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Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with Japan

Tokyo, 14 March 2019 - The Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Tokyo organised a piano concert and a reception in honour of marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kosovo and Japan and the 11th anniversary of the Declaration of the Independence of Kosovo, as well as on the occasion of the visit of the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo to Japan.

Kosovar pianist Ardita Statovci together with the Japanese pianist Mikako Yanagisawa have captivated the audience with the piano sounds playing works by Schubert, Mozart, Liszt, Iwakawa and Beqiri. Meanwhile, the percussionist Yuichi Isse joined to perform parts with tambour creating the traditional Albanian sounds, part of "Dance, the Soul of Tradition" by Valton Beqiri. After the concert, the evening continued with a cocktail reception that gathered over 150 officials from Japan's state, economic and cultural institutions as well as the accredited diplomatic corps in Tokyo.


In his greeting remarks, Mr Veseli among other things said he is eager to see the waving of the Japanese flag in the sky of the capital of Kosovo and added that he would like to have greater Japanese presence in all spheres of life. In addition to thanking the guests for their participation and appreciating Japan’s continuous support, in the opening remarks, Ambassador Malazogu said that Japan is Kosovo’s most reliable country in Asia and that Kosovo welcomes Japan’s more active role in the Western Balkans.


On behalf of the House of Representatives of Japan, the Member of Parliament at the same time the President of the Japan-Kosovo Parliamentary Friendship League Honourable Ryu Shionoya also addressed the audience. He congratulated on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and wished for further development of relations between the two countries in many areas including economy and culture.


Ambassador in charge of the Western Balkans HE Mr Jun Saito spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He said that the opening of the Embassy of Japan in Prishtina will contribute to further development of both countries and added that as an ambassador in charge of the Western Balkans will continue to work a lot towards cooperation between the two countries. 


A special segment of the evening was also the speech of former Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura, who spoke about his own experience in Kosovo immediately after the war and for the quality of Kosovar wine. He also raised the glass for a toast with all speakers.


In closing, there was also a speech by former Ambassador of Japan to Kosovo, Mr Makoto Taketoshi, who besides congratulations to this celebration wished all the bests for the relations between the two countries. Ambassador Taketoshi also picked the lucky raffle winners of some prizes including a ticket to Kosovo sponsored by the Turkish Airlines Office in Tokyo.


Kosovar products such as wines, liqueurs and chips of Kosovo companies such as KosovaWine, Stone Castle, Old Bodrum, Biopak shpk-Muratti, Illyrian, Frutomania, and PESTOVA-Vipa Chips were exhibited and served in this event. Many products were served as well as others exhibited alongside a mini-exhibition of Kosovo's photographs. Pictures of touristic attractions of Kosovo were also exhibited.