In the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on a working visit to Tokyo, had a meeting with Chairman of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Osima.
Warmly greeting high-rank guest, Mr Osima noted that this is great honour for him to meet the Head of Turkmenistan. At the same time, high level of relations between two states as well as dynamic character of established parliamentarian relations has been highlighted.
Japan pays great attention to development of fruitful dialog with Turkmenistan, the Chairman of Japan’s House of Representatives said, having expressed confidence that current visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov would support further improvement of traditionally friendly bilateral relations.
Having expressed gratitude for cordial welcome and hospitality, the Head of the State taking opportunity congratulated the Speaker of the House of Representatives and friendly Japanese people on the enthronement of the Emperor Naruhito. The President noted that our countries are connected with close relations, which are based on respect of each other, equality and strive for progress.
Turkmenistan works actively with Japan in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also highlighted the importance of dialog between legislative authorities of two states.
Regular inter-parliamentary and inter-party meetings, exchange of practice in law-making sphere will support the expansion of comprehensive interstate relations. Speaking of this, the Head of the State has noted an important role of the Parliamentary League of Turkmen – Japanese friendship in improvement of cooperation in this direction.
Today, Turkmenistan follows the way of staged reformation of social and political life. Activity of government administration and legislative authorities is improved in the context of large-scale reforms. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that establishment of two-chamber Parliament by unification of the Mejlis and the People’s Council into single system of representative and legislative power authorities has been initiated at the recent session of the People’s Council.
Change to two-chamber system will give an opportunity to represent the interests of all level of Turkmen society, having provided conditions for monitoring in legal practice. In addition, it will give impulse to closer collaboration between deputies and electorate at sites, enforcement of control of fulfilment of laws and national programmes.
Continuing the meeting, the presence of significant multidimensional potential for expansion of Turkmen – Japanese partnership in trade and economic sphere has been noted. At the same time, cooperation in humanitarian sphere especially in science, education and culture received new content.
It was stated that Turkmenistan and Japan actively works in multilateral format under competent international organizations including the UN. Turkmen – Japanese cooperation under the Central Asia – Japan Dialog has a steadfast character.
In the end of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chairman of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Osima expressed confidence in development of constructive cooperation that meets the interests of two countries and nations.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The visit of the President to Japan: Cooperation in education and participation in the throne ascension ceremony of the Emperor NaruhitoSunday, 27 October 2019 15:29
The day of the working visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Japan was full of important events.
The award ceremony of the academic title – the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaki University to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, took place in Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel in the morning.
Director of the Hirosaki University Sato Kei has warmly and cordially welcomed Turkmen leader in the Ballroom Hall.
The Head of Turkmen State and Director of the University went to the Ceremonial hall where professors, lecturers and students of the University as well as other high educational institutes of Japan, representatives of Japanese – Turkmen Association for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, members of the official delegation of our country have gathered to attend the ceremony.
Everybody was greeting the President of Turkmenistan – the Academic of the academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan, Doctor of Medicine and Economy, Honoured Professor of and Doctor of Sciences of number of scientific and educational centres of foreign countries with applauses.
The Hirosaki University, which was founded in 1949, is one of prestige educational institutes in the world.
Around 7,000 students study in the University. Teaching staff includes more than 2,000 specialists. The main goal of the University is to establish a flexible educational and research process for satisfaction of requirements of future generation, to form up an environment, which will allow students developing individual abilities and gaining professional skills.
The structure of the University includes humanitarian and social studies, educational, science and technologies, agriculture and natural sciences departments, medical school and health science school.
It is worth mentioning that the University has a programme of financing of investments to the spheres of development of science and technologies, which are the most perspective for the world competiveness of Japan, as well as provide support in promotion of this product to the market.
On behalf of the participants, Director of the Hirosaki University Sato Kei has warmly greeted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, having highlighted that this meeting marks new stage of development of bilateral relations in humanitarian sphere especially in science field.
The Hirosaki University has been cooperating with the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan for several years, the Director said, having noted that he was lucky to visit Ashgabat where he met the President of Turkmenistan. Another meetings took place in the fields of the II UN Conference for reduction of risks of natural disasters in Japanese Sendai in 2015.
- It is a great honour for me to take part in current event, which is held under the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor of japan, - Kei Sato highlighted.
He has also reminded the work of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov “Medicinal Plants of Turkmenistan” was presented at the exhibition, which was held in the Hirosaka University in 2015. Being a huge input to the fund of the University’s library, this work serves as a manual guide for students and scientific personnel, the director noted.
Further, the decision of Scientific Board of the University on award of the Head of Turkmen State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with title of the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaka University for personal contribution to development of Turkmen - Japanese relations, science and education has been announced.
In the solemn atmosphere, under storm of applauses, the Head of the University handed over relative diploma to the President.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed sincere gratitude to the staff of the leading scientific and educational center of Japan for conferring of the high title. "I consider this award as a sign of respect for Turkmenistan, the recognition of our country's achievements in the sphere of science and education, the evidence of friendship and strengthening of ties between the peoples of two countries".
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the fundamental role of science and education in the development of a society and state, specifying the investments into a human and into reveal of his abilities as the most promising one of all types of investments. All of these are investments to the future of the country, - Turkmen leader highlighted.
Referring to the history of Japan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated that as is known, the country received powerful breakthrough in quality development in the end of the XIX century as the result of Meiji Restoration, important part of which lies within progressive changes in educational system.
The Head of the State described fundamental changes and integrated measures in the country for development of science and education, which are undisputable priority of the Government policy. The purpose is to implement high standards of education, support and stimulation of fundamental and applied scientific researches, comprehensive introduction of information technologies to educational process, expansion of international scientific and education exchange, active cooperation with leading foreign universities.
Based on interstate and interdepartmental agreements in educational sphere, thousands of young people of our country go for study to prestige educational institutes in foreing countries, Turkmen leader said.
Many educational institutes of our country established partnership with dozens of foreign universities, among which Japanese universities occupy deserved and important place. As an example, the Head of the state brought out cooperation between Turkmen universities with Tsukuba and Tokai Universities, Tokai Foreign Language University.
In this context, special mention has been made of the Agreement on Cooperation between Turkmen Agricultural University and Hirosaki University, which was signed in March this year.
Model level of Turkmenistan’s development allows expanding intellectual potential by quality education according to the world standards. For these purposes, educational programmes have been significantly improved on all levels, which allows providing different branches of the economy and social sphere with qualified personnel, Turkmen leader highlighted.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that special place in given to Japan, which Turkmenistan sees as a reliable and perspective partner in scientific and technological sphere in the context of international scientific and educational cooperation. In this regard, the intent to adopt Japanese practice in creation of innovative resources, application of know-hows, development and implementation of modern management solutions in different spheres has been confirmed. Oguzkhan Engineering and technology University, where Japanese specialists work these days, has been opened in 2016. In addition, Japanese languages is studied in 12 secondary schools and 5 universities of our country.
Having expressed confidence that cooperation of leading educational institutes of two states is very important in exchange of modern knowledge, Turkmen leader highlighted the importance to activate fundamental and experimental sciences, development of effective partnership in the sphere of humanitarian sciences, in particular in oriental study. History archaeology, language and cultural study.
Having noted that more than 20 students from Turkmenistan study at present in the Country of Raising Sun, the Head of the State expressed hope that this number would be increased in the future.in this regard, the Head of the state proposed to develop a programme of study of Turkmen students in educational centres of Japan, which would allow sending them to Japan on systematic base taking into consideration the requirements of national economy and social sphere. In our turn, we are willing to receive Japanese students, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
In the end of his speech, highly appreciated the position of Japanese partners, their willingness to render support to Turkmenistan in its innovative development where education is to play an important role, the Head of the state expressed gratitude to the Board of the University for the reception and warm welcome, having wished students and teachers strong health and big scientific success.
The speech of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was listened with great attention and welcomed by storm of applause.
After, the President met Turkmen students who study in Japan.
“ As is known, science and education are a wealth that puts a foundation of all achievements and reformations of humankind, determining the future of any country and destiny of the nation. If we refer to the practice of developed states, we will make sure that the progress is based on high level of educational system”, - Turkmen leader said addressing students.
The Head of the State noted that Turkmenistan pays great attention to improvement of level and quality of education. New programmes are realized in this sphere. Formation of new generation of specialists with wide world outlook, knowing high technologies is the main objective of the reforms.
Secondary and high educational facilities, kindergartens, recreation and health improvement centres are built all around Turkmenistan, methodology of education is improved, system of digital education is introduced. Innovative vector of development is to bring national education system to the level of the world standards.
Turkmenistan caries out big work for activation of international cooperation in educational sphere. Based on intergovernmental and interstate agreements, bigger number of representative of Turkmen youth go to prestige foreign educational institutes for education.
National universities established close partnership with foreign scientific and educational centres, important role among which is given to Japanese universities, Turkmen leader highlighted.
Advising the students, the President of Turkmenistan said: “We pay special importance with Japan in scientific and educational cooperation. Using established conditions, you have to expand your outlook, improve your knowledge, to be committed and hard-working, to multiply the authority of the country. You have to study Japanese practice in the sphere of nanotechnologies and innovations, development of modern management solutions”.
We pursue the policy of industrialization of our country working together with advanced foreign companies including from Japan, the Head of the State continued, having noted that plants for production of ammonia and carbamide in Mary, Mary Velayat, carbamide fertilizers in Garabogaz, polyethylene and polypropylene in Kiyanly, Balkan Velayat, first in the world plant for production of eco-friendly synthetic gasoline from natural gas in Ahal Velayat have been built with their participation.
As is known, specialists pay special attention to environment protection during development and realization of the projects in industrial sector, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. Eco-friendly advanced technologies are the targets in urban construction sphere, oil and gas sector, chemical industry, power energy, agriculture and are integral criteria of social and economic programmes in Turkmenistan in general.
Requirement in such professions as programmers, engineers, technologists has been foreseen during the transit to digital economy, Turkmen leader continued, having noted that we would achieve competiveness and high rates of economic progress only having knowledge and promotion of technologies.
After, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov informed that the meeting with businessmen is planned for tomorrow where wide spectrum of subjects of cooperation including in transport sphere would be discussed.
In the end of the speech, the Head of the State noted importance of study of ancient Japanese history, its culture and traditions and popularization of historical and cultural heritage of Turkmen nation by young messengers of our country.
Having congratulated Turkmen leader on the award of high title of the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaki University, the student studying in Japan expressed gratitude for attention and fatherly care.
Having presented his book “Turkmen Alabay” to the students, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that reader would find many interesting information about this breed in the book including interesting stories, facts, legends and archive data.
Finishing the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov fatherly advised the students for receiving modern knowledge so after come back home as qualified specialists, they would make deserved contribution to progressive development of the country.
In the afternoon, the Head of Turkmenistan went to the Japan’s Emperor Palace from Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel. In the palace, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with other invited high-rank guests took part in the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor Naruhito.
More than 2,000 guests from more than 180 countries arrived in Tokyo to participate in the events.
As is known, the institute of the Emperor’s Power occupies an important place in hierarchy structure of the Country of Raising Sum from the old times, which was provided by positive attitude of Japanese people to the Emperor’s dynasty as to special element of national history and culture. The Constitution of Japan the Emperor as a symbol of the state and solidarity of the nation. The title of the Emperor is passed along the male line.
Inclusion of the audience by the Emperor to the programme of visits of high-rank guests is considered as a sign of special respect. In this regard, it is worth reminding that the Head of the Turkmenistan has met with the Emperor of Japan during his official visits to the Country of Raising Sun in 2009, 2013 and 2015.
The Reiwa Age starts after the enthronement of Naruhito in Japan. It is translated as a harmony or blossoming peace. The name of the age gives tone to future decades. The name was selected from the poem of the anthology of Japanese poetry Man'yōshū. The poem describes blooming of apricot trees in the beginning of the spring. The age of Akihito Governance was called Heisei, which is translated as achievement of peace. It was forestalled by Showa Period – an educated world.
As a rule, heads of legislative, executive and judicial power of Japan take part in the enthronement ceremony.
According to the regulations, the Emperor of Japan Naruhito arrives in the Seiden Hall at appointed time and sits on the Emperor’s throne.
The Emperor Naruhito make a ceremonial speech, which is followed by congratulation speech of the Prime Ministers of Japan. Traditional basai – Japanese wish for longevity, is addressed to the Emperor.
The sound of gong informs on completion of the enthronement ceremony, after which high-rank guest leave the place of event.
Official reception was given in the Emperor’s Palace in the evening on occasion of the enthronement of the Emperor of Japan.
At the reception, the President of Turkmenistan exchange greetings with the Emperor Naruhito and members of his family.
After official reception, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to his residence in Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel.
Working visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Tokyo is continued.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
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Visa and its partners build a digital legacy for Japan and help to accelerate economic growth
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On the 1st of May 2019, an official ceremony of presenting congratulatory letter of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed to new Emperor of Japan Naruhito was held at the Embassy of Japan in Turkmenistan.
In accordance with the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan, the letter was presented by the Chairman of the Turkmen-Japanese group of inter-parliamentary friendship of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, Deputy hyakim of the Akhal province Serdar Berdimuhamedov to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Turkmenistan Katsumata Takahiko.
BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The victims of the Nanjing Massacre that shook the world in its brutality when Japan invaded China are being remembered through events worldwide that are also calling to cherish hard-won peace and acknowledge history with honesty.
An annual memorial for the nearly 300,000 people brutally killed 80 years ago was held Wednesday in Nanjing, the city in eastern China that suffered one of the bloodiest times the world has ever witnessed.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and senior officials joined representatives from all walks of life at the state memorial ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the carnage to pay a silent tribute.
Over 440 overseas Chinese groups reportedly plan to hold memorial ceremonies for Nanjing Massacre victims Wednesday. More than 10,000 overseas Chinese in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Argentina are expected to attend these commemorations.
In Japan, some 200 people attended a testimony meeting in Shizuoka city on Tuesday. Lu Ling, daughter of a massacre survivor who was stabbed 37 times by Japanese soldiers, shared her mother's ordeal with the Japanese attendees.
"The massacre imposed tremendous suffering on my family, the people in Nanjing, and the Chinese people," she said.
Masataka Mori, a former professor of irenology -- the study of peace -- at Shizuoka University, said people were revising history to distort the truth about the Nanjing carnage.
"It is hoped that more people could know about (the Nanjing Massacre) and pass on the truth," Mori said.
The massacre was also mourned in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday. Some 200 Chinese people and students living there attended the memorial, held one day ahead of China's "National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims".
"We hold a memorial ceremony in The Netherlands not only to mourn the victims, but also to tell the truth (about) history. No attempt to deny history will ever be accepted," said Zhong Linchang, head of the Association of Cantonese Business in The Netherlands.
Henk Kool, president of Friendship Society Netherlands-China, urged Japanese who deny the truth to look into the facts.
"If you want to be forgiven, you must first recognize and remember," he told Xinhua.
In the U.S. city of San Francisco, hundreds of people from the Chinese, Korean and Philippine communities gathered Sunday to remember the period of brutality and the victims' spirit of resilience and heroism.
Jennifer Cheung, chairperson of the Rape of Nanking Redress Coalition and one of the organizers of the event, said the commemoration meant to promote peace instead of harboring hatred toward the Japanese perpetrators.
However, the Japanese government has repeatedly refused to apologize for the atrocities committed by the war-time imperial Japanese troops and continues to deny the fact that approximately 200,000 Asian women and girls, including Chinese, Koreans and Filipinas, were forced into sexual servitude for Japanese soldiers during World War II, Cheung said.
"No real peace can come... without (an) apology from the Japanese government," she said.
Japan invaded northeast China in September 1931, followed by a full-scale invasion of China on July 7, 1937.
On Dec. 13, 1937, Nanjing fell to the invaders who slaughtered civilians and soldiers who had put down their arms, and burnt and looted for nearly a month. About 300,000 Chinese were killed, and 20,000 women raped.
In February 2014, China's top legislature designated Dec. 13 as a national memorial day for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka.
The parties have discussed the successful bilateral relations between the two countries and the prospects of further strengthening cooperation.
The discussion has also touched upon the importance of expanding cooperation with JICA, as well as implementation of various infrastructural and economic projects.
"Japan International Cooperation Agency has opened its office in Tbilisi this year, which also includes both Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Georgia is an interesting country for JICA because of its significant geopolitical location. As you are aware, Georgia connects Asia with Europe. JICA considers Georgia as a country of a great and valuable potential in terms of enhancing trade relations", - stated the Advisor to the President of Georgia in Economic Issues, Ms. Maia Melikidze.
The meeting has also been attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Advisor to the President of Georgia for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze and the Advisor to the President of Georgia in Economic Issues Ms. Maia Melikidze.
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has said he has "great confidence" in US President-elect Donald Trump and he believes they can build a relationship of trust. Mr Abe described the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York, as "candid", with a "warm atmosphere".
Some of Mr Trump's campaign rhetoric cast doubt over long-standing US alliances, including with Japan. The meeting was Mr Trump's first face-to-face with a world leader since winning the presidential election.
The US and Japan have been key allies since the end of World War Two, when the US helped Japan rebuild its economy. The president-elect has vowed to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which Mr Abe strenuously supports as a means of countering China's growing economic strength.
The deal was approved by the Japanese parliament, despite the likelihood that the deal will be cancelled when Mr Trump takes office. Mr Trump has also said Japan needs to pay more to maintain US troops on its soil, and has floated the idea that Japan and South Korea should develop their own nuclear weapons to counter the threat from North Korean missiles. The meeting was reportedly arranged when Mr Abe rang the president-elect to congratulate him, mentioning that he would be passing through New York on the way to an Asia-Pacific trade summit in Peru.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Abe said: "We were able to have a very candid talk over a substantial amount of time. We held it in a very warm atmosphere.
"I do believe that without confidence between the two nations the alliance would never function in the future and as the outcome of today's discussion I am convinced Mr Trump is a leader in whom I can have great confidence in."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep sorrow over the powerful earthquake that hit the Kumamoto Prefecture (Kyushu), Japan, on 14 July 2016, leaving several people dead and hundreds of others – injured.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its solidarity with the Japanese people in this difficult hour, conveying its sincere condolences to the families of disaster victims and wishing speedy recovery to those who were injured as a result of the earthquake.
At least 9 people died in Japan as a result of earthquake magnitude 6.4. According to Euronews, the quake struck around 9.30pm local time, 11km east of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu in the southwest of the country. It was followed by a 5.7 magitude quake thirty minutes later. A fire erupted in Mashiki near the epicentre.
Nineteen buildings have collapsed, and there are fears people could still be trapped under rubble. Despite the magnitude of the quake nuclear facilities appear to be unaffected. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said they had no reports of irregularities.
Officials at Japan’s meteorological survey warned people to be on alert for aftershocks for the next few days, but no tsunami warning was issued. In 2011 a quake of magnitude 9 caused a tsunami which killed nearly 20,000 people and triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Embassy of Japan in Georgia hosted a ceremonial reception on the occasion of the birthday of the Emperor of Japan, which was attended by Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
The Georgian Foreign Minister and Ambassador of Japan to Georgia Toshio Kaitani addressed the attending audience.
In his speech, the Minister underlined the recent dynamics of co-operation between the two countries in different spheres.
“Despite the great distance between our countries, we express our readiness to enhance our partnership based on the common values. I would like to express once again my gratitude for all moral and material assistance Japan has been rendering to Georgia for decades”.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked the Ambassador for particular devotion to and respect for Georgian culture and traditions. At the ceremonial reception, Toshio Kaitani delivered his speech in the Georgian language.