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State Award of the Republic of Lithuania – Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania – was awarded to Makoto Suematsu, President of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). Award Ceremony was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Japan on June 13th.
On 14 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius officially opened Lithuania‘s Honorary Consulate in Gifu, Japan.
On 11 April, the Ambassador of Lithuania Gediminas Varvuolis presented his credentials to the Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy.
The Ambassador of Lithuania Gediminas Varvuolis presented his letters of credence to His Majesty the Emperor of Japan Akihito on 5 April.
While Chiune Sugihara, the diplomat that issued life visas for Jews escaping the Holocaust, has become the best-known symbol of the connection between Lithuania and Japan (check out our Sugihara route in Kaunas!), the relationship between the two countries started almost 100 years before WW2.
On 15 February in Canberra, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius held a meeting with the Deputy Secretary at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia Justin Brown. Skusevičius called on finalising bilateral agreements on social security and the Lithuanian-Australian working holiday program for young people.
On February 14, Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania opened 100 year independence anniversary celebrations in Japan with a concert of Maestro Mr Gidon Kremer and the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, followed by a reception.
“The achievements of Lithuanian scientists in the fields of life sciences and lasers are known and appreciated in the world. Hopefully, with representatives of the Lithuanian Laser and Engineering Technologies cluster (LITEK) we can not only introduce them in New Zealand, but also establish new partnerships,” said the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius, who met with New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau and the Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jeff Langley on 12 February in Wellington.
On January 13th Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis hosted Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his first visit to Lithuania. The counterparts discussed opportunities for cooperation through the continuous focus on the fields of economy, science, education and international security.
On Saturday, January 13, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will receive the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Office of the Government.
On the 18th of December Hisayuki Sakamizu, General Secretary of Japan-Lithuania Friendship Association (JALFA) for his vast contribution to strengthening Japan-Lithuania ties and promoting Lithuania was awarded Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs award of honour - Lithuanian Diplomacy Star.
On 15-16th November, numerous Lithuanian delegation of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kaunas Technological University, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA), “Invest Lithuania”, and Lithuanian Laser Association representatives, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, visited Singapore. The purpose of the visit – to expand bilateral cooperation in science and innovation, engineering, transport and logistics, financial technologies (Fintech), information and communication technologies (ICT), other fields.
On Monday, 4 September 2017, Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas, met with Hirofumi Nakasone, Member of the Japanese Parliament, Chairman of Japan-Lithuania Friendship Diet Members’ League.
The meeting discussed prospects of the development of bilateral cooperation, regional security issues and the threat posed by North Korea.