As Albania’s first Ambassador to Japan, I would like to welcome you all at our webpage. It is my distinguished honor and immense privilege to represent Albania in the land of the rising sun in order to strengthen our economic partnership, international cooperation and solidify our good friendship.
In a nutshell, there are several important moments worth mentioning with regard to Albania and Japan relations – on April 18, 1922 the recognition of the Albanian state by the government of Japan; the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce on June 20, 1930 between our two countries with the aim of establishing friendly relations and promoting peace; the reactivation of diplomatic exchanges following the 1980 with the intensification of high level ministerial visits culminating in 2008 with the visit of PM Sali Berisha, the first head of government to visit Japan. Recently, in November 2011, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Mr. Edmond Haxhinasto concluded a successful state visit in Tokyo.
The overall bilateral relationship between Albania and Japan is profound and includes cooperation in area as diverse as politics, security, economy, trade, agriculture, culture and sports. Special emphasis is put on the energy sector and education. Promotion of tourism remains a priority of the Albanian Government and the Embassy in continuation provides information to Japanese agencies, which are expanding their activities in the Balkans.
Many Albanian nationals have made of Japan their second home, residing in almost all major cities from Sendai to Fukuoka. Albanian students come to Japan to follow post graduate studies and in continuation Japanese students are showing interest in Albanian culture and language. Several seminars, in collaboration with Japanese universities have served this purpose.
2012 has special significance for all Albania people because it marks the 100th anniversary of Albania as an independent country. In addition, it will be the 90th anniversary of Japan and Albania diplomatic relations. During this year, a number of special events and activities are scheduled to occur, including the building of monuments and art pieces dedicated to this jubilee anniversary.
I encourage everyone to use this website as a tool to discover more about the many dimensions of our relationship and offer also ideas to contribute further in strengthening these bonds. Please also check the site regularly to learn more about the activities of the Embassy and the upcoming events.
Thank you and welcome!