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. In November 2011, the Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Mr. Edmond Haxhinasto concluded a successful state visit in Tokyo. Following the tragic earthquake of March 11, a delegation of the Albanian Parliament, headed by the Speaker of Parliament Jozefina Topalli paid tribute and visited the devastated areas of Tohoku region in 2012.
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, in most cases through the generosity of MEXT scholarships 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.
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!