The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Tokyo
Slovak athletes could have their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in the Japanese city of Gifu. This was confirmed today (6 July) by the Mayor of this Japanese city, Shigemitsu Hosoe, in a meeting with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák. The idea was raised under the Japanese government programme “Host Town Initiative” where the city of Gifu offered its sporting grounds and facilities for the preparatory stay of Slovak athletes (athletics, canoeing, shooting, table tennis, archery, swimming, weight lifting, triathlon, mountain biking and gymnastics) before the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Under the current situation with the world becoming more and more globalized and the security environment getting more complicated, coordinated international efforts to tackle the issues is increasingly called for, especially within the United Nations. In this context, Japan is an active member of the international community and it’s necessary to intensively develop the cooperation with it further.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, met with Ambassador of Japan to Slovakia, Jun Shimmi, in the premises of the diplomacy department today (23 June). In the conversation the minister informed the ambassador about the priorities he has set for the upcoming period when he will be fulfilling the office of the President of the 72nd UN General Assembly and discussed also cooperation with Japan within the General Assembly.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, has been on a working visit to Japan from 22-24 May that he started with a meeting of the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Motome Takisawa. The talks confirmed the existence of high-level bilateral relations, interest in more intensive trade cooperation and promotion of direct investment as well as enhancing the strategic cooperation between the EU and Japan that has been very attentively watching the developments concerning the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. It is a key country for Japan in terms of its economic and financial interests in the EU and for that reason, Japan, just like Slovakia, cares about the most beneficial arrangements for the future relations of Great Britain and the EU following its departure from the EU. An exchange of views of the timely issues of international policy showed that both parties share the same values and have close positions related to key foreign policy issues.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, today (21 February) received the Ambassador of Japan to Slovakia, Jun Shimmi, to primarily discuss development of mutual relations of the two countries and the planned reciprocal visits by top state officials from SR and Japan.