Kuwait, or officially the State of Kuwait, was referred to by the name "Qurain" (or Grane) in the early seventeenth century. In the dialect of southern Iraq and the neighboring countries, Kout means a house built in the form of a fortress adjacent to water.more...
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ABOUT THE EMBASSY
Embassy of the State of Kuwait
4-13-12, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
10 minutes by walk from JR Tamachi Station Mita-guchi Exit
9 minutes by walk from Subway Mita Station Exit A3
Working time of the Embassy:
09:00 – 16:30
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and National ＆ Islamic Holidays
Working time will be changed during Ramadan.
For consulate inquiry:
Application hours 9:30 am -11:30 pm
Receiving hours 15:00 pm - 16:00 pm
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and National ＆ Islamic Holidays
Working time and holiday will be changed during Ramadan.
To all Kuwaiti residents in Japan
In regard to the Earthquake occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu island on April 14th 2016, the Embassy would like to remind you to pay attention to your local government’s announcement, and follow their instruction well. If you need an urgent assistance, please contact the Embassy anytime even out of office hour.
Best regards, Embassy of the State of Kuwait
Kuwait's Embassy in Tokyo Celebrates National Events
TOKYO, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- The Kuwaiti Embassy in Tokyo held a large reception on Monday evening to mark the anniversary of of Kuwait's 55th National Day and 25th Liberation Day, which brought some 900 guests in an atmosphere of happiness and harmony. Minister for Disaster Management Taro Kono, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Miki Yamada and other high-ranking officials, political and military figures, businessmen, academics, diplomats and media figures as well as representatives of the Japan-Kuwait Society attended the ceremony.
In her speech at the reception, Yamada offered sincere gratitude for the heart-warming support by Kuwait in response to the 9.0-magnitude earthquake-tsunami disaster in northeastern region in March 2011. Among financial aid from Kuwait following the tragedy, she shed light on the opening of a brand new outdoor exhibition facility last July at tsunami-damaged Aquamarine Fukushima, which is widely loved by the people of the northeastern region.
"Moreover, I saw the news about the foundation of the "Kuwait Partnership Fund for Medical Education" in Miyagi Prefecture this February making use of generous assistance by Kuwait," she said. "These are just a few examples that illustrate the fact that the assistance extended has shone bright light into the future of the reconstruction in the afflicted areas. I am firmly confirmed that this would be passed on from generation to generation as a token of friendship between the two countries," the official added.
Yamada also underlined the historical visit to Japan by H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in 2012, which was followed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Kuwait in 2013, during which Japan and Kuwait determined to deepen the bilateral relationships to a comprehensive partnership. "Since then, we see a steady progress in various fields such as politics, economy and culture, through mutual visits of the high-rank officials and various people-to-people exchanges at both public and private levels," she said, pledging that the Japanese government will make every effort to further develop the relations between Japan and Kuwait.
Governor of Fukushima Prefecture Masao Uchibori said the prefecture has been stepping forward to revive. "The people of Kuwait have given us a lot of warm support since immediately after the disaster and strongly backed the revitalization process. I am strongly encouraged by Ambassador Al-Otaibi's remark that Fukushima is his true friend, and his visits to the prefecture," said Uchibori. "I would heartily like to express my gratitude on behalf of all citizens in Fukushima Prefecture once again."
For his part, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi commend the great efforts that disaster-stricken prefectures and the Japanese government have been making to overcome the catastrophe. "I reiterate Kuwait's support to these efforts, building on the strong relations between our countries and peoples," the ambassador said. He also highlighted Kuwait's remarkable contributions through international organizations and specialized agencies in addition to the assistances that Kuwait Fund for Economic Development has been providing since its establishment in 1961 to alleviate humanitarian sufferings anywhere around the world.
The reception was also attended by First Secretary Hamad Al-Mulla and Third Secretaries Mohammad Al-Othman and Yousef Al-Tarkit. The embassy showed a film about Kuwaiti maritime art performance at the event, and distributed the latest issue of Japan-Kuwait Society's newsletter to guests, while high school students from Fukushima played traditional dance. (end)
Quake-hit Miyagi Prefecture Thanks Kuwait for Medical Study Fund
SENDAI, Japan, Feb 10 (KUNA) - Japan's quake-hit Miyagi Prefecture on Wednesday offered a renewed appreciation for Kuwait's heartwarming support following the 2011 disaster, as it launched the Kuwait Partnership Fund for Medical Education that contributes to the recovery of regional healthcare system. The JPY 9 billion (USD 104 million) study fund is part of the JPY 16.2 billion (USD 188 million) reconstruction fund established in Miyagi five years ago by utilizing Kuwait's crude oil donation.
Soon after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit the northeastern Japanese region including Miyagi in March 2011, Kuwait offered Japan 5 million barrels of crude oil, worth about USD 500 million at that time, by the initiative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
At a foundation ceremony held in Sendai City with participation of Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi, Governor of Miyagi Prefecture Yoshihiro Murai expressed sincere gratitude to Kuwait for its support in the aftermath of the massive disaster, which left more than 18,000 people dead or missing in the region. Miyagi was hit the hardest with some 11,000 victims and 500,000 damaged or destroyed buildings.
"The recovery efforts have continued to progress forward, however, especially in the heavily damaged areas along the coast, it has been difficult to secure doctors and medical support necessary for our citizens. Because of such conditions, starting in April, a new medical school will be established in the Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Sendai," said Murai.
"In order to keep the graduates here in Miyagi, a new study fund has been established using JPY 9 billion of the contribution received from Kuwait through the Japanese Red Cross Society. We hope the study fund, which bears Kuwait's name, will benefit the medical students for years to come," the governor added.
The study fund provides scholarships to 30 medical students per year from Miyagi, who commit to working at designated medical institutions in the prefecture for 10 years after graduation from the new school.
The governor also gave the ambassador a commemorative plate presented to His Highness the Amir, which is engraved with his appreciation, saying, "The fund will support ambitious students who will become important contribution to community health care in Miyagi Prefecture. We will work with tireless determination to restore our home, and we wholeheartedly appreciate the State of Kuwait's continued support in these efforts."
In his speech, Al-Otaibi pointed out that some survivors have restored their life and business activities, but there are people yet suffering from physical and mental hardship along the disaster struck area. "The governor has informed me that there are not enough hospitals and clinics there due to the lack of medical staff. Today, one clear solution to this grave concern has been crystalized and presented here," Al-Otaibi said.
He also hailed Miyagi Prefecture's determination to dedicate large portion of the reconstruction fund to the medical education, which helps alleviate the pain of the affected people and further advance their return to normal life. The true friendship that binds Japan and Kuwait was once visualized through the noble decision made by His Highness the Amir to extend support for the disaster-struck people and region as crude oil donation, the ambassador noted. "The donation was just a small token of appreciation to the people of Japan for their historic stances in supporting the Kuwaiti people during over five decades."
For his part, Dr. Motoaki Takayanagi, Representative Director of Tohoku Community Medicine Assistance Organization, which manages the fund, said he is grateful for the support the organization has received from Kuwait, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the prefectural government.
"We are working very diligently to prepare for the opening of the new school. Our university hopes to nurture our students to become doctors with well-rounded character and a deep understanding and respect for life who will contribute to regional medicine that patients can depend on," said Dr. Takayanagi, who also serves as President of Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University.
After the ceremony, the ambassador also inspected Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University. (end)
The Embassy of the State of Kuwait Receives Residents from Minato Ward
The Embassy was delighted to receive a number of residents of Minato Ward, as part of a social activity organized in cooperation with the Municipality of Minato Ward.
First Secretary Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla and Third Secretary Mr. Yousef Al-Tarkit cordially welcomed the guests, and presented Kuwait’s various historical, cultural and traditional aspects, and answered their questions.
This event is part of the social activities that the Municipality of Minato Ward has been organizing in cooperation with foreign Embassies located in the Ward, to introduce local residents to Embassies in the hope of contributing to building a better understanding between different people and therefore building closer human relations especially between the residents of Minato.
Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture Establishes “Kuwait Friendship Medical Study Fund”
His Excellency Mr. Abdul-Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, received a courtesy call, on Tuesday January 20, 2016, by His Excellency Mr. Yoshihiro Murai, Governor of Miyagi Prefecture located in Northeast Japan.
H.E. Governor Murai expressed his gratitude to the State of Kuwait for supporting reconstruction efforts in Miyagi Prefecture and other affected areas in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011. He also commended Kuwait’s generosity towards Japan during that difficult period.
At the meeting that was attended by several officials from Miyagi Prefectural Government and by Mr. Yousef Al-Tarkit, Third Secretary at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo, the attendees touched upon the reconstruction progress, and discussed matters concerning the bilateral relations between the State of Kuwait and Japan.
H.E. Governor Murai announced that the prefecture would establish the “Kuwait Friendship Medical Study Fund” with a capital amounting to 9 billion yen, out of the 16 billion yen allocated to Miyagi Prefecture from the sales revenues of the Kuwaiti crude oil donation. The Fund would provide financial support to students in the Prefecture studying at a newly established School of Medicine at the University of Tohoku. This is in line with efforts to fill the need for doctors and medical facilities in the prefecture since the disaster.
Miyagi Prefecture is located in Northeast Japan and was one of three prefectures hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Soon after the disaster, the State of Kuwait offered Japan a donation of 5 million barrels of crude oil, upon noble instructions by His highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait.
H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi Kuwait Ambassador to Japan Delivered Lecture and Met with Students at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi visited Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, one of the oldest and most renowned national university specialized in languages, culture studies and international and area studies.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi was first welcomed by dozens of students majoring in Arabic studies. After the introductory note by Professor Hiroyuki Aoyama in Arabic, the Ambassador made a briefing on the State of Kuwait, its educational environment and student life in Arabic. Then the Ambassador encouraged students to raise questions or make comments. Several students made excellent speeches in Arabic on their impressions on the Arab world.
The students expressed keen interests in general and the State of Kuwait in particular, and their willingness to visit the Arab countries in order to deepen their understanding of the culture and historic heritage. The Ambassador expressed the Embassy’s readiness to assist the students in any way to help them visit Kuwait and get deeper understanding of its traditions and customs as well as enrolling universities.
Then the Ambassador met with Dr. Hirotaka Tateishi, President of the University and the Vice Presidents. Dr. Tateishi briefed the history of the University that dates back to 1873 and profiles of the schools and academic institutions of the University. The Ambassador praised the initiatives of the university that has long contributed to cultivate human resources that can play active and advanced roles in the international society. Then they exchanged ideas on how to increase Kuwaiti students studying in Japan and enhance academic interactions between the two countries.
Later, the Ambassador delivered a lecture titled “The Path of Democracy and Constitutionalism in the State of Kuwait” at the Information Center for Social and International Collaboration of the University. Mr. Masami Wada, Director of the institution introduced the Ambassador who delivered an hour and half long lecture to the audience filled the hall. The lecture highlighted the practices of democracy that has been peculiarly embedded in the rulers and people of Kuwait through the history.
The lecture was highly academic and inspiring to the audience who gathered not only from the University but also from the public ranging from government officials and members of public institutions, members of local chamber of commerce and industry, and oil companies. At the end of the lecture, the Ambassador opened the floor to the audience and welcomed questions from the audience. The audience raised several pointed questions to the Ambassador who sincerely gave informative and insightful answers to them.
The audience lauded the Ambassador’s lecture because it gave such a precious opportunity for them to learn about a glimpse of the modern history and political reality of the State of Kuwait that is not quite widely known among the Japanese people. From his side, the Ambassador commended the series of activities that attracted more students and the public than expected and determined to pursue more opportunities to enhance awareness of the Japanese public to Kuwait and its unique background.
Kuwait Ambassador donated a traditional Kuwaiti dress to Bunka Gakuen University
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan and his spouse Madame Jamilah visited and donated a traditional Kuwaiti dress to Bunka Gakuen University.
Bunka Gakuen University leads Japan’s research and development in the fields of not only fashion and art design but also clothing and living environment. Mr. Sunao Onuma, Chairman of the Board and President of Bunka Gakuen University and other executives welcomed the Ambassador and Madame warmly.
The type of dress donated by the Ambassador and Madame is called “Al-Mankhous” and has two embroideries on the front and back. It is made of chiffon silk. Women wear this dress on special festive occasions such as weddings, religious birth ceremonies and national celebrations. The dress is now displayed at their museum as their first Arabic Costume.
During the meeting with Mr. Onuma, the Kuwait Ambassador and Madame expressed their willingness to further deepen the bilateral relationship between Japan and the State of Kuwait through such cultural exchanges.
H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi Kuwait Ambassador to Japan Visits Fukushima Region
TOKYO, Oct 26 (KUNA) - Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi visited on Monday Fukushima in the Tohoku region, accompanied by a number of accredited ambassadors in Japan. The visit was organized by the Japanese Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the Fukushima regional council.
The Kuwaiti Embassy said in a statement that Al-Otaibi met during the visit with Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori and Fukushima local officials. The statement noted that the ambassador also toured the area's Fukushima agriculture and technology center, various traditional locations, including a high school.
Uchibori expressed pleasure for the visiting delegation and praised Kuwait's contribution to Fukushima in the aftermath of the Tsunami tragedy in 2011.
For his part, Al-Otaibi expressed appreciation for the warm hospitality and the meaningful tour which highlighted the cultural and historic aspects of Fukushima. (end)
Kuwait Takes Part in the NCAF Charity Bazar
The Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo, participated in the 18th Charity Bazaar organized by the Nihon Chukinto Africa Fujinkai (NCAF) (Ladies’ Friendship Association for Africa and the Middle East) on Tuesday October 20, 2015. The proceeds of the bazaar will be channeled to the welfare of children and women in the Middle East and Africa.
Mrs. Chikako ASO, wife of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Japan, attended the bazaar and visited the Embassy’s booth where Mrs Jamilah AL-OTAIBI, spouse of H.E. Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, comprehensively explained to her the Kuwaiti products on display such as traditional Kuwaiti clothing, handicrafts and food products and which were favored by Ms. Aso as well by the visitors. Mrs. Noura AL-BEIDAN, wife of Third Secretary at the Embassy, was also present at Kuwait’s booth.
Mrs AL-OTAIBI pointed out that the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo is always keen on taking part in this kind of events in order to convey a message of friendship to the friendly people of Japan and offer them an opportunity to grasp an image of our country’s culture and traditions.
Mrs AL-OTAIBI also expressed her appreciation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait for its constant cooperation to the Embassy and its support for these events. This cooperation confirms the will of the Ministry’s officials to assist Kuwait’s diplomatic missions in presenting Kuwait’s cultural assets and values around the world.
Minister of Education and Higher Education and His Delegation Visit Kyoto, Tokyo to Attend Science and Technology Conferences
His Excellency Dr. Bader Al-Essa, Minister of Education and Higher Education took part in a three-day meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum held in Kyoto from October 4 to 6, 2015. His Excellency Ambassador Abdul-Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan and Mr. Yousef Al-Tarkit, Thrird Secretary at the Embassy, attended the Forum along with H.E. Minister’s accompanying delegation.
The forum was attended by some 1,000 global opinion leaders in science and technology, policy, business and media from about 100 countries to discuss current global science and technology issues and to build international networks.
During the period, the Kuwaiti Delegation attended various meetings and sessions. On the first day, H.E. Dr. Bader attended the Science and Technology Ministers' Roundtable Meeting and on the second day, the Minister made a presentation at the plenary session titled "Social Innovation for Sustainability" accompanied by the delegation members.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi, attended the events together with the Minister, highlighted the significance of participation of the delegation of the State of Kuwait to the forum by focusing on the historic ties between Kuwait and Japan in the fields of science and technology at various spheres of the economic and social foundations of the countries, such as environment, water, petrochemical and maritime resources.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi further praised the outstanding participation of the Minister to the series of events that left no-negligible impression to Japan and the world that Kuwait is keen to expand its frontiers of scientific advancement further by strengthening its intellectual and academic interactions with the rest of the world.
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education Dr. Hamed Al-Azemi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education Dr. Haitham Al-Athari, and Secretary General of the Private Universities Council Dr. Habib Abul were also present at the forum.
Upon conclusion of the STS forum in Kyoto, the visiting Minister and his delegation traveled to Tokyo to attend a series of meetings of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) aimed at promoting innovation in energy and the environment that launched on October 7.
The two-day conference hosted by the Japanese government was attended by more than 1,000 researchers, business leaders and policymakers from around the world to share their vision and establish partnerships for lasting global reduction in greenhouse gases through innovative low-carbon technologies. Dr. Al-Essa delivered a speech later in the day at a plenary session on future perspective of addressing climate change through innovation.
In Tokyo, Ambassador Al-Otaibi hosted a dinner reception in honor of the Minister and the delegation members. Mr. Meshari Al-Homoud, Representative, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, as well as other Kuwaitis residents and students in Japan were invited to the dinner.
From the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla, First Secretary, Mr. Mohammed AlOthman, Third Secretary and Mr. Yousef Al-Tarkit, Third Secretary joined the Ambassador and welcomed the delegation.
H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi Receives H.E. Mr. Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Member of the House of Representatives of Japan
His Excellency Ambassador Abdul-Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, received at his office H.E. Mr. Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Member of the House of Representatives of Japan and H.E. Mr. Hideaki Mizukoshi, Deputy Director-General for Global Issues and Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department and Ambassador for Civil Society at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla, First Secretary at the Embassy, and Mr. Kousuke Kiga from the Second Middle East Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan also attended the meeting.
During the meeting, their Excellencies discussed various issues of mutual interest to both Japan and the State of Kuwait and the ways to further promote the bilateral relations on a multitude of levels.
H.E. Mr. Yamaguchi conveyed Japan’s request of support to the proposal that it will make at the United Nations to designate the 5th of November as a “World Tsunami Day”, with the aim of raising awareness of precautionary measures against tsunamis around the world in order to contribute to saving lives and properties.
H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi reiterated the State of Kuwait’s continuous support to the efforts aiming at creating a safer world, and highlighted Kuwait’s contributions to reducing disaster risk around the globe.
His Excellency reaffirmed his willingness to continue working with the concerned officials in Japan to deepen the partnership between our countries. He stated that the ties of friendship between the peoples of Kuwait and Japan shall remain strong, and a clear proof of this friendship was the support that Kuwait extended to Japan in the aftermath of the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
Japanese Flower Arrangement and Calligraphy Event Held at the Kuwait Embassy
Under the patronage of the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ), the wife of His Excellency Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Mrs. Jamilah Al-Otaibi hosted a Japanese flower arrangement and calligraphy event on Wednesday May 10, 2015 at the Head of Mission’s residence at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo.
Mrs. Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of His Excellency former Prime Minister of Japan, attended this event along with several wives of foreign ambassadors, in addition to the member of the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan and a number of renowned Japanese women.
Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Received a Courtesy Call from H. E. Mr. Ahmad Younos S. Al BARRAK, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Japan
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan received a courtesy call from H.E. Mr. Ahmad Younos S. Al BARRAK, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting, their Excellences have discussed about the bilateral relationship and the common interests shared among brotherly GCC countries as well as Japan for about an hour in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere.
They have also agreed on committing themselves to cooperate in order to further strengthen the existing brotherly tie between the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Received a Courtesy Call from H. E. Mr. Bensherif, Ambassador of Algeria to Japan
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan received a courtesy call from H.E. Mr. Mohamed El Amine Bensherif, Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.
Their Excellencies reviewed their brotherly relationship between the two peoples of their countries, and exchanged views on the bilateral, Arab as well as the international affairs in a pleasant atmosphere.
They renewed their willingness towards paying extra efforts on enhancement of the mutual cooperation continuously, and wished each other’s peoples and countries for further prosperity and happiness.
Luncheon in honor of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado Held at Embassy of Kuwait
Under the patronage of the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ), the wife of His Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Mrs. Jamilah Al-Otaibi hosted a luncheon in honor of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado at the Ambassador’s Residence at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo.
On this occasion, Mrs. Al-Otaibi offered HIH Princess Takamado a symbolic gift denoting the Kuwaiti culture.
HIH Princess Takamado expressed her appreciation to SWAAJ for this initiative that reflects the deep relations between Japan and the Arab World. Her Imperial Highness expressed her appreciation as well to Mrs. Jamilah Al-Otaibi for hosting the luncheon and for the precious gift that symbolizes the special ties between Japan and the Arab World, and the State of Kuwait in particular.
Mrs. Al-Otaibi expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the President and members of the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ) and commended the important role that the Society has been playing in contribution to the advancement of the Japan – Arab relations at the social and cultural levels.
Mrs. Al-Otaibi emphasized that the Society is keen on taking part in all key events in Japan, as well as putting into practice any ideas aiming to further strengthen our bilateral relations in the interest of both the Arab nations and Japan.
(Photo: (C)2015 Miki Oshita)