Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam. It has been a year since I first arrived here as ambassador of Japan. I feel grateful that I can accomplish my duties in this wonderful green environment, with Bruneians who show warmth and friendship towards Japan.
Brunei has been celebrating Hari Raya after the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. During this time, Bruneians spend time enjoying the celebrations together with invited guests. I have been fortunate enough to have received many invitations, and through these experiences I have learnt a lot about Bruneian culture and traditions.
15 July is His Majesty the Sultan’s 72nd birthday, people in Brunei will take part in jubilant celebrations. His Majesty, whom his people adore deeply, is the symbol of Brunei.
Japanese companies, which contribute to the diversification of the Brunei economy, have launched several new businesses since I assumed my duties as ambassador in Brunei. A consortium of Japanese companies including Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation have started to produce liquefied hydrogen as a demonstration project. In April, a ground breaking ceremony for the Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration project was held. This project is expected to contribute to the development of hydrogen business in Japan in the future. In the field of fish processing, Yamako Pacific have made investments to operate a technologically advanced factory to process tuna and skipjack tuna caught offshore near Brunei. In May, Tavelmout announced that they are launching a business to produce spirulina, a highly nutritious “superfood”. Japanese companies are expected to be active in a variety of sectors and it is useful for Brunei to stimulate the economy.
In the context of diplomacy, following Mr. Kono’s visit to Brunei in February, on July 2, Mr Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Foreign Ministers’ meeting with Yang Berhomat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II of Brunei Darussalam, who was in Japan to attend the RCEP International Ministerial Meetings and they confirmed the strengthening of the good bilateral relationship.
We are putting effort into sports exchanges as we move closer towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In April the Brunei Darussalam National Judo Federation was established. To celebrate this, a Judo Seminar was led by Mr Haruki UEMURA, President of the Kodokan Judo Institute with an exemplary performance. We are promoting the spread of Judo into Brunei with the help of the Kodokan Judo institute.
It is my sincere desire to use my experience cultivated over this past year to enrich our relationship with Brunei.
Message from our Ambassador
July 13, 2018