H.E. Mr. Juichi TAKAHARA
Dear visitors of the Embassy of Japan in Serbia and Montenegro,
My name is Mr. Juichi TAKAHARA, Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia and in Montenegro. In Belgrade I arrived in July 2015. I heard that the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro have a long and rich history and beautiful nature in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, as well as on the important corridor linking Europe and the Orient.
Although I was in Serbia a few weeks, I felt the hospitality of the citizens of Serbia and Montenegro. I look forward to all future visits to cities throughout the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro, as well as communication and cooperation with the citizens of Serbia and Montenegro.
I am very pleased that the people of Serbia and Montenegro, people show great interest and cultivate a positive attitude towards Japan and Japanese culture, although Japan is about 10,000 km away from your country. That is why we are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to work here as an ambassador. The Government of Japan supports the efforts of your countries in the process of democratization and economic and social development. We will continue to provide support to educational, health, sports and other institutions in the Republic of Serbia and in Montenegro, taking into account the welfare of the citizens of Serbia and Montenegro.
We’re lucky to Belgrade citizens have positive feelings toward the yellow buses, so-called. “Japanese”, which we donated GSP. We want to continue this kind of cooperation and support of friendship between Japan and Serbia and Montenegro and Japan. I expect that in the future it comes to advancing trade and investment, because the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro an ideal market for Japanese companies. I will try to introduce the beauty of Serbia and Montenegro, will visit many cities, and will advocate for improving the reputation and interests of the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro in Japan. I urge you to support the activities of the Embassy of Japan in Serbia and Montenegro.
In Belgrade, 27 July 2015.
Is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The kanji that make up Japan’s name mean “sun origin”, and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan’s land area. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions. The population of 126 million is the world’s tenth largest. Japanese make up 98,5% of Japan’s total population. Approximately 9.1 million people live in the core city of Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, which is the sixth largest city proper in the OECD and the fourth leading global city in the world. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the world’s largest metropolitan area with over 35 million residents and the world’s largest urban agglomeration economy.
Archaeological research indicates that Japan was inhabited as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. The first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history texts from the 1st century AD. Influence from other regions, mainly Imperial China and later from Western Europe, has characterized Japan’s history. From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military shoguns who ruled in the name of the Emperor. Japan entered into a long period of isolation in the early 17th century, which was ended in 1853 when a United States fleet pressured Japan to open to the West. Nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection followed before the Meiji Emperor was restored as head of state in 1868 and the Empire of Japan was proclaimed, with the Emperor as a divine symbol of the nation. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victories in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and World War I allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism. The Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 expanded into part of World War II in 1941, which came to an end in 1945 following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since adopting its revised constitution in 1947, Japan has maintained a unitary constitutional monarchy with an Emperor and an elected legislature called the National Diet.
Japan is a member of the UN, the G7, the G8, and the G20 and is considered a great power. The country has the world’s third-largest economy by nominal GDP and the world’s fourth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It is also the world’s fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Although Japan has officially renounced its right to declare war, it maintains a modern military with the world’s eighth largest military budget, used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. Japan is a developed country with a high standard of living and Human Development Index whose population enjoys the highest life expectancy, the third lowest infant mortality in the world, and ranked first in the number of Nobel Laureates of any country in Asia. Japan is ranked first in the Country Brand Index, ranked sixth in the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 and is the highest-ranked Asian country in the Global Peace Index. Japan was the first country in Asia to host the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.