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Kuwait, or officially the State of Kuwait, was referred to by the name "Qurain" (or Grane) in the early seventeenth century. In the dialect of southern Iraq and the neighboring countries, Kout means a house built in the form of a fortress adjacent to water.more...

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ABOUT THE EMBASSY

Embassy of the State of Kuwait
4-13-12, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
108-0073
TEL: 03-3455-0361
FAX: 03-3456-6290
Email: info@kuwait-embassy.or.jp
10 minutes by walk from JR Tamachi Station Mita-guchi Exit
9 minutes by walk from Subway Mita Station Exit A3

Working time of the Embassy:
09:00 – 16:30
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and National & Islamic Holidays
Working time will be changed during Ramadan.

For consulate inquiry:
Application hours 9:30 am -11:30 pm
Receiving hours 15:00 pm - 16:00 pm
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and National & Islamic Holidays
Working time and holiday will be changed during Ramadan.


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To those who have been affected by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake which occurred in the northern part of Japan on Friday 11th March 2011, we send our deep sympathies.

EMBASSY NEWS

01/20/2016
The Embassy of the State of Kuwait Receives Residents from Minato Ward

The Embassy was delighted to receive a number of residents of Minato Ward, as part of a social activity organized in cooperation with the Municipality of Minato Ward.

First Secretary Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla and Third Secretary Mr. Yousef Al-Tarkit cordially welcomed the guests, and presented Kuwait’s various historical, cultural and traditional aspects, and answered their questions.

This event is part of the social activities that the Municipality of Minato Ward has been organizing in cooperation with foreign Embassies located in the Ward, to introduce local residents to Embassies in the hope of contributing to building a better understanding between different people and therefore building closer human relations especially between the residents of Minato.

01/20/2016
Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture Establishes “Kuwait Friendship Medical Study Fund”

His Excellency Mr. Abdul-Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, received a courtesy call, on Tuesday January 20, 2016, by His Excellency Mr. Yoshihiro Murai, Governor of Miyagi Prefecture located in Northeast Japan.

H.E. Governor Murai expressed his gratitude to the State of Kuwait for supporting reconstruction efforts in Miyagi Prefecture and other affected areas in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011. He also commended Kuwait’s generosity towards Japan during that difficult period.

At the meeting that was attended by several officials from Miyagi Prefectural Government and by Mr. Yousef Al-Tarkit, Third Secretary at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo, the attendees touched upon the reconstruction progress, and discussed matters concerning the bilateral relations between the State of Kuwait and Japan.

H.E. Governor Murai announced that the prefecture would establish the “Kuwait Friendship Medical Study Fund” with a capital amounting to 9 billion yen, out of the 16 billion yen allocated to Miyagi Prefecture from the sales revenues of the Kuwaiti crude oil donation. The Fund would provide financial support to students in the Prefecture studying at a newly established School of Medicine at the University of Tohoku. This is in line with efforts to fill the need for doctors and medical facilities in the prefecture since the disaster.

Miyagi Prefecture is located in Northeast Japan and was one of three prefectures hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Soon after the disaster, the State of Kuwait offered Japan a donation of 5 million barrels of crude oil, upon noble instructions by His highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait.

11/17/2015
H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi Kuwait Ambassador to Japan Delivered Lecture and Met with Students at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi visited Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, one of the oldest and most renowned national university specialized in languages, culture studies and international and area studies.

Ambassador Al-Otaibi was first welcomed by dozens of students majoring in Arabic studies. After the introductory note by Professor Hiroyuki Aoyama in Arabic, the Ambassador made a briefing on the State of Kuwait, its educational environment and student life in Arabic. Then the Ambassador encouraged students to raise questions or make comments. Several students made excellent speeches in Arabic on their impressions on the Arab world.

The students expressed keen interests in general and the State of Kuwait in particular, and their willingness to visit the Arab countries in order to deepen their understanding of the culture and historic heritage. The Ambassador expressed the Embassy’s readiness to assist the students in any way to help them visit Kuwait and get deeper understanding of its traditions and customs as well as enrolling universities.

Then the Ambassador met with Dr. Hirotaka Tateishi, President of the University and the Vice Presidents. Dr. Tateishi briefed the history of the University that dates back to 1873 and profiles of the schools and academic institutions of the University. The Ambassador praised the initiatives of the university that has long contributed to cultivate human resources that can play active and advanced roles in the international society. Then they exchanged ideas on how to increase Kuwaiti students studying in Japan and enhance academic interactions between the two countries.

Later, the Ambassador delivered a lecture titled “The Path of Democracy and Constitutionalism in the State of Kuwait” at the Information Center for Social and International Collaboration of the University. Mr. Masami Wada, Director of the institution introduced the Ambassador who delivered an hour and half long lecture to the audience filled the hall. The lecture highlighted the practices of democracy that has been peculiarly embedded in the rulers and people of Kuwait through the history.

The lecture was highly academic and inspiring to the audience who gathered not only from the University but also from the public ranging from government officials and members of public institutions, members of local chamber of commerce and industry, and oil companies. At the end of the lecture, the Ambassador opened the floor to the audience and welcomed questions from the audience. The audience raised several pointed questions to the Ambassador who sincerely gave informative and insightful answers to them.

The audience lauded the Ambassador’s lecture because it gave such a precious opportunity for them to learn about a glimpse of the modern history and political reality of the State of Kuwait that is not quite widely known among the Japanese people. From his side, the Ambassador commended the series of activities that attracted more students and the public than expected and determined to pursue more opportunities to enhance awareness of the Japanese public to Kuwait and its unique background.

11/16/2015
Kuwait Ambassador donated a traditional Kuwaiti dress to Bunka Gakuen University

H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan and his spouse Madame Jamilah visited and donated a traditional Kuwaiti dress to Bunka Gakuen University.

Bunka Gakuen University leads Japan’s research and development in the fields of not only fashion and art design but also clothing and living environment. Mr. Sunao Onuma, Chairman of the Board and President of Bunka Gakuen University and other executives welcomed the Ambassador and Madame warmly.

The type of dress donated by the Ambassador and Madame is called “Al-Mankhous” and has two embroideries on the front and back. It is made of chiffon silk. Women wear this dress on special festive occasions such as weddings, religious birth ceremonies and national celebrations. The dress is now displayed at their museum as their first Arabic Costume.

During the meeting with Mr. Onuma, the Kuwait Ambassador and Madame expressed their willingness to further deepen the bilateral relationship between Japan and the State of Kuwait through such cultural exchanges.

10/26/2015
H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi Kuwait Ambassador to Japan Visits Fukushima Region

TOKYO, Oct 26 (KUNA) - Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi visited on Monday Fukushima in the Tohoku region, accompanied by a number of accredited ambassadors in Japan. The visit was organized by the Japanese Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the Fukushima regional council.

The Kuwaiti Embassy said in a statement that Al-Otaibi met during the visit with Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori and Fukushima local officials. The statement noted that the ambassador also toured the area's Fukushima agriculture and technology center, various traditional locations, including a high school.

Uchibori expressed pleasure for the visiting delegation and praised Kuwait's contribution to Fukushima in the aftermath of the Tsunami tragedy in 2011.

For his part, Al-Otaibi expressed appreciation for the warm hospitality and the meaningful tour which highlighted the cultural and historic aspects of Fukushima. (end)

10/20/2015
Kuwait Takes Part in the NCAF Charity Bazar

The Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo, participated in the 18th Charity Bazaar organized by the Nihon Chukinto Africa Fujinkai (NCAF) (Ladies’ Friendship Association for Africa and the Middle East) on Tuesday October 20, 2015. The proceeds of the bazaar will be channeled to the welfare of children and women in the Middle East and Africa.

Mrs. Chikako ASO, wife of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Japan, attended the bazaar and visited the Embassy’s booth where Mrs Jamilah AL-OTAIBI, spouse of H.E. Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, comprehensively explained to her the Kuwaiti products on display such as traditional Kuwaiti clothing, handicrafts and food products and which were favored by Ms. Aso as well by the visitors. Mrs. Noura AL-BEIDAN, wife of Third Secretary at the Embassy, was also present at Kuwait’s booth.

Mrs AL-OTAIBI pointed out that the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo is always keen on taking part in this kind of events in order to convey a message of friendship to the friendly people of Japan and offer them an opportunity to grasp an image of our country’s culture and traditions.

Mrs AL-OTAIBI also expressed her appreciation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait for its constant cooperation to the Embassy and its support for these events. This cooperation confirms the will of the Ministry’s officials to assist Kuwait’s diplomatic missions in presenting Kuwait’s cultural assets and values around the world.

10/8/2015
Minister of Education and Higher Education and His Delegation Visit Kyoto, Tokyo to Attend Science and Technology Conferences

His Excellency Dr. Bader Al-Essa, Minister of Education and Higher Education took part in a three-day meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum held in Kyoto from October 4 to 6, 2015. His Excellency Ambassador Abdul-Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan and Mr. Yousef Al-Tarkit, Thrird Secretary at the Embassy, attended the Forum along with H.E. Minister’s accompanying delegation.

The forum was attended by some 1,000 global opinion leaders in science and technology, policy, business and media from about 100 countries to discuss current global science and technology issues and to build international networks.

During the period, the Kuwaiti Delegation attended various meetings and sessions. On the first day, H.E. Dr. Bader attended the Science and Technology Ministers' Roundtable Meeting and on the second day, the Minister made a presentation at the plenary session titled "Social Innovation for Sustainability" accompanied by the delegation members.

Ambassador Al-Otaibi, attended the events together with the Minister, highlighted the significance of participation of the delegation of the State of Kuwait to the forum by focusing on the historic ties between Kuwait and Japan in the fields of science and technology at various spheres of the economic and social foundations of the countries, such as environment, water, petrochemical and maritime resources.

Ambassador Al-Otaibi further praised the outstanding participation of the Minister to the series of events that left no-negligible impression to Japan and the world that Kuwait is keen to expand its frontiers of scientific advancement further by strengthening its intellectual and academic interactions with the rest of the world.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education Dr. Hamed Al-Azemi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education Dr. Haitham Al-Athari, and Secretary General of the Private Universities Council Dr. Habib Abul were also present at the forum.

Upon conclusion of the STS forum in Kyoto, the visiting Minister and his delegation traveled to Tokyo to attend a series of meetings of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) aimed at promoting innovation in energy and the environment that launched on October 7.

The two-day conference hosted by the Japanese government was attended by more than 1,000 researchers, business leaders and policymakers from around the world to share their vision and establish partnerships for lasting global reduction in greenhouse gases through innovative low-carbon technologies. Dr. Al-Essa delivered a speech later in the day at a plenary session on future perspective of addressing climate change through innovation.

In Tokyo, Ambassador Al-Otaibi hosted a dinner reception in honor of the Minister and the delegation members. Mr. Meshari Al-Homoud, Representative, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, as well as other Kuwaitis residents and students in Japan were invited to the dinner.

From the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla, First Secretary, Mr. Mohammed AlOthman, Third Secretary and Mr. Yousef Al-Tarkit, Third Secretary joined the Ambassador and welcomed the delegation.

7/30/2015
H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi Receives H.E. Mr. Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Member of the House of Representatives of Japan

His Excellency Ambassador Abdul-Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan, received at his office H.E. Mr. Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Member of the House of Representatives of Japan and H.E. Mr. Hideaki Mizukoshi, Deputy Director-General for Global Issues and Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department and Ambassador for Civil Society at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Mr. Hamad Al-Mulla, First Secretary at the Embassy, and Mr. Kousuke Kiga from the Second Middle East Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan also attended the meeting.

During the meeting, their Excellencies discussed various issues of mutual interest to both Japan and the State of Kuwait and the ways to further promote the bilateral relations on a multitude of levels.

H.E. Mr. Yamaguchi conveyed Japan’s request of support to the proposal that it will make at the United Nations to designate the 5th of November as a “World Tsunami Day”, with the aim of raising awareness of precautionary measures against tsunamis around the world in order to contribute to saving lives and properties.

H.E. Ambassador Al-Otaibi reiterated the State of Kuwait’s continuous support to the efforts aiming at creating a safer world, and highlighted Kuwait’s contributions to reducing disaster risk around the globe.

His Excellency reaffirmed his willingness to continue working with the concerned officials in Japan to deepen the partnership between our countries. He stated that the ties of friendship between the peoples of Kuwait and Japan shall remain strong, and a clear proof of this friendship was the support that Kuwait extended to Japan in the aftermath of the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

6/10/2015
Japanese Flower Arrangement and Calligraphy Event Held at the Kuwait Embassy

Under the patronage of the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ), the wife of His Excellency Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Mrs. Jamilah Al-Otaibi hosted a Japanese flower arrangement and calligraphy event on Wednesday May 10, 2015 at the Head of Mission’s residence at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo.

Mrs. Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of His Excellency former Prime Minister of Japan, attended this event along with several wives of foreign ambassadors, in addition to the member of the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan and a number of renowned Japanese women.

5/26/2015
Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Received a Courtesy Call from H. E. Mr. Ahmad Younos S. Al BARRAK, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Japan

H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan received a courtesy call from H.E. Mr. Ahmad Younos S. Al BARRAK, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, their Excellences have discussed about the bilateral relationship and the common interests shared among brotherly GCC countries as well as Japan for about an hour in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere.

They have also agreed on committing themselves to cooperate in order to further strengthen the existing brotherly tie between the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

5/18/2015
Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Received a Courtesy Call from H. E. Mr. Bensherif, Ambassador of Algeria to Japan

H.E. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan received a courtesy call from H.E. Mr. Mohamed El Amine Bensherif, Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.

Their Excellencies reviewed their brotherly relationship between the two peoples of their countries, and exchanged views on the bilateral, Arab as well as the international affairs in a pleasant atmosphere.

They renewed their willingness towards paying extra efforts on enhancement of the mutual cooperation continuously, and wished each other’s peoples and countries for further prosperity and happiness.

5/14/2015
Luncheon in honor of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado Held at Embassy of Kuwait

Under the patronage of the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ), the wife of His Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan Mrs. Jamilah Al-Otaibi hosted a luncheon in honor of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado at the Ambassador’s Residence at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Tokyo.

On this occasion, Mrs. Al-Otaibi offered HIH Princess Takamado a symbolic gift denoting the Kuwaiti culture.

HIH Princess Takamado expressed her appreciation to SWAAJ for this initiative that reflects the deep relations between Japan and the Arab World. Her Imperial Highness expressed her appreciation as well to Mrs. Jamilah Al-Otaibi for hosting the luncheon and for the precious gift that symbolizes the special ties between Japan and the Arab World, and the State of Kuwait in particular.

Mrs. Al-Otaibi expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the President and members of the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan (SWAAJ) and commended the important role that the Society has been playing in contribution to the advancement of the Japan – Arab relations at the social and cultural levels.

Mrs. Al-Otaibi emphasized that the Society is keen on taking part in all key events in Japan, as well as putting into practice any ideas aiming to further strengthen our bilateral relations in the interest of both the Arab nations and Japan.

(Photo: (C)2015 Miki Oshita)