09 Jan New Years Reception and Meeting with the Chairman of Japan Foreign Trade Council(JFTC)

After the annual conference of KEIDANREN, on the same day January 5th 2018, it was followed by a New Year's Reception organized by JFTC, Japan Foreign Trade Council. His Excellency, Ph.D. Borislav MARIC had the chance to meet the Chairman of JFTC, Mr. Eiyo KOBAYASHI. They discussed the plans and possibilities of organizing a Business Forum during this year 2018 as well as the preparations for holding this important event in Tokyo. KEIDANREN and JFTC, the both high-level of organizations are willing to participate.

09 Jan Annual Conference and Meeting with the President of the Japan Business Federation “KEIDANREN”

On January 5th 2018, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo, His Excellency, Ph.D. Borislav MARIC met with the Chairman of Japan Business Federation, Dr. Sadayuki SAKAKIBARA. They exchanged thoughts with the aim of preparing the organization of the Business Forum in Tokyo within this year 2018 with representatives of companies from BiH. For BiH, the holding of this Business Forum will make it possible for companies from Bosnia and Herzegovina to make a direct presence, thus allowing direct contact primarily with Japanese companies and negotiating business cooperation for the benefit of both friendly countries, BiH and Japan.

17 Nov Foreign Minister, H.E. Igor CRNADAK meets JICA Officials as well

Foreign Minister, H.E. Igor CRNADAK Working Visit in Japan- on November 1st, 2017, Foreign Minister also met the officials of JICA, Mr. Kazuhiko KOSHIKAWA, Executive Senior Vice President of JICA, Ms. Chie MIYAHARA, Deputy Director General of Middle East and Europe department and Mr. Kentaro YOKOTA, the Director of Europe Division, Middle East and Europe Department. The officials exchanged opinions with the Foreign Minister CRNADAK and stressed that the 1st project already existing in Bosnia and Herzegovina was supported by Japanese Government and in the future, Minister CRNADAK expressed his attitude for another similar projects in B&H. 

17 Nov Foreign Minister, H.E. Igor CRNADAK launched Working Lunch with Parliamentary Friendship Group

Foreign Minister, H.E. Igor CRNADAK Working Visit to Japan- On October 30, 2017, Minister CRNADAK met with DIET, The Parliamentary Group between Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. A Parliamentary FG Working Lunch was launched with the great 6 member-officials including Mr. Minoru KIUCHI, Mr. Ichiro AISAWA, Mr. Yoshinori OGUCHI, Ms. Seiko HASHIMOTO, Ms. Midori MATSUSHIMA and Mr. Kentaro SONOURA. The officials with the Minister exchanged opinions for the further improvement between relations of two-friendly countries.

17 Nov Foreign Minister H.E. Igor CRNADAK meets JETRO Officials

Foreign Minister, H.E. Igor CRNADAK Working Visit to Japan- On November 1, 2017, Minister CRNADAK meets the officials of JETRO, Yasushi AKAHOSHI, President of JETRO, Yukihoro UEHARA, Senior Director for Global Strategy Europe, Planning Department and Hiroyuki KOSUGE, Global Strategy Europe, Planning Department. Minister CRNADAK expressed his opinion that JETRO is a very important organization to improve trading cooperation for two-friendly countries.

17 Nov Foreign Minister, H.E. Igor CRNADAK with Foreign Minister of Japan, H.E. Taro KONO

Foreign Minister H.E. Igor CRNADAK Working Visit to Japan- On October 31st, 2017 and November 1, 2017, A Working dinner was organized for the Foreign Ministers of 2 countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Japan. Before dinner, a short press statement by two ministers was also supervised. Both Ministers had an exchanged of their opinions regarding the political relations between two-friendly countries. Minister KONO expressed his attitude towards Bosnia and Herzegovina as a very important country not only for the Balkan Peninsula but also for Europe as a whole.

17 Nov Foreign Minister Igor CRNADAK pays Courtesy Call on Mayor Kazumi MATSUI, Hiroshima City.

Foreign Minister, H.E. Igor CRNADAK Working Visit to Japan- On October 31, 2017, Minister H.E. Igor CRNADAK visits Hiroshima City and pays a courtesy call on Mayor of Hiroshima City, Mayor Kazumi MATSUI. The Minister together with the delegation visited also the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park for signing the guestbook and Dedication of flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims.

17 Nov H.E. Igor CRNADAK’s Visits To Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus with Dr. Tina Burrett

-Foreign Minister H.E. Igor CRNADAK Working Visit- On October 30th 2017, Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Heryegovina, H.E. Igor CRNADAK's Visits To Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus. Dr. Tina Burrett hosted a lecture in EU Politics class. Dr. Tina Burrett is a specialist in Russia and Eastern Europe. Dr. Burrett also accompanied the Minister for a brief greeting of the President of Sophia University, Professor Zoshiaki Terumichi.

31 Aug Ambasador Maric laid flowers at the Memorial park monument in HIROSHIMA

On August the 5th Ambassador MARIC bowed before the Memorial park Monument in respect to the victims of the atomic bombing and delivered a message to the organizing committee from BH cities, members of "Mayors for Peace". Speaking with HIROSHIMA officials, Ambasador MARIC said victims of atomic bombing should never be forgotten and should remind us of the need to conduct policies of peace and dialogue, that will promote and respect the highest human values. In addition, Ambassador MARIC said that it is the World Leaders' duty to prevent such tragedies in future by denuclearization. From the 5th to 9th August, invited by Mayors of HIROSHIMA and NAGASAKI, Ambassador MARIC will attend the 72nd ceremony in respect to the victims of the atomic bombing. The ceremony will include a visit to the Memorial Park, bowing before victims' monument, survivors' testimonies, student encounters and meetings with the highest officials of the two cities. The Mayor of HIROSHIMA, Mr. MATSUI thanked Ambassador MARIC for his solidarity and presence at the memorial of the world's biggest atomic tragedy.

31 Aug Meeting with the Mayor of Karatsu

On August the 7th, the Mayor of KARATSU, SAGA Prefecture, Mr. MINE welcomed Ambassador MARIC to the city of KARATSU as a part of the memorial ceremonies in HIROSHIMA and NAGASAKI. The city of KARATSU is a historical city known for trade with China and Korea. Durig the meeting Ambassador MARIC spoke of the importance of regional and local exchanges. As a result KARATSU accepted the intiative to host the exposition of children's drawings from BH organized by a Japanese organization IPIL IPIL in association with the embassy of BH in Japan. Ambassador MARIC emphasized on the significance of cultural exchange among local communities and encouraged further relations among the cities of the two countries.

31 Aug Ambassador MARIC lay flowers in Park of Peace in NAGASAKI

On August the 8th Ambassador MARIC laid flowers on the monument commemorating victims of atomic bombing in the Park of Peace in NAGASAKI. Ambassador MARIC will attend the memorial ceremony on August the 9th which will be opened by the the songs of peace played by survivors HIBAKUSHA choir . During the talks with the organizers of the memorial ceremony the Ambassador sressed the importance of the coomemoration and of survivors' testamonies in assuring and building world peace as one of the highest values of civilization. He also welcomed the efforts of NAGASAKI that further promote denuclearization. A letter of gratitude from the NAGASAKI Mayor's office showed appreciation for Ambassador's aknowledgement and support to the 72nd commemoration ceremony held from the 7th to the 9th August.

31 Aug Meeting with the newly appointed MFA Mr. KONO

On August the 5th, Ambasador MARIC met with the newly appointed minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Toro KONO in HIROSHIMA during the atomic bombing commemoration ceremony . Ambassador MARIC congratulated Mr. KONO and expressed his wish to further ameliorate relations among the two countries specially in the field of economy and trade. Mr. KONO expressed his gratitude towards Ambassador MARIC's attendance and solidarity. Ambassador MARIC took the opportunity to support a World with no nuclear weapons which was highly welcomed by Mr. KONO. Japan pushes for denuclearization by presenting their own three principles of non possession, non production and non authorization on it's territory as an example.

31 Aug Presentation of OKOYAMA Prefecture

On August the 2nd, invited by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ambassador MARIC attended the presentation of OKOYAMA Prefecture at the State Guest House. In addition to the magnificesnt video recording, the presentation was topped with a traditional opening of SAKE barrels. After the official presentation Ambassador MARIC spoke with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. KISHIDA of the significance of regional promotion and Mr. KISHIDA too the opportunity to sent best regards to BH Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Igor CRNADAK. Later on, the governor of YAKAHOMA, Mr. IBARAGI invited Ambassador MARIC to visit the region and explore the future fields of cooperation. YAKAHOMA is home to 2 million people and is best known for its fruit production.

11 Jul Attending the Presentation on Fukuoka Prefecture

On July the 4th, Ambassador MARIC attended the comprehensive presentation of Fukuoka Prefecture at IKURA House. Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the presentation led by Fukuoka’s Governor Mr. OGAWA and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. KISHIDA, exposed prefecture’s industry, tourist potential, tradition and international cooperation. Fukuoka Prefecture is home to 5,1m residents and Fukuoka City hosts over 16 thousand foreign students. In addition Fukuoka City will host sportsmen from Norway and Sweden afore Japan’s Olympic and Paralympic games. Ambassador MARIC spoke of the possibilities of cooperation between Fukuoka prefecture and BH’s regions with Mr. OGAWA who later invited Ambassador MARIC to visit Fukuoka Prefecture.

26 Jun Visit to Japanese Corporation “Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd” -Yokohama City (MHPS)

On June the 21st, Ambassador MARIC visited the Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) Corporation. Specialized in turbine production, the MHPS has begun the construction of Desulphation Systems in the thermoelectric power plant “Ugljevik”. Executive vice-president of MHPS, Mr. MAEDA has welcomed Ambassador MARIC’s support in negotiations and his presence during the Opening Ceremony in May in Ugljevik. Ambassador MARIC underlined the significance of the project that not only helps BH achieve EU energy standards within given deadlines, but also improves the living conditions of people living in close proximity of the Power Plant, thus contributes to the environment protection. In regard to the established contacts with “Elektroprivreda” BiH, Ambassador MARIC emphasized on the need of enacting new projects of a similar kind for “Tuzla Bloc 6” and “Kakanj Bloc 7″ power plants and that efforts from both sides will be needed to secure attractive financial support models of the Japanese government. Mr. MAEDA agreed with Ambassador MARIC’s suggestions and has announced MHPS visit to “Elektroprivreda” BiH to negotiat

12 Jun SARAJEVO TOURISM FESTIVAL 2017 Application for participation and invitation letter Turizam2017eng INTERNATIONAL SARAJEVO TOURISM FESTIVAL 39th International Tourism and Tourist Stock 6th International Fair of Hotel and Catering equipment and Catering The event, “International sarajevo Toursm Festival” is an important gathering place for all participants in tourism, and therefore important marketing tool for the presentation of offers of tourist destinations and services. The program of this fair event includes: Gathering of all participants in the tourism industry in one place Presentation of domestic and foreign tourism Promotion of local tourism and natural resources Promotion of domestic and foreign tour operators and travel companies A range of domestic and foreign tourist capacities Promotion health tourism Promotion religious tourism Promotion of rural tourism Offering of the winter tourist centers in the country and the region Offering vacation at the sea in country and region A range of hotel and catering furniture, appliances, equipment and necessary facilities Offer of gastro-food products and bevera

09 Jun Visit to the International House of Japan

On June the 6th, Ambassador MARIC visited the International House of Japan (IHJ), a nongovernmental and non-profit organization whose main purpose is the intellectual exchange between Japan and other foreign countries through lectures, symposiums, cultural events and programs for human development. The president of IHJ Mr. AKASHI, a former High diplomat and a Special Representative of Secretary General of the UN for former Yugoslavia, during his meeting with Ambassador MARIC, introduced his peaceful role in fostering equality and mutual trust among the people in BH. Speaking of the much-needed good neighbourly relations, Mr. AKASHI also stressed upon the need to further deepen the mutual respect among Japan, China and Korea. Ambassador MARIC acknowledged Mr. AKASHIS peace-making role and spoke of the current developments in BH. He also took the opportunity to thank Japan for its efforts in reconstruction and development in BH after the tragic events of the 1990’s. Mr. AKASHI invited Ambassador MARIC to attend seminars organized by the IHJ and to give a lecture on the progress of post-Dayton BH.

09 Jun Japan Regional Promotion Seminar

On June the 5th, Ambassador MARIC attended the Japan Regional Promotion seminar. GUNMA prefecture, “ISE-SHIMA” area, “CITY of YOKOHAMA” and “TSUBAME-SANJO” Area presented, among all, its Olympic potentials. Given the floor, Ambassador MARIC welcomed the promotion emphasizing its contribution to economic diplomacy and the increasing number of tourists as it was observed in Beijing and London after hosting the Olympic games. He also took the opportunity to thank NAGANO city for its intention to host BH sports representatives before and after the Olympic games in 2020. Director of the Secretariat for Olympic Games Mr. HANY thanked Ambassador MARIC for his commentary and announced his visit to the Embassy of BH in Tokyo.

09 Jun Ambassador MARIC as the Honorary Member of FEC

On June the 6th, Ambassador MARIC met the President of The International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC) Mr. MATSUZAWA and the Director of FEC Ambassador YUSHITA and was awarded the title of honorary member of FEC. As an international non-profit organization, FEC seeks to deepen friendship and exchange knowledge with other countries through promotion of small and medium- range businesses, Japanese delegation’s visits and meetings with representatives of foreign governments and trade chambers, as well as supporting women in business. Ambassador MARIC honoured by the title, will as member attend FEC annual meetings in the goal of promoting BH cultural, economic and touristic potentials.

06 Jun Encounter with Keidanren President

Ambassador of BH to Japan, H.E. Mr. MARIC has attended the 70th Anniversary Ceremony of Keidanren, the Japan Business Foundation regrouping 109 industrial associations, 1380 companies and 47 regional economic organizations. Mr. SAKAKIBARA, president of Keidanren, in his address spoke of Keidanren’s positive influence on Japan’s growing economy based on innovation and free market. The Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. ABE welcomed and affirmed Keidanren’s role in promoting and contributing to the Japanese economy. Ambassador MARIC expressed the will to establish cooperation among BH business industry and Keidanren and has been invited by Mr. SAKAKIBARA to visit the biggest Japan Business Foundation.

06 Jun Visits Representatives of Media Agency RealQ

On May the 29th, Ambassador MARIC gave an interview for RealQ, a newly founded media agency that according to it’s president Mr. Shinya KIZAKI, has the purpose of connecting and sharing common values between the Japanese and foreign youth. Given the BH origins of the sports idol Ivica OSIM and national football team coach of Japan Mr. Vahid HALILHODZIC, Mr. KIZIKI as a former sports journalist, intends to contribute to the BH-Japanese youth acquaintances. Ambassador MARIC, inquired about Bosnia and Herzegovina, spoke of culture, customs, sports and education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina and designated the youth as the force of positive and evolving change in any society. Mr. KIZAKI and Mr. KAWANO thanked the Ambassador for the interview and all the useful information that will give the Japanese youth a better understanding of their BH peers.

19 May Accreditation Ceremony on May 10 2017

On Wednesday, May 10 ,2017 the new Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan, H.E. Mr. Borislav MARIC presented his credentials to His Majesty the Emperor Akihito. Ambassador MARIC greeted His Majesty the Emperor Akihito on behalf of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and expressed his honor and desire to deepen cooperation in all fields with special focus on economic ties and investments. The Ambassador has taken the opportunity to thank Japan on its continuous support in BH reconstruction and development programs and has used this occasion to invite the members of the royal family to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina. His Majesty the Emperor conveyed his content of the relations between the two countries and has wished a successful mandate to Ambassador MARIC in further developing their bilateral and multilateral relations. His Majesty the Emperor uttered his gratitude for BH support to Japanese seats and initiatives with in International Organizations. Japanese Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Yosuke Tsuruho attended the Accreditation Ceremony and later took the chance to engage into a longer conversation with Ambassador MARIC.

16 May Opening ceremony of desulphation system construction site in Ugljevik thermoelectric power plant

On May the 15th, invited by thermoelectric power plant director, Mr. POPOVIC, Ambassador MARIC attended the official opening ceremony of desulphation construction site in Ugljevik mine and thermoelectric power plant (RiTE Ugljevik). The Ambassador of Japan in BH Mr. Kazuya OGAWA, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mining of Republik of Srpska (RS) Mr. Petar DJOKIC, representatives from RiTE Ugljevik led by director POPOVIC, representatives from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power syestems, ACTIV Austria, Rudis Slovenia, as well as the representatives from the government of RS, Council of Ministers of BH, Ugljevik Municipality, Elekroprivreda RS and many other business partners attended the ceremony. Supported by the Japanese government load of 80 million euros, the project offers the biggest ecological advances in the region. Ambassador MARIC told the local media that the project would accelerate BH efforts to meet EU gas emission standards; it would create added value BH products and provide more job opportunities.

16 May Retrospective exhibition “Japan through the lens of diplomats”

On May the 11th, invited by Princess TAKAMADO, Ambassador MARIC, attended the 20 year anniversary exhibition " Japan through the lens of diplomats". The exhibition featured retrospective photographs taken by ambassadors and diplomats from 1998 to 2017. Princess TAKAMADO, the honorary president of the executive committee, emphasized on the importance of such perspective for Japanese people. Famous for her photographic pieces, princess TAKAMADO expressed her gratitude for all exhibitors and invited ambassadors to join this year’s traditional exhibition with their own photographs. Ambassador MARIC shared his appreciation for the photographs with Princess TAKAMADO, and spoke of the meaningful cultural exchange and the link it creates among authors and the public. Ambassador MARIC took the opportunity to introduce BH Association of Art photography founded in 1910 and also invite Princess TAKAMADO to visit BH.

10 May Predaja akreditiva

Ambasador Bosne i Hercegovine u Japanu, Borislav Marić, dana 10.05.2017.godine uručio je akreditivna pisma Njegovom Carskom Visočanstvu, japanskom Caru Akihitu u svečanoj ceremoniji koja je održana u carskoj palati u Tokiju. Tokom obraćanja, ambasador Marić je prenio pozdrave Predsjedništva BiH japanskom Caru i izrazio želju za intenziviranjem saradnje u svim oblastima, posebno na ekonomskom planu i animiranju japanskih investitora za ulaganja u privredu BiH. Ambasador Marić se zahvalio na kontinuiranoj podršci Vlade Japana Bosni i Hercegovini kroz različite grantove i projekte i veliki doprinos Japana u procesu rekonstrukcije i obnove Bosne i Hercegovine. Govoreći o prijateljskim vezama i međudržavnim odnosima, istakao je da ima veliku čast i privilegiju predstavljati svoju zemlju u Japanu. Naglasio je da će se zalagati za dalje unapređenje odnosa između dvije države, te je ovom prilikom uputio poziv članovima carske porodice da posjete Bosnu i Hercegovinu. Car Akihito je izrazio zadovoljstvo dobrim i prijateljskim odnosima dvije zemlje, te zaželio uspjeh u radu novoimenovanom ambasadoru sa željom da se odnosi dvije zemlje dalje razvijaju i unapređuju na bilateralnom i m

10 May Visit to the Sophia University

On May the 9th, Ambassador MARIC visited Shophia University in Tokyo, one of the most prominent private universities in Japan. Ambassador MARIC held talks on promoting cooperation in education with professors Toshiaki KOSO and Taro KOMATSU. Professor KOSO introduced the academic achievements of the University with other 298 educational institutions in over 59 countries. He emphasized on professor KOMATSU’s achievements in deepening cooperation with the University of Sarajevo in the fields of foreign language learning methods and approaches. Ambassador MARIC proposed new initiatives in fostering the academic exchange between the University of Sophia and higher education institutions in BH as means of direct contribution to the acquaintance with diverse cultures and traditions as well as the contribution to the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

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