Slovakia and Japan could develop their good chemistry
Date: Aug 7, 2017
Source: The Slovak Spectator By MICHAELA TERENZANI
Both Japanese and Slovaks are hardworking and diligent; good chemistry may exist for cooperation in industry and innovation, says Japanese Ambassador to Slovakia Jun Shimmi.
Slovakia remains an attractive destination for Japanese investors mostly due to the diligence of its workforce. But the authorities seem to be more interested in attracting foreign investors than attracting foreign tourists. A little bit of creativity in promoting tourism would suffice to get the interest of rich Japanese tourists, says Ambassador of Japan to Slovakia, Jun Shimmi, who claims Bratislava is among his two favourite cities where he has served as a diplomat.
Slovakia and Japan could develop their good chemistry, says Japanese Ambassador to Slovakia Jun Shimmi.(Source: Jana Liptáková)
The Slovak Spectator (TSS): Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák visited Japan in early July. What was the main message of his visit?
Jun Shimmi (JS): Minister Lajčák visited Japan three times in the past two years. This July, he was invited to Japan as an official guest of the Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida. As Mr Lajčák will serve as the next president of the United Nations General Assembly from this September, the main topics discussed by him and his Japanese counterpart concerned UN affairs. They also discussed the positive aspects of bilateral relations between Japan and Slovakia, such as increasing investment from Japan to Slovakia, and people to people exchanges, which included the introduction of a working holidays programme last year as well as the agreement on social security this year. Mr Lajčák also paid a courtesy visit to Princess Takamado and had a constructive meeting with Prime Minister Abe. He was the Slovak ambassador to Japan almost 20 years ago. At that time, he was the youngest and said to be the “most handsome” ambassador among the diplomatic corps in Tokyo. Since then, the minister has been a great connoisseur of Japan and the Japanese society.