Ambassador's Message

Not long ago we enjoyed the beautiful purple flowers of the jacaranda trees, a sign that summer has arrived.  Additionally, I found the greenery of the hills surrounding the Valley and we are witnessing the beauty of the nature at its best.
Japan and Nepal established diplomatic relations in 1956 and we have been enjoying good friendship since then.  As the new era “Reiwa” commenced last year in Japan, President Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari visited Tokyo to attend the Ceremonies of the Accessions to the Throne of His Majesty the Emperor.  This was followed by the visit of Mr. Norihiro Nakayama, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Kathmandu this January.  As well as high-level exchanges, a number of various people-to-people exchanges have contributed towards the good bilateral relationship between Japan and Nepal.  The COVID-19 outbreak has made difficult to visit each other for a while, even though, I believe this friendship between Japan and Nepal wouldn’t be affected.
The Japanese Government announced a “New Lifestyle” to cope with the COVID-19 situation.  This means we all have to possess a proper understanding to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 infection.  In order to minimize the infection, we have to avoid the “3Cs: Closed spaces, Crowded places and Close-contact settings.”  In this new world, each one of us is literally requested to put ourselves into the shoes of others.  If a friend of yours seems to be cautious to meet in person, then what is the solution for you to take?  You are required to consider the wellbeing of others at all times; which actually means each one of us has to think about others in a true sense, who we share the society.
Diplomatic relations are based on the understanding of each other’s country’s circumstances.  It is premised by thinking about the other country’s situation and helping each other.  Then this approach can enhance friendships, which will lead to world peace and to making the world a better place.  Now is the time all of us to put ourselves in each others’ shoes.  Until today, Japan and Nepal have been enjoying a great friendship - established through the various efforts made by a number of people in both countries.  For example, this year marks the Golden Jubilee - 50 years’ anniversary - of the first Japanese summit of Sagarmatha, which was achieved by Mr. Naomi Uemura and Mr. Teruo Matsuura.  Japan and Nepal share many of these wonderful memories, which will contribute towards deepening our good friendship further.
I think many of you are waiting to meet your friends who live in Japan and Nepal, we all ensure that our friends are in good health.  With this too in mind, in order to see our friendship flourish for future generations, we would like to continue find our ways to work with the Nepal Government and Nepali friends.

June, 2020
Masamichi Saigo
Ambassador of Japan to Nepal


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