Ambassador and Mrs. Kitaoka´s First Visit to Tartu

2019/10/17

Ambassador and Mrs.Kitaoka paid their first visit to the Asia Center of Tartu University

On 17th October, the Ambassador and Mrs. Kitaoka paid their first visit to the city of Tartu, the center of academic research in Estonia.
At the Asian Center of the Tartu University, they had a meeting with Dr. Elo Suld, the Head of the Center and her colleagues, which was followed by the luncheon hosted by the Ambassador.

Ambassador was impressed by the Center for promoting the research and education, covering not only the Japanese tradition but also the contemporary Japanese business culture. He also promised his support for the edition of “the History of Exchanges between Estonia and Japan”.

Ambassador highly praised the Center’s activities saying “so-called present “Estonian boom” in Japan should never end as short-lived “boom”. In order to make it long-lasting, the understanding of the Japanese business culture or the understanding of the historical roots of the friendship between our two countries are indispensable”.

Then Ambassador was guided by Ms. Eri Miyano, a Japanese language teacher, to make a surprising encounter with the plaque, commemorating the official opening of the Japanese language class dating back to 22 years ago!

At that time, Ambassador was working in the Japanese Embassy in Finland, and was engaged in the opening by visiting Estonia sometimes.
For the Ambassador, it has become such a pleasant, nostalgic, and wonderful moment!
 
    
                                                Ambassador and Mrs. Kitaoka with the representatives of Asian Centre               With Ms. Eri Miyano, Japanese language teacher                                                                                                             
and College of Foreign Languages and Cultures of University of Tartu                                                                                                                                                   

Ambassador and Mrs.Kitaoka paid a courtesy call

On 17th October, the Ambassador and Mrs. Kitaoka paid their first visit to the city of Tartu, the center of academic research in Estonia.
They paid a courtesy call to Mr. Urmas Klaas, the honorable Mayor of Tartu City, accompanied by Mr. Matsumura, the Counsellor of the Japanese Embassy.

Ambassador expressed his deep respect and gratitude to the Mayor for his close acquaintance with the Japanese Ambassadors in the past since his taking office as the Mayor in 2014.

Then Ambassador expressed his congratulations for Tartu City, which was elected as “2024, the Culture City in Europe”.
The Mayor expressed his gratitude for the Ambassador’s congratulations, and expressed his wish to increase the number of the Japanese tourists to Tartu City.

Ambassador highly praised the activities of the Asian Center of the Tartu University, which he just visited, saying “they are making important contributions to make the friendship between Estonia and Japan long-lasting”.

Ambassador asked the Mayor for his continuing support to the Tartu University, which was accepted by the Mayor.
Finally, the Mayor promised to extend the invitation to the Ambassador for “the Ceremony to commemorate the 100 years Anniversary of Tartu Treaty”, which is taking place in Tartu next year, and the courtesy call finished in a very friendly manner.
 

Courtesy call to Mr. Urmas Klaas, the Mayor of Tartu

Ambassador and Mrs.Kitaoka paid a courtesy call

On 17th October, the Ambassador and Mrs. Kitaoka paid their first visit to the city of Tartu, the center of academic research in Estonia.
They paid a courtesy call to Prof. Toomas Asser, the honorable Rector of Tartu University, accompanied by Mr. Matsumura, the Counsellor of the Japanese Embassy.

Ambassador introduced his personal experience, engaged in the opening of the Japanese language class at Tartu University 22 years ago, when the Ambassador worked for the Japanese Embassy in Finland.

Ambassador also said to the Rector, who conducted researches in Tohoku University in Japan “it is very encouraging that the rector of Tartu University, which is contributing a lot to the Estonia-Japanese relationship, is a person, who has a deep knowledge on Japan”.

Ambassador also praised the activities of the Asian Center of Tartu University, which has been contributing to the promotion of the Estonia-Japanese friendship, and asked for the continuing assistance to the Center, which was promised by the rector.

Discussions were made on the aging society, which is faced by both Estonia and Japan, and the way to proliferate “My number card” in Japan, where Estonia is most advanced. In those areas, there is a potential to promote bilateral cooperation further.The courtesy call finished in a friendly manner.
 

Ambassador and Mrs. Kitaoka with the Rector of University of Tartu Prof. Toomas Asser