Embassy's Highlights 2013
Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum
From December 14th to 21st, 「Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum」 was held at International Convention Center in Riyadh and the Embassy of Japan was participated in it and opened a booth. Many people visited the exhibition every day, and enjoyed the various culture and tradition by looking at the various booths, including the booth of Japanese Embassy.
Japanese Eco-Friendly Seminar held at Girl's Intermediate School in Riyadh
On December 12th, 2013, The Embassy of Japan was invited by the Ministry of Education and the 119th Intermediate School in Riyadh to hold a seminar on "Together towards a Safe Planet". This seminar was conducted with a contribution of Ministry of Environment in Japan. More than 300 students and teachers attended the seminar. Ms. Kanako Aono, a representative of the Embassy of Japan, made a lecture about 3R: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This event was so successful that students commented that they learned something that they were not aware of before and they promised to contribute to protect the environment of the earth from now on.
H.E. Ambassador KODERA visited SHARQ and AR-RAZI in Jubail
On 5th December, H.E. Jiro KODERA, Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia, visited SHARQ (Eastern Petrochemical Company) and AR-RAZI (Saudi Methanol Company) in Jubail. H.E. KODERA had a meeting with leadership team of both companies and made site tours for petrochemical plants.
H.E. Ambassador KODERA had a meeting with Mr. Amin Nasser, Senior Vice President for Upstream, Saudi Aramco
On 5th December, H.E. Jiro KODERA, Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia, visited headquarter of Saudi Aramco and had a meeting with Mr. Amin Nasser, Senior Vice President for Upstream. They discussed various items including further strengthening of bilateral economic relationship and expectation for Japanese companies.
H.E. Ambassador KODERA visited J-Power systems Saudi Arabia
On 4th December, H.E. Jiro KODERA, Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia, visited the Tanajib factory of J-Power Systems Saudi Arabia (JPSS), which is located 200km north of Dammam. H.E. KODERA had a meeting with management of JPSS and made a site tour of the factory.
National Day Reception
On 3rd December 2013, a reception to celebrate the 80th birthday of His Majesty Emperor of Japan was held at Ambassador’s residence and many of the guests, including H.R.H. Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Governor of Riyadh, governmental officials, businesspersons, diplomatic corps and representatives of Japanese residents attended. Ambassador of Japan to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HE Mr.Jiro Kodera expressed his determination to further enhance Japan-Saudi relations. To introduce the Japanese culture, Japanese Calligraphy and making Japanese rice cake in a traditional way (so called ‘mochi-tsuki’) were demonstrated in front of the attendees.
Japanese calligraphy lecture and workshop by Mr. Tosen Usuda and his delegation
Mr. Tosen Usuda and his delegation stayed in Saudi Arabia from December 1st to 6th, 2013. Not only did he make a lecture about Japanese calligraphy at King Abdulaziz Historical Center with cooperation of H.R.H Princess Adela bint Abdullah Al-Saud, he also held many workshops at Dar AlUloom University and Saudi Arabia Society for Culture and Art. All the Saudis who participated in these events were very impressed and enjoyed this unique tradition. Moreover, on December 3rd, Mr. Tosen demonstrated the calligraphy in front of the guest of honor, the Governor of Riyadh, HRH Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. All the activities done by the delegation during this stay were highly valued by the Saudi people.
Karate expert's visit to Saudi Arabia
From November 3rd to December 24th, 2013, Mr.Hideto Tsuchiya and Mr.Kiyohiko Tosa, professional athletes of Karate were dispatched to Saudi Arabian Karate Federation by Japan Foundation. They visited Riyadh, Jeddah, and Jazan and gave instructions on technical issues as well as formalities to be respected in Dojo (training hall) to coaches in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, Mr. Tsuchiya demonstrated "Kata" and "Itawari (cracking wood plate by hand and foot)" on the occasion of National Day Reception at Japanese Ambassador's residence on December 3rd. All the guests praised his demonstration with a great applause.
H.E. Ambassador KODERA's courtesy call on H.R.H. Prince Muhammad bin Naif, Minister of Interior
H.E. Mr. Jiro KODERA, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, visited Ministry of Interior on November 26th, 2013, and made a courtesy call on H.R.H. Prince Muhammad bin Naif, Minister of Interior, to exchange views upon the importance on enhancing the cooperation between the two countries and also on the issues of common interest.
6th Japanese Language Speech Contest in Riyadh
On November 23rd, 2013, the Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Information, held the 6th Japanese Language Speech Contest in Saudi Arabia at King Fahad Culture Center in Riyadh. Fourteen male and female participants from all over Saudi Arabia conducted their speeches in Japanese language. The theme of the speech was chosen by each participant between "Me and Japanese language" and "Me and my friends". All the audiences were fascinated by the fluent Japanese speech on the participants' unique stories with dramatic facial and hands expression. The contest has been consisted of two levels, depending on the total length of staying in Japan; Standard Level and Advanced Level. The first prize winner of the Standard Level was Ms. Noura Ali Aljarbou, the second prize winner was Mr. Ahmad Alattas. For the Advanced Level, Ms. Noor Aljijakli won the first prize and Mr. Fahd Hamad Alhamdi, was awarded the second prize.
The Embassy of Japan participated in 3rd Riyadh International Children's Culture Fair
From 17th to 22nd November, 2013, the Embassy of Japan participated in the 3rd World Children's Day Fair, hosted by Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information. The Embassy ran a booth introducing Japanese toys and cultures, and also showed Japanese animation film 『The Voice of a Distant Star』，『Crayon Shin-Chan, The Storm called: The Battle of the warring states』. Many Saudi visitors， mainly children and their parents to Japan booth enjoyed them. Due to the increasing young generation in the Saudi society, there is a growing interest in child education and culture. The Embassy would like to encourage and support the collaborative relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia in the fields of child education and culture.
H.E. Ambassador KODERA had a meeting with H.E. Dr. Jubarah bin Eid Al Suraiseri, Minister of Transport
On 14th November, H.E. Jiro KODERA, Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia, visited the Ministry of Transport and had a meeting with the Minister, H.E. Dr. Suraiseri. They discussed and exchanged views on the importance of strengthening bilateral economic relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia. Ambassador KODERA also introduced Japanese technology in the field of Transport (Rail way and Intelligent Transport System).
H.E. Ambassador KODERA had a meeting with H.E. Eng. Ibrahim Ali Al Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
On 5th November, H.E. Jiro KODERA, Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia, visited the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and had a meeting with the Minister, H.E. Eng. Ibrahim Ali Al Naimi. They discussed and exchanged views on the importance of strengthening bilateral economic relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
Embassy of Japan held the information session for SABIC Scholarship Program students
On September 25th, 2013, Mr. Ando, Ms. Aono and Ms. Nessma from the Embassy of Japan held the information session for the SABIC scholarship students who are expected to study in Japan soon. This session was consisted of 4 parts; presentations of 'Basic Information of Japan', 'Saudi-Japan Relationship', 'My experience in Japan (by former overseas student to Japan)' and finally workshop of Japanese Culture.
Ambassador's message on the occasion of Saudi National Day
H.E. Mr. Jiro KODERA, Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia recorded his message on the occasion of Saudi National day upon the request of Radio Riyadh. Radio Riyadh broadcasted the message on 22nd and 23rd.
It is my great honor to extend my warmest congratulations on the occasion of Saudi National Day on behalf of the Government of Japan and people of Japan.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Japan have been enjoying excellent relations ever since the establishment of diplomatic relations 58 years ago. Saudi Royal Family and Japanese Imperial Family have traditionally enjoyed good and cordial relations and the two countries have always been very important partners in the field of trade and investment.
Our relations have entered into a new phase this year. Prime Minister Abe visited Saudi Arabia. The key word for his visit was "from energy to synergy". That means Japan desires to expand areas of cooperation much further to all areas like national security, human development, renewable energy, efficient use of energy and water management to name just a few.
There are three guiding principles that we follow in our efforts to strengthen our relations. They are, "collaboration"," co-existence and co-prosperity" and " harmony and tolerance". We would like to work together with Saudi Arabia with the same principles in mind. We would like to live together with Saudi Arabia in harmony with the world. To realize this objective, we need active dialogues and enhancement of mutual understanding and tolerance. This is our future vision of the relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
In conclusion, let me once again congratulate the King of Saudi Arabia on the National Day. May long live the King and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A participant of Japanese-Language Program for University Students make an cortesy visit to Charge'd affairs Mr.Morino
From August 29th to September 11th, Mr. Abdulaziz bin Shebreen, a Saudi student will participate in "Japanese-Language Program for University Students"which is offered by Japan Foundation. Mr. Abdulaziz bin Shebreen studies Japanese language by himself, especially by using the Internet, and achieved a good score in the selection exam held at the Embassy of Japan in Riyadh. He was then successfully chosen to participate in the program. King Saud University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the only university in GCC countries where students can obtain degrees of Japanese language, and the number of people studying Japanese by themselves has been increasing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Charge'd affairs Mr.Morino and Mr. Abdulaziz bin Shebreen
H. E. Ambassador Mr. Jiro Kodera Hosted a Ramadan Iftar
On 5th August 2013 (Monday), H.E. Ambassador Mr. Jiro Kodera hosted a Ramadan Iftar for former Saudi students in Japan, the people from Japanese language learning institutions in KSA, and Japanese businessmen in KSA. This event contributed to encouraging exchanges among participants, and served as an opportunity to exchange opinions about future relationship between Japan and KSA, especially in the field of education..
Visit of Mr. Tenkei Nomura, an Ikebana artist to the Kingdom
During 7th-12th June 2013, Mr.Tenkei Nomura, Ikebana Artist, visited Saudi Arabia for the second time, with support of the Japan Foundation. Ikebana is Japanese traditional art of flower arrangement. This time, he made demonstration and workshops of Ikebana at the Embassy of Japan, including at the reception celebrating Japanese Self-Defense Force Day. The participants were impressed by Mr.Nomura's masterpiece made with dried branches gathered in Saudi Arabia.
Display at Japanese Self-Defense Force Day
Graduation Ceremony of Saudi Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI)
On 29th May 2013, the 10th batch graduation ceremony for 206 students was held at the SJAHI. SJAHI provides job-oriented technical training for young Saudis having a zest for working in the automobile engineering and maintenance field with a distinct perspective in Japanese Automobiles from 2002. H.E. Mr. Jiro Kodera, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Jun Yoshida, Consul-General of Japan in Jeddah, Mr. Sheikh Ali Husein Alireza, Managing Director/Owner of Haji Hussein Alireza & Company Ltd.(MAZDA), Mr. Salim H. Al Asmarei, Director of SJAHI, Mr. Takeo Natsume, Director for Automotive International Trade Policy of METI, and many other guests attended the ceremony and congratulated the graduates. The Embassy of Japan would like to congratulate all the graduates and wish them continued success.
Graduation Ceremony of Saudi Electronics & Home Appliances Institute (SEHAI)
On 18th May 2013, the 3rd batch graduation ceremony for 62 students was held at the Saudi Electronics & Home Appliances Institute (SEHAI). SEHAI has been providing educational support on technical skills of electronics to Saudi youths with support from Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME), Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), and private companies of Saudi Arabia and Japan since 2009. H.E. Mr. Jiro Kodera, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HRH Prince Mohammad Bin Khalid Al Abdullah Al Faisal, Chairman of Board of Trustees (President & CEO of Al Faisaliah Group), H.E. Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Aba Alkhail, Deputy Governor of Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), Mr. Fahad Al Harbi, SEHAI Director, and many other guests attended the ceremony and congratulated the graduates． The Embassy of Japan would like to congratulate all the graduates and wish them continued success.
H.E. Ambassodor KODERA's courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Jamaan ben Ragosh, President of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences
H.E. Mr. Jiro KODERA, Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia, visited Naif Arab Universiry for Security Sciences on May 15th, 2013, and made a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Jamaan ben Ragosh, President of the University to exchange views upon the importance on enhancing the cooperation between the University and Japan.
Graduation Ceremony of High Institute for Plastics Fabrication (HIPF)
On 14 May 2013, a graduation ceremony for 239 students was held at the High Institute for Plastics Fabrication (HIPF). HIPF has been providing educational support on technical skills of plastics fabrication to young people in Saudi Arabia with support from SPDC and SHARQ since 2007. H.E. Mr. Jiro Kodera, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafees, Governor of Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), and many other guests attended the ceremony and congratulated the graduates．Every graduate received a diploma from H.E. Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafees. Before the Ceremony, HIPF current students performed explanation session of plastics fabrication technology for guests. We would like to congratulate all the graduates and wish them continued success.
Visit to Sanad (Children's Cancer Support Association)
On May 13th, 2013, Dr. Yamami and Ms. Aono from Embassy of Japan visited Sanad Children's Cancer Support Association. Sanad is a charity association which is led by H.R.H. Princess Adela bint Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. It was established in 2000 and officially registered in 2003. Sanad supports children from 1 to 18 years old who are diagnosed cancer and their families. They offer classes for those who cannot go to schools regularly, hold workshops for mothers and fathers to understand better about cancer, provide accommodations nearby the hospital, and counseling services. They also have strong cooperation with King Fahad National Centre for Children's Cancer (KFNCCC) and try to save children every day. Sanad expresses their vision of expanding partners even in Japan for further development.
King Fahad National Centre for Children's Cancer (KFNCCC)
Classroom for children at KFNCCC
The Members of Embassy, JICA and Japanese School in Riyadh visited Hail Education and local schools
From May 3rd to 5th 2013, Mr. Morino，the Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ms. Aono from the Embassy of Japan visited Hail, 700km North West from Riyadh. The delegation which consisted of representatives of Embassy, JICA and Japanese School in Riyadh were welcomed warmly by people in Hail and they had fruitful discussion at the Hail Education, elementary, intermediate and secondary schools. 4 schools in Hail are now experimenting Japanese teaching method in Mathematics and Sciences including materials. Teachers and students were very interested in not only the teaching methods but also Japanese culture and customs.
At the meeting
Girl's elementary school
National competition for Judo
On 2nd May 2013, HE Mr.Jiro Kodera, Ambassador, attended the national competition for Judo. Judo is gaining popularity in the Kingdom and it is well known that the first Saudi female who participated in the London Olympic Games was a Judo player.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Official Visit to Saudi Arabia
Japanese Prime Minister Abe and his wife visited Jeddah, Western city in Saudi Arabia from April 30th to May 1st. It has been 6 years since his last visit as Prime Minister. Prime Minister Abe and H.R.H. Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud had a successful discussion at the meeting. They agreed that Japan and Saudi Arabia should develop the bilateral relationship not only in the aspect of energy such as oil but also establish comprehensive partnership in various fields. Especially, they expressed their intension to enhance security dialogue in this field of politics and national security, promoting industrial cooperation, energy-saving, clean energy, cooperation on nuclear energy, cooperation on human resource development, and culture and human exchange. Prime Minister Abe held telephone talks with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The two sides decided to strengthen their friendly relationship even further. Moreover, on this occasion, H.E. Mr. Jiro Kodera, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and H.E. Mr. Abdullatif A. Al-Othman, Governor, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority signed the Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Promotion and Protection of Investment.
See further details on Japan’s Ties with the Middle East in a New Age of Synergy, Mutual Prosperity, and Cooperation, policy speech announced at King Abdulaziz University by Prime Minister Abe and Joint Statement on the Strengthening of the Comprehensive Partnership between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
Signing the Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Promotion and Protection of Investment.
Prime Minister Abe and H.R.H. Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Speech at King Abdulaziz University
Ambassador's Cup of Karate
26th April 2013, Saudi Arabian Karate Federation and the Embassy organized a Karate competition "Ambassador's Cup". The competition takes place every year in cooperation between the Federation and the Embassy.
Japanese Film Festival at the Embassy
During 26-28th March 2013, Embassy of Japan organized 2nd Japanese Film Festival. This year, the Embassy presented 3 anime (Japanese cartoon movies): "Summer Wars", "5 centimeters per second", and "Children who chase lost voices".
Japanese traditional music concert
On 19th and 20th March 2013, Keisho Ohno, Japanese Shamisen player made concert at the residence of Ambassador of Japan. Shamisen is traditional music instrument from Japan. Keisho Ohno, together with his band members from France, played traditional pieces, as well as modern numbers. Saudi audience appreciated the performance and gave the generous applause.
Horse Race «Japan's Cup»On 15th March 2013, Horse Race "Japan's Cup" took place at King Abdulaziz Horse Race Course in Janadriyah. The race was organized by Riyadh Equestrian Club with the support of Japan Racing Association. HE Mr.Jiro Kodera, Ambassador, attended the awarding ceremony. Family visitors of the race enjoyed the small corner of Japanese folk art products presented by the Embassy.
Visit of Japanese Youth Delegation
During 8-14th May 2013, Japanese Youth delegation visited Saudi Arabia. Japan and Saudi Arabia are exchanging youth delegations every year to promote mutual understanding of the culture and society. On 12th March, the delegation gathered at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan where they performed Awaodori (Japanese local traditional dance) and Karate to Saudi youths.
Participation in the Riyadh International Book Fair
During 5-15th May 2013, Embassy of Japan participated in the Riyadh International Book Fair. Variety of Japanese books were displayed at the Embassy's stand and students of Japanese language section of King Saud University made Japanese calligraphy demonstration during the fair.
Visit of Ms.Ransetsu Ozawa, Japanese calligraphy artist, to the Kingdom
As part of the events organized during Japan Creative Fashion Fair, Ms.Ransetsu Ozawa, Japanese calligraphy artist visited the Kingdom during 25-28th February 2013. She conducted series of workshops of Japanese calligraphy at the Embassy, Art & Skills Institute and King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry's visit to the Kingdoms
Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan visited the Kingdom on February 9th, 2013. He met H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Minister of Economy and Planning, H.E. Dr. Tawfeeq bin Faozan Al-Rabeea, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and H.E. Dr. Walid abu Al-Faraj, Vice President of KA-CARE. During the meeting with H.R.H Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, they discussed maintaining and strengthening the relationship for stabilizing the petroleum market. Also, they discussed ways of promoting Japanese investment in Saudi Arabia in the various industrial sectors other than petroleum fields.
Meeting with H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Experts in Karate visited Saudi Arabia
From 6th to 26th December 2012, Mr.Hideto Tsuchiya and Mr.Kiyohiko Tosa, professional athletes of Karate were dispatched to Saudi Arabian Karate Federation by Japan Foundation. They visited Riyadh, Jeddha, Tabuk, and Abha and gave instructions on technical issues as well as formalities to be respected in Dojo (training hall) to coaches in Saudi Arabia.
On this occasion, Japan Foundation made donation of Karate costumes and instruction books etc to Saudi Arabian Karate Federation through Embassy of Japan.