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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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.
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Meets Miyagi Governor: Appreciation to the State of Kuwait Reiterated
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan traveled to Sendai City, the Capital of Miyagi Prefecture, to attend the Electronic Board Donation Ceremony at the Miyagi Government Hall followed by the Call to H.E. Mr. Yoshihiro Murai, Governor of Miyagi Prefecture.
The trip was arranged by the Japanese Ref Cross Society in appreciation to the series of donations and aids from the State of Kuwait extended to the Tohoku Region after the East Japan Great Earthquake and the tsunami brought about massive disaster to the region. The national flags of the State of Kuwait and Japan were hoisted at the central courtyard of the Miyagi Government Hall in honor of H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi’s visit to the city.
This time, the donation ceremony was held to commemorate purchase of total 16 electronic boards making use of the aid money from the State of Kuwait. In the fiscal year 2013, eight new elementary and junior high schools were inaugurated, by the merger of several neighboring schools damaged by the tsunami disaster in the aftermath of the East Japan Great Earthquake. The electric boards worth 10 million yen in total are provided to the eight schools (two for each school, total 16) in Ishinomaki City, Kesennuma City, Higashi-Matushima City and Onagawa Town to help facilitating the educational tools.
The donation was handed over in a form of item catalogue from H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Mr. Hitoshi Takahashi, Head Official of Miyagi Board of Education. Mr. Ryuichi Suzuki, Secretary General of the Japanese Red Cross Society Miyagi Branch also attended the ceremony.
After the ceremony, H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi visited H.E. Mr. Yoshihiro Murai, Miyagi Governor at his office and held a friendly conversation. First of all, H.E. Mr. Murai appreciated the extra donation from the State of Kuwait that was utilized to purchase the educational tool for school children. H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi answered by saying that he was glad too to know that the aid from Kuwait was used for the educational purpose to encourage children to return to their school lives and prepare to play initiative roles in the future of Japan. In this sense, H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi praised the efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society and Miyagi Prefectural Government for their project finding and fund matching endeavors.
H.E. Mr. Murai renewed his appreciation to the series of donations from the State of Kuwait, in a form of crude oil of 500 million barrel extended in 2011, additional money aids extended last year, and the donation of succor balls, stationery, food and daily supplies brought by H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi himself to the tsunami-affected Kesennuma City only one month after the disaster.
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi remembered the scenery of the coastal area when he visited the city where the destruction by the tsunami was beyond the imagination. He appreciated the recovery of the region after two years and expressed his wish for children of Miyagi who learn through these new educational tools will visit the State of Kuwait some day to be a bridge between the two countries.
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Visits Iwate Children’s Care Center to Reconfirm Friendly Ties between Japan and Kuwait
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan traveled to Iwate Medical University Yahaba Campus at Yahaba Town, Iwate Prefecture. The trip was arranged upon invitation from the university to attend the Unveiling Ceremony of the Memorial Plate that Commemorates the Friendship with the State of Kuwait.
Besides H.E. the Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi, H.E. Mr. Takuya Tasso, Governor of Iwate Prefecture was another Honorable Guest at the Unveiling Ceremony. Together with H.E. Mr. Tasso, Mr. Mr. Kenji Takeuchi, Director of the East Japan Great Earthquake Reconstruction HQ of the Japanese Red Cross Society, Dr. Akira Ogawa, CEO and President of Iwate Medical University, and Dr. Akio Sakai, Head of Iwate Children’s Care Center, jointed H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi jointed the unveiling of the plate.
wate Children’s Care Center is established in order to provide care and support to children who suffer from mental stresses and traumas after the East Japan Great Earthquake and the tsunami disaster. The local care centers are already in operation at the coastal areas of Miyako, Kamaishi and Ofunato. The Iwate Children’s Care Center, started its operation earlier this month, functions as the central facility that supports the local centers comprehensively. The project is commissioned by the Iwate Prefectural Government to Iwate Medical University.
In order to furnish the facility, the donation from the State of Kuwait of 137 million yen allocated to Iwate Prefecture through the Japanese Red Cross Society was utilized. The total amount of donation the State of Kuwait extended reached more than 40 billion yen so far.
In order to show gratitude to the donation, the plate attached to the wall of the entrance of the center says that the center was constructed for the children affected by the disaster “in the spirit of solidarity between Japanese and the people of Kuwait.” Corresponding to the remarks, H.E. the Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi underlined “the true friendship that binds Japan and the State of Kuwait” in his congratulatory speech. H.E. Mr. Tasso, Iwate Governor expressed sincere gratitude to “the encouraging support and massive donations” from the State of Kuwait on behalf of the Iwate people.
After the ceremony, H.E. the Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi and H.E. the Governor Mr. Tasso were guided to the facility inspection. The facility is equipped with not only the consultation and therapy rooms, but also the play rooms and activity rooms carefully designed to provide calm and relaxed atmosphere for children. H.E. the Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi and H.E. the Governor Mr. Tasso paid deep attention to the explanations and observed the functions.
After the inspection, H.E. the Ambassador Mr. Al-Otaibi attended the press conference. Upon the question from a local news reporter, the Ambassador stated that “I wish this center contribute to the recovery of children from the disaster.”
The 15th Arab Charity Bazaar Organized by Spouses of Arab Ambassadors held in Tokyo
The Kuwait Embassy took part in the 15th Arab Charity Bazaar organized by Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan. This year the bazaar aimed at raising charity funds for welfare organizations in Fukushima.
Commemorating the 15th anniversary of this philanthropic event, Ms. Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe visited the bazaar, and was briefed by wife of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Madame Jamilah Al-Otaibi, about Kuwaiti products, cloths and food that were on display at the event.
Proceeds of the bazaar this year will be dedicated for Hirata Hospital in Hirata Village in Fukushima. The hospital commented with gratitude that the funds will be used for purchase of nuclear radiation detection equipment. In addition, the proceeds will be delivered to the Non-Profit Organization Kanon in Minami-soma City in Fukushima. The organization is specialized in supporting disabled children. These donations are manifestation of depth of the Japanese-Arab relations.
H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait expressed deep gratitude to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its kind support to meet the needs for holding such events and activities. H.E. added that such support from the Ministry affirmed the ministry official’s keenness on facilitating work of the Kuwaiti missions abroad.
Ambassador hands over a donation to the Islamic Center in Japan: The Center’s Acting President commends the Kuwaiti support
H.E. Abdulrahman Humood AL-OTAIBI, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, handed over a donation offered by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in Kuwait to the Islamic Center in Japan represented by its Acting President Dr. Musa Mohammad Omar to rebuild the center’s old building in Tokyo. The donation amounted to 12,235,000 yen.
H.E. Ambassador AL-OTAIBI praised the Islamic Centre in Japan and its mission in introducing Islam to the Japanese society through guidance and education. His Excellency commended the achievements of the Islamic Center in Japan since its inception and thanks to it thousands of Japanese have converted to Islam.
H.E. surveyed with Dr. Omar the status of Islam in Japan and the needs and challenges faced by the Islamic institutions, they also discussed ways of cooperation between the State of Kuwait and the Islamic Center.
The Ambassador reiterated the willingness of the Government of the State of Kuwait to provide all necessary assistance to support Islamic institutions in Japan and around the world.
Dr. Musa Omar expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the State of Kuwait for its generous support for the reconstruction of Center’s building which would facilitate the work of the center.
He also commended the efforts and support of the Government and people of the State of Kuwait who were the first to support the center since its inception in the early seventies, which was founded by a number of Arab and Kuwaiti students studying in Japan during that period.
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan visited H.E. Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan visited H.E. Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and had a meeting. At the meeting, they had a discussion on bilateral relations between Japan and the State of Kuwait, in particular, the parliamentarian relations and assured to find out the ways to move forward the relations in order to reach the aspirations of the people of the two countries.
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Paid Visit to Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, to Commemorate Sanriku Railway Resume
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan traveled to Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture to attend a series of events to commemorate the partial resume of operation of Sanriku Railway South Rias Line.
The Ambassador of the State of Kuwait was invited to the Sanriku Railway South Rias Line Re-launching Ceremony as the Honorable Guest. In order to resume operation of the line, Sanriku Railway made use of the funds raised by the massive crude oil donation worth 40 billion yen from the State of Kuwait after the East Japan Great Earthquake and distributed among the disaster-struck prefectures through Japanese Red Cross Society. Sanriku Railway purchased three news train cars and restored station houses by making use of the funds.
Before the ceremony, the Ambassador was warmly welcomed by Mr. Takuya Tasso, Governor of Iwate Prefecture and Chairman of Sanriku Railway Company, Mr. Kimiaki Toda, Mayor of Ofunato City and Mr. Masahiko Mochizuki, President of Sanriku Railway Company. The Ambassador was then guided to the new train cars that carry the national emblem of Kuwait and the messages of gratitude to the State of Kuwait on their bodies.
After the performances and attractions, the ceremony commemorating the resume of operation in South Rias Line, Sanriku Railway was held. During the ceremony, Iwate Governor Mr. Tasso kindly handed a memorial gift, made of the disaster-struck rail, to the Ambassador as a token of their gratitude for the assistance. Ms. Norika Fujiwara, a popular actress was another honorable guest at the ceremony as PR Ambassador of Japanese Red Cross Society. Among the guests were H.E. Mr. Shunichi Suzuki, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and members of the House of Representatives as well as the House of Councillors.
Following the ceremony, the Ambassador was invited by Mr. Mochizuki to join the commemorative ride on the train from Yoshihama station to Sakari station. There were five stations in between them, and despite of the heavy rain, each station was filled with local residents waving flags of Sanriku Railway and the State of Kuwait anxious to celebrate the first train after two years in recess. At Koishihama station, the Ambassador made a brief drop off to leave a memorial sea shell message.
The Ambassador was touched by the heartfelt welcome filled with joy expressed by each and every local people showing gratitude to the State of Kuwait, and renewed his determination to promote strengthening ties with the State of Kuwait and Japan especially at the grass-rooted levels of interactions.
SWAAJ organizes a lecture titled “Our Arabic Civilisation” at the Embassy of Kuwait
Spouse of Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, Ms. Jamilah AL-OTAIBI, hosted a lecture titled “Our Arabic Civilization” organized by the Society of the Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ) at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Amjad Qourshah, assistant professor at the University of Jordan, who is specialized in culture comparison and Western-Arabic relations. Dr. Qourshah focused on the richness of the Arabic Civilization and Islam and highlighted many of their important social aspects that are deeply rooted in history and have had tremendous influence on other civilizations. He pointed the positive characteristics of Islam and urged Muslims around the world to bring about the noble heritage of Islam in areas such human rights, fair treatment of women, equality and respect between religions. He also invited non-muslims to learn more about Islam and with a rational and open approach. Dr. Qourshah also shed the light on the misinterpretation of the Arabic and Islamic cultures by the media that have shown the distorted image of these cultures. A large audience attended the lecture from across the spectrum of Japanese society. The Dean of Arab Diplomatic Corps in Japan H.E. Walid Siam, Ambassador of Palestine, also attended along side Kuwaiti diplomats; Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla, Chargé d'affaires ad-interim, and Mr. Abdul-Aziz Al-Dalah, Third Secretary.
SWAAJ Graduation Event of the Child Nursing Home Fukudenkai
Spouse of Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, Ms. Jamilah AL-OTAIBI, participated in the Graduation Event of the Child Nursing Home Fukudenkai Tokyo. This event was organized by the Society of the Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ) at the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Tokyo. As Head of the Fukudenkai Society, Mrs. Akie Abe spouse of His Excellency Prime Minister of Japan, also attended the event that included also tea time with the wives of Arab Ambassadors and then a memorial dinner. During the event, SWAAJ distributed gifts to the 37 participating children who were very happy. Mr. Manabu Tsuchiya, Secretary-General and Facility Director of the Child Nursing Home Fukudenkai Tokyo, expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the SWAAJ and all its members for all their efforts and time. It is worth mentioning that the Fukudenkai Child Care Home is the orphanage to which SWAAJ has donated the proceeds of the Arab Charity Bazaar in 2011.
Kuwait''s Embassy in Tokyo celebrates National Days
TOKYO, Feb 26 (KUNA) -- The Kuwaiti Embassy in Tokyo held a large reception Monday evening on the occasion of Kuwait's 52nd National Day and the 22nd anniversary of Liberation Day, bringing nearly 1,000 guests including former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano.In an atmosphere of happiness and harmony, high-ranking officials, political, military and parliamentary figures, businessmen, academics and diplomats as well as representatives of the Japan-Kuwait Society attended the event.Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Hiss Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti people.In his speech at the reception, the ambassador stressed that these occasions have a special and dear value in the heart of every Kuwaiti, saying, "The Independence Day carries the significance of democracy which foundations have been laid by the Constitution ratified in 1962, and by which, Kuwait has been living its 'Democracy Spring.'" "Since its Independence, the State of Kuwait has highly emphasized the humanitarian side. Therefore, it established the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development in 1962 to assist sister and friendly countries around the world in implementing their own development programs," Al-Otaibi said. "As a token of appreciation for this leading role, countries throughout the world supported Kuwaits righteous cause during the brutal invasion by the defunct Iraqi regime in 1990." Kuwait's top diplomat here also said the Kuwaiti people feel much appreciation and gratitude to Japan for its historical and noble stances in support of Kuwait since the latters independence. "Japan was among the first countries to recognize Kuwait as an independent state, and it was among the first countries to contribute to its construction and development programs, and among the first countries to support Kuwait both financially and environmentally during the Iraqi invasion and after its Liberation in 1990-1991," he underlined.He also shed light on the historical state visit to Japan by HH the Amir last March upon the invitation by the Emperor. "The warm welcome that His Highness has received and the fruitful outcome of this visit prove how much our countries are keen to strengthen our bilateral relations," Al-Otaibi said.Japanese officials expressed gratitude to HH the Amir and the Kuwaiti people for the fullest support in solidarity with Japan after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuring tsunami in March 2011 that left about 19, 000 people dead or missing in the northeastern region. "The people of the areas as well as the whole of Japan shall never forget the feelings of gratitude toward Kuwait," Yuriko Koike, Chairwoman of the Japan-Kuwait Parliamentary Friendship League said in her speech. "Kuwait offered one of the earliest and biggest supports for the affected areas. The assistance from Kuwait covers a lot of ground," Koike said. Following the disasters, Kuwait donated 5 million barrels of crude oil to Japan, equivalent to some USD 500 million, to support its reconstruction work. In addition, during his visit to Japan last March, HH the Amir expressed his intention to donate USD 2 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society and USD 3 million to heavily-damaged marine science museum called Aquamarine Fukushima. "Let me express my heartfelt gratitude to HH the Amir and the people of Kuwait as well as Ambassador Al-Otaibi, who made repeated visits to the devastated areas and provided accurate information about Japan's needs to his home country, and the staff members of the Embassy," she added. Speaking to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Aquamarine Fukushima Executive Director Yoshitaka Abe said restoration work of his museum is on track. "We thank His Highness and the Kuwaiti people for this generous donation, and appreciate the ambassador for his unstinted support," Abe said. The museum is building a memorial park with a monument in a show of gratitude to the Kuwaiti contribution, which will become a symbol of hope for reconstruction.The reception was also attended by Second Secretary Hamad Al-Mulla and Third Secretaries Abdulaziz Al-Dalah and Mohammad Al-Othman. During the ceremony, the embassy held a photo exhibition showing last year's state visit by HH the Amir and Kuwait's support to Japan's post-quake reconstruction efforts, and distributed the latest issue of Japan-Kuwait Society's newsletter to guests. (end) mk.asa KUNA 260925 Feb 13NNNN By Miyoko Ishigami (with Photos)
H.E. Mr. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Praised the Restoration Process of Sanriku Railway in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture
H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan received Mr. Kimiaki Toda, Mayor of Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture and Mr. Masahiko Mochizuki, President of Sanriku Railway Company on February 25, 2013.
Mr. Toda and Mr. Mochizuki showed their utmost gratitude to the massive crude oil donation from the State of Kuwait delivered after the East Japan Great Earthquake occurred in March 11, 2011 and the tsunami washed away the coastal areas of the Northern Eastern Japan.
They delivered the latest reports to the Ambassador that three new train cars of Sanriku Railway, manufactured by the aid from the State of Kuwait, will start serving for the local people in the disaster-struck coastal area in Iwate prefecture in April. Each car costs about 150 million Japanese yen, worth about 1.63 million US dollars.
At a side of the new cars the messages showing gratitude to the support from Kuwait are written in Japanese, English and Arabic languages. At the head and the back of the car, the national emblem of the State of Kuwait is drawn.
Sanriku Railway South Rias Line in Iwate prefecture has been disconnected due to the damages by East Japan Great Earthquake. It will resume operation partially in April 2013 after 2 years. Ahead of the time, a new train car replacing the cars damaged by tsunami arrived at Ofunato City.
The new train cars will launch operation on the Sanriku Railway South Rias Line that connects Ofunato City and Kamaishi City in Iwate prefecture. Since the rails and railroad bridges were wrecked by the tsunami, the operation has been in recess all along the line for almost two years. Out of the line, about 22 kilometers between Sakari and Yoshihama stations in Ofunato City will resume operation in April 3, this year.
The Ambassador appreciated their sincere devotions to the restoration of the daily lives of local people in the disaster-struck region and wished for further progress of the reconstruction works.
Japanese officials renew gratitude for Kuwait''s support after quake
Japanese officials on Monday renewed gratitude for the generous assistance and sincere support given to the Japanese people by the Kuwaiti government and the people after the devastating earthquake in March 2011.
"The people of the areas as well as the whole of Japan shall never forget the feelings of gratitude toward Kuwait," Yuriko Koike, Chairwoman of the Japan-Kuwait Parliamentary Friendship League made remarks to Japanese media. "Kuwait offered one of the earliest and biggest supports for the affected areas. The assistance from Kuwait covers a lot of ground," Koike said in her statement to the Japan Times newspaper. "In addition to the donation of crude oil reaching 5 million barrels, equal to USD 500 million, during his visit to Japan as a state guest last March, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed his intention to donate USD 2 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society and of USD 3 million to Aquamarine Fukushima," Koike underlined. "Let me express my heartfelt gratitude to H.H. the Amir and the people of Kuwait as well as Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi, who made repeated visits to the devastated areas and provided accurate information about Japan's needs to his home country, and the staff members of the Embassy, " she added. Koike, who visited Kuwait on Feb. 12 after assuming the position as the Chairwoman of the Japan-Kuwait Parliamentary Friendship League, to exchange opinions with her Kuwaiti counterpart, also said Kuwait is known as one of the most advanced nations in terms of democratization among the Arab countries. "It has been more than half a century since Japan established diplomatic ties with the friendly nation of Kuwait. I sincerely hope that the bilateral relations in various fields, including politics, economics, culture and environment, will be further deepened and expanded to make this come true, I am determined to persevere in my best efforts," she added. Meanwhile, speaking to the Japan Times and the Daily Yomiuri, Japan-Kuwait Society Chairman Kuniyasu Takeda said the year of 2012 marked "a historic visit to Japan by H.H. the Amir in March, in which he was warmly received at the Imperial Palace by Emperor, who was recuperating from heart bypass surgery. During his landmark visit, Japan and Kuwait signed two agreements on investment and cultural exchanges between the two countries. "The visit of the H.H. the Amir added a fresh page to the half-century of friendship between Japan and Kuwait, especially after the announcement of a fresh donation of USD 5 million, of which USD 3 million was dedicated to the restoration of the Aquamarine Fukushima aquarium, and USD 2 million to support earthquake victims in Fukushima Prefecture," he said. "Kuwait's financial support, during the natural crisis, was the largest amount ever donated to Japan by any country," he said, expressing profound appreciation for the unprecedented contribution made by Kuwait during a time of serious hardship and devastation from the gigantic earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. Japan-Kuwait relations date back to 1958, when Arabian Oil Company of Japan acquired oil and gas concessions in the offshore Divided Zone, in a deal that led to discovery of the massive Khafji Oilfield. "Ever since Japan and Kuwait established diplomatic relations in 1961, the two countries have fostered friendly relations in broad spheres ranging from the economy and scientific technology to environment protection and education to cultural exchanges," said Takeda. The Japanese-Kuwaiti Businessmen's Committee has met almost every year alternately in Tokyo and Kuwait since 1995 to exchange views and discuss ways of economic cooperation. There have been 17 such committee meetings, the latest of which was held last September in Kuwait. Takeda also spoke highly of Kuwait's initiative to have sponsored the first Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit last October. The ACD is a forum of 32 countries from all corners of the Asian region aimed at discussing issues of common interest to boost mutual cooperation and synergy in all areas. At that first-ever summit meeting attended by heads of state of the ACD member nations, H.H. the Amir called for setting up a USD 2 billion fund to fight poverty in Asia and announced that Kuwait would contribute USD 300 million to the fund. For his part, Ambassador Al-Otaibi told Japanese newspapers that he is confident the newly formed government in December under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will contribute to strengthening the bonds of cooperation between Japan and Kuwait based on their long history of bilateral collaboration in regional and international matters. "The historic state visit by H.H. the Amir to Japan in March 2012 resulted in several important outcomes, the most prominent of which was sharing a viewpoint between the leaders of both countries on major regional and international issues and their common desire to strengthen bilateral cooperation in different areas in particular, investment and the economy." The top Kuwaiti diplomat here also encouraged the active involvement by the Japanese businesses in Kuwait's large-scale development plan adopted in 2010 with an estimated cost of USD 129 billion aimed at transforming the country into a major financial hub and trade center by 2035. "With its 1370 mega-projects, we believe this plan offers a great investment opportunity for leading Japanese companies to benefit from the envisaged development projects in infrastructure, trade, education, finance and welfare," Al-Otaibi said. He also affirmed Kuwait's pledge to further promote cooperation in a multitude of areas beyond the traditional oil sector, encompassing education, culture, media, science and technology, saying, "collaboration in education and culture with Japan, whose institutions are world class, could emerge between research institutions, such as the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research as well as the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and their Japanese counterparts." Universities, with particular reference to the interest from Kuwait University to increase the number of exchange students, could also be the ground for collaborative activities that contribute to a deepening of mutual understanding between our nations, he added. (end) mk.nfm KUNA 251103 Feb 13NNNN By Miyoko Ishigami (with photos)
The Advisor at the Amiri Diwan Mohammad Abdullah Abu Al-Hassan delivered a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's envoy, the Advisor at the Amiri Diwan Mohammad Abdullah Abu Al-Hassan delivered on Wednesday, a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The letter shed light on promoting bilateral relations in various fields and latest developments on regional and international arenas. (end) hs KUNA 131315 Feb 13NNNN