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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Japan's Tsunami-hit Aquarium Opens Kuwait Memorial Garden
IWAKI, Japan, Feb 22 (KUNA) - Japan's tsunami-stricken marine science museum on Saturday inaugurated Kuwait and Fukushima Friendship Memorial Japanese Garden/Park, which was built with gratitude to Kuwait for its unstinting support as the first step of acceleration of the reconstruction process from the 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster.
An opening ceremony for the memorial garden was held at Aquamarine Fukushima in the northeastern coastal city of Iwaki, with attendance of Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi and his wife Jamilah Al-Otaibi, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Director General Dr. Naji Al-Mutairi and other Kuwaiti and Japanese dignitaries.
The 5,000 sqm-garden features such spots as a stone monument carved the word "salam (peace)" in Arabic, a pond and mote representing desert oasis and a greenhouse that accommodates an exhibition reproducing desert oasis environment and Kuwaiti flora and fauna.
With Kuwait's financial aid, Aquamarine Fukushima has been working on the projects to upgrade its facilities and improve visitor services, and to contribute to the recovery of the region. The plan includes a mountain village project, an initiative to develop the museum's outdoor nature experience areas.
During his state visit to Japan in March 2012, His Highness the Amir announced the USD 3 million grant for the restoration of the severely-damaged aquarium and the promotion of science and technology, which gave a great encouragement to the people of Fukushima and deepened friendship between the two sides.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato expressed gratitude to His Highness the Amir for the grant for the rehabilitation of Aquamarine Fukushima and Kuwait's support since the disaster hit the prefecture. "Aquamarine Fukushima is recognized as a symbol of recovery of Fukushima Prefecture, and the newly-opened memorial garden is a proof of close Kuwait-Fukushima relationship," said Sato.
He also renewed his determination to address full restoration of his prefecture, which is the home to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, saying, "Let's start from Fukushima. To realize new Fukushima, we appreciate continued support from all of you." A magnitude 9.0-quake and ensuring tsunami on March 11, 2011 left nearly 19, 000 people dead or missing in the region and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which is located 55 km north of Iwaki. Kuwait also extended the donation of 5 million barrels of crude oil worth about USD 500 million soon after the catastrophe to help post-quake reconstruction in the three hardest-hit prefectures including Fukushima.
For his part, Ambassador Al-Otaibi lauded the remarkable people-to-people relationship between the two countries. "We are pleased to see that the Kuwaiti people, upon the initiative of His Highness the Amir, have been able to contribute to the closest friendship our country enjoys with any nation on earth. As we celebrate the inauguration of this new milestone that will forever remind us of how deeply rooted is our friendship, let us also celebrate our close partnership, which benefits our two nations and, indeed, the entire world in so many ways," Al-Otaibi said.
"The past few years have brought together a great number of organizations and individuals from both nations to discuss the historical legacy and futures of our societies, especially, Aquamarine Fukushima and KISR whose partnership and collaboration goes back decades in time," he highlighted the cooperative ties between two institutes. I commend the commitment and dynamic leadership and forward thinking of their directors that has brought these two organizations heightened respect and admiration from both nations, but we need our continued efforts to nurture and extend that friendship. We need the efforts of organizations such Aquamarine Fukushima and KSR and Kuwait University and others, to keep us moving forward," he added.
Opened in 2000 on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Aquamarine Fukushima has been a popular attraction, where people of all ages can enjoy learning various mysteries of the sea. Although there were no human casualties in Aquamarine Fukushima, tsunami waves hit the main building with full force, killing 90 percent of marine animals in the aquarium. Aquamarine Fukushima was closed after the disaster but resumed business within four months.
Dr. Al-Mutairi said KISR and various Japanese institutes have expanded scientific cooperation since the organization was established in 1967 by Japan's Arabian Oil Company. Such a deep-rooted bilateral relationship is behind Kuwait's decision to have offered support to Aquamarine Fukushima, Dr. Al-Mutairi said.
Aquamarine Fukushima Executive Director Yoshitaka Abe said, who worked at KISR as a researcher in 1968-1969, expressed gratitude to His Highness the Amir for generous donation and the ambassador for working as a bridge between Kuwait and his aquarium as well as Fukushima Prefecture. (end)
By Miyoko Ishigami (with photos)
Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla, Charge d’Affaires attended the Japan-Kuwait Parliamentary Friendship League and Study Session 2014
The General Assembly of the Japan-Kuwait Parliamentary Friendship League and Study Session was held at the House of Representatives Members’ office building on February 5, 2014. Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla, Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait has participated in the League and the Study Session with about 20 members of the Parliament and the officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the House of Representatives.
H. E. Mr. Takao Fujii, Deputy Chairperson of the League introduced Ms. Yuriko Koike as a new Chairperson of the League 2014 and delivered an opening address, which mentioned the upcoming official visit to Japan by Kuwaiti members of the League in this March. Following the message, Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla delivered a speech and expressed appreciation for the invitation extended from Japan and confirmed strengthening bilateral cooperation and partnership between the two countries.
At the Study Session, Mr. Hiroshi Oka, Deputy Director-General, Middle Eastern African Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered a lecture in regard to the current situation in Kuwait. The lecture was crucial in informing the most updated information especially for the Japanese participants, who would be receiving the Parliamentary members from Kuwait next month.
This General Assembly brought a wonderful opportunity to re-confirm the members of the League and accumulated the knowledge of the State of Kuwait in order to prepare the visit of the upcoming delegation of the League, as well as continue to have active and friendly interaction between both countries’ Parliamentary Friendship Leagues.
Ambassador of the State of Kuwait and His Spouse Hosted Charity Gathering at the Embassy
The Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Japan has organized a charity event to support Japanese charities that provide help to orphans and tsunami-affected people as well as the international societies in need.
During the event, which was attended by a number of Japanese civil society figures, a welcome speech and a lecture was delivered by H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan on Kuwait's major historical, cultural, social and traditional characteristics.
The wife of the Ambassador, Mrs. Jamila Al-Otaibi, then briefed the audience on the purpose of this gathering, naming several projects as recipients of the donations, and expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the participants and deepest love to the Japanese people.
At the event, H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi reassured Kuwait's humanitarian role and major contributions to different world countries with a view to ensuring a just and prosperous world based on respect of human rights and dignity.
During the event, Madame Jamilah Al-Otaibi expressed Kuwaiti women's effective role and participation in social, political, educational and cultural activities to the participants.
She highly commended the moral and human values of both friendly Kuwaiti and Japanese people, pointing to the efforts of the Japanese civil societies in particular to help the needy, orphans, the handicapped and the families who were affected by the March 2011 tsunami.
The Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi and Madame Jamilah reiterated their continuous commitment to this kind of charity events and renewed their determination to continue contribution to the societies and people in need.
Ambassador of the State of Kuwait Hosted the Reception in Honor of Arab African Friendly Ties
On the occasion of the State of Kuwait’s initiative to host the Third Africa Arab Summit in Kuwait City, on November 19-20 2013, H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan organized the reception at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait receiving the honorable participants representing 26 African and 15 Arab countries, as well as representatives of the Japanese governmental institutions, i.e., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in charge of Arab and African regions. The gathering was also attended by journalists from prominent Japanese mass media, such as NHK.
At the onset of the reception, H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi appreciated the participants to the gathering, and went on to emphasize the importance and necessity to encourage the Arab-African joint work for the benefit of both regions and their peoples, as both regions enjoy common characteristics including the geographical overlap, the rich heritage and the huge population amounting to 1.2 billion, intermingling with each other.
These traits make it imperative on both sides to think and communicate in a single language within the framework of their mutual interests, Ambassador Al-Otaibi highlighted and continued that hosting the Summit also reflects the principles of the State of Kuwait’s foreign policy which is based on the civilized dialogue and cooperation with all nations in order to achieve the progress, prosperity and the decent living of all mankind in peace.
The floor was then opened to H.E. Mr. Stuart Harold Comerbach, Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo. H.E. Mr. Comerbach launched his speech with appreciation to the State of Kuwait that hosted the latest Africa Arab Summit with great success and lauded the fresh commitment of the State of Kuwait to its dear partners in Africa and Arab regions, announced at the opening speech of the Summit by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, pledging 2 Billion USD to African countries, in a way of translating the theme of the summit “Partners in Development and Investment” into deeds.
Ambassador Comerbach stressed that the summit should be a turning point and course of the relations between Africa and Arab countries and commended that this gathering is the great opportunity to exchange the points of views among the Ambassadors to draw out means and ways to mazimize the result of the summit.
Then the floor welcomed H.E. Mr. Waleed Siam, Ambassador of Palestine and Dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo. H.E. Mr. Siam appreciated the initiatives of the State of Kuwait during the Summit and congratulated Kuwait for its great success. On behalf of the Arab diplomatic corps in Tokyo, Ambassador Siam appreciated this gathering as a unique opportunity and expressed his keenness to enhance mutual relations among the Arab and African countries.
Then the floor was opened to Mr. Hiroshi Oka, Deputy Director General of the Middle East and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Representing the Government of Japan, Mr. Oka expressed his gratitude and congratulations to the State of Kuwait for successful hosting of the Third Africa Arab Summit in Kuwait City, and noted that Japan continues to be the strong partner and friend of the countries of the regions.
In return to the precious remarks made by the three speakers representing African, Arab countries and Japan respectively, lauding the latest achievement made by the State of Kuwait observing the Summit, Ambassador Al-Otaibi gave each of them the memorial gift from the State of Kuwait.
H.E. Mr. Abdul Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait (middle), H.E. Mr. Stuart Harold Comerbach, Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps (left) and H.E. Mr. Waleed Siam, Ambassador of Palestine and Dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps (right)
Then Mr. Mohammad Alothman, Third Secretary of the Embassy of the State of Kuwait made a briefing on the result of the summit. According to him around 71 nations participated in this Summit that is considered to be the first to focus on economic issues solely and far from discussing political issues. The Summit also adopted the Kuwait Declaration voicing the collective desire to promote cooperation in the political, economic and socio-cultural fields.
As a host of the reception, H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi looked back the gathering and commented that today’s meeting might be the first to gather Ambassadors of the Arab and African nations in Tokyo. This should be a unique opportunity to strengthen cooperation among the Arab and African counties and to further encourage the exchange of viewpoints in order to achieve our common interests especially being in Japan, a friendly country to all, generous in its unlimited cooperation with both African and Arab nations.
Governor of Kagawa Prefecture Keizo Hamada hails friendship with Kuwait
Governor of Japan's Kagawa Prefecture Keizo Hamada has expressed his gratitude to His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti people for their unstinted support in the wake of a quake-tsunami disaster in 2011, while praising the historical ties and friendship between the people of the two countries.
Hamada has made remarks during the visit to the southeastern prefecture by H.E. Abdulrahman Humood Al-Otaibi Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, the Kuwaiti Embassy said Monday in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
Following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing in country's northeast, upon directives of His Highness the Amir, Kuwait offered the donation of 5 million barrels of crude oil to Japan, equivalent to some USD 550 million, which was the largest contribution by any nations.
For his part, Al-Otaibi said the Kuwait-Japan relationship is a model for relations built on the basis of friendship and mutual cooperation and expressed hope that the strong ties between the two friendly peoples will be elevated to a new level.
During his three-day visit to Kagawa, the ambassador and his wife Jamila Al-Otaibi inspected historical monuments and educational and cultural sites, and met elementary school students. (end) mk.aa KUNA 181123 Nov 13NNNN
Governor of Japan’s Tsunami-Hit Area Shows Gratitude to Kuwait
TOKYO, Nov 12 (KUNA) -- Governor of Japan's Iwate Prefecture Takuya Tasso has expressed his gratitude to His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti people for their unstinted support following a quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 to alleviate pain of the people in the affected areas, especially Iwate.
Tasso has made remarks during his visit to Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi, the Kuwaiti Embassy said Tuesday in a statement to KUNA.
With Kuwait's assistance, Sanriku Railway Co. in the northeastern prefecture of Iwate partially resumed its operations for earlier this year after a two-year hiatus.
Tasso said the official opening of Sanriku Railway is scheduled in April next year and extended an invitation to Al-Otaibi to participate in the ceremony.
The line, which runs along Iwate's Pacific coast, had suspended after its train cars, rails, bridges and stations were wrecked by the magnitude 9.0-quake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011.
Following the catastrophe, upon directives of His Highness the Amir, Kuwait offered the donation of 5 million barrels of crude oil to Japan, equivalent to some USD 550 million, of which value was distributed to the three hardest-hit prefectures including Iwate.
The governor told the ambassador that part of JPY 8 billion (USD 90 million), his prefecture's allocated share of the Kuwaiti donation, has been used for the purchase of new railcars to restore Sanriku Railway based in the coastal city of Ofunato, which is a vital line for the region.
For his part, Al-Otaibi expressed hope that the strong ties between the friendly people of Kuwait and Japan will be elevated to a new level. (end) mk.lb KUNA 121059 Nov 13NNNN
The State of Kuwait Signs the Minamata Convention: Ambassador Al-Otaibi Determined to Contribute to Pursuit of Elimination of Toxic Mercury
The Diplomatic Conference for the Minamata Convention on Mercury, organized by the United Nations Environment Program was held in Kumamoto City, in the southwestern Kyushu region of Japan from October 9 to 11.
The conference was highlighted by adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury on October 10. H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi was bestowed the full power of the State of Kuwait by H.H. Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait and signed the Convention and the Final Act representing the State of Kuwait.
The convention is set not allow the participant countries the manufacture, import or export of mercury-added products after the phase-out date of 2020. It also urges the participant countries to make efforts to decrease the discharge of mercury into the air, water and land and to pursue measures of proper storage and disposal of mercury.
On the day, total 86 countries and the European Union signed the Convention. H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi commented that he is so proud of the fact that the State of Kuwait joined ranks of the original signatories of this historically significant convention. The ambassador referred to the fact that the convention was named after a city in Kumamoto Prefecture where thousands of people have suffered from the diseases caused by the emission of wastewater containing poisonous substances such as mercury by a chemical plant in in the region.
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi further commented that the State of Kuwait is determined to pursue all the means to prevent environmental pollution that causes damages to human and the nature as well not only for the sake of people living in and around Kuwait but also for all the people sharing the environment of the globe.
Around 1,000 delegates from about 140 nations were present at the diplomatic conference.
Kuwaiti-Japanese Businessmen’s Committee Plays Vital Role: H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi
Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi on Thursday hailed the Kuwaiti-Japanese Businessmen's Committee's vital role in strengthening the historic bilateral ties between Kuwait and Japan.
"Since its establishment in 1995, the regular meetings of the committee have proven their importance among our countries' businessmen, and have also had positive effects in the fields of economy, education, culture and society, " Al-Otaibi made remarks on the occasion of the 18th meeting of the just-concluded Kuwaiti-Japanese Businessmen's Committee in Tokyo. He underlined the historic state visit to Japan by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in March 2012, which had "various fruitful results, including the reconfirmation of the importance of the committee." The one-day business talks on Wednesday brought together some 90 representatives from various sectors of the two countries, including 70 from the Japanese side, in which they explored a potential bilateral partnership with a particular focus on the health sector as a new area of cooperation.
The annual forum came after the visit to Kuwait by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in August. "The prime minister was accompanied by a delegation of representatives from the economic and commercial circles. This reflects the importance that he places on these sectors in strengthening the relations between our countries," Al-Otaibi said.
"His visit also resulted in setting a clear vision for our bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy and development in parallel with Kuwait's ambitious development plan which we hope that the private sector in Japan would play a key role in implementing." At Wednesday's forum, Kuwaiti Co-Chairman of the committee Khaled Al-Sager highlighted that many projects under the Kuwaiti Development Plan will be coordinated with the private sector through build-operate-transfer (BOT) or public-private partnership (PPP).
"Such projects need strategic foreign partners with advanced technology and technical know-how as well as international marketing networks. We believe that Japanese partners can participate effectively in implementing these projects," said Al-Sager, who also serves as Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Deputy Chairman.
The Kuwaiti delegation included Supreme Council for Planning and Development Secretary General Dr. Adel Al-Wugayan, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research Director General Dr. Naji Al-Mutairi and representatives from other government agencies and private sectors. In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Dr. Al-Wugayan revealed that his council is currently in a process to work on the 2nd Mid-range Plan, and aims to get approval from parliament next February, adding that the next Mid-range Plan will be of much interest to Japanese companies. The Kuwait Development Plan is designed to transform the country into a regional trade and finance center through sustaining economic development, economic diversification, and GDP growth.
The meeting was organized by the Japanese Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME), the organization which has been promoting Japan's investment and transfer of technology to the Middle East. Established in 1973 under the sponsorship of the Japanese government, JCCME has long played a bridging role between Japan and the countries in the Middle East and the North Africa region on the private-sector level by providing cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, economy and technology. It also has a Japan Desk in Kuwait, which plays a bridging role between private companies of Kuwait and Japan to help them establish joint ventures. The ambassador hosted a welcome reception for the participants on Tuesday evening. (end) mk.gta KUNA 031126 Oct 13NNNN
Kuwaiti-Japanese Businessmen’s Committee Explores Future Cooperation
Kuwaiti and Japanese businessmen on Wednesday tapped cooperation opportunities, while the Kuwaiti side pledged serious outreach towards the abolishment of Kuwait's Offset Program and the conclusion of free trade agreement (FTA) between Japan and the Gulf States.
The 18th meeting of the Kuwaiti-Japanese Businessmen's Committee in Tokyo features three sessions; Economic policy, Business opportunity in Kuwait with a particular focus on infrastructure and medical services, and Promotion of investment and collaboration.
In his opening address, Kuwaiti Co-Chairman of the committee Khaled Al-Sager highlighted that many projects under the Kuwaiti Development Plan will be coordinated with the private sector through build-operate-transfer (BOT) or public-private partnership (PPP). "Such projects need strategic foreign partners with advanced technology and technical know-how as well as international marketing networks. We believe that Japanese partners can participate effectively in implementing these projects," head of the Kuwaiti side said.
Trade volume between Kuwait and Japan reached a record high of USD 17.2 billion in 2012, more than tripled in the last decade, said Al-Sager, who also serves as Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Deputy Chairman.
On behalf of Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi, Vice Minister Norihiko Ishiguro read a congratulatory message, in which Motegi voiced expectation that the Japanese companies will be able to contribute to Kuwait's national development through the participation in infrastructure projects and medical service.
At the one-day meeting, Supreme Council for Planning and Development Secretary General Dr. Adel Al-Wugayan provided an overview of the 4th annual plan of the current National Development Plan running through next March, noting that the government is spending over KD 21 billion in 2013/2014. "We are currently in a process to work on the 2nd Mid-range Plan, and aim to get approval from parliament next February," Dr. Al-Wugayan revealed in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), adding that the next Mid-range Plan will be of much interest to Japanese companies.
The Kuwait Development Plan is designed to transform the country into a regional trade and finance center through sustaining economic development, economic diversification, and GDP growth.
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Director General Dr. Naji Al-Mutairi laid out future vision and recent update of energy conservation and renewable energy projects in Kuwait, including the ongoing Shagaya Renewable Energy Power Park. According to Dr. Al-Mutairi, cost of power generation in his country has been steadily increasing and hit KD 2.4 billion (USD 8.4 billion) in 2011.
There was also a presentation by the Ministry of Health on situation and treatment of cancer in Kuwait, which expressed anticipation of Japan's contribution to this field. On the other hand, the government-affiliated Medical Excellence JAPAN said it is keen on sharing Japan's experience in the health sector, including cancer treatment, and on facilitating medical exchanges and cooperation with the Kuwaiti side.
State-run Kuwait Petroleum International and Japanese major refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co. briefed the participants on latest developments of a joint refinery and petrochemical project between Kuwait, Japan, and Vietnam. Other topics discussed in the gathering were bilateral cooperation in agribusiness and overview of economy in both countries.
During the meetings, Japanese Co-Chairman of the committee Saito Hiroshi sought support from the Kuwaiti participants to press the Kuwaiti government for the abolishment of the Offset Program and the early conclusion of Japan-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) FTA. "The Offset Program has become a major obstacle preventing investment by Japanese companies in Kuwait," Saito said at the meeting. "Without this program, I expect a much larger flow of Japanese investments to Kuwait, which should create many professional jobs and contribute to the development of a diversified Kuwaiti economy." Saito, who doubles as Honorary Advisor of Mizuho Financial Group, also expressed hope that the Kuwaiti government will reopen and advance stalled FTA talks, in its term as chair of the GCC next year.
The annual economic meeting came after the visit by Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe to Kuwait in August, in which he affirmed keenness on boosting economic relations between Japan and Kuwait through mutual exchanges between the public and private sectors. In a statement to KUNA, Kuwaiti Ambassador Al-Otaibi described Wednesday's gathering as fruitful discussions with a satisfactory outcome.
"The meeting today was very significant to really implement recommendation that has been taken during the prime minister's visit. The (two) sides agreed to expand their cooperation in various fields, particularly in the health sector, which is (a) new area of bilateral collaboration. It is very important for the Kuwaiti side to acquire Japanese experience in crucial areas such as cancer treatment," Al-Otaibi said after the talks.
As for Japan's concern on the Offset Program, he said the Kuwaiti side understands that the Japanese companies need to eliminate their burden in Kuwait, and that the issue will be conveyed to the relevant authorities.
The Kuwaiti-Japanese Businessmen's Committee, first launched in 1995, was organized by Japanese Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME) with the objectives of encouraging and promoting feasible and viable projects and joint ventures available in both countries. With about 90 representatives from various sectors in attendance on Wednesday, including 70 from the Japanese side, the forum is a most important annual gathering between the government officials and businesspeople of the two countries.
The Kuwaiti delegation included representatives from Industrial Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Energy, Kuwait Investment Authority, Kuwait University, Essa Husain Al-Youssefi and Sons. Co., National Bank of Kuwait, United Marketing Co., and Kuwait Industries Union.
Established in 1973 under the sponsorship of the Japanese government, JCCME has long played a bridging role between Japan and the countries in the Middle East and the North Africa region on the private-sector level by providing cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, economy, and technology. It also has a Japan Desk in Kuwait, which plays a bridging role between private companies of Kuwait and Japan to help them establish joint ventures. (end) mk.wsa KUNA 021244 Oct 13NNNN
Kuwaiti Future Leaders Visit the Embassy in Tokyo: Fresh Kuwait-Japan Bond Praised
Five young Kuwaitis accompanied by the patrons and TV crew from “Al-Rai TV” paid a courtesy visit to the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo to share their experiences in Japan.
The group came to Japan as a part of exchange program organized by “Japan Future Leaders School (Principal: Mr. Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman of Nipon Keidanren),” and sponsored by Al-Sayer Group. The seven days program in Japan included the tour to Tohoku region, where the strong earthquake and tsunami struck in March 2011.
The youth were welcomed by Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla, Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Dalah, Third Secretary, as well as Mr. Mohammad Alothman, Third Secretary. They shared their experiences of the trip to Iwate and Miyagi prefectures where they got on the Sanriku Railway train, whose cars and station buildings were newly facilitated after the disaster by donation from the State of Kuwait.
They expressed their sorrow for the remains of the massive damage caused by the disaster, but at the same time shared pleasures of observing sound recovery of the region and gratefulness for warm welcome by the local people of the area who showed their appreciation to the donation from Kuwait.
The diplomats at the Embassy appreciated that they shared their precious experiences of Japan, acknowledging that this step will contribute to strengthening the bond between the people of two countries. Mr. Al-Mulla wished them every success in their future life and hopes that this exchange program helps enrich the connections of the two countries.
Youth Invited by Japan Future Leaders School
- Mr. Musaed Al-Musaed (Kuwait Municipality)
- Mr. Ali Al-Jdeie (Kuwait Municipality)
- Ms. Noof Almuzaini (Kuwait Ministry of Finance)
- Ms. Wadhah Aladasani (Kuwait Ministry of Finance)
- Ms. Sakina Al Azmi (Kuwait Ministry of Finance)
-Ms. Suzan Chehab (Al-Sayer Group)
-Mr. Bader Faisal Al-Sayer (Al-Sayer Group)
-Mrs. Nourah Alfahad (Teacher, Kuwait Governmental School of Handicapped)
The Chargé d’Affaires participated in the Iftar hosted by Prime Minister of Japan
The Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait was invited by the Prime Minister of Japan, H. E. Mr. Shizo Abe to an “Iftar”, the fast-breaking dinner during the holy month of Ramadan at the Prime Minister’s Office on the evening of July 31. About 34 representatives from the Islamic Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo participated in the Iftar.
The Prime Minister stated in his welcome remarks that Japan and Muslim communities have common culture which attaches importance to living together with others in the spirit of tolerance, and he desired the continuous strengthen bonds between Japan and the Islamic countries.
After that, the Chief Representative of the New Komeito Party, H. E. Mr. Natuso Yamaguchi gave an address, followed by a toast proposed by the former Prime Minister, H. E. Mr. Yoshiro Mori. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, H. E. Mr. Fumio Kishida participated in the Iftar. The first-ever Arab-African sumo wrestler, Osunaarashi from Egypt was also invited.
During the Iftar, the Chargé d’Affaires had a great opportunity to talk with the Prime Minister and appreciated the distinguished relation between the two countries and extended warm welcome to the Prime Minister referring to his visit to the State of Kuwait.
Fishing Boat of Fukushima Fishery Union Launched as Another Symbol of Reconstruction: H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait Takes Pride in Kuwaiti Contribution to the Process
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan hailed the Japanese people and authorities’ devotion to the reconstruction efforts from the East Japan Great Earthquake and the tsunami disaster, and expressed that it is the pleasure of the State of Kuwait to take part in the reconstruction process when he received a report on the Launching Ceremony of the 21st Gon-ei Maru Fishing Boat, belonging to Nakanosaku Fishery Cooperative Society, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.
The ceremony was held at the main factory of Kidoura Shipyard, Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture. Mr. Tanoshi Yoshida, Chairman of Nakanosaku Fishery Cooperative Society, Mr. Kazui Yoshida, President of Marunaka Fishery Co., Ltd. and Mr. Yoshida, Captain of the newly launched the 21st Gon-ei Maru welcomed guests at the ceremony. Officials of Japanese Red Cross Society also attended the ceremony.
The new fishing boat, 199 tons, was build with the cost of total 864 million yen. The donation from the State of Kuwait delivered via Fukushima Prefecture worth10 million yen was utilized to purchase some components of the boat.
The ceremony was conducted by the Japanese traditional Shinto style. Rice cakes were thrown from the shipboard to the audience. Then the ropes cutting ceremony was held. At the same time of the rope-cutting, wine bottles were thrown for break and the huge decoration ball was opened. Then the marching music started and echoed throughout the dock. The boat slowly moved towards water.
Donation from Kuwait was utilized to purchase two sets of searchlights. They are located on the bow and the side of wheelhouse of the boat. On each of the lights and stabilizers, stickers of the flag of the State of Kuwait and the Japanese Red Cross Society were pasted. The sticker says, “This equipment was donated to the Gon-ei Maru by the State of Kuwait in collaboration with Japanese Red Cross Society.”
It was reported that the people attended the ceremony expressed deep appreciation to the donation from the State of Kuwait extended to the fishing boat rehabilitation project. H.E. Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi was pleased to see the boat and wished the boat and fishermen further prosperity and fortune in fishing.
(Photos: Courtesy of Japanese Red Cross Society)
His Excellency Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan discuss bolstering ties between the State of Kuwait and Okinawa Prefecture with His Excellency Okinawa Governor
Upon an invitation from Governor of Okinawa prefecture Hirokazu Nakaima, His Excellency Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Abdulrahman Humood Al-Otaibi visited the southern Japanese Island on July 2-5 as a step to further bolster relations between Japan and Kuwait. Governor Nakaima lauded the strong role played by Kuwait within the regional and international arenas, commending the strong ties linking Kuwait and Japan. He also expressed Japan's gratitude towards Kuwaiti efforts in supporting his country during the Tsunami, which hit northern Japan in 2011. The Governor of Okinawa called for efforts to further boost relations especially in the areas of energy, tourism, and science. He invited Kuwaiti tourists to visit Okinawa and affirmed that the prefecture would take steps to facilitate their stay in Okinawa. On his part, Ambassador Al-Otaibi stressed the strong relations between Kuwait and Japan. His Excellency affirmed that three years prior to the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1961, the two countries were engaged in commercial activities which reflect strong historical ties between the two countries. His Excellency Ambassador added that Japan and Kuwait were both eager to further pursue the development of relations. During his stay in Okinawa, Ambassador Al-Otaibi visited the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) and Okinawa Prefectural Agricultural Research Center, discussing with officials opportunities to exchange expertise and enhance relations between the state of Kuwait and the two facilities. (end) mk.gta KUNA 071101 Jul 13NNNN
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Visits Tokyo University of Foreign Studies: Enhancement of Academic Exchanges Encouraged
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan paid a visit to Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, one of the oldest national university established in 1856 and one of the most esteemed university specialized in the language and culture studies and the international and area studies. Mr. Mohammad Alothman, Third Secretary accompanied the Ambassador.
Dr. Hirotaka Tateishi, President of the University welcomed the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi warmly and made a briefing on the history and current constitution of the university, comprising of two undergraduate schools, graduate school, and several research institutes and language centers.
Dr. Koji Miyazaki, Executive Director for Education, Research and International Strategies briefed the Ambassador on the current situation of the international student enrollment to the university. Then Dr. Hiroko Fujimori, Vice-Director of the Japanese Language Center for International Students briefed on the center, a department a the university as well as the largest institutions for Japanese language education in Japan established in 1970. Dr. Hiroyuki Aoyama, Professor specialized in the Middle Eastern studies provided a language assistance in Arabic.
Dr. Masato Iizuka, Professor of Islamic and the Middle Eastern studies and Dr. Aiko Nishikida, Assistant Professor of the Middle Eastern area studies briefed the Ambassador on the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, attached to the university.
After the meeting, the Ambassador was guided to a building of the Japanese Language Center for International Students located in the campus by Dr. Hiroko Fujimori. H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi attended a few classes and encouraged the international students most of whom started to learn the Japanese at the center that the language is a strong tool to understand the people and culture, and wished for bright success in the future.
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait Paid a Call to Japanese Senior Vice Minister of Education: Further Enhancement of Student Exchange Encouraged
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan paid a working visit to H.E. Mr. Teru Fukui, Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, at his office in the Ministry. Mr. Mohammad Alothman, Third Secretary accompanied the Ambassador.
Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi appreciated Senior Vice Minister Mr. Fukui for his sparing his precious time despite of the Diet deliberations, and extended his praise to the Japanese educational system as the advanced country of education. H.E. Mr. Fukui welcomed the Ambassador and explained the educational reform initiated by H.E. Mr. Hakubun Shimomura, the Minister, to revitalize the system to meet with the global and contemporary requirements.
Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi then praised the past history of friendship between the State of Kuwait and Japan and sought for means of expanding students exchange programs at the university and graduate school levels. Senior Vice Minister H.E. Mr. Fukui answered that this has been common concern for years. The both sides agreed upon the necessity of creating certain mechanism of increasing numbers of Kuwaiti students in Japan and establishing channels at the working level.
Lastly, both the Ambassador and the Senior Vice Minister renewed their determination to seek for deepening contacts at their level as well for promotion of educational exchange and science and technology cooperation.