QATAR JAPAN 2012 TO CELEBRATE ENDURING TIES BETWEEN BOTH COUNTRIES
Celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations from 1972 to 2012, Qatar and Japan are taking their friendship to a new level. Next year will witness a series of monthly events and community activities through a new initiative by both sides called Qatar Japan 2012. Over 1000 guests from both countries attended the launch celebration which was organized by the Qatari Embassy in Japan and took place today at Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
Qatar and Japan have been major trade and business partners, however, in recent years their friendship has expanded into new areas such as: education, culture and technology. Key to the relationship is mutual respect and support, as was evident following this year’s tragic tsunami when Qatar contributed and supported reconstruction efforts.
Qatar Japan 2012 will highlight these ties through a year-long series of cultural, sporting and business events that will promote mutual awareness and appreciation of history, achievements and heritage. Various activities are planned in both countries and so far include: exhibitions, educational exchange programs, fashion shows, friendly football matches, and business forums. The first event for Qatar Japan 2012 will be “Murakami – Ego” an exhibition by renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in Doha Qatar from 9th February – 24th June 2012.
Organizers of Qatar Japan 2012 initiative are: Qatar Museums Authority, the Ministry of Culture in Qatar, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar, the Embassy of Japan in Qatar, and the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Japan. In addition, the initiative is supported by several contributing partners who play key roles in business and culture.
Emphasizing the role of the Qatar Museums Authority, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) stated: “Qatar Museums Authority is committed to promoting cultural dialogue and programs that build bridges between nations. Japan and Qatar have enjoyed excellent relations since 1972 and next year is a great opportunity to further develop ties between our two nations. Through a series of art, culture and sport events, the Qatar Japan 2012 initiative aims to enhance mutual appreciation for each other. We look forward to a fruitful year of cooperation with all partners to celebrate our friendship and respective cultures.”
Commenting on Qatar Japan 2012, H.E. Kenjiro Monji, Ambassador of Japan to Qatar said:
“Qatar Japan 2012 will mark the celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Qatar. The relationship between our nations is rich and diverse and encompasses business, culture and education. This wealth of diversity will be reflected and shared by both nations in a host of cultural events throughout 2012.”
H.E. Mr. Yousef M. Bilal,the Ambassador of Qatar to Japan commented:
“Qatar and Japan enjoy a long history of friendship and diplomacy. Most importantly it is a friendship that goes beyond boundaries and Qatar Japan 2012 will highlight this. We will share the cultures of our nations leading to greater understanding which will in turn forge enduring ties for the future.”