February 20, 2024

Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Jamaica and Japan

Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Jamaica and Japan

Dr. Ritter Díaz, Director Representative, took part in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Japan.

During this significant event, Dr. Díaz conveyed his heartfelt congratulations to H.E. Shorna-Kay Richards, Ambassador of Jamaica. The gathering brought together high government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives from the private sector, and distinguished figures from Japan’s social and cultural sphere.

This ceremony also took place amidst the official working visit to Japan by H.E. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica.

During her visit, Minister Johnson Smith participated in an Exchange of Notes with Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Yoko Kamikawa, through which Japan donated a fisheries and marine research vessel to the government of Jamaica to strengthen capabilities in this area.

Additionally, Minister Johnson Smith announced the participation of Jamaican companies in FOODEX 2024 for the first time, with the aim of expanding commercial relations with Japan. Dr Diaz took the opportunity to extend greetings to Minister Johnson Smith, highlighting the past collaboration of JAPOLAC at the Sensitization Session for FOODEX 2024 organized by Jamaican Manufacturers and Exporters Association in July last year to provide Jamaican exporters with relevant information about FOODEX 2024 and the Japanese market.

It’s noteworthy that the Embassy of Jamaica, an honorary member of JAPOLAC, has collaborated with our association in promoting online academic programs between the University of Technology, Jamaica, and Chiba University.