists, Dane Medic and Vladan Komatovic, arrived in Japan after their trip across Europe and Asia and visited our Embassy with their Japanese companion, Ryutaro Arima.

It was a great opportunity to hear more about their experiences during this long and unpredictable journey, and to realize how valuable it can be for better understanding between Serbian and Japanese nation.

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Mr. Vladan Komatovic, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Mr. Dane Medic and Mr. Ryutaro Arima

 

Japanese businessmen to pay tribute to Nikola Tesla

Osamu Hirashita, Consultat at Japan Planning Systems and Makoto Watanabe, Executive Director of Tokyu Agency Inc., visited the Embassy to announce their idea of building a statue of Nikola Tesla, great scientist and inventor of Serbian origin.

Considering the contribution Tesla made to the world today by his inventions relating to electricity, Japanese guests expressed their intention of erecting monument devoted to Tesla in Otsuka city, Yamanashi prefecture, which is a place of the first electric power plant in Japan. They hope that this project will enable Japanese public to know more about Tesla's work and genious, and that it will strenghten relations between two countries even more.

Mr. Hirashita, a renowed businessman, is also organizer of recent lectures regarding economic and investment topics held in Belgrade, with the support of Belgrade Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Japan in Serbia.

For more information about Tesla, please see here.

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Third Secretary Ms. A. Kovac, Mr. O. Hirashita, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Mr. M. Watanabe, Counsellor Mrs. S. Jankovic

 

Japanese ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Mr. Tadashi Nagai, gave lecture in the Serbian embassy

H. E. Mr. Tadashi Nagai, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Serbia, gave lecture in the Serbian Embassy in Tokyo on September 19, 2007. The lecture was organized by the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association.

Ambassador Nagai, who spent fifteen years in Serbia as a diplomat, presented to the members of the Association comprehensive information about the political situation in Serbia, his views on the process of negotiations on the status of Serbian Province of Kosovo, as well as about Serbian economic potentials and its bilateral relations with Japan.

In view of Ambassador Nagai, one of the most renowned experts on Serbia in Japan, who speaks Serbian fluently, the bilateral relations of our two countries have been traditionally good and friendly. He emphasized the potentials of the overall cooperation, centering on tourism, investment promotion and trade, expressing the importance of further growing of the relations between Japan and Serbia, as the key country in the Western Balkan region.

President of the Parliamentary League of Friendship between Japan and Serbia, a member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan, Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, attended the gathering and delivered a speech.

The audience was greeted by the President of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association Ambassador Takehiro Togo, as well as by Ambassador of Serbia to Japan, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic. Among the participants was Mr. Osamu Hirashita, President of the consulting firm JPS, who initiated the project of building the statue of the famous Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla in the Yamanashi Prefecture, as well as the group of the Japanese businessmen led by Mr. Hirashita to Serbia this summer.

After Ambassador Nagai's lecture, the guests were served with the traditional Serbian food and drinks.

H.E. Mr. T. Nagai giving lecture
H.E. Mr. T. Togo, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Hon. I. Aisawa

 

H.E. Mr. T. Nagai, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Mr. K. Yoneda
Members of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association during lecture

 

Concert by Serbian musician held in Embassy

To mark the release of a new album of Serbian musician Milivoje Petrovic, also know as Miško Plavi, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Tokyo held a promotion coctail party and mini concert with performance by Miško Plavi himself on September 18, 2007.

It was a good opportunity for his admirers, representatives of diplomatic community, music industry and media, as well as other music lovers, to enjoy his live repertoire with the influence of Serbian traditional sounds.

Milivoje Petrovic is an artist with a long career, marked with successes, not only in his native Serbia, but also around the world. He cooperated with music production companies such as Cosmic sounds from London, Virgin from France and with famous French filmmaker Jean Marc Barr. Since 2000, he regularly performs and tours around Japan as an accordion player, either solo or accompanied by his internationally mixed band.

For more information about the artist, please visit http://www.jabup.com or www.miskoplavi.com.

Miško Plavi during concert

 

Serbia participates at the JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel Fair (September 13 - 16, 2007)

For the second consecutive year Serbia took part in the JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel Fair at Tokyo Big Sight.

Representatives of the Tourism Organization of Serbia (under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development of the Republic of Serbia) Mr. Predrag Rolovic and of the Tourism Organization of Belgrade Ms. Ivana Milatovic and Mr. Sasa Stevanovic concluded additional arrangements with Japanese agencies for tours to Serbia in 2008, which will substantially increase the number of Japanese tourists visiting our country.

Mr. P. Rolovic, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Ms. I. Milatovic, Mr. S. Stevanovic
Mr. P. Rolovic, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Mr. S. Stevanovic, Ms. I. Milatovic and Mr. N. Tasic

 

Vice Chairman of ITOCHU Corporation Sumitaka Fujita received by the President of Serbia Boris Tadic

During his visit to Belgrade, Vice Chairman of ITOCHU Corporation Sumitaka Fujita called on President Boris Tadic on September 10, 2007.

During the talks, which were held in an affable atmosphere, president Tadic expressed Serbia's strong interest for obtaining a favourable STEP (Special Terms for Economic Partnership) loan from the Japanese Government for the construction of a new bridge over the Danube River in Belgrade.

Both sides see promising prospects for expanding the exports of Serbian food and agricultural products to Japan and in promoting mutual cooperation in auto parts manufacturing and chemical industries.

Vice Chairman Fujita informed president Tadic that his corporation sees Serbia as the most promising country in the region for the future activities of ITOCHU, which will very soon open its Belgrade Office. President Tadic promised his full support and assistance for the future commitments of ITOCHU in Serbia.

Talks between President Boris Tadic and Vice Chairman of Itochu Corporation Sumitaka Fujita
Vice Chairman S. Fujita, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Mr. H. Hashimoto and Mr. N. Tasic

 

Representatives of the Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) were participants in the JICA/UNIDO Practical seminar on investment promotion for the countries of South Eastern Europe (September 9 - 22, 2007)

SIEPA officials Mr. Bojan Jankovic and Mrs. Tatjana Radovanov attended the first JICA/UNIDO Practical Seminar on Investment Promotion in SEE. This year Serbia and Ukraine were invited to send their representatives.

The Practical Seminar is a part of the JICA technical cooperation programs. It is very special since its main goal is interviews, bilateral and round table meetings with the representatives of targeted Japanese companies and visits to different industrial plants. The expertise of our participants will further enhance economic relations between Serbia and Japan and attract investments from the Japanese private sector.

Ms. T. Radovanov and Mr B.Jankovic visit to Mitsubishi Corporation
Meeting at Mitsui Headquarters

 

Delegation of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, visits Tokyo

Delegation of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, headed by the Dean Prof. Dr Vladimir Mako, participated in the International Symposium “Eco Urbanity” in Tokyo. The Symposium was held at the University of Tokyo on September 7 and 8, 2007, and it was organized by Prof. Dr Darko Radovic, guest professor of this university. Many renowned architects from Japan and the world, like Kengo Kuma, Yuichiro Kodama, Hidenobu Jinnai (Japan), Oriol Clos (Spain), Mike Jenks (UK), Arvind Krishan (India), David Sim (Denmark) and others, took part in this important event.

In numerous contacts with the colleagues and renowned architects from Japan, Prof. Mako, accompanied by Assistant Professor Zoran Djukanovic, stressed the interest of the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade to intensify cooperation with the Japanese universities through joint projects and initiatives.

Professors Mako and Djukanovic presented to the participants of the Symposium the newly published book “Urbophilia”, as well as materials related to the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade.

Asst Prof. Zoran Djukanovic, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Prof. Dr Darko Radovic
Asst. Prof. Zoran Djukanovic, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Dean Prof. Dr Vladimir Mako

 

AUGUST 2007

 

Serbian film won an award in film festival in Japan

Serbian environmental movie “My friend, the Goldfinch”, by Dusan Cekic and Oliver Fojkar, won an award at 8. International Japan Wildlife film Festival in Toyama City, in a category of “the best educational film for children” among 35 selected movies. All awarded films will be shown by the end of this year in the Natural History Museum in Tokyo.

This was the only representative from South East Europe, chosen among 300 applicants from more then 40 countries in the world.

Mr. Fojkar, who received the award, invited his Japanese colleagues to join the International Touristic, Ecological and Sport Film Festival (MEFEST) in Serbia.

Mr. Lalovic and Mr. Fojkar with the Embassy staff during the Reception on August 20
Mr. Fojkar, winner of educational award, delivers the speech at the Embassy Reception on August 20
Colorful displays of Mr. Lalovic’s films and materials of the Institute for nature conservation of Serbia at the Embassy’s Reception at the Embassy Reception on August 20

 

Lecture on Serbia for the students of Nihon University held on August 3, 2007

The group of students of Nihon University visited the Embassy in order to have lecture on Serbia. Counselor Mrs. Snezana Jankovic informed the students about the overall situation in Serbia, its main political and economic goals, as well as about its interest to develop relation with Japan in the political, economic, cultural and all other fields.

 

 

JULY 2007

 

Lecture on Serbia held in the Embassy on July 27, 2007

Lecture on Serbia was held for the group of Japanese citizens who had previously been attending the course on former Yugoslavia within the Mainichi Culture City, affiliated with the Mainichi newspapers. Counselor Mrs. Snezana Jankovic gave lecture about present political situation in the country, negotiations on the future status of the Kosovo province, as well as economic reforms and bilateral relations with Japan.

 

Serbian movie in Refugee Film Festival in Tokyo

On July 24, awarded film “Pretty Diana” by Serbian filmmaker, Boris Mitić, will be shown at 2nd edition of Refugee Film Festival in Tokyo (July 18 - 26). This event is organized by UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency in Japan. The screening will be held at 4 pm at the Embassy of Sweden, it is free and no prior reservation of seats is required.

After the screening of the movie, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Serbian Embassy Mrs. Snezana Jankovic, will have a brief presentation on the situation of refugees in Serbia.

She will present the facts pointing out that Serbia still remains the country which shelters the biggest number of refugees and internally displaced persons in Europe. There are more than 100.000 refugees and 209.000 IDPs from Kosovo and Metohija, while almost 200.000 refugees from Bosnia and Croatia permanently stayed in Serbia, taking Serbian citizenship.

Serbia is doing its utmost to help the integration of refugees and IDPs in the society, as well as to enable their return to their homes. However, that process is going on very slowly and, in addition to our own efforts, requires continuing international support and engagement.

The complete list of 30 film screenings with the schedule of the Refugee Film Festival is on-line in English and Japanese at www.refugeefilm.org.

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Exhibition of Serbian artists in the Echizen City Hall

On July 25, the exhibition of works from the collection of Iwano Atelier will be opened within “Contemporary Art in East Europe Exhibition” in the Echizen City Hall, Fukui Prefecture. The organizer of this event is Tannan Art Festival.

To read about the previous display of this artworks, please reffer to the event schedule for April 2007.

Misko Plavi – Japan Tour 2007

Talented accordion player, Miško Plavi, will be touring in Japan till beginning of September, promoting his new CD.

For almost 7 years, Miško Plavi has been coming to Japan to perfom his music influenced by native Serbia and Balkan region, having more than 100 solo concerts.

For detailed programme of his concerts, please click here.

For more detailed information about this musician and his perfomances, please visit www.miskoplavi.com and http://www.jabup.com/html/artist/2007/misko.html.

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Serbian Filmmakers at the „Japan Wildlife Film Festival“

Awarded Serbian film director, environmentalist and ecologist Mr. Petar Lalović will be taking a role as a member of jury in the “Japan Wildlife Film Festival” to be held in Toyama city, from August 23, 2007.

He has created more that 200 documentaries mostly on themes of nature and ecology, with some wining reputable international awards in film festivals around the world. Thus, his presence in this year’s festival will be a great opportunity to share his remarkable experience and knowledge with filmmakers and public in Japan, as well as with other participants from around the world, and to contribute to raising awareness about environmental issues in which Japan also nurtures permanent and profound interest.

His four short movies will be screened in Tokyo on July 20. (For details click here)

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Also, another awarded Serbian fimmaker, Mr. Oliver Fojkar, will be presented as a finalist in this festival with his movie “My friend the goldfinch”.

For more information please visit www.naturechannel.jp

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Serbian Artist in Residence in Seto

Velimir Vukićević, renowed ceramic artist and professor of Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, is participating in Seto International Ceramic & Glass Art Exchange Program 2007 - 2008, organized by Seto City Cultural Promotion Foundation. As an artist in residence in Seto, Vukićević will have a slide lecture on July 17 and open studio on August 18. The visitors are most welcome to see the work of this Serbian artist.

For details, please reffer to www.city.seto.aichi.jp/setomono/air/

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Jazz legend Gojkovic performs in Tokyo again

Our famous jazz trumpet musician, Duško Gojković, is performing again in Tokyo. This internationally recognized artist has been coming to Japan for more than 10 years. There is also a Japanese fan club dedicated to this great musician.

For more information about his performances, please visit http://www.pit-inn.com/index_e.html .

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JUNE 2007

 

H.E. Ambassador Ivan Mrkic visits "Yonden Shikoku Electric Power Co., Ltd."

At the invitation of the management of "Yonden Shikoku Electric Power Co., Ltd.", H.E. Ambassador Ivan Mrkic visited the company headquarters in Takamatsu on Shikoku island on June 18-19.

The hosts conveyed "Yonden's" interest to take part in various projects in the energy sector of Serbia, either through joint investments or as contractors for the projects financed through foreign loans, which would ensure stable electric energy supply and protection of the environment.

This especially applies to the planned construction of thermal electric power plants, mini hydro-electric power plants and wind farms. Since most electricity generating plants in Serbia are coal fired, clean development mechanism projects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also be implemented by the Serbian Government.

"Yonden" is planning to discuss prospective projects with the Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS).

 

Ambassador visits Kansai region

As part of annual consultations on consular issues, Ambassador Mrkić and Deputy for Consular Affairs Ms. Kovač paid a visit to Honorary Consul General, Mr. Naohide Ueyama, in the premises situated in “Dainihon Jochugiku” Company (better known as Kincho) in Osaka.

They also had the opportunity to visit the oldest factory of “Kincho” Company in Arida (Wakayama Prefecture), the birth place of Mr. Ueyama’s ancestor, Eiichiro Ueyama, the first Honorary Consul of Kingdom of Yugoslavia (more details, please click here).

In Kyoto, Ambassador Mrkić presented the “Embassy’s Aknowledgements” to Prof. Dr Shin-ichi Kanemaru, from Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, for his expertise and succesful treatment of Serbian patient.

Ambassador Mrkic and Ms Kovac with Ueyama family at Honorary Consulate General
Ambassador Mrkic in Kincho factory in Wakayama Prefecture
Ambassador Mrkic and Prof Dr Shin-ichi Kanemaru

 

Visit by Tokai Shiritsu Yokosuka High School students

On June 18, during their visit to our Embassy, “Tokai Shiritsu Yokosuka Junior High School” students and theacher Mr. Kojima, had the opportunity to hear more about our country and enjoy video footage of Serbian beauties.

 

Visit by Aihara Junior High School students

On June 8, “Aihara Junior High School“ students from Kanagawa Prefecture visited our Embassy and met with Ambassador I. Mrkić and Ms. A. Kovač, who informed them more about Serbian traditions, architecture and national sports.

 

The rector of the Belgrade University prof. dr Branko Kovacevic visits ITO Foundation

On June 3, Rector Kovacevic paid a call on Madame Shinrei Ito, Chief Executive Adviser, the trustees and officials of the ITO Foundation. He was accompanied by the Counsellor of the Embassy Mr. Nebojsa Tasic.

This visit was an opportunity to continue talks on furthering mutual cooperation, which were started in December 2006 when a delegation of the ITO Foundation visited the Belgrade University.

Rector Kovacevic, who was given an exceptionally warm welcome, thanked Madame Shinrei Ito on the scholarships and on the donation of a powerful computer to the Belgrade University for research purposes.

Since 2005 seven scholarships were provided by ITO Foundation for studies in Japan. Madame Ito expressed great satisfaction with the results achieved by Serbian students during their studies at Japanese universities, saying that Serbia has a great potential in a highly educated and very talented young generation. She also said that it was a pleasure to cooperate with the Belgrade University which has a long tradition as the largest and oldest university in South East Europe and the Western Balkans.

Rector Kovacevic invited Madame Ito and her associates to attend the official celebration of  the 170-th anniversary of the Belgrade University in July 2008.

Madame Shinrei Ito and Rector of the Belgrade University Prof. dr Branko Kovacevic during the visit

 

MAY 2007

 

International Conference IPSI 2007 opened in Tokyo on May 31, 2007

International Conference on Advances in the Internet, Processing, Systems and Interdisciplinary Research – IPSI 2007, jointly organized by the Serbian and Japanese scientists, was opened on May 31 in Tokyo. In the three-day conference, held for the first time in Asia, scientific elite from all over the world took place. Among the participants were Prof. Martin Perl, Nobel Laureate from the Stanford University, Prof. Linda Naimi from the Perdue University, ex Vice President for Information Technologies from Harvard, Prof. Hironori Fujii from the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, Prof. Hirosato Nomura from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Prof. Hirotoshi Kubota from the Teikyo University and many others.

On behalf of the organizers, Prof. Fujii addressed the gathering. Rector of the Belgrade University, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovačević, Serbian Ambassador to Japan Mr. Ivan Mrkić, Prof. Perl and other guests also gave speeches, praising the initiative of the Serbian scientists and scientific quality of the IPSI Conference.

Rector Kovacevic said that the University of Belgrade would soon be celebrating 170 years of its existance and that it would continue to cooperate closely with the major scientific centers in Japan and the world.

Ambassador Mrkic reminded of some of the greatest names of the Serbian science, like Nikola Tesla, Mihajlo Pupin, Milutin Milankovic and others. He said that, judging by its scientific potential and the pace of its development, Serbia could soon become one of the important information technology centers in the Central and Eastern Europe.

The International IPSI conference is an example of successful cooperation between Serbian and Japanese scientists, as well as yet another proof of the contribution of the Serbian science to the world scientific trends.

Prof. H. Fujii, Mr. and Mrs. V. Milutinovic, Ms. Yoshida, Mr. V. Dorfler, Prof. T. Saiki, Rector Prof. dr B. Kovacevic, Mrs. I. Mrkic, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Mrs. I. Kovacevic, Ms. A. Kovac, Prof. Martin Perl, Nobel Laureate and Mrs. Perl

 

Visit of the Rector of Belgrade University, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovacevic, to the Nippon and Tokyo Foundations (May 31, 2007)

Rector of the Belgrade University, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovacevic, who is currently visiting Japan, was received by the President of the Nippon Foundation, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, and the Executive Director of the Tokyo Foundation, Ms. Elen Mashiko.

Rector Kovacevic expressed his gratitude for long standing and fruitful cooperation between the two Foundations and the University of Belgrade. Representatives of the Nippon and Tokyo fondations expressed their readiness to continue to cooperate with Belgrade University, providing scholarships for the best students of the University, inviting Serbian scientists and researchers to participate in the international projects funded by these foundations and to enhance cooperation in all other educational and scientific fields.

H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Rector Prof. dr B. Kovacevic and Mr. N. Tasic
Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, President of Nippon Foundation

 

Serbian delegation attends the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Conference and the Council of National Representatives meeting in Yokohama, May 26-June 1, 2007

The president of the Association of Medical Workers of Serbia Dr Radmila Nesic and Dr Milunka Lazarevic attended the international conference Nursing at the Forefront and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Conference at the National Convention Hall, Pacifico Convention Center in Yokohama, May 26-June 1, 2007.

Serbia became member of ICN in 2005 and was elected this year to its executive body-the Council of National Representatives.

 

Ambassador Mrkic and Counsellor Jankovic attend the gathering in honor of Mr. Kenzo Yoneda, on May 21, 2007

H.E. Ambassador Ivan Mrkic and Counsellor Mrs. Snezana Jankovic were invited as guests to the Economic Seminar, organized by the Liberal Democratic Party to support the candidature of Mr. Kenzo Yoneda for the Upper House Election. Mr. Shoichi Nakagawa, Chairman of the Policy Research Council of the LDP gave a lecture, while many distinguished guests attended the gathering, among them Mr. Bunmei Ibuki, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as well as other representatives of the Japanese Parliament, Government and academic circles.

Mr. Yoneda is an old friend of our country, who currently assumes the position of the President of the Board of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association. During his previous term as a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yoneda was one of the founders of the Parliamentarian League of Friendship between Japan and our country.

 

Charity fair was held by "Action for Children in Crisis" in Tokyo

On May 20, "Action for Children in Crisis" (ACC) held a charity fair presenting ethnic clothes and goods from Serbia.

This NGO has been very active with humanitarian work in Serbia, especially in Kosovo province, where they visited Serbian enclaves and held several creative workshops for children ("Grandmother’s hand", "Boat in the wind").

They also cooperated with NGO „Hi Neighbour“ from Belgrade, which facilitated organizing several other workshops with orphans and refugees.

 

Visit by Awaji Shiritsu Higashiura Junior High School students

On May 17, students of "Awaji Shiritsu Higashiura Junior High School" from Hyogo Prefecture visited the Embassy, where they met with Ambassador Mrkić and Ms. Kovač in charge of Culture Affairs. In lively conversation on various topics, students had the opportunity to hear more about Serbian music, sports and cuisine.

Visit by Yagiyama Junior High School students

On May 16, Ambassador Mrkić welcomed students of "Yagiyama Junior High School" from Miyagi Prefecture, who were eager to know more about overall situation in Serbia. They were introduced current political issues, as well as history and cultural heritage of our country.

JICA seminar on revitalization of the mining sector in Serbia to be held in Belgrade

On May 25th 2007, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will hold a seminar in Belgrade on the rehabilitation of the mining industry in the Republic of Serbia. The seminar is supported by the Serbian Government and the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade.

JICA team in Serbia is currently working on the Master Plan for the Promotion of  the Mining Industry in the Republic of Serbia. This is one of the biggest projects funded by JICA which was started in August 2006 and will be finalized by the end of December 2007.

 

Head of the Cultural Section of the Embassy awarded at Japanese Speech Contest

Ms. Aleksandra Kovač, Deputy for Cultural and Press Section, participated on May 12, at the 10th „Japanese Speech Contest“, organized by Foreign Embassies Friendship Association, with support of MOFA of Japan, Ministry of Education and Culture Agency of Japan. She has been awarded with a special prize of the jury for her speech “My Meeting with Kyudo“.

In the previous years, Mrs. Snežana Janković, then in charge of Cultural Affairs, won the first prize (Award of MOFA of Japan) and Ms. Tijana Zdravković, then Ambassador’s Secretary, won the second place (Award of Ministry of Education).

Ms. Aleksandra Kovac, III secretary

Ambassador’s visit to Printing Museum in Tokyo

On May 10, Ambassador Mrkić with his wife and Ms Kovač, Head of Cultural Section, visited Printing Museum in Tokyo where they were warmly welcomed by Koichi Kabayama, director, Izumi Munemura, Head of Curation and Planning, providing a guide tour through museum’s premises and exhibition halls.

The visit was organized by Hisashi Ueyama, representative of Honorary Consulate General of Serbia and senior managing director of Kincho Company, whose posters are part of ongoing exhibition in Museum.

Director Mr. K. Kabayama, Mr. H. Ueyama, Ms. A. Kovac, H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic, Mrs. I. Mrkic, Ms. E. Takahashi
H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic tries the printing press
H.E. Mr. I. Mrkic and Director K. Kabayama

 

Prof Dr Milan Ristović visits Tokyo University on invitation by Prof. Dr. Nobuhiro Shiba

On the invitation of Prof. Dr. Nobuhiro Shiba from Komaba Campus of Tokyo University and Secretary General of Japan-Serbia Friendship Association, in the beginning of May Prof. Ristović, from Faculty of Philosophy at University of Belgrade, made an official visit to Tokyo University where he held lectures for postgraduates in the area of historical sciences.

 

APRIL 2007

 

Prof Dr. Marko Bumbaširević visits Japan

On April 27th, Prof. Bumbaširević, Head of Traumatology Clinic to the Clinical Center of Serbia, participated at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of External Fixation and Lim Lenghtening. For his outstanding lecture as a guest speaker, Prof. Bumbaširević was awarded with Certificate of Appreciation by Dr. Satoshi Toh, President of the Association.

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Certificate of Appreciation

 

Prof. Dr. Jugoslav Vasić visits Japan

Full time professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgrade University, Prof. Jugoslav Vasić, visited Tokyo University in April where he met with Prof. Dr. Shinichi Shogenji, Dean of Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at The Faculty of Agriculture and Prof. Dr. Susumu Kumagai from Research Center for Food Safety.

The talks included the possibilities for establishing a cooperation between two universities and its related faculties.

H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Prof. Dr. Jugoslav Vasić, Dean Prof. Dr. Shogenji Shin-ichi and Prof. Dr. Susumu Kumagai

 

Cardiovascular surgical interventions by Prof. Dr. Shigeru Saito in Belgrade

Prof. Dr. Shigeru Saito of Shounan Hospital, who visited the Embassy on March 16, made fourth visit to the Clinic Center of Serbia in Belgrade where he has treated five patients, demonstrating new surgical technics in the field of cardiology.

Dr. Saito, who made 10.000 interventions of this kind by now, made his appearance together with Dr. Antonio Colombo, world-renowned interventional cardiologist.

 

Japan Tobacco International started production in Serbia

A factory in northern Serbian town of Senta has started production of Japan Tobacco International brands such as Winston, Camel and Monte Carlo. The opening ceremony for the new Japanese plant was held on April 25, 2007.

JTI is the first company from Japan to invest in Serbia. The company has long term interests in Serbia and plans to strengthen its presence in the region.

JTI has so far invested 45 million USD into the Senta plant. In the next few years the overall figure, including production, sales network and marketing should reach 100 million USD.

The goal is to place their products in the foreign markets, principally those of CEFTA and Western Balkan countries.

Mr. N. Tasic, Mr. I. Kumakura, Executive Deputy President, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Mr. M. Koizumi, Executive Vice-President, Mr. K. Shimayoshi, General Manager, Mr. N. Kato, Tobacco Business Planning Div.

 

Exhibition of Serbian children’s drawings  in Komaki

"International Kids Art Association" organized an exhibition "From a visit in Serbia to Komaki " in the Civic centre in Komaki city, Aichi prefecture (April 16-25). Some  90 drawings by Serbian and Japanese children  were exhibited.

 

Visit by Uramachi Junior High School students

On April 18, Ambassador Mrkić welcomed students of "Uramachi Junior High School" from Aomori Prefecture, who visited the Embassy during their study trip to Tokyo. In a friendly atmosphere, Japanese students had the opportunity to learn more about our country, its history and culture.

 

Nikko Travel Agency promoted their 2007 tour package to Serbia at the Embassy

For the second year in a row, Nikko Travel Agency promoted its new tour package to Serbia in the premises of the Embassy. The program included  Ambassador Mrkić's address to Japanese guests and a presentation of Serbian nature beauties in Japanese by the Third Secretary Ms. Kovač. Japanese guests also had the opportunity to enjoy Serbian wine.

Commemoration in honor of Prof. Kazuo Tanaka

On April 15, a commemoration service was held in Tokyo in honour of  Prof. Kazuo Tanaka, distinguished translator of Serbian literature and  laureate of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, who recently passed away. In the presence of the members of his family, around 200 guests expressed their respect for  Prof. Tanaka and his work. Among those present were former Japanese ambassadors to our country, Honorary Consul General of Serbia to Japan and the representatives of Serbian Embassy.

A condolence message of Foreign Minister Mr. Vuk Draskovic was read and presented to Prof. Tanaka's family. Also, many eminent admirers and friends sent their condolences. Ambassador Mrkić gave a speech honouring Prof. Tanaka and his important contribution in strengthening cultural ties between Serbia and Japan.

The guests were each presented with a copy of Prof. Tanaka's last book „Heart of the Balkans", published after his death.

H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and Counsellor Mrs. S. Jankovic at commemoration service

 

Presentation of Serbia on NHK Radio (April 13, 2007)

At the invitation of Radio NHK, Mrs. Snezana Janković, Counsellor, participated in the weekly discussion programme "Buffet 131" about foreign countries.

During the half an hour programme in Japanese, Mrs. Janković talked about bilateral relations between Serbia and Japan, Serbia’s cultural heritage, its economic potentials and tourist attractions.

Counsellor Mrs. Snezana Jankovic

 

Serbian ambassador took part in the traditional event in Kyoto

At the invitation of the family of Mr. Naohide Ueyama, President of the famous Kincho Company and Honorary Consul General of Serbia to Japan, Ambassador of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and his family participated on April 7, 2007 in a traditional annual event in Kyoto, dedicated to the ruler of Japan from the 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Ambassador Mrkic was the first ambassador ever to take part in the traditional procession, greeted by more than 48.000 Kyoto citizens, who warmly welcomed the Serbian ambassador.

Mr. Naohide Ueyama, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Serbia
H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic with family and (from right to left) Mr. Naohide Ueyama, Honorary Consul General of Serbia in Osaka and President of Kincho, Mr. Hidesuke Ueyama, Chairman of Kincho, Mr. Hisashi Ueyama, Director of Kicnho and Mr. Kazumasa Kamiya, Secretary of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association

 

 

Ambassador Mrkic meets with the Minister of Defense Mr. Fumio Kyuma

Ambassador of Serbia H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic was received by the Minister of Defense of Japan, H. E. Mr. Fumio Kyuma, on the 4th of April 2007. As Minister Kyuma noticed it, that was the first meeting ever between the first minister of Defense of Japan and the first Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia (after the former State Union of Serbia and Montenegro ceased to exist) to Japan. A wide range of issues of mutual interest was discussed, while further contacts and consultations between the ministries of defense of the two countries will follow.

H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and H.E. Minister of Defense Mr. Fumio Kyuma

 

Exhibition of Serbian artists in the Fukui City Museum of Arts

The exhibition of works from the collection of Iwano Atelier was held in the Fukui City Museum of Arts, Fukui Prefecture (April 3 - 10). Exhibited were 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. There were around 70 exhibited works, among which 36 of Serbian artists.

At the opening ceremony were present the representatives of the cultural institutions of Fukui Prefecture. The Third Secretary of the Embassy Ms. Kovač gave a speech, read the message of the Ambassador, and gave interviews for the local TV station and newspapers.

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Ms. Kovac's speech at the Openning
Ms. Kovac and
Mr. Heizaburo Iwano

 

MARCH 2007

 

Representatives of Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) visited Japan

The representatives of Serbian National Radio and TV (RTS) visited Japan (March 21 – April 13)  for making a series about the Orthodox church and religion in Japan. They made inteviews with Prof.Yoji Koyama of Niigata University, Prof. Nobuhiro Shiba from Tokyo University, Prof. Michitaka Suzuki from Okayama University and Ms. Yasuko Hamada from Meguro UNESCO Association.

 

Performance of Serbian pantomime actor in Tokyo

From March 16-18, Han Mime Kobo Theater of pantomime organized a graduation performance of their new members, "Itsuka Kita Michi". Milisav Bankovic, a student from Serbia, also gave a performance.

Detailed information can be found on the following web site (www.hanmime.com), e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), phone (03 3993-9418) or fax (03 3993-9559).

 

Eminent surgeon Dr. Shigeru Saito awarded in the Embassy

Prof. Dr. Shigeru Saito of Shounan Hospital, visited the Embassy on March 16 before his fourth visit to the Clinic Center in Belgrade.

Deeply respected for his donations to Serbian medical institutions and for skilled surgeries of patients with cardiovascular  diseases, Dr. Saito was presented with a special acknowledgement for his contribution by Ambassador Mrkić.

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H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and
Prof Dr. Shigeru Saito

 

Serbian children awarded seven prizes in the 14th World Children's Picture Competition

At the  award presentation ceremony of "The 14th Annual World Children's Picture Contest" organized by Association "Ie no Hikari", Third Secretary Ms. Kovač received a copy of the gold prize winner's award. Among 46.000 childrens drawings  from 70 countries in the world, Serbian children were awarded with 7 prizes (one gold, 5 silver and 1 memorable).

Details of this year's event can be found on the following web page: http://www.ienohikari.net/zugacon/english/index.html .

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Ms. Kovac receives a copy of the gold prize winner's award

 

Serbian skaters at  ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2007.

Serbian skaters  Mr. Trifun Zivanović and Ms. Ksenija Jastsenjski participated in the ISU World Figure Skating Championships held in Tokyo (March 20-30). More information is available on the official web page of the Championships.

 

Tourist agency Eurasia promotes its  2007 tours to Serbia

Eurasia tourist agency conducted a  seminar on the Balkan region as a destination (Tokyo, March 21). Third Secretary Ms. Kovač was invited to make a presentation in Japanese on Serbia, its history, cultural heritage, national dishes and tourist attractions.

From April this year, Eurasia will organize two tours which include  Serbia (18 day tour and 13 day tour).

 

Annual meeting of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association

In the Embassy's premises, Japan-Serbia Exchange Association held its annual  meeting and a reception for their members. The President of the Association, former ambassador Mr. Takehiro Togo, addressed the gathering, and the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Kenzo Yoneda, proposed a toast. For this occasion, Ambasador Mrkić held a speech and Serbian dishes and wine were served.

H.E. Mr. T. Togo addresses the gathering

 

Serbian companies exhibit at FOODEX 2007 (March 13-16)

Three Serbian companies exhibited their high quality products at the International Food and Beverage Exhibition "Foodex 2007" at Makuhari Messe: Malina-Produkt (frozen wild fruits), Arex Marzipan (marzipan products) and Voda Voda (natural spring water).

Serbia took part in this big international fair for the third time in a row.

Counsellor Mr. N. Tasic, Mr. Petar Radosavljevic, Quality Manager Malina Product, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Mr. K. Fujiwara, Ms. Snjezana Sredojevic, Executive Manager Malina Product, Ms. R. Mitomo, Mr. T. Arisaka
Mr. Nebojsa Tasic and Ms. Snjezana Sredojevic with interpreter from JETRO

 

Awarded translator Prof. Kazuo Tanaka dies in Tokyo

On March 9, renowned professor of Slavic languages and literature, translator and connoisseur of Serbian literature and cultural heritage, Prof. Kazuo Tanaka passed away after a long illness. Prof. Tanaka was awarded a high decoration last year by the Serbian government for his merits in translating into Japanese the masterpieces of the Serbian literature.

With his death, our country lost a close and important friend, whose deep knowledge, energy and enthusiasm will greatly be missed.

Prof. Kazuo Tanaka
Former ambassador H.E. Mr. P. Filipov presents the Order of Vuk Karadzic to Mr. K. Tanaka
H.E. Mr. P. Filipov and Mr. K. Tanaka in the company of (from left to right) H.E. Mr. T. Nagai, H.E. Mr. R. Tanabe, H.E. Mr. T. Togo and H.E. Mr. N. Owada

 

Assistant Minister for International Economic Relations Mr. Velimir Gavrilovic  visits Tokyo (March 6-9, 2007)

Mr. V. Gavrilovic was a guest of the Institute for International Cooperation (IFIC-JICA).

 

FEBRUARY 2007

 

Lecture on Kosovo held in Tokyo

At the invitation from a  group of NGO’s dealing with humanitarian aid in Serbia,  Counsellor of the Embassy Mrs. Snezana Janković gave a two hour lecture in Japanese on the Serbian province of Kosovo. This event was arranged with the aim to enlighten the Japanese public about the historical roots and current status of the Kosovo issue and the need for humanitarian aid to the Serbian population in the province.

Mrs. Janković also screened movie clips from the documentary "Days of Fear" and material from the Kosovo Coordination Center of the Serbian Government. During discussion period, Dr. Masayuki Iwata, distinguished professor at the International University of Tokyo and honorable member of Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, also addressed the guests.

Seminar on Investment Promotion in Southeastern Europe and Four Countries of Central Europe (Tokyo, February 26, 2007)

This event was a follow-up of the Economic Forum for the Western Balkans, held in Vienna on October 26, 2006.  The Seminar was hosted by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms. Midori Matsushima.

Serbia was represented by Mr. Bojan Jankovic, FDI Advisor in the Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA).

 

Annual meeting of the Japan - Serbia Association

Japan - Serbia Association held its annual meeting and a reception for the members of the Association on February 23, 2007. The President of the Association, Prof. Dr. Shosaku Tokunaga, addressed the gathering.

On this occasion, Counsellor Mrs. Snezana Jankovic congratulated the Association on its activities and achievements over the past fifty years of its existence.

 

Success of Serbian tennis players at Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament

Well known Serbian tennis seeds Ms. Ana Ivanović and Ms. Jelena Janković participated in the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament in Tokyo. Ana Ivanović won second place.

 

National Day of the Republic of Serbia celebrated in the Embassy

For the first time in the history of diplomatic relations between Japan and Serbia, established after World War II, Serbia celebrated its National day in Japan on February 15. Some four hundred distinguished guests from Japanese political, business and cultural circles, foreign diplomatic missions and Serbian expatriate community were present at the Embassy reception.

The guests enjoyed Serbian music, national dishes, wines and spirits.

Press articles

 

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H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, President of the Japan - Serbia Parliamentarian League of Friendship and Mrs. I. Mrkic
Mrs. I. Mrkic, Mr. Hiromichi Watanabe, Senior Vice-minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic
Mr. Takehiro Togo, President of the Japan - Serbia Exchange Association, Mrs. I. Mrkic, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Mrs. Togo

 

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Mrs. I. Mrkic, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Mr. Yasushi Akashi

 

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JANUARY 2007

 

Serbia participates at high level in the JICA seminar on  health care in Japan

At the seminar, held in the end of January, Serbia was represented by the State Secretary for Health Mrs. Nevenka Karanovic.

 

Exhibition "Kako je bilo u Srbiji (How was it in Serbia?)"

"Japan - Yugo Art Project" and Toki Art Space Gallery in Tokyo organized the exhibition „How was it in Serbia?", which was a follow-up to last year's project that took place in Belgrade. The works of art were New Year greeting cards made by a group of Japanese artists which were previously exhibited at the Student Cultural Center Gallery in Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

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"How was it in Serbia?"

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