Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines!
First of all, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the warm sympathies and support extended by the Government and the people of the Philippines on the occasion of the recent earthquake and tsunami. For the people of Japan facing the aftermath of this unprecedented disaster, such heartwarming encouragement is very much appreciated. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
In 1954, at a tender age of four, I entered JASMS(Jose Abad Santos Memorial School) kinder garden. Less than a decade after the last war, anti-Japan sentiments were still quite raw but the Filipinos received me warmly. My parents were forever grateful. My late father came back to the Philippines in 1969 and served as Ambassador of Japan until 1974. I cannot help myself sensing destiny being here.
Japan and the Philippines are geographically close island countries and share similar values such as democracy and free market principles. Japan's commitment to assist economic and social development of the Philippines is a constant. As well as being the largest donor of ODA, the entry into force of JPEPA three years ago, is enhancing closer trade and investment relations. Our political dialogue is also intensifying and Japan is trying hard to facilitate the peace process in Mindanao.
My mission is to develop this strategic partnership. Indeed, I consider myself extremely lucky to be the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines because it is a joy as well as my duty to develop this win-win relationship between my two home countries.
Thank you and Mabuhay tayong lahat.