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H.E. Mr. and Mrs. Mrkić attend the annual Wild Duck-Netting Event, December 14

On the occasion of Siberian and Alaskan wild duck migration, traditionally marked at the Imperial Estate in Shinhama where His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan organized a special shelter, representatives of diplomatic corps are invited each year to participate in the event aiming for their preservation and protection on his estate.

Ambassador Mrkić with his wife attended the Duck Netting Event and met with the members of the Imperial Family, Princ Akishino and Princess Kiko, who were kind to be the hosts to diplomatic corps for this years' gathering.

H.E. Mr. & Mrs. Mrkic
with H.I.H. Princess Kiko
Ambassador with H.I.H. Prince Akishino


Visit of Ambassador to Okayama University, December 10

On the invitation by Okayama University and Prof. Michitaka Suzuki, Ambassador and Ms. Kovac, Head of Culture and Press Section, visited the University and paid a courtesy call to President Prof. Kyozo Chiba. The academic collaboration between Okayama University and Serbia was praized on both sides and the great contribution of Prof. Michitaka Suzuki from the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences was particularly acknowledged. A joint conclusion was reached to pursue further strenghtening of ties, especially with the University of Belgrade.

Ambassador and Ms. Kovac then visited one of the classes of Serbian language study course at the University, which has 160 hard-working and enthusiastic Japanese students enrolled. Ambassador expressed his gratitude to Prof. Suzuki, without whom the course would not be possible, and his wish to students to study hard and visit Serbia one day. Afterwards, Ms. Kovac held a presentation on Serbia in Japanese language.

Ambassador also met with Serbian students, studing at the Okayama University and gave an interview for the local "Sanyo Shimbun".

Ambassador, Ms. Kovac and Miss Nikolic with President Chiba and his colleagues, proffessors Nagata, Takahashi, Taniguchi and Suzuki
At the Serbian Language Class


Tourism promotion of South-east Serbia at the JATA Seminar, December 9

On December 9, the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) held a seminar to promote the tourism resources and attractions of Serbia and it Balkan neighbours, Macedonia and Albania, with the cooperation of our and the respective embassy and representation in Tokyo. At the JATA Headquarters, around 30 tourism representatives from Japanese agencies attended the event.

Head of Culture and Press Section, Ms. Aleksandra Kovac, gave a presentation in Japanese about tourism attractions, cultural and historical heritage and natural beauties of Southern and Eastern Serbia. The aim of this promotion was to introduce this less known Serbian region to Japanese market and stress the tourist advantages, especially in view of regional package tours by Japanese agencies.

Ms. Kovac during her presentation
Representatives of Japanese Tourism Agencies at the Seminar


Serbia participated in Charity Fair "International Ikebana Fair", December 7

Serbian Embassy had an opportunity to participate in another annual International Charity Fair and Ikebana Exhibition, held in Tokyo Prince Hotel on December 7. In this event, supported by its Honorary President H.I.H. Princess Takamado, many countries presented their products and delicacies.

During her visit to our booth, H.I.H. Princess Takamado showed her interest in the food products from Serbia. Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, the wife of the Ambassador, also presented to H.I.H. Princess Takamado a special handmade traditional gift from our country.

H.I.H. Princess Takamado and Mrs. Mrkić at the Serbian booth
Mrs. Mrkić with Embassy staff at the Serbian booth


Serbian famous sportsman Dragan Stojkovic Piksi named Sports Tourism Meister of Japan, December 6, 2010

Japan Tourism Agency decided to nominate Mr. Dragan Stojkovic Piksi, famous Serbian football player, presently coach of Nagoya Grampus, a Sport Tourism Meister of Japan. By presenting this honorary title to Mr. Stojkovic, Japanese Tourism Agency aims at promoting Japanese tourism worldwide, as well as enhancing cooperation with Serbia in this field.

Mr. Stojkovic was officially nominated Sport Tourism Meister by Mr. Hiroshi Mizohata, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, at a ceremony in Tokyo on December 6, 2010. By receiving the nomination plaque, Mr. Stojkovic became one of only a few foreign athletes active in Japan who were given such an honorary title.


NGO Actions For Children in Crisis Christmas Charity Fair in Tokyo, December 5

In ACC organization held their annual Christmas Charity Fair in Ebisu, during which the visitor were able to purchase some hand made products by internally displaced women from Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija. For further information, please click here.


Embassy's prize awarded to the naive artist in Japan, December 4

On the occasion of the opening of the 36th annual exhibition of Japanese Naive Art Society, a special viewing of works of their members, previously touring in Serbia, was held in the Mori Museum in Ueno.

Head of Cultural Section Ms. Kovač gave a speech and presented an "Award of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Japan" to one Japanese naive artist, while other recepients were awarded with the prizes given by various governmental and art institutions in Japan.

Prof. Nobuhiro Shiba, Vice President of Japan - Serbia Friendship Society, also greeted the audience and expressed his hope for the future collaboration and strenghtening of relations between Serbia and Japan.

Exhibition of works touring in Serbia
Visitors at the Japanese Naive Art Society Exhibition


Ms. Kovac gives a speech at the ceremony




Visit of H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior to Japan, November 30 - December 4, 2010

High level delegation of Serbia, headed by H. E. Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, visited Japan and had a number of meetings with the high ranking Japanese officials.

H. E. Mr. Dacic is the first Minister of Interior of Serbia to officially visit Japan. During his meeting with H. E. Ms. Tomiko Okazaki, State Minister and Chairman of the National Commission of Public Safety, the Memorandum on Police Cooperation was signed, enabling closer ties between the police authorities of the two countries.

During his visit to Japan, H. E. Mr. Dacic also had meetings with the Hon. Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan, Mr. Hisashi Tokunaga, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shozo Azuma, Senior Vice Minister of Cabinet Office for Disaster Management, Mr. Takaharu Ando, Commissioner of the National Police Agency, Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, President of the Japan-Serbia Parliamentary League of Friendship, as well as Mr. Jiro Kodera, Director General of the European Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegation also visited the Center for Disaster Prevention and the Traffic Control Center in Tokyo, as well as the Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Kansai, where they were welcomed by the Honorary Consul General Mr. Naohide Ueyama and H. E. Mr. Ryuichi Tanabe, Ambassador, Representative of the Government of Japan for Kansai region.

H.E. Mr. I. Dacic and H.E. Ms. T. Okazaki, State Minister, Chair of the National Commission of Public Safety
Signing of the Memorandum on Police Cooperation


Meeting with Hon. I. Aisawa, President of the Parliamentary League of Friendship Japan - Serbia
Meeting with Hon. T. Yokomichi, Speaker of the House of Councilors of the National Diet of Japan


Talks with Mr. S. Azuma, Deputy State Minister in charge of disaster prevention
Meeting with Mr. T. Ando, Commissioner General, National Police Agency
Meeting with Mr. N. Ueyama, Honorary Consul General of Serbia in Osaka


High Delegation of Ministry of Health visits Japan

During their visit to Japan regarding the ongoing project with JICA aimed for early screening and prevention of breast cancer in Serbia, Serbian health minister Prof. Dr Tomica Milosavljević and State Secretary Ms. Nevena Karanović met with the officials from JICA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and other medical institutions in Tokyo, to discuss the formats and possibilities of cooperation in the medical field.

We also had a pleasure of having Minister Milosavljević and his associate as our guests in the Embassy.

Health Minister Mr. Milosavljević and State Secretary Mrs. Karanović (second from left) with Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, wife of the Ambassador, and Embassy staff, Mrs. Janković and Ms. Kovač, at the Residence of the Ambassador


Serbia represented at the ILBS Charity Bazaar, November 27

Mrs. Ivona Mrkić, wife of the Ambassador, took a part in this year's Christmas Charity Event, organized by International Ladies' Benevolent Society in Prince Hotel Akasaka, where she presented some Serbian food and specialties.

Mrs. Ivona Mrkić with Mrs. Olena Kulinich, wife of the Ambassador of Ukraine, and Mrs. Takako Kimura, Member of the Board od ILBS
Serbian products at the ILBS Bazaar


Concert in Amagasaki organized by Mrs. Etsuko Tsunozaki, wife of Japanese ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, November 25

Following the perfomance in Tokyo in October, Mrs. Etsuko Tsunozaki, wife of H.E. Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, Ambassador of Japan to Serbia, held another concert in Commemoration of the Tour in Serbia 2010, this time in Amagasaki in Kansai region.

As in their previous perfomance, Violinist Mrs. Tsunozaki, Pianist Ms. Motoko Koizumi and Tenor Mr. Takashi Nakamura introduced famous traditional and modern Japanese songs, which they also perfomed earlier this year in Serbia, and reports on the Tour in Serbia with video and photo shows. One of the objectives of the concerts, organized under the auspices of the Embassy of Serbia in Japan, is to raise the funds for organizing the tour of Serbian famous choir "Barili" from Pozarevac in Japan, in 2013.


Lecture on Serbia's integration to EU at Aoyama Gakuin University, November 13, 2010

On November 13, 2010 First Counselor of the Embassy of Serbia, Mrs. Snezana Jankovic held a lecture on Serbia's integration into the EU at the Aoyama Gakuin University. The lecture was part of a two day symposium on EU and its enlargement organized by Prof. Dr. Kumiko Haba, expert on EU.

Mrs. Jankovic holds a lecture


Rector of Belgrade University, Prof. Dr Branko Kovačević, and delegation visit Japan, November 12-23

On the occasion of 125 years of Chuo University, Rector of the Belgrade University, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovačević, together with Vice Rector Prof. Dr Marko Ivetić, Dean of Faculty of Architecture Prof. Dr Vladimir Mako, former Dean of Faculty of Philology Prof. Dr Slobodan Grubačić, Vice Dean of Faculty of Philology Prof. Ljiljana Marković and their associates, Ms. Branka Janda Marković and Ms. Ljubica Stamenković, took a part in the celebration event and met with dignitaries of this Japanese university, which nurtures close and active collaboration and exchange programs with Belgrade University.

Delegation also had separate meetings and talks with highest representatives of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University, Waseda University, Toho University, Ito and Tokyo Foundations to discuss the current cooperation. Prof. Kovačević and his colleagues visited our Embassy as well.

Rector Prof. Dr. Kovačević and delegation with Ambassador Mrkić and his associates during their visit to the Embassy


TUFS President, Belgrade University Honorary Professors and Associates gather at the Embassy, November 8

As a part of further efforts to enchance the academic and scientific ties between Serbia and Japan, Ambassador Mrkic, with his colleagues, hosted a dinner at our Embassy in the honor of the Belgrade University's Honorary Professors and Associates – Prof. Dr Ikuo Kameyama, President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Prof. Dr Nobuhiro Shiba from Tokyo University, Prof. Dr Katsuhito Iwai from Tokyo University, Prof. Dr Hironori Fujii from Kanagawa Institute of Technology and Mrs. Akiko Igaya.

It was also an occasion to celebrate the start of first Serbian language course at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, owing to the great enthusiasm and support of Prof. Kameyama himself.

Belgrade University’s Honorary Professors and Associates with Ambassador and his colleagues at the dinner


Representatives from Colić Hospital participate at the International Seminar in Tokyo

Serbian surgeon Prim. Dr Milan M. Colić and his associate Dr Marko Milosavljević took a part in the International Seminar for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, held in November in Tokyo. Dr Milosavljević had a noticeable presentation about his medical work in Colić Hospital in Belgrade.

Dr Colić and Dr Milosavljević with the Ambassador during their visit to the Embassy


Serbian culture and food at the Open Day event in Kyoto, November 3

During an annual event organized by Kyoto City under the name "Kyoto International Community House Open Day" (KICH) on November 3rd, Friendship Society Serbia-Japan "St. Nikolay of Japan" presented Serbian food and culture, inviting all interested to join them in tasting of famous dishes and learning more about our country.


Serbian participant on Japanese Language Program for diplomats by Japan Foundation

Mr. Nemanja Grbić, attache in the MFA of the Republic of Serbia, is partipating in the Japanese language program for foreign diplomats and public officials 2010/2011, organized by Japan Foundation and MFA of Japan in the Kansai Japanese Language Institute.

This is the fourth participant from Serbia to be invited to join this program, aiming to enhance Japanese language abilities of foreign service officials in transitional and developing countries.

Serbian participant Mr. Grbic with Cultural Affairs officer Ms. Kovac at MOFA Welcome reception


Belgrade University Prof. Kayoko Yamazaki's lecture at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and collaboration with Conductor Ko Matsushita, November 3-4

Renowed Japanese poet and Professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, Mrs. Kayoko Yamazaki, will collaborate again with conductor Ko Matsushita for a Concert in "Shinjuku Bunka Center" on November 3rd, during which some of her work will be presented.

The details can be found on  http://koyukai.info/ .

On November 4, Prof. Yamazaki will give a lecture at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies on Culture of Symbols and Globalization.  For the details about the lecture, please click here.





Serbian amateur football team wins second place in Tokyo, October 30

In organization by NPO Active Middle International Association and with the endorsement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the 2nd Futsal Games between the embassies of five continents was held in Tokyo.

Serbian futsal team members, consisted of Embassy staff members, their spouses and Serbian and Japanese friends, made it to the final and won the second place. Congratulations!!!


Ambassador gives the interview to Magazine "ITN Open", October 29

On request by trilingual Japanese Magazine "International Tourist Network Open" published by Big Moon Co., Ambassador Mrkic introduced various tourist attractions and advantages of Serbia for their readers. He also spoke about the activities of the Embassy and domestic tourism organizations in promoting our natural and cultural/historic beauties on the Japanese market, which has shown in recent years a growing interest for Serbia and the surrounding region.

Ambassador during the interview in Tokyo


Serbia participates at FIVB Women's Volleyball Championship Japan 2010, October 29 - November 11

We are pleased to announce the participation of Serbian women team in Championship to be held in Tokyo, as a part of Group A with Japan, Poland, Peru, Algiers and Costarica. This will be a great opportunity to support our team.

Please find the event schedule here. The tickets can be purchased on the official website: www.sebare.com.


Concert in Tokyo organized by Mrs. Etsuko Tsunozaki, wife of Japanese ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Mr. Toshio Tzunozaki, October 20, 2010

Mrs. Etsuko Tsunozaki, wife of H. E. Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, Ambassador of Japan to Serbia, organized on October 20, 2010 at the Musashino Swing Hall the Concert in Commemoration of the Tour in Serbia 2010. Mrs. Tsunozaki as a violinist, Ms. Motoko Koizumi, the Pianist and Mr. Takashi Nakamura, Tenor, performed famous traditional and modern Japanese songs, which they also introduced to Serbian audience during the tour in June this year.

The programme of the concert included reports on the Tour in Serbia with video and photo shows.

On November 25, 2010 another concert will be held in Osaka.

One of the objectives of the concerts is to raise the funds for organizing the tour of Serbian famous choir “Barili” from Pozarevac in Japan, in 2013.

The concerts are organized under the auspices of the Embassy of Serbia in Japan.

Mrs. Ivona Mrkic, wife of the Ambassador and Mrs. Snezana Jankovic, First Counselor, attended the concert.



The visit of delegation of Sabac-Fujimi Friendship Club to Japan, October 19-25

Following the last visit of representatives from Fujimi city to its Serbian sister city of Sabac in 2006, Friendship Club President Mr. Vule Čekić and his associates were invited to visit Japan and participate in the celebration of 28 years-long intercity friendship and Fujimi's annual festival.

Serbian guests were also welcomed at our Embassy, which together with Japan-Serbia Association, organized a reception on this occasion. In a friendly atmosphere that gathered numerous Japanese and Serbian friends, the guests were greeted by Ambassador Mrkic, Mr. Čekić, Japan-Serbia Association Vice President Prof. Nobuhiro Shiba and Fujimi International Friendship Association President Mr. Toshio Maki.

Delegation from Šabac also met the mayor and other officials of Fujimi city and was introduced to various city institutions and Japanese historical and cultural heritage.

President of Fujimi International Friendship Association Mr. Toshio Maki makes a toast, on his right Mr. Vule Cekic, Head of Sabac-Fujimi Friendship Club, Ambassador Mrkic and Ms. Tijana Nagato, Secretary
The guests and Embassy representatives at the reception


Delegation of the University of Belgrade visited Japan, October 18-24, 2010

Delegation of the University of Belgrade, Prof. Dr. Djuro Koruga from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Dr. Zoran Krivokapic from the Faculty of Medicine and Mr. Aleksandar Obradovic, director of ADOC Company, collaborator of Incubator of Technical Faculties of the Belgrade University, visited Japan from October 18 to 24, 2010.

The delegation had fruitful meetings with the highest representatives and scientists of Kobe University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. They have discussed ways of intensifying cooperation among universities in the field of nanotechnology and biomedical researches.

They have also visited Japanese companies, famous for their advanced achievements in these fields, such as JASCO, Hamamatsu Photonics and Kao.

Prof. Koruga gives a lecture to the students of Kobe University
Delegation, together with Embassy representative Ms. Kovac, met with Vice President of Kobe University Prof. Chiharu Nakamura (far right) and Dean of Faculty of Agriculture Prof. Kazunori Uchida




Megatrend University from Belgrade launched Business school in Tokyo

On October 16th, Megatrend University Belgrade, Proudfoot Japan, Inc. and AIO corporation from Hawaii decided to establish Teogaku Training School in Tokyo, aimed to offer the high quality of training of already experienced executives.

The first generation of executives was scheduled to start the School on January 20th, 2011.

Mr. Kawahara, Mr. Kurisu, Mr. Matsuki, Mr. Hasegawa, Professor Jovanović and Mr. Shigehara in the course of deliberations on launching the common project
Prof. Dr M. Jovanović and Ambassador I. Mrkić


Ambassador meets with Mr. Tsunenari Tokugawa, the Head of the main Tokugawa house, October 14

Ambassador Mrkić had a privilege to meet personally with Mr. Tsunenari Tokugawa, eighteenth head of the main lineage of the famed Tokugawa family, who is now heading the nonprofit Tokugawa Foundation.

It was a great opportunity to learn about the current work and strong efforts of Mr. Tokugawa related to the preservation of Tokugawa heritage and support of education in Japan and abroad. They also exchanged the views regarding the historical processes and present socio-political situations in Serbia and Japan.

Mr. T. Tokugawa and Ambassador Mrkic


The visit of Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, Deputy President of the Serbian Progressive Party, to Japan, October 13-19

On the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, Deputy President of the Serbian Progressive Party, participated in a program of Japanese Government aimed to introduce the current situation of Japan through meetings with government officials, business and academic persons and sightseeing in Japan.

During his stay in Japan, Mr. Vučić visited also other Japanese cities like Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagoya.


Shiraishi Kazuko won International Poetry Prize "Golden Key of Smederevo", October 8, 2010

Japanese poet Kazuko Shiraishi was awarded Serbia's 41st "Smederevo Golden Key Award" on October 20, 2010. On this occasion her book "Little Planet" was published in Serbia bilingually, both in Serbian and Japanese.

Upon her return from the award presentation ceremony in Serbia, The Poets Society of Japan organized a reception in honor of the famous poet. Mrs. Snezana Jankovic, First Counselor of the Embassy of Serbia attended the reception and extended sincere congratulations to Mrs. Kazuko Shiraishi on behalf of the Embassy of Serbia in Japan.

Mrs. Jankovic gives congratulatory speech
Ms. Kasuko Shiraishi reads one of her poems


Ambassador and his wife attend the Celebration of the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital, October 7-8

Ambassador and his wife were invited to join HIH Emperor and Empress of Japan, government dignitaries, foreign diplomatic representatives and other distinguished guests at the official commemoration ceremony, marking the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital.

Owing to this special occasion, they had an opportunity to meet with various officials from Nara Prefecture and Nara City and learn more Japanese efforts to preserve the ancient tradition, historical and cultural heritage of Japan.

Ambassadors attending the Celebration





Belgrade to host next International P.E.N. Congress in 2011, September 30, 2010

Serbian delegation, headed by Ms. Vida Ognjenovic, famous writer, playwright, theatre director and Ambassador of Serbia in Denmark, participated in the 76th International P.E.N. Congress in Tokyo.

Participation of Serbia in this important event was of a special significance this year. After the presentation on Serbian capital and Ms. Ognjenovic’s statement on Serbia’s long P.E.N. tradition, Belgrade was unanimously elected as a host city for the next, 77th International P.E.N. Congress, its candidature warmly welcomed by the delegates of many countries. The Congress in Belgrade will be held from September 12 to 18, 2011.

Serbian P.E.N. Center was established in 1926 and many writers of international fame were on its helm. Through its history, Belgrade has also hosted many world leading writers, who participated in the International Meeting of Writers, held every October.

Ambassador Mrkic together with H.E. Ms. Vida Ognjenovic, President of PEN Serbia and Ms. Nada Nikolic-Bobic, Secretary of PEN Serbia
Ambassador Mrkic together with Mr. John Ralston Saul, International President of PEN and H.E. Ms. Vida Ognjenovic, President of PEN Serbia


Members of Japanese and Serbian academies gather at the Embassy, September 27

Ambassador Mrkic, with his associates, hosted the dinner in the honor of the Japanese members of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia at our Embassy. Our distinguished guests, the leaders in their field of expertise, awarded and admired for their work in Japan and abroad, were members of the Japanese Academy of Sciences Prof. Tamio Yamakawa, Prof. Juinichi Nishizawa and Prof. Kunihiko Suzuki, as well as Prof. Masayuki Iwata from Chiba University and Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura from Tokyo University.

We had a great pleasure to exchange some thoughts and ideas regarding the bilateral cooperation in the field of science and technology with our prominent Japanese counterparts, who expressed their warm support and interest in further enchancement of relations between Serbia and Japan.

Prof. Nakamura, Prof. Nishizawa, Prof. Yamakawa, Prof. Suzuki and Prof.Iwata with their hosts, Ambassador Mrkic and his associates Mrs. Jankovic and Ms. Kovac
The dinner guests and hosts smile for the photo taken by one of the guests, Prof. Nakamura



Serbian Tennis Women Players Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanović took part in 27th PPO Tennis Tournament in Tokyo, September 24-October 2

Best Serbian tennis players, Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanović, participated in this year’s tournament, which takes place in Tokyo.

Ms. Janković won the second place after the match with Maria Sharapova last year at the same event (see the link: Serbian Tennis Women Players Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic took part in 26th PPO Tennis Tournament in Tokyo, September 23-October 3).

Miss Ana Ivanović and Miss Jelena Janković


National Japanese television NHK broadcasts the Programe about Tesla, September 26

BS-hi Channel of the national broadcasting station aired the new science programme "Giants of Light and Shadow", which presented the life and achievements of great scientist of Serbian origin, Nikola Tesla, and his partner but then opponent Thomas Edison. The showing highlighted the genius and unprecedented value of Tesla's work in the field of electric energy and other scientific areas.

Our Embassy and the Museum of Nikola Tesla in Belgrade, together with other Japanese admirers of Tesla's achievements, made their contributions and gave support in making of this programme. The Program will be aired again on October 15th, at 19.00 at the NHK BS-hi.

Nikola Tesla


Serbia participates at the JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel Fair, September 24 - 26, 2010

For the fifth consecutive year Serbia was participating at the JATA World Tourism Congress & Travel Fair at Tokyo Big Sight (http://www.jata-wtf.com), which is one of the biggest international fairs in Asia.

Ambassador Mrkić and Third Secretary Ms. Kovač attended the opening reception on the first day, along with the great number of Japanese high officials and tourism agencies, media and diplomatic corps.

The representatives of the Tourism Organization of Serbia (TOS), Mr. Predrag Rolović, and of the Tourism Organization of Belgrade (TOB), Mr. Saša Stevanović, introduced diverse touristic offers from Serbia and various brochures in Japanese language.

With the support by the main organizer JATA, our turism representatives participated at the seminar on Balkan countries, where the Japanese tour-operators presented their report from the visit to Serbia and other countries in May this year. TOS associate, Mr. Hisashi Yamazaki Vukelić, also had the opportunity to introduce the tourist strategy and priorities of Serbia in Japanese language.

Serbian booth at JATA Fair


The representatives of Serbian folklore "Kolo" visit Japan, 2010

Serbian delegation from National Folk Ensemble "Kolo" (www.kolo.rs), headed by Director Radojica Kuzmanović, are participating in various workshops and seminars about Serbian traditional dance.

This is the continuation of the cooperation with Mr. Tetsuo Masunaga from Japanese company "Folklore Report", which was highlighted in February and March this year with "Kolo" tour around Japan.



Honorable Muneo Suzuki, Member of the House of Representatives, visits the Embassy, September 13, 2010

We had the pleasure of hosting a dinner in the honor of MP, Honorable Muneo Suzuki, who visited our Embassy with Mr. Masataka Ota, member of the City Parliament of Yokohama.

While enjoying famous Serbian cuisine and wine, our distinguished guests exchanged some views with their host, Ambassador Mrkic, and his associates on the bilateral relations between Serbia and Japan and possibilities for their further strenghtening.

Honorable Muneo Suzuki and Mr. Ota with Ambassador Mrkic and his colleagues


Junior High School Students from Miyagi Prefecture visit our Embassy, September 9, 2010

We had the pleasure to meet the students from Kanazu – Tsunoda City Junior High School, Miyagi prefecture, visiting our Embassy for the first time.

It was a great opportunity to deepen cultural exchange between our two countries and present some interesting facts about Serbian customs, history, tourism attractions and education system to our young guests.

Ms. Kovac with students from Tsunoda High School




Contract between the Japanese company "Waido Waido" and Serbian company "Agrostemin D.O.O." signed on August 18, 2010

On August 18, 2010, Japanese company "Waido Waido" and Serbian company "Agrostemin D.O.O." signed contract on representing this Serbian company and its product, Agrostemin, in Japan. The contract, previously signed by the Japanese company "Nagai Hoshi", was now transferred to "Waido Waido", which is mainly dealing with promoting import of Serbian food and agricultural products to the Japanese market.

Agrostemin is natural biostimulator, widely used in the agricultural production. It is created on the base of corn cockle (Agrostemma githago), dust and other plants (cultivated, as well as weeds), and invented by Serbian scientist Dr Danica Gajic. Agrostemin significantly increases the quantity and quality of yield and optimizes the cost of agricultural production.

Mr. Hasegawa and Ambassador Mrkic with colleagues Mrs. Jankovic and Mr. Makic


The Japan Times, August 4, 2010


Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

Kosovo decision sets a disastrous precedent



BELGRADE — Serbia will never recognize this unilateral declaration of independence: We seek peaceful compromise.

On Feb. 17, 2008, the ethnic-Albanian authorities of Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence against the will of the U.N Security Council and in contravention of my country's constitution. We made it immediately clear that we would never recognize the unilateral declaration of independence, implicitly or explicitly.

This position will not change. Serbia will continue to use all diplomatic resources at the disposal of a sovereign state to oppose Pristina's attempt at partitioning our country. No democratic and proud nation — whose territorial integrity is under threat — would act differently.

From the onset of this grave crisis, we responded to the unilateral declaration of independence peacefully. In October 2008, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution seeking the legal opinion of the International Court of Justice on the lawfulness of the unilateral declaration of independence.

After many months of deliberation, the court delivered its findings. It neither endorsed the view that this unilateral declaration of independence was a unique case, nor Pristina's claim that Kosovo is a state. Moreover, the court failed to approve the province's avowed right of secession from Serbia, or any purported right to self-determination for Kosovo's Albanians.

Instead, the court chose to narrowly examine the language of the unilateral declaration of independence. This strictly technical approach made it possible to say that the text of the declaration itself did not violate international law. The Kosovo Albanian authorities are deliberately misinterpreting the court's views as a legalization of their attempt at secession.

This may produce extensive and deeply problematic consequences for the international community. Ethnic minorities across the globe could take advantage of the opportunity to write their own declarations of independence according to the Kosovo textual template. This would put them in a position to plausibly claim that such texts sufficiently legitimize their respective acts of secession, and for their proclaimed independence to be in conformity with international law.

The inherent dangers of such a scenario must be prevented. Otherwise, the borders of every multiethnic state would be permanently threatened by secessionism, producing lasting instability throughout the world.

The court has left it up to the U.N. General Assembly to manage the political repercussions of the advisory opinion. This has been confirmed by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who stated that the General Assembly "will determine how to proceed on this matter." The forthcoming debate will therefore focus on the consequences and implications of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence in light of the court's findings.

We must ensure that the outcome of this debate makes a positive contribution to global governance. We must find a realistic approach to close the Pandora's box opened up by Pristina. The only way forward is to commence peaceful dialogue between the parties that produces a compromise, a mutually acceptable solution to all outstanding issues.

The consequence of a failure to agree on Kosovo would be the establishment of a universally applicable precedent that provides a ready-made model for unilateral secession.

Serbia is committed to working with the international community to prevent such a disastrous scenario. What we seek is an equitable outcome that both sides can embrace. This is the only way to reinforce shared priorities, to normalize relations, and to complete the democratic transformation of the Balkans into a stable, prosperous region fully integrated into the European Union.

Vuk Jeremic is foreign minister of Serbia.

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Statement by H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, at the UN Security Council Meeting, August 3, 2010




JULY 2010


Former Ambassador of Japan to Serbia, Tadashi Nagai, visits the Embassy, July 22

On the occasion of being proclamed an honorary citizen of Belgrade on June 7, former Japanese Ambassador to Serbia Mr. Nagai, accompanied by Mr. Osamu Hirashita from "Japan Planning Systems Co." and Japan – Serbia Association Member, met with Ambassador Mrkic and his associate Ms. Kovac at our Embassy in Tokyo.

We warm-heartedly congratulated Ambassador Nagai on this distinguished acknowledgment, which was given, by now, only to few high ranking foreign representatives, mostly heads of states.

Ambassador Nagai expressed his deepest gratitude for this rare privilege, making him the first Japanese to receive such honor from the Serbian capital. He announced the plans to attend the Awarding Ceremony in Belgrade on August 20.

H.E. Mr. Nagai and Mr. Hirashita with Ambassador Mrkic and Third Secretary Ms. Kovac


Serbian Theater performing in Japan, July 19 – 29, 2010

Little Theatre "Duško Radović", one od the most respectable theatres in Serbia for children and young audence, will participate in several summer perfomance festivals in Japan, marking their second journey:

- the International Festival for Young Audience "Kijimuna Festa 2010" in Okinawa (July 17-25), info available at: http://www.kijimunafesta.com/
- "Otomichi 2010" Summer Festival of Granship, Shizuoka Prefecture (July 25-29), info available at: http://square.at-s.com/otomichi/

"Duško Radović" will perform play "Book of Wandering", based on the book by Serbian author Dalija Aćin. Their participation is supported by the Secretariat for Culture of City of Belgrade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Serbia and this Embassy.

For further information, please also check the web site of the Little Theater from Serbia: http://www.malopozoriste.co.rs/


Embassy Representative visits Ouchi Junior High School in Shimane Prefecture, July 6-7

On the invitation and in organizationby NPO "Actions for Children in Crisis" (ACC), head of Cultural Affairs Section Ms. Kovač visited Ouchi Junior High School to take part in the annual Japan-Serbia Exchange Program.

The project's goal and the activities of ACC, which has been very active in Serbia and collaborated with our Embassy on numerous occasions, aim to strenghten friendly relations between two countries and provide support for socially vunerable groups (refugees from former Yugoslavia and internally displaced persons from Kosovo-Metohia Province, etc.).

On this occasion, Ms. Kovač was given the opportunity to talk about Serbian history, cultural heritage and natural beauties. Students from all grades and teachers attended this presentation, which was followed by ACC workshop activities.

With the School Principal, Mrs. Yamaguchi, and other school teaching staff, Ms. Kovač exchanged the opinions about possibilites to continue and develop this project, and was also invited to talk more about the current social and political issues in Serbia.

Ms.Kovac with ACC and Ouchi Junior High School representatives
Presentation about Serbia


Students check the messages from their Serbian friends


JUNE 2010


"Nikko Travel Agency" 2010 Serbia Tour Package Promotion held in the Embassy, June 22

For the third time in last four years, "Nikko Travel Agency" (http://www.nikkotravel.co.jp/), with our support, promoted its new tour package to Serbia and region in the premises of the Embassy.

Japanese guests were warmly greeted by the Agency and Embassy representatives (Cultural Affairs Officer, Ms. Kovač). The program also included video presentation of Serbian nature beauties and traditional food and wine tasting.

Guests enjoy Serbian cuisine
Ms. Kovac gives a welcome speech at the Embassy


Ambassador and his wife attend the Japan Academy Awards Centennial Celebration, June 21

On invitation by Japan Academy, H.E. Mr. Mrkic and his wife attended the official ceremony in Tokyo to celebrate the 100th year of annual Japan Academy Prize, awarded to distinguished persons in the area of science and technology. His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Akihito of Japan and Japan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Mr. Tatsuo Kawabata, addressed the members of the Academy, Government, diplomatic corps and other guests.

Two members of Japan Academy are members of Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences and Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences.


FIFA World Cup 2010 Gathering in Tokyo, June 18

We would like to send our warmest greetings to everyone who joined us at "Deja Vu Bar & Cafe" in Nishiazabu!

It was a friendly and lively event, initiated by Mr. Živanović and supported by our Embassy and other companies, which attracted more than 200 people to support Serbian national team in match against Germany, and to enjoy Serbian cuisine.

We hope everyone had great time and hope to see everyone at the next occasion.

For more details, please check: www.serbia.jp.


Japanese academic Prof. Nishizawa visits our Embassy, June 15

As a part of Embassy's efforts to strengthen academic ties and cooperation in the field of science and technology between Serbia and Japan, we had a great opportunity to host a meeting with member of Japan Academy and Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences, Prof. Junichi Nishizawa.

Prof. Nishizawa, one of the leading Japanese experts in the field of Electronics and Communication, expressed his willingness and offered kind support and his vast expertise in order to enable further expansion of bilateral cooperation.

Ambassador Mrkic, prof. Nishizawa and Third Secretary Ms. Kovac


Friendly gathering and cheering for Serbia at the FIFA World Cup 2010 in Tokyo - INVITATION!

On the occasion of Serbian participation at this year FIFA World Cup in South Africa, all interested supporters and football fans are invited to join us at the Serbian Cafe Night on June 18 (Friday) in Tokyo, during Serbia vs. Germany match.

This will be an opportunity to taste some Serbian traditional cuisine as well!


When: from 7 p.m.
Where: Cafe/Bar „Deja Vu”, Nishi-Azabu 
Participation Fee: 1500 JPY (one drink included)

Additional informations are available at the web site: http://www.serbia.jp/events/20100618.htm 

This event was initiated by Mr. Sasa Zivanovic, who started the project for promotion of Serbia, its cultural heritage and tourist attractions during the World Cup, and in cooperation with the company „Les Mains” and our Embassy. One of the project’s steps was creating the web site about Serbia in Japanese language: http://www.serbia.jp . Also, our distinguished coach and famous football player, Dragan Stojkovic Piksi, gave his valuable support for this interesting project, together with an interview, which could be read here: http://www.serbia.jp/01/ .

For all inquiries, please feel free to contact directly Mr. Zivanovic: sasha@jssjapan.com .



Meeting with Honorable Mr. Muneo Suzuki, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, June 15, 2010

On June 15, 2010 Ambassador of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic had a meeting with Honorable Mr. Muneo Suzuki, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives. Mr. Masataka Ota, member of the City Parliament of Yokohama, who recently visited Serbia, was also present.

In a friendly discussion that took place in the Chairman’s office in the National Diet of Japan, views have been exchanged on the priorities in the overall cooperation between Serbia and Japan, possible ways of their realization and numerous potentials for further improvement of our long-lasting bilateral relations.

Ambassador I. Mrkic and Hon. Mr. Muneo Suzuki


Visit to Japan of the Delegation headed by Mr. Zdravko Ponos, Assistant Foreign Minister, for regular political consultation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Japan, June 8, 2010

Regular political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and Japan took place on June 8, 2010 in Tokyo. Mr. Zdravko Ponos, Assistant Foreign Minister, who headed the delegation from Serbia, exchanged views about all aspects of bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation with his Japanese host, Mr. Yasuaki Tanizaki, Director General of the European Affairs Bureau. Serbian delegation was also received by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Keinichiro Sasae.

During their stay in Japan, Mr. Ponos and Mrs. Bojana Adamovic Dragovic, Head of the Asia, Australia and Pacific Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, had a meeting with Honorable Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, Chairman of the Japan – Serbia Parliamentary League of Friendship. They visited the Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Osaka and had a meeting with the Honorary Consul General, Mr. Naohide Ueyama.

Delegations of the Foreign Ministries of Serbia and Japan holding talks
Meeting with the Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Keinichiro Sasae


Hon. Mr. Ichiro Aisawa and Head of Serbian delegation, Mr. Z. Ponos
Serbian delegation visits Honorary Consulate General of Serbia in Osaka


MAY 2010


Visit of the Delegation of Serbian province of Vojvodina, May 31 - June 6, 2010

High ranking delegation of Serbian Autonomous Province of Vojvodina visited Japan in order to promote business environment and investment opportunities for Japanese companies in this part of Serbia. Mr. Jovica Djukic, Provincial Secretary of Finance, Mr. Sinisa Lazic, Vice President of Vojvodina Assembly, Mr. Branislav Bugarski, Director of the Vojvodina Investment Promotion (VIP) and Ms. Sanda Emini, FDI Advisor in VIP were in the delegation.

In a series of meetings with relevant Japanese ministries, institutions and companies, like METI, MOFA, JBIC, JETRO, JICA, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Mitsubishi Corporation, JTI, Isuzu Motors, etc. the delegation presented advantages of Vojvodina, as a promising investment destination. Vojvodina is already a host to more than 200 foreign companies’ investments, among them two from Japan. During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI) was signed.

Delegation meets H.E. Ambassador I. Mrkic and First Counselor, Mrs. S. Jankovic


Meeting between Serbian Ambassador and Minister of Justice of Japan, May 26, 2010

During the meeting in the Office of H. E. Madame Keiko Chiba, Minister of Justice of Japan, Ambassador of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and Minister Chiba exchanged views and information on some important topics in our bilateral relations. They particularly agreed on significance of visa liberalization for Serbian citizens traveling to Japan and confirmed further steps in order to achieve it in the nearest future.

Minister Chiba expressed her best wishes for friendly relations and overall cooperation between Serbia and Japan, along with her readiness to personally contribute to their further development.

H. E. Madame Keiko Chiba with ambassador Mrkic


Mr. Masataka Ota's visit to Serbia, May 17-22, 2010

In the meeting with Ambassador of Serbia, H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Mr. Masataka Ota, esteemed member of the Parliament of the City of Yokohama, informed about his recent visit to Serbia, where he was received by the Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Bozidar Djelic and Mayor of the City of Belgrade Mr. Dragan Djilas.

Mr. Ota conveyed his best impressions from the visit and his views regarding modalities of future cooperation between Yokohama and Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Further activities, aimed at broadening cooperation to the benefit of both cities, have been agreed upon, including exchange of visits of their officials.

Mr. Masataka Ota meets Mayor of the City of Belgrade, Mr. Dragan Djilas


Theather performance of Serbian drama "Paviljoni" to be held in Tokyo, May 22-30

Japanese theather troup "Black Tent" (http://www.ne.jp/asahi/kurotent/tokyo/ ) will introduce this year a famous play, "Paviljoni", by Serbian writer Milena Markovic, which was translated to Japanese language for this occasion. Performance will be directed by Mr. Djordje Marjanovic from Serbian National Theather in Belgrade.

Place:           Sengawa Theater (www.sengawa-gekijo.jp)
Time:            from15.00 (22., 23., 26., 29.,30.) and 19.30 (all dates except 22. i 30.05.)

Other information: http://www.sengawa-gekijo.jp/kouen/03763.html


Concert of percussion music by Serbian composer Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic in Tokyo, May 21

In the organization by percussion player Shinichi Uena i the group Phonix Reflection, and with the support of "Yamaha Co." and our Embassy, a concert "Souls of Percussion" will be held on May 21 with the introduction of five compositions by percussion player and composer from Serbia, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic.

Place:               National Olympic Memorial Youth Center Hall (http://nyc.niye.go.jp/e/ )
Time:               19.00

Ticket sales:     http://confetti-web.com/


High School Students from Japanese prefectures visit Embassy, during May

Once again, we had the pleasure of hosting a high school students' visits to our Embassy.

We introduced to students from Miyagi and Hyogo Prefecture our Embassy's facilities and work, showed them Serbian national costumes and other handicrafts and talked about all aspects of Serbian history, tradition and culture, they were interested in.

We really had a nice time together learning something new about Serbia.

With students from Higashiura Awaji-shi, Hyogo Prefecture, May 20

With students from Morino Miyako Sendai School, Miyagi Prefecture, May 20

With students from High School Sendai Sanjo, Miyagi Prefecture, May 14


Exhibition by Serbian artist and photographer Kujucev opened in Tokyo, May 14

Aleksandar Kujucev, Serbian photographer and artist, was invited to show his work at the two exhibitions opened this month in Tokyo, organized by "Japan-Yugo Art Project" with the support of "Shiseido Co." and our Embassy. Kujucev was also one of the participants of the group exhibition "Serbian visual arts – Za sutra", held in Yokohama ZAIM in 2008.

Head of Cultural Section, Ms. Kovac, was present at the opening in Zuisho Temple, where she addressed the guests and expressed her sincere gratitude for this promotion of Serbian contemporary art in Japan.

Times and dates are as follows:
- From May 14-20, „A Moment of Happiness” at Zuisho Temple in Shirokanedai (http://www.zuisho-ji.or.jp/index_pc.html), working hours from 12 to 19
- From May 14-25,  „The Doubles - A Moment of Happiness II” at the „Den Gallery - Gendai Heights”( http://www.gendaiheights.fc2.com/index.html) od 13-22.00 casova.

Mr. Kujucev and Ms. Kovac at the Exhibition opening in Zuisho-ji


Representatives of Fujimi City from Saitama Prefecture visit Embassy, May 13

Mr. Toshio Maki, President of the International Friendship Association of Fujimi City, together with his colleagues from Fujimi City office, visited us regarding the upcoming visit of the representatives of Sabac City, their sister city, in October 2010.

We conveyed our gratitude to Fujimi City for all the support and good will towards the citizens of Sabac and their continuous efforts in strenghtening of cultural and other relations with Serbia. Exchanging the views on the visit program and other technical details, we agreed to jointly work for its successful realisation.

International Friendship Association President Mr. Maki with his associates (far right) at the Embassy


Visit of Mr. Masataka Ota, Member of Yokohama City Assembly, with his family, May 10

We had a great pleasure of hosting a dinner in the honor of Mr. Masataka Ota, Member of Yokohama City Assembly, and his family. This was also an occasion to extend Serbian hospitality and offer traditional cuisine to our guests, who were kind to previously welcome our Ambassador and his Deputy Mrs. Jankovic in Yokohama.

Mr. Ota is due to visit Serbia in the second half of this month, together with Mr. Hiroyuki Okamoto, Chief Representative of Yokohama City in Frankfurt.

Mr. Ota with his family (left) and Ambassador with his family and colleagues during the dinner at the Embassy


APRIL 2010


Meeting with Mr. Masaru Imai, Associate Executive Director of The International Department in Kyodo News Agency, April 26, 2010

Ambassador of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic received Mr. Masaru Imai, Associate Executive Director of the International Department of the Kyodo News Agency, accompanied by Mr. Kohei Maruyama, Chief Editor of the World Services Section in this Department. Citing excellent and fruitful cooperation between the Serbian Embassy in Japan and the Kyodo News over the years, they had a discussion about the recent reports released by Kyodo, regarding Serbian citizen who was seeking a kidney transplant operation in Japan.

High representatives of Kyodo News expressed their sincere regret for the omission of the information which caused some misinterpretations of this humanitarian case, at the same time offering to help our citizen to acquire the operation and recover from this grave illness.

Ambassador Mrkic talks to Mr. Imai and Mr. Maruyama
Mr. Masaru Imai and Mr. Kohei Maruyama during the meeting


Japanese academics Prof. Yamakawa and Prof. Suzuki visit our Embassy, April 23

We had a great honor to welcome the first Japanese member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Prof. Tamio Yamakawa, with his colleague Prof. Kunihiko Suzuki at our Embassy.

As a renowed expert in biochemistry, Prof. Yamakawa, a member of Japan Academy and Honorary Professor of Tokyo University, had an opportunity to establish and nurture relations with Serbian distinguished scientists, like academician Dusan Kanazir, for decades. He became the first member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts from Japan in 1988.

The meeting was an occasion to exchange opinions on the strenghtening scientific and academic ties between Serbia and Japan. Prof. Yamakawa and his colleague Prof. Suzuki, who is also a member of Japan Academy and a great expert in the field of neurochemistry with a vast experience in international cooperation, expressed their readiness to support our initatives and project aiming to enchance the bilateral scientific cooperation.

Prof. Yamakawa (second on the left) and Prof. Suzuki with Ambassador and Ms. Kovac


Keio Vice President Prof. Toshiaki Makabe visits the Embassy, April 21

On the occasion of his appointment as a member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in November 2009, we invited Prof. Toshiaki Makabe, Vice President of Keio University, to discuss the further steps to be taken towards deepening of the scientific and university cooperation between our two countries.

Prof. Makabe has long-term and fruitful connections with our experts in the Serbian Institute for Physics, Director Prof. Dragan Popovic and Prof. Zoran Petrovic. In our conversation, he expressed high opinion about scientific potentials in Serbia and proposed some framework through JSPS and other programs that would enable our young scientists to work on joint projects and acquire expert skills in Japan.

As a high ranking Keio University representative, Prof. Makabe also welcomed the opportunities to build closer cooperation with the University of Belgrade.

Our guest Prof. Makabe with Ambassador and Ms. Kovac at the Embassy


Meeting with Mr. Satsuki Eda, President of the House of Counsellors of the National Diet of Japan, April 16, 2010

Ambassador of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic and Honourable Mr. Satsuki Eda, President of the House of Counsellors of the National Diet of Japan, in the meeting which took place in Mr. Eda's official residence, exchanged views about bilateral cooperation between Serbia and Japan, especially between the parliaments of the two countries, and the possibilities for its future development.

Serbian Ambassador also informed President Eda about recent activities of the Serbian National Assembly, including the adoption of the Declaration condemning the crime in Srebrenica, which occurred during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia in 1995. He explained that this was the first such document adopted among the countries that belonged to former Yugoslavia, with an aim to promote reconciliation and peaceful coexistence, expressing his expectation that other former Yugoslav republics too will follow Serbian example.

Mr. Eda highly praised this act, expressing his hope for the lasting peace and prosperity of Serbia and the region of the Western Balkans as a whole.

Ambassador Mrkic and Hon. Mr. Satsuki Eda meet in Mr. Eda's official residence


Tokyo University Prof. Nakamura visits our Embassy, April 14

We had a great pleasure to meet with Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, one of the latest Japanese scientists to join the Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences (in 2007), at our Embassy.

His interest and research on humanoid robotics have brought him in closer touch with the achievements of Serbian academician Miomir Vukobratovic, the pioneer in this field and President of the Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences.

In our conversation on how to intensify scientific cooperation and exchange between Serbia and Japan, Prof. Nakamura conveyed his hopes that his respective Serbian scientists would join some of the projects at the Tokyo University and participate in programs such as JSPS.


Serbian delegation from energy sector visits Japan, April 11-24

As a part of JICA Project aiming for the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation in Serbia, six-member Serbian delegation headed by Mr. Bojan Kovacic, Deputy Director of Serbian Energy Efficiency Agency (SEEA), came for two weeks' study visit to Japan. The representatives of Ministry of Mining and Energy, University of Belgrade and District Heating Company were also a part of this delegation, whose training program included numerous lectures from Japanese energy sector (TEPCO, METI) and visits to the power plants, facilities and factories around the country.

They also visited the Embassy, on April 13, and met with Ambassador and his associates. It was a great opportunity to hear about the ongoing JICA Project which will, in collaboration with SEEA and Serbian Energy Ministry, contribute to vast energy conservation in industrial sector, protection of the environment.

Our delegation, together with the Embassy representatives, were invited to a dinner in Tokyo on April 13 hosted by TEPCO, which plays an important role in the Project. In his addressing, TEPCO Vice President Susumu Shirakawa commented about the fruitful cooperation between Japan and Serbia in the field of energy. Ambassador, thanking for their kind support, called for TEPCO investments in Serbia and invited Vice President Shirakawa to visit our country in the nearest future.

Serbian delegation with Embassy and JICA representatives in the Embassy
TEPCO dinner hosts with our delegation and Embassy representatives


Serbia wins in football match with Japan in Osaka, April 7

Friendly match between Serbian domestic league players and Japanese national team, called the Kirin Cup, was played in Nagai Stadium in Osaka, followed by Serbian winning with 3:0. Just two months from World Cup in South Africa, this game attracted a lot of media attention and filled the stadium with close to 50,000 viewers.

Various dignitaries from royal family (HIH Princess Takamado), sport and football (Olympic Committee, football associations and professional leagues from both countries, national team coaches etc.) and Honorary Consul of Serbia Mr. Naohide Ueyama together with our Ambassador were present at the event.

For this occasion, HIH Princess Takamado, as the honorary patron of JFA, along with Mr. Motoaki Inukai, President of JFA, Mr. Zoran Lakovic, Secretary General of SFA, Mr. Ryo Mayanagi, sponsor representative, and Ambassador Mrkic, were invited to take part in the Shake-hands Ceremony with players and coaches.

HIH Princess Takamado, Ambassador Mrkic, Mr. Lakovic and Honorary Consul General of Serbia in Osaka Mr. N. Ueyama (behind)
Shake-hands Ceremony
Atmosphere at the Stadium


Serbia participates in JICA Seminar on Criminal Investigation, April 4 - 24

This year, Mr. Rade Sandić, a representative from Ministry of Interior, is participating in the course on criminal investigation, organized by JICA and National Police Agency of Japan. The course, intended for developing countries, gathered participants mostly from Asian, African and South American countries, aiming to enchance the international police network and information exhange.

Ms. Kovač, Head of Cultural and Press Section in the Embassy, met with our participant and the organizers at the opening ceremony, held in Tokyo on April 6.

Serbian police representative, Mr. Sandic, with Ms. Kovac at the Seminar opening reception


MARCH 2010


Serbian children awarded at the annual "World Children's Picture Contest" in Tokyo, March 26

At the annual international contest, organized by "Ie-no-hikari" Association and UNESCO, with the support of various cultural and art institutions in Japan, three Serbian participants were awarded with the Bronze awards among more than 43.000 applicants from 67 countries and regions.

Ms. Kovač, Head of Cultural and Press Section in the Embassy, was present at the award ceremony held in Tokyo. Our Embassy was also presented with the Letter of Appreciation for the cooperation on this occasion.

One of the Serbian awarded works
Childrenís drawings at the Award Ceremony


JATA Seminar on Tourism Promotion of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina held in Tokyo, March 18

In organization by Japanese Association of Tourism Agents (JATA) and with support of our Embassy, representatives from tourism offices in Japan had an opportunity to hear about the tourism potentials and beauties of Serbia, as well as the experiences of JATA Study Tour participants who visited our country last July and November.

Following the address of Ms. Kovač, Head of Cultural and Press Section in the Embassy, Mr. Hisashi Yamazaki, tourist guide and associate of Tourism Organization of Serbia, held a presentation about popular attractions in Serbia and provided some newest statistics and other useful informations for attracting the interest of Japanese visitors. He stressed the possibilites of increasing the number of tours and tourists from Japan, given the support and activities by Serbian tourism authorities, country's capacities in this industry and potentials of the region as a whole.

Ms. Kovac, in the national costume, greets the guests of JATA Seminar
Serbian Tourism Organizationís Associate, Mr. Yamazaki presents tourism attractions of Serbia


"Kolo" members visit the Embassy, March 9

While on their Japan tour, the members of National Ensemble "Kolo", headed by Director Radojica Kuzmanović, and together with their organizers from "Folklore Report", payed a visit to our Embassy. Embassy representatives, guests from Serbia and the tour organizers exchanged their impressions about numerous concerts and workshops on Serbian dance techniques held across this country.

Ambassador Mrkic greeted the guests and thanked them for successfully promoting the name and culture of Serbia on such a wide scale in Japanese public and media. The coming of "Kolo", after more than 20 years, re-introduced the vibrant and attractive image of Serbian people and their customs to the people in Japan.

Director of "Kolo" Mr. Kuzmanovic and Director of "Folklore Report" Mr. Matsunaga also expressed their warm gratitude for this gathering and the support of our Embassy. The orchestra of "Kolo" spiced the atmosphere with their performance of some Serbian national music, later joined with the rest of the "Kolo" Ensemble, who shared their powerful voices with us.

Ambassador Mrkic, Director of "Kolo" Mr. Kuzmanovic and Director of "Folklore Report" Mr. Matsunaga address the gathering
The orchestra of "Kolo" performing Serbian music


Members of "Kolo" sing Serbian national songs
"Family" photo


Serbian sculptor awarded at the "Kajima Sculptor Competition 2010" in Tokyo, March 4

Serbian academic sculptor Mr. Goran Čpajak won one of the awards at the renowned "11th Kajima sculpture Competition", sponsored by Kajima Corporation in Tokyo. He was the only foreign artist selected among 240 entries for this biennial indoor competition, under the theme of "Sculpture, Arhitecture and Space".

Mr. Čpajak has been exhibiting and competing in Japan before, and this award was a confirmation of his talent, vision and long experience. He attended the Award Ceremony and met with our Head of Cultural Affairs Ms. Kovač.

Mr. Čpajak and Ms. Kovač standing next to his awarded piece "The Gate of Time"


Simposium on the Promotion of Japanese Studies in Central and European Countries held in Tokyo, March 3

MOFA of Japan hosted a "Simposium on the Promotion of Japanese Studies" in Tokyo aiming for further development of studies of Japanese language, culture and history in Central and South East European countries. Participants from the universities of Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia were invited to present their views and experiences in this area and strengthen the networking not only with Japanese counterparts but also among their respective institutions in the region.

Serbian speaker, Mr. Dalibor Kličković, Lecturer from Japanese language and literature Section at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade, elaborated on the history and present situation of Japanese studies in this oldest university level study in Serbia, its current challenges, projects and achieved improvements.

The symposium was also attended by representatives of Japanese institutions (MOFA, Japan Foundation), universities (Tokyo University, Hokkaido University etc.) and respective Embassies of foreign attendants.

Presenters from all the invited academic institutions based in Central and East European countries at the Symposium


Okinawa karate-do expert Prof. Takamiyagi visits the Embassy, March 2

Prof. Takamiyagi, Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Society for the Advancement of the Traditional Okinawan Karate, Hanshi 9 Dan, visited us in Tokyo and shared some news about cooperation between Serbia and Okinawa.

He announced a plan to visit Serbia with his colleagues for the participation in cultural exhange event. We offered our support and expressed once again deepest gratitude for this valuable friendship with Serbian people and karate-do followers in Serbia, embodied in the continuous efforts and affection of Prof. Takamiyagi, Okinawa Karate-Do Association and their members.

Prof. Takamiyagi with Ambassador Mrkić
and Ms. Kovač


General Meeting of the International Ladies' Benevolent Society (ILBS), March 2

Today the International Ladies' Benevolent Society (ILBS) held a General meeting at the Embassy of Colombia.

One of decisions taken by the ILBS concerned the activities of NGO "Actions for Children in Crisis", which is yet again scheduled to go to Serbia, Kosovo and organize workshops for assisting ethnic groups in need, especially children.

Mrs. Okada, wife of Foreign Minister of Japan, Mrs. Mrkic, wife of our Ambassador, and Mrs. Cardenas, Ambassador of Colombia
Participants of the General Meeting of the ILBS


Ambassador's visit to Yokohama, March 1, 2010

Ambassador of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic, accompanied by the First Counselor Mrs. Snezana Jankovic, visited the City of Yokohama, on March 1, 2010.

During the meeting with the Mayor of Yokohama, Ms. Fumiko Hayashi, an exchange of views took place regarding the possibilities for future cooperation between Belgrade, capital of Serbia, and Yokohama. It has been mutually concluded that vast possibilities for cooperation should be materialized through concrete initiatives.

Ambassador Mrkic also met with the Director of the local Kanagawa TV station, Mr. Kuniyasu Komiya, and discussed some schemes for presenting Serbia, its culture, tradition and economic potentials, to the viewers of this television.

During the visit to Yokohama, special and warm hospitality was extended to the Embassy representatives by Mr. Masataka Ota, prominent veteran member of the Yokohama Parliament, who plans to officially visit Belgrade in the near future. 

The cooperation between Serbia and Yokohama especially gained in dynamics after our Embassy’s participation in the Yokohama Harvest Fair in October 2009, which was made possible by valuable support and effort of our friends in the business community of Yokohama.

Ambassador with Ms.Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama
Ambassador I. Mrkic and Mr. Kuniyasu Komiya, Director of TV Kanagawa
Ambassador Mrkic and First Counselor Mrs. Jankovic with Mr. Ota and his family




Serbian Booth held at the International Day Festival in Rokkasho-mura, February 21st

On the occasion of the International Culture Exchange Day, held in Rokkasho-mura in Aomori Prefecture, a member of Serbian community in Japan, Ms. Irena Clowney, organized a Serbian booth to promote culture and food of her homeland.

With the support of our Embassy, Ms. Irena exhibited promotional materials and posters of Serbia, and also offered traditional spirits, jams and other home made products to the visitors.

It was a great opportunity for the inhabitants of this northern part of Honshu island to get in touch with famous Serbian hospitality and its rich heritage.

Ms. Clowney at the Booth
Ms. Clowney serving Japanese visitors with Serbian drink


Annual Assembly of Japan-Serbia Association held in the Embassy, February 23

Japan - Serbia Exchange Association held its Annual assembly and reception in our Embassy.

After the plenary meeting for the members, President of the Association, H.E. Dr. Takehiro Togo, President of the Board, a Board Member, and H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkić, greeted the guests. Both have expressed their wish to continue and expand fruitful cooperation and exchange between Serbia and Japan, which was highlighted last year with visits of Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia B. Djelic and Minister of Foreign Affairs V. Jeremic.

After the toast by Board Director and Tokyo University Professor, Nobuhiro Shiba, guests had the opportunity to enjoy some Serbian traditional food and spirits.

Ambassador Mrkic with his wife, colleagues and members of Japan - Serbia Association
President T. Togo, Prof. N. Shiba and Ambassador Mrkic addressed the guests


Members of Japan - Serbia Association gathered at the Annual assembly
Serbian specialties at the reception


Ambassador visits Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, February 19

Ambassador Mrkic met with Prof. Ikuo Kameyama, President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and renowed scholar on Russian literature to discuss about further strenghtening the long cooperation between the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies with Belgrade University.

This visit was a great opportunity to exchange views on the possibilites to increase the number of exchange students and teachers, about the development of Serbian language studies (courses wil start this April) and future research projects, that will focus on Serbia and Balkan region.

Ambassador Mrkic with President Kameyama at his office in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies


Serbian artist participated at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, February 19 – 28

Among dozen international leading and emerging visual artists presented at the second Ebisu International Festival for Arts & Alternative Visions in Tokyo Museum, Serbian artist Katarina Zdjelar was invited to show her video art. It is the first time for Serbian representative to take part in this festival.

Four works by Zdjelar, which represented Serbian at the 53. Venice Biennale in 2009, were chosen within the Festival theme "Searching Songs".

Embassy's representative Ms. Kovac attended the opening of the exhibition.

For the information on the festival and working hours, please click here: http://www.yebizo.com/




Serbian National Day, February 15

Serbian Statehood Day "Sretenje" was marked this year in Japanese daily newspapers "The Japan Times" and "The Daily Yomiuri", which you can see here.





Serbian National Dance Ensamble "Kolo" starts to Japanese tour, February 6 – March 15

Long awaited, the famous and oldest Serbian dance ensemble started their tour around more than 20 Japanese cities.

After more than 20 years since their last performance in Japan, 45 dancers and musicians of "Kolo" will introduce the most famous dances and songs from Serbia, well known for their vibrant and colorful character. The audience will also have the opportunity to find out more about our culture, customs and national costumes.

Marking this important moment, on February 11th they held a special concert for guests of the Embassy and general public in the Arts Building of National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo. Ambassador Mrkic greeted the audence and expressed his sincere appreciation for all the efforts by the organizer Mr. Masunaga from "Folklor Report" and "Kolo" director Radojica Kuzmanovic.

Apart from the concerts, members of "Kolo" will also hold seminars on Serbian national dance.

For more information on the tour dates, seminar applications and ticket purchase, please visit: http://www.folklor.com/.

Ambassador addresses the audience in Tokyo
Serbian dance by "Kolo"
Serbian dance by "Kolo"


Serbian wedding dance by "Kolo"
Director of "Kolo", Mr. Kuzmanović presents Ambassador and his wife with branded T-shirts of his ensemble after the concert
Full ensemble of "Kolo" and Embassy representatives together after the concert


Ambassador visits Hokkaido Prefecture, February 5

Ambassador Mrkic made a curtesy call to Vice Governor of Hokkaido Kunihiko Yamamoto. Warmly greeted in the Office of the Governor in Sapporo, Ambassador informed about the previous visit to Hokkaido University and proposed some frameworks for establishing long-lasting and friendly relations between Serbian and Hokkaido cities and people. Japanese side expressed their readiness to push things forward.

Third Secretary A. Kovac from the Embassy and Director of International Affairs Tetsuo Sato from Office of the Governor were also present.

Ambassador presents Vice-Governor Yamamoto the Commemorative Stamp marking 125th anniversary of Serbia-Japan state relations


Ambassador visits Hokkaido University and SRC, February 4

During his first visit to Hokkaido, Ambassador Mrkic, accompanied by Third Secretary A. Kovac, met with the President Hiroshi Saeki, Vice President Takeo Hondo, Director for International Affairs Akihiko Noda and representatives of Slavic Research Center. They had fruitful talks aiming for increasing the number of students from Serbia in Hokkaido University, expanding opportunities for Japanese students to learn Serbian language and formalizing the cooperation with the Belgrade University.

Director of Slavic Research Center Akihiro Iwashita also invited Ambassador and Ms. Kovac to his institute. Prof. Tetsuo Mochizuki and Associate Prof. Motoki Nomachi were kind to join and talk more about their activities in the Center and upcoming projects. They gave us a tour around SRC, which hosted some Serbian researchers in the past.

Ambassador Mrkic and Ms. Kovac with Hokkaido University President Saeki, Vice President Hondo, SRC Director Iwashita and their associates Director Noda and Ass.Prof. Nomachi in the Hokudai Office




Participation of Serbian Ambassador in the Third Japan - Black Sea Dialogue, Tokyo, January 27, 2010

Ambassador of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivan Mrkic participated in the Third Japan – Black Sea Dialogue, organized by the Japan Global Forum, Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Ambassador Mrkic made a statement regarding Serbia’s membership and activities within BSEC, as an important organization, aiming at achieving economic integration of the Black Sea and wider European region. He also stressed the significance of the Black See basin, as a key energy source and corridor for providing gas and oil to Europe and other parts of the world, welcoming more active support and stronger presence of Japan and its private sector in the regional projects.

Participants attending the Conference
Ambassador Mrkić delivering a speech


Serbian Charity Bazaar and Serbian Night held in Tokyo

Serbia Cultural Exchange Association (www.japan-serbia.org), supported by the Embassy of Serbia in Japan and the company "Adria International Co. Ltd.", hosted the Serbian Charity Fair in Tokyo (January 23 - February 7).

The visitors were able to buy products ranging from best quality Serbian wines, spirits, to some home made fruit preserves and pickles.

On January 31, Serbian Night was organized for the second time, aiming to bring closer Japanese and Serbian community in a friendly and hospitable atmosphere.


Ambassador and his wife had a lunch with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan, January 20

Ambassador Mrkic and his wife have been honoured and delighted by the invitation of their Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, to a lunch at the Imperial Palace.

The oportunity of listening to Their Majesties and exchanging opinions with them were an unforgetable experience.

It was the occasion to recall the long standing relationship between two countries, established by the official correspondence between Serbian King Milan Obrenovic and Japanese Emperor Meiji in 1882.


Serbian Wine at the Premium Wine Night, January 22

Red wine from Serbian wine cellar Jelic (http://www.tamuzvino.com/) was presented at the specially organized dinner "Premium Wine Night" in Tokyo hosted by "AI Corp.".

The number of Serbian wine's admirers in Japan is steadily increasing and the wine quality was shown again in 2008. when Jelic Cellar owner won the prestigious award at the "Japan Wine Challenge" in 2008, for its 2006 red "Millennium Barrique".


Serbian presentation at the International Exchange Exhibition in Shinagawa Library, January 5 – 31

Organized by the municipal office of Shinagawa, with the support by local international friendship associations and surrounding embassies and consulates, including Serbian Embassy, International Exchange Exhibition opened in the Shinagawa Library, featuring the their foreign cultures.

The exhibition was held untill end of January. For details please visit: www.city.shinagawa.tokyo.jp


Symposium on Eastern Europe at Tokyo University, January 9, 2010

On January 9, 2010 a symposium was held on the history, literature and regional cooperation in the Eastern Europe, covering various aspects of the academic studies of this area. Recent history of Serbia and the issue of its southern province of Kosovo and Metohija was also one of the topics.

The Symposium was dedicated to Prof. Nobuhiro Shiba, renowned scholar and one of the founders of the Eastern Europe studies, who is about to retire from the University of Tokyo in March this year.

Among the panelists were university professors, many of them Slavists and experts in the Balkan and Eastern Europe region, postgraduate students, representatives of NGOs and others.

The Symposium has provided a comprehensive picture of the state of affairs in the region, as well as about the high level of the related studies in Japan.



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