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07 Apr MHPS Representatives’ visit to the Embassy of BH in Japan

On April the 5th, 2017 Ambassador MARIC initiated a meeting with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) general manager Mr. Ryoichi ITO and vice general manager Mr. Akira TODA, in light of the thermoelectric power plant Ugljevik desulphation project. Ambassador MARIC uttered his support for the MHPS project as an important step in extending the operative life expectancy of the power plant but also in bettering environmental and health protection as well as meeting the international standards on gas emission. Construction of desulphation systems is the biggest investment of this type in the region and has potential to expend to other power plants in the region. Emphasizing on BH automotive, mining and metallurgic industry, Ambassador MARIC, invited the MHPS representatives to work closely together in deepening and expanding cooperation with the possibility of joint and direct investments. The general manager of MHPS, Mr. ITO presented MHPS consortium activities and expressed content for being the first desulphation system constructor in the Balkans. In hope that this is only the beginning of the cooperation, MHPS general manager, Mr. ITO invited Ambassador MARIC to visit MHPS Gro

07 Apr The encounter with the new JICA representative for the Balkan region

On April the 4th, Ambassador MARIC met with the new permanent representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. KONAYASHI, accompanied with the former JICA representative Mr. ABE, and director of the European department, Mr. YOKOTA. Mr. ABE introduced the on-going JICA-led projects to Ambassador MARIC and announced that the new representative, Mr. KNYASHI will take office on April the 18th in the regional representative office of JICA in Belgrade and that Mr. KONYASHI plans to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on April the 20th. Ambassador MARIC mentioned the positive experiences of BH experts’ and officials’ trainings in Japan. In terms of economic cooperation, Ambassador MARIC spoke of “Ugljevik” thermoelectric power plant desulphation project conducted by a Japanese company MHPS and financed by an attractive loan of the Japanese government. Ambassador MARIC stressed upon the great opportunity for MHPS to place itself through this project as a regional leader in reduction of smoke gas emission and in this way contribute to the cooperation among Japan and the region, Balkan greening process and regional inclusiveness.

07 Apr Nagano mayor’s visit to the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan

On March 27th, the mayor of Nagano city, Mr. Hisao KATO visited the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo in the goal of conducting antecedent talks to the ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Nagano and the Olympic committee of BH. The program of exchange would encompass deeper cooperation in education and sports exchange. On more practical terms, Mayor KATO hopes to host a part of BH Olympic team’s training, where sports fields and facilities as well as the accommodation and transportation, would be financed by Nagano city. Ambassador MARIC welcomed mayor KATO and has firstly expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome of BH Olympic team during XVIII Olympic games in 1998. Ambassador MARIC supported the current initiative and requested to amend the draft Memorandum in order to allow BH sportsmen to visit the city before and after the Olympic games in 2020. H.E. Mr. MARIC backed the initiative of local governments in deepening cooperation in education sports and culture between the two countries, which in his view also contribute to peace and tolerance in the world. Ambassador MARIC has invited the mayor to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina to fur

07 Apr Meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affair of Japan

On March the 23rd, invited by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Fumio KISHIDA, Ambassador MARIC attended the seminar of regional promotion of Yamaguchi prefecture, followed by a reception, held at Iikura, MFA’s guesthouse. During the meeting with Mr. KISHIDA, Ambassador MARIC expressed his regret at the postponed visit of BH Minister of Foreign Affairs in hope to reschedule the meeting later on this year. He uttered his satisfaction for the good and friendly relations between the two countries and expressed his intent to focus on deepening economic ties and attracting Japanese investments. Minister KISHIDA recognized and welcomed Ambassador’s interest and attention for Japanese culture and tradition as well as for Japanese regional capacities that will open doors of cooperation in various fields. The Minister wished the Ambassador a successful mandate in hope to maintain and further develop relations between the two countries.

07 Apr Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized a concert of classic guitar

Under the patronage of Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo in cooperation with Min-On Concert Association, Tokyo New City Orchestra (TNCO) and MSC Young Artists (MSC YA), the concert of classical guitar was held on March the 20th and 22nd, where the professor from the Academy of Arts from Sarajevo Mr. Dani SEHU presented the Japanese audience with pieces from renaissance, baroque, classical Spanish literature and BH heritage. Invited to perform in Tokyo by the director of TNCO and MCS YA, Ms. Nakako WATANABE, prof. SHEHU performed firstly at the oldest center for acupuncture and vocal education for the blind Ejima Sugiyama Jinja; two days later the “Dani Sehu Guitar night” at Min-On musical museum attracted many spectators from the corps diplomatique of Japan, MFA and JICA representatives, BH citizens in Japan, professors from the University of Sofia, former Ambassador of Japan in BH and many public figures from the Japanese cultural scene. Emphasizing on SEHU’s international recognition Ambassador MARIC opened the ceremony by greeting the audience and expressing gratitude to Ms. WANTABE and the president of Min-In, Mr. Hiroyasu KOBAYASHI for their support in organizing the

07 Apr ART FAIR TOKYO 2017

Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina has cosponsored Art Fair Tokyo 2017, the biggest art festival under the patronage of the Government of Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, as well as a the embassies of BH, Argentina, Armenia, Bulgaria, China, Macedonia, Germany, Panama, Spain, Russia and San Marino. Since 2005, the fair gives prominence to the links between the past and future as well as Europe and Asia by exhibiting works from Antiquity to the Modern period, handmade souvenirs and Japanese antiquities. Various people from Japanese public and cultural scene attended the opening ceremony including the spouse of the Japanese premier, Ms. Akie ABE. The organizer and director of the festival Mr. Mika LEE expressed gratitude for Ambassador MARIC’s support, while H.E. Mr. MARIC, satisfied with the organization of the event, put forth the importance of art as means of expression of oneself and the environment and as a major tool in bridging the gaps among civilizations. Ambassador MARIC took the opportunity to introduce Taide JASAREVIC and Muhamed KAFEDZIC’s works inspired by Japanese tradition and culture, hoping that the next art fes

07 Apr Posjeta predstavnika Rudnika i termoelektrane Ugljevik

Dana 16.03.2017.godine, Ambasadu BiH u Japanu posjetili predstavnici Rudnika i termoelektrane Ugljevik i sa ambasadorom BiH, Borislavom Marić, razgovarali o načinima i modalitetima unapređenja ekonomske saradnje sa Japanom na polju energetike. Delegaciju od sedam članova predvodio je direktor RiTE Ugljevik, Đorđe Popović sa svojim saradnicima i predstavnici ACTIV iz Austrije, koji su nosioci ovog projekta. Direktor Popović informisao je ambasadora Marić o značajnom ugovoru sa japanskim konzorcijumom Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems /MHPS/ za odsumporavanje dimnih gasova vrijednim oko 80 miliona eura. Naglasio je da je to jedna od najvećih investicija u RiTA Ugljevik od njene izgradnje, te da će se odsumporavanjem produžiti životni vijek termoelektrane, što predstavlja perspektivu za čitav region. Ovaj strateški projekat je značajan kako za zaštitu zdravlja stanovništva, tako i za stabilnost energetskog sektora, kao i za izvršavanje međunarodnih obaveza Republike Srpske i BiH u pogledu primjene međunarodnih ekoloških standarda i smanjenja emisije štetnih gasova, što je od izuzetnog značaja za provođenje ukupne nacionalne politike, naglasio je Popović. Izgradnja sistema za odsump

18 Mar Novoimenovani ambasador BiH u Japanu Dr.Sci. Borislav Marić predao kopije akreditivnih pisama

Ambasador Bosne i Hercegovine u Japanu, Borislav Marić, dana 09.03.2017.godine predao kopije akreditivnih pisama zamjeniku ministra vanjskih poslova Japana, Shinsuke Sugiyama. Prije susreta sa zamjenikom ministra, ambasador Marić je imao sastanak sa Šefom Protokola, Kaoru Shimazaki. Ambasador Marić je upoznao zamjenika ministra Sugiyamu sa aktuelnom situacijom u Bosni i Hercegovini i izrazio zahvalnost za pomoć koju je Japan pružio Bosni i Hercegovini. Naglasio je dobre i prijateljske bilateralne odnose dvije zemlje i uspješnu saradnju na multilateralnom planu. Istakao je punu opredjeljenost BiH da dalje razvija i jača odnose sa Japanom, uključujući kulturnu, sportsku i naučnu saradnju, kao i potrebu za unapređenjem ekonomskih odnosa dvije zemlje. Iskazao je punu posvećenost razvijanju ekonomske saradnje sa Japanom i istakao brojne investicione mogućnosti u BiH, te ukazao na različite oblike saradnje na energetskom planu, razvoju infrastrukture, zaštiti okoliša, automobilskoj i poljoprivrednoj industriji. Izrazio je žaljenje zbog odgađanja posjete ministra vanjskih poslova BiH Japanu, te iskazao želju da se posjeta realizuje u toku ove godine. Sugiyama je poželio uspješan mandat am

07 Nov Invitation to tender for the provision of real estate sales services the sale of diplomatic real estate in New York (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Bonn (Germany) and Bern (Switzerland)

Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Slovenia, and the Republic of Serbia – as the sole Successor States to the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (hereinafter “the SFRY”) – and the co-owners of diplomatic and consular property of the SFRY, as the previous title owner, hereby issue an invitation to tender for the provision of the service of brokering the sale of the following immovable property1 : a) Permanent Mission of the SFRY to the UN, New York, USA (854 Fifth Avenue, N.Y. 10065); additional indicative data: block 1391, Lot 6, site area 3,600 sq. ft./30 x 120, gross living area 16,125 sq. ft, est. 1910; b) Residence of the Permanent Representative of the SFRY to the UN, New York, USA (730 Park Avenue, N.Y. 10021); additional indicative data: Apt. 16/17B, cooperative interest, 718/30.000 shares, block 1385, Lot 37, project name: Park 71st St. Corp., gross living area above grade 4,294 sq. ft., Act. Age: 1929; c) Embassy and residence of the SFRY in Tokyo, Japan (7-24, 4-chome, Kitashinagawa Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo); additional indicative data: land 316-37 Kita Shinagawa 4-Chome, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, registered to

08 Nov 2014. – Charity Gala Dinner in Tokyo

8 Nov 2014 12:16 Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Anesa Kundurović, contributed to the promotion of prevention and fight against breast cancer at the Charity Gala Dinner in Tokyo. Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Anesa Kundurović, attended the Charity Gala Dinner which was organized by the Pink Beauty Foundation on November 8, 2014, at the Tokyo American Club. The Charity Gala Dinner is held annually with the aim of promoting the prevention of breast cancer in Japan, with the participation of a large number of eminent experts, doctors and honorary members of the Foundation. As part of this year’s event, both a raffle and auction were held, for which Ambassador Kundurović donated two wooden boxes, handiwork of a BiH company “Rukotvorine” in Konjic. The total income is intended for international scholarships for young experts selected by the Japanese Society for Fighting Against Breast Cancer. President of the Pink Beauty Foundation, Hiroko Suzuki, is a great friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina and was one of the biggest sponsors of the charity event to raise funds for flood victims in BiH, which was organized by the Embassy of BiH in Tokyo

08 Oct Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan Anesa Kundurović attended the exhibition “Hidden Japan 2015 – through Diplomats’ Eyes

On 8 October 2015,  ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan Anesa Kundurović, at the invitation of princess Takamado, attended the opening ceremony of photo exhibition titled “Hidden Japan 2015 – through Diplomats’ Eyes“. The photo called “Dawn in the Land of the Rising Sun, an awakening world”, authored by ambassador Kundurović, was also exhibited. Princess Takamado thanked ambassador Kundurović for her participation and a unique photo which in a symbolic way depicts the specific nature of Japan’s climate and sunrise in the Land of the Rising Sun. She expressed her hope that the ambassador would participate next year, too, in this exhibition that has already become a traditional one, and is greeted with great interest by the Japanese public. Ambassador Kundurović pointed out the importance of the exhibition for the strengthening of the cultural exchange and bringing together different traditions of all of the participants in displaying the unique Japanese everyday life through photos of diplomats. She expressed her gratitude to princess Takamado for her active engagement and contribution to the development of sports and cultural links with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The a

25 Aug Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan Jelena Pašić speaks on gender equality in BiH at a working dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan

On 25 August 2015, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Ms Jelena Pašić, attended a working dinner for lady ambassadors hosted in Tokyo by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the eve of the upcoming symposium World Assembly for Women (WAW), which will be held on 28 and 29 August in Tokyo. The dinner was attended by 13 lady ambassadors, Minister in charge of gender equality in the Government of Japan, Ms Haruko Arimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Katsunobu Kato, and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. In his introductory address, Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Shinzo Abe,pointed out that the empowerment of women in the society was one of the priorities of his policy. He stressed the need and the necessity of the inclusion of women in the political and public life and noted that one of the main pillars of his administration was the objective to create the society of Japan where 30% of leadership positions would be occupied by womenby 2020. In order to have a generalpicture regarding the need for gender equality and equal treatment of women, as well as to make recommendations for the upcoming WAW symposium, th

17 Aug Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo takes part in the Multicultural One Family Festival

Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo participated in the Multicultural One Family Festival held on 15 and 16 August 2015 in the famous Hibiya Park in Tokyo, under the sponsorship of the Government of the City of Tokyo and One Family organization, with the support by the Japanese Foundation and Embassies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Philippines, France, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria, Uganda, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The aforementioned multicultural festival promotes the principle of ‘citizen of the world = one family’, as a concept according to which joint identity may unifycultural differences while respecting the specificities of other cultures and traditions, regardless of race and nationality. The objective of the festival is to present different cultures and customs to the Japanese public and to highlight the common spirit of friendship and Japanese hospitality ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Food and other products from BiH were presentedat the exhibition site of the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as vine, honey, natural cosmetic products, handicrafts, candies as well as promotional and touristic materials about our country

06 Aug Ambassadorof BiH to Japan Anesa Kundurović laid flowers at the monument in the Hiroshima Memorial Park of Peace

On 5 August 2015, the ambassadorof Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan Anesa Kundurović laid flowers at the monument in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima to pay her respects to the victims of the atomic bombing.  At the invitation of the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, from 5 to 9 August 2015 Kundurović is attending a commemoration on the occasion of 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In her press statement followingthe flower-laying, ambassador Kundurović stated that innocent victims must not be forgotten, and to honour them there should be policy of peace and open dialogue, promoting and respecting the highest human values.Hiroshima and Nagasaki testify about all horrors that nuclear weapons cause, therefore it is necessary to put maximum efforts in the 21stcentury in global disarmament and ban of atomic weapons, so that tragedies like these never happen again, ambassador Kundurović pointed out. Within the program of marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing, peace ceremonies will be held on 6 August inHiroshimaand on 8 August in Nagasaki, as well as a number of other events

22 Jul Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan Anesa Kundurović visits the Gifu prefecture

At the invitation of the Imperial Household Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the ambassadorof Bosnia and HerzegovinaAnesa Kundurović visited Gifu prefecture on 22 and 23 July 2015. Chief of Diplomatic Protocol of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassadors of Turkey, Spain, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Uruguay, Turkmenistan, as well as Deputy Chiefs of 10 missions to Tokyo,also participated in the study visit. During the visit, ambassador Kundurović met with the Mayor of the City of Gifu, Mr Shigemitso Hosoe. Grand master of the Imperial Household Agency Yoshitaka Akimoto also participated at the meeting and ambassador Kundurović thanked him for the organisation of the visit. Ambassador Kundurović informed her collocutors with the places in BiH recorded on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the bridge of Mehmed-paša Sokolović in Višegrad and the Old Bridge Area of the City of Mostar, as well as cultural heritage from BiH placed on the World Heritage tentative list. During the conversation, the ambassadorpointed out common values shared by Japan and BiH through the preservation and fostering of tradition and culture, expressing her hope that getting to know cultur

02 May Ambassador of Bosnia and Hercegovina to Japan Anesa Kundurovic was one of the co-sponsors of the charity concert for the victims of earthquake

2 May 2015 Ambassador of Bosnia and Hercegovina to Japan Anesa Kundurovic was one of the co-sponsors of the charity concert for the victims of earthquake in Japanese region Tohoku At the invitation of well-known Japanese opera singers Ko Nakajima and Koji Ohashi, Ambassador of Bosnia and Hercegovina to Japan Anesa Kundurovic was one of the co-sponsors of the charity concert for the victims of earthquake in Japanese region Tohoku, which was held on 2 May 2015, in Tokyo. Beside Ambassador Kundurovic, the sponsors of the humanitarian concert were Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Japan, Bujar Dida, and the Republic of Djibouti, Ahmed Araita Ali. The concert at the Tokyo Opera Hall was attended by numerous renowned persons from public and political spheres of life in Japan as well as representatives of diplomatic missions in this country while the special guest was Maestro Pisani from La Scala Opera House in Milan who performed a piano recital. In her address Ambassador Kundurovic emphasized that she was honoured and happy to be one of the co-sponsors of the concert and expressed readiness to support similar charity activities in the future. “Although it has been 4 years since t

17 Mar 2015. – The delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina participates in the III UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan Anesa Kundurović leading the delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Sendai, Japan in the period from 14 to 18 March 2015. The conference attended by thousands of participants, Heads of State and Government, the Prime Minister, ministers, representatives of international organizations, experts in the field of disaster risk reduction, representatives of civil society, local governments, academic institutions, diplomatic missions and the private sector. The conference was opened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the presence of the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. In his speech he stressed the importance of adopting the new framework plan for action in disaster risk reduction in the period of 2015. He stressed the importance of joint cooperation and assistance of developed countries to developing countries, the material and technical means, equipment and transfer of experience in reducing the consequences of disasters. Ambassador Kundurović in 5 th plenary session on March 16, informed the audience about the experience of Bosnia and Herzegovina in reducin

10 Mar 2015. – Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan at the “Minato – World Carnival”

Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo on March 7, participated in the Festival “Minato – World Carnival”, which was organized by the municipality of Minato and Shibuya international association, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Embassy located in the Tokyo Minato municipality received from the organizers of free stalls for product presentation, advertising materials and brochures from their countries and had the opportunity to participate in the cultural program. At the stand of the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina are presented food products from BiH, as follows: wine, honey, water, then natural beauty products, handicrafts, sweets and promotional materials and travel. Support the participation of the Embassy of the festival gave Winery Nuić, Beekeeping Kresic, Inge- companies to produce natural cosmetics and Handicrafts Konjic. On the stand were exposed and propaganda materials Basin from Bijeljina and Wineries Nuić, which are the company’s printed in Japanese, as well as promotional materials company Legno service and Wood Commerce, who participated at the “Japan Home Building Show 2014”. Ministry of Foreign Affairs also support

05 Mar Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan, Ms. Anesa Kundurović,pays a study visit to the city of Kyoto on 26 and 27 February 2015.

Visit to the City of Kyoto Ambassadorof Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan, Ms. Anesa Kundurović, pays a study visit to the city of Kyoto on 26 and 27 February 2015. The visit was organized for a group of ambassadors accredited to Japan by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On that occasion, Ambassador Kundurović met with the Governor of Kyto, Mr. Keiji Yamada, the Mayor of Kyoto, Mr.Daisaku Kadokawa, and the Mayor of Seika Town, Mr. Kaname Kimura. During the meeting with the Governor and the Mayors, Ambassador Kundurović pointed out the importance of such direct contacts in the promotion of touristic, cultural and economic potentials of different regions, noting that it was a unique model of community, where the unity between tradition and contemporary way of life constituted a perfect harmony. Ambassador Kundurović had the opportunity to visit several companies and state-of-the-art science and technology centers, among which Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute – ATR, which brings together young scientists in the field of robotics from all over the world. On this occasion, the latest prototypes of humanoid robots were demonstrated to the ambassadors, such as Telenoi

06 Feb A Visit by Students of ISN /International School Network/

A Visit by Students of ISN /International School Network/ On 6 February 2015, students of the International School Network from Yokohama visited the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in Japan and had a discussion and an interview with the BiH Ambassador to Japan, AnesaKundurović. ISN was founded in 2006 with the focus on establishing cooperation with school networks in which high school and university students from all over the world participate, exchange of knowledge and information, strengthening the understanding between different cultures and raising environmental awareness of young people. Ambassador Kundurović informed the students about her country’s specific characteristics, as well as its reach cultural and historical heritage, its education system, and presented to them leaflets issued by tourist communities in BiH. In the interview, the Ambassador answered to various questions, ranging from the geographic position of BiH, tourist sights, hobbies of young people in BiH, the role of sports and culture in the development of youth communities, as well as the 21st century education. The students showed interest in the life of the young people, education system, as well

08 Jan Lejla Hodžić, Winner of a Special JFTC Award

Lejla Hodžić, Winner of a Special JFTC Award In the organization of the JFTC /Japan Foreign Trade Council/ a solemn Essay Contest Award Ceremony was held in Tokyo. The Ceremony was attended by winners of awards, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and representatives of diplomatic missions. JFTC was founded in 1947 as a private organization aiming at the development of international trade relations. Under the motto “we build the future – we connect the world“ JFTC promotes mutual exchange of goods, money, ideas and people as a key factor in building a stable future of Japan as a new “trade nation” on the global scale. Since 2005, JFTC has been organizing contests in essay writing with the aim of encouraging young people, students and researchers to state their opinion concerning the current issuesof social, national and international environment, and thus contribute to the development and application of global business strategies. For the 2014 competition a total of 195 essays from 41 countries were submitted. Shahadave Shrestha from Nepal won the grandprize in the amount of 1 million Japanese Yen. MsLejla Hodžić, a student from Bosnia and Herzegovina, won a specia

17 Dec Ambassador Anesa Kundurović meets with Prince and Princess Akishino

Ambassador Anesa Kundurović meets with Prince and Princess Akishino On 17 December 2014, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan, Ms. Anesa Kundurović, talked with members of the Japanese Imperial Family, Prince and Princess Akishino. Prince Akishino is the younger son of HM Emperor Akihito. The meeting took place during the traditional symbolic event “Wild Duck Net Hunt”, which is held in November and Decembereach year on the Imperial Preserve in Saitama andattended by representatives of diplomatic missions and members of the Imperial Family. Prince and Princess Akishino talked with Ambassador Kundurović about the rich cultural tradition, tourist sights and natural beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prince Akishino thanked Ambassador Kundurović for her presence and expressed his satisfaction with good and friendly relations between Japan and BiH. Ambassador Kundurović stated that it was her great honor and pleasure to participate in this unique ceremony with members of the Imperial Family, and she extended her special thanks for the assistance of Japan to the reconstruction of BiH and building a democratic society, and she invited Prince and Princess Akishinoto visit Bosnia a

10 Dec 2014. – Anesa Kundurovic Ambassador was given the title of Honorary Member of the International Friendship Exchange Council

Anesa Kundurović, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, was given the title of Honorary Member of the International Friendship Exchange Council and the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan. The Executive Director of the International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC), Ambassador Hiroyuki Yushita, awarded Anesa Kundurović with the title of Honorary Member of the FEC on December 10, 2014, at the Embassy of BiH in Tokyo.Ambassador Kundurović thanked Ambassador Yushita for visiting and pointed out that the title of Honorary Member of the Council is a great gesture of recognition both for her and the country she represents. She also expressed her readiness to continue cooperation and accepted the offer to participate in seminars organized by FEC in order to further promote and represent the cultural, tourism and economic potentials of BiH.During his visit, Ambassador Yushita stressed that the main mission of FEC – improvement of relations and mutual understanding between peoples, is based on the principles of exchange of information, ideas and experiences.FEC, which is an international non-profit organization with over 30 years of experience, was founded with the

21 Nov Trade and Tourism Fair in Tokyo

The Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan participated in the Production, Trade and Tourism Fair in Tokyo The Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo participated in the fifth Production, Trade and Tourism Fair held in Tokyo on 21 and 22 November 2014. Food products from BiH – wine, honey, cheeses, liqueurs, “boroviti” – the pine elixir, water, pies, sweets, as well as natural beauty products, jewelery and handicrafts were presented at the Fair, and promotional and tourism materials were distributed. BiH companies whose products were presented provided their support to the participation of the Embassy at the Fair, namely: Nuić Winery, Krešić Beekeeping, Ingea – company for production of natural cosmetics, Nero Mostar, Konjic Handicrafts, Puđa – company for production of eco cheese, and the Boroviti Company. The companies Legno Service and Drvo Commerce, who had also taken part in the Japan Home Building Show in 2014, were presented at the Fair as well, and after determining that this market has business potential, appointed their representatives for the Japanese market. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH also supported the participation of the Embassy at thi

10 Nov 2014. – UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Aichi- Nagoya

The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Anesa Kundurović, participated at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Aichi-Nagoya The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Anesa Kundurović, participated at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)–held under the theme “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future” from 10 to 12 November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, organized by UNESCO and the Government of Japan.On this occasion, Ambassador Kundurović met with the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and informed her of the work results of the State Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO. Ambassador Kundurović pointed out that the State Commission has been working intensively on improving education through practical counselling, setting standards, innovative projects and networking.During the conversation, Ambassador Kundurović emphasized that “the objectives of ESD in Bosnia and Herzegovina are focused on the development of child care and early childhood education, the provision of free and compulsory primary education for all by 2015, as well as on improving the overall quality of education&

28 Oct Local Community Development Project

Local Community Development Project A delegation of six members from BiH visited Japan in the period from 20 to 29 October 2014 in the organization of JICA. The delegation included the Mayor of Rogatica, Mr. Tomislav Puhalac, Deputy Mayor of Srebrenica, Ms. Biljana Rakić, Legal Officer of the Municipality of Srebrenica, Ms. Azra Hasić, Deputy Chair of the Municipal Assembly of Bratunac, Mr. Srđan Rankić, Depty Chair of the Municipal Assembly of Rogatica, Mr. Slobodan Planinčić and an expert assistantin the Ministry of Agriculture of RepublikaSrpska, Mr.Velimir Baić. Within the Project of Confidence Building through Rural Communities Development, participants had the opportunity to visit local communities in the Prefecture of Ojta, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Agricultural Cooperative of Schimogo, Milk Factory andthe Primary School of Honkawa. During the seminar, they were introduced with the system of local administrations in Japan and attended the lecture given by JICA international cooperation expert, Mr. Hiroshi Kavakita, on local administration and organization of local communities. Representatives from BiH visited the city of Hiroshima, laid flowers on the memorial to victims of the atom

21 Oct TV Prize Award–Japan Prize 2014

21 October 2014 – TV Prize Award – Japan Prize 2014 BiH Ambassadorto Japan, Ms. AnesaKundurović, attended on 21 October 2014, a solemn prize awarding ceremonyin the audiovisual programs competition, Japan Prize 2014,on the premises of the well-known media house NHK. Japan Prize, an international competition in the field of educational media was founded in 1965, and its objective is raising the quality of educational programs all over the world, as well as strengthening and development of international cooperation in the field of education. In the course of 2014, 320 applications arrived for this competition from 206 organizations from 62 countries in the category of audiovisual techniques and TV programs. From BiH,the BHRT TV participated with a TV program intended for teenagers, titled “Big Nature Small World”. The BHRT TV entered the group of 5 finalists together with Namibia, Kenya, The Philippines and Nepal. The total of 19 countries from Europe participated in the competition, while Croatia and Serbiawere also present from the region. The Green Lions BRIT DOC,a foundation from Great Britain, won the main award – Grand Prix NHK in the field of audiovisual techniques

11 Oct Presentation of BiH products at the International Friendship Festival in the Minato

Presentation of BiH products at the International Friendship Festival in the Minato Municipality in Japan The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Anesa Kundurović, hosted the BiH stand at the International Friendship Festival held on 11 and 12 October 2014 in Tokyo under the auspices of Minato Municipality. Food products from BiH – wine, honey, cheeses, liqueurs, “boroviti” – the pine elixir, water, natural beauty products, jewelery and handicrafts, Bosnian pies, sweets, promotional and tourism materials were presented at the stand. During the Festival, the Mayor of Minato Municipality visited the BiH stand and thanked the Ambassador for participating, noting his expectation that the residents of Minato will have the opportunity to discover the local cuisine, culture and customs of BiH through similar future events as well. Ambassador Kundurović expressed her gratitude to the Mayor and the organizers for the provided space and organization, and emphasized that it represents a great honour and pleasure to be able to contribute to this event held with the aim of presenting different cultures and traditions through national cuisines and specific products of each count

10 Sep Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Receives Women Ambassadors

JapanesePrime Minister Shinzo Abe Receives Women Ambassadors Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited 14 women ambassadors to Japan for lunch on 10 September 2014on the occasion of the implementation of his “womenomics” strategy. The pleasant conversation and lunch were attended by (in the picture): Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yasuhide Nakavama, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Anesa Kundurović, Ambassador Ruth Kahanoff of Liberia, Ambassador Youngor Telewoda, Tonga Ambassador Ms. Tania Laumanulupe ‘na Talafolika Tupou, Tanzanian Ambassador, Ms. Salome Thaddäus Sijaona, South-African Ambassador, Ms.Mohau Nthisana Phek, USA Ambassador, Ms. Caroline Kennedy, Ambassador of Salvador, Ms. Marta Lidia Zelayandia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indian Ambassador, Ms.Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, Arimura, Ugandan Ambassador, Ms. Betty Grace Akechi, Slovenian Ambassador, Ms.Helena Drnovšek Zorko, Namibian Ambassador, Ms. Sophia-Namupa Nangombe, Croatian Ambassador, Ms. Mira Martinec, Irish Ambassador, Ms. Anne Barrington, and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary,

16 Jul 2014. – The Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan organized a charity dinner to help the flood victims in BiH

The Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan organized a charity dinner to help the flood victims in BiH.On 16 July 2014, the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan and the PinkBeauty Foundation organized a charity dinner in the exclusive Japanese restaurant Happo-en to help the victims of the devastating floods and landslides in Bosnia and Herzegovina The proceeds from the dinner went to the population of flooded areas in BiH and the rehabilitation of minefields moved by landslides. The dinner was attended by about 70 people, namely the representatives of diplomatic missions, prominent public figures of Japan, the professors of the Japanese Meikai and Kasei Universities.The special guest of the evening was the Princess Takako Shimazu (Princess Suga-no-miya) with her husband – the youngest sister of the Japanese Emperor Akihito. The sponsor of the charity dinner, the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan Anesa Kundurović, expressed her gratitute to the attendees for their presence, and the support and solidarity of the Japanese people, expressed her wish and hope that the next gathering will be on the occasion of celebrations and cultural events, and asked the partici

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