Islamabad—The ambassador of Japan and Mrs. Takashi Kurai hosted a reception at a local hotel to celebrate 83rd Birthday of their Emperor. A large number of guests including diplomats, officials and prominent people from various segments of society graced the reception. Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed was the chief guest who joined the ambassador of Japan in cutting the ceremonial cake. Mr.Katsunori Ashida, Head of Public Affairs, Embassy of Japan, sang national anthems of Pakistan and Japan at the start of the ceremony. His performance greatly impressed the guests especially the Pakistanis who greatly enjoyed the style and amazing pronunciation of their national anthem sung by the Japanese diplomat.
The Japanese ambassador in his speech reviewed growing relations between Pakistan and his country ever since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1952. He said Pakistan has been playing an important role not only in the region but also in the international community as a whole. Pakistan and Japan enjoy very close and cordial relations. The two countries have been cooperating with each other in several fields.
The ambassador said, Japan assists Pakistan in its development programmes. Japan is also providing scholarships opportunities to Pakistani students so that they are able to learn modern technologies to serve their country. In a way Pakistan made an early contribution to Japan’s economic rise.
Pakistan was the first country that started to export cotton to Japan after the Second World War, which played an important role for the post-war development of Japanese industries. Pakistani port, Karachi, had one of the biggest offices of Japan outside the country for trading companies in 1950’s and 60’s. Pakistan is one of the first countries which Japan started to provide with Official Development Assistance in 1954.
Pakistan is a country where their Majesties the Emperor and Empress visited in 1962 when they were Prince and Princess. 64 years of cordial relationship between the two countries is a valuable asset and solid foundation for the cooperation but the potential has not yet been fully utilized.
In September this year in New York the Summit Meeting was held between Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, where the both Prime Ministers were of the same view that should enhance cooperation in areas of interests of both sides.
Cultural and human exchanges are a very foundation for international relationship. This year Japan Embassy organized Haiku Mushaira, Japanese movie show, Japanese traditional Koto and Shamisen Concert in Lahore, Japanese musical evening in Islamabad, traditional Bon Dance Festival, Karate Education Workshop in Lahore, and so on.
The year 2017 look for ways marks the 65th anniversary of Japan-Pakistan diplomatic relations. It will be occasion further develop close ties between the two countries.
The Federal Minister in his speech said Pakistan wants to have even closer relations with Japan. He said, Pakistan greatly values its relations with the friendly country of Japan.