Online Meeting to introduce Niigata University of Health and Welfare (NUHW), the Medical School of Panama University (PU) and the Panama National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (INMFRE).


The Japanese Association for the Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean (JAPOLAC) organized an online meeting to introduce Niigata University of Health and Welfare (NUHW), the Medical School of Panama University (PU) and the Panama National Institute of Physical Rehabilitation (INMFRE).

Participants from the University of Panama’s Medicine School included Dr. Oris Lam de Calvo, Dean of the School, Dr. Lilibeth Castillero, Coordinator of International Student Exchange, while INMFRE was represented by Dr. Gladys Rumbo, Director General, and Dr. Ixora Reyes, Deputy Director General.

NUHW counted on the participation of Dr. Masatoyo Nishizawa, President of NUHW, Vice Presidents, Deans and Professors from various faculties.

The three institutions carried out a general presentation of their educational facilities and academic programs, with a view to exploring  academic, research and professional cooperation.

JAPOLAC counted on the participation of Dr. Ritter Díaz, Representative Director of the Association and Ms. Martha Zelayandía, former Ambassador of El Salvador in Japan and Honorary Member of JAPOLAC, in charge of international exchange programs.

One of the objectives of JAPOLAC is the promotion of academic exchanges between Japanese and Latin American and Caribbean universities, as well as the creation of an academic and research network between Japan and LAC.

Signing Ceremony for Renewal of Academic Agreement between Panama University and Chiba University


On April 18, 2022, Dr. Ritter Diaz, Representative Director of JAPOLAC attended the signing ceremony for the renewal of the academic exchange agreement between Panama University and Chiba University.

The academic agreement was signed by Prof. Toshinori Nakayama, President of Chiba University and H.E. Carlos Pere, Ambassador of Panama, in representation of Panama University.

JAPOLAC is working closely with Chiba University to promote academic exchanges with Latin America and Caribbean universities.

Invitation to a Charity and Cultural Event – The Latin America and Caribbean Tapas Party


(LAC TAPAS PARTY)
After two years of social restrictions due to the pandemic, let’s restart our social life with a Latin America and Caribbean Tapas Party to enjoy selected light dishes (tapas) from different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

We invite Japanese and non-Japanese people to experience a relaxed and interactive Latin atmosphere with light food, drinks, music and dance.Professional dance teachers will carry out dance demonstration of tango, salsa, merengue and bachata as well as teach basic steps of each musical gender. Dancing is food for the human spirit and healthy physical exercise for the body.

It will be a good occasion to meet and share with Embassy representatives from the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and learn a bit of colonial history from South America through the Florian Paucke’s drawings exhibition, depicting the life of native people as well as the fauna and flora of the region in the XVIII (18th) century.

There will be also product exhibition tables where participants can view and purchase various Latin American and Caribbean products.

Excess revenue from this event will be donated to the Florian Paucke Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to support musical training for children experiencing economic difficulties.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Door opens at 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Sumida Industry Hall, 8F, Marui Joint Development Building.
Address: 3-9-10 Kotoubashi, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo.
It is a one-mimute walk across from Kinshicho Station, South Exit.

Number of Participants: 250.

Entrance Fee: For adults, 3,500 yen advance payment by bank transfer; 4,000 yen at the door. For Junior and High School students, 1,500 yen advance payment; 2,000 yen at the door. For Elementary School children is free of charge, except consumption of tapas and drinks.
The entrance fee includes tickets to consume tapas and drinks, musical entertainment, basic dance lessons for beginners in the musical gender of tango, salsa, merengue and bachata, as well as viewing of the drawings exhibition.

Organizer: Japan Association for Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean (JAPOLAC).
Supported by: Embassies of Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru.
Corporate Support: Kiyomura Corporation (Sushi Zanmai), Belucci International, Kyodai and Japan Partnership Holdings).
Payment method: Payment at the door by CASH, PAYPAY, PASMO and SUICA.

Advanced payment by bank transfer to:
Bank Name: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Tsukiji Branch 625
Account Name: Japan Association for Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean
Account Number: 7614048
Deadline for advance payment: Monday, May 9, 2022.
Please, include bank fee, when making the advance payment.
For advanced payments, please present bank voucher at the reception desk on the day of the event.
A refund will be carried out in case of cancellation of the event.
The refund will not apply to no-shows.
Bank fees will be deducted from the refund.
Party Format: Standing style with tables placed at designated areas.
Dress Code: Smart Casual.

Cancellation of event: The event will be cancelled in case of restrictive measures imposed due to new COVID-19 outbreak or any other force majeure situation.

Meeting with the Ambassador of Peru


Dr. Ritter Diaz, Representative Director of the Japan Association for Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean (JAPOLAC) held a meeting with H.E. Roberto Seminario, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Peru to explain the objectives and activities of the Association.

Ambassador Seminario expressed the interest of the Peruvian Mission to cooperate with JAPOLAC to raise the visibility of LAC region in Japan.

Dr. Diaz was also accompanied by members of the board of JAPOLAC, namely, Mr. Ajoy Shinha Roy, Senior Director, Mr. Hirokazu Yamaguchi, Managing Director, and Mr. Sergio Utsunomiya, Director

Celebration of Independence Day of Dominican Republic


On February 25, Dr. Ritter Diaz, Representative Director of JAPOLAC, participated in the celebration of the 178 Anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic.

On this occasion, H.E. Robert Takata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Dominican Republic conveyed a congratulatory message, reiterating the strong bonds of friendship between Japan and the Dominican Republic.

The event counted on the participation of high representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Heads of Mission of Latin America and Caribbean countries accredited in Japan, business people as well as other distinguished members of Japanese society.