On October 6, Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) held an orientation meeting for the participants of the “Rising Leaders Program” prior to their visit to Japan. Present were Ambassador of Japan, Shingo Tsuda, Dr Mohammad Najdawi, Director of Programs, Mr. Takumi Hiraga, General Manager of the Doha Liaison Office ITOCHU Corporation and participants of this program scheduled to visit Japan. QLC was established by by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar as a national platform for leadership excellence, in support of achieving goals of the “Qatar National Vision 2030”. Ambassador Tsuda encouraged the participants and said that he hoped their visit to Japan would be an invaluable experience.
|Ambassador Shingo Tsuda delivering a speech||Ambassador Shingo Tsuda, Dr. Mohammad Najdawi, Director of Programs, QLC, Mr. Takumi Hiraga, General Manager of the Doha Liaison Office, Itochu Corporation and Rising leaders with other participants of the event|
On December1, 2015, Ambassador Shingo Tsuda hosted a reception at Ambassador’s Residence to celebrate the 82nd birthday of His Majesty the Emperor who was born on December 23. H.E. Dr. Issa Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Administrative Development, H.E. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Foreign Minister's Assistant for International Cooperation, H.E. Ambassador Ibrahim Fakhro, Chief of the Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and approximately 260 people participated in the reception. The distinguished guests enjoyed an assorted array of Japanese food, such as “Sushi”, “Tempura” and “Yakitori” served along with the Japanese SAKE. In his remarks, Ambassador Tsuda went over the major developments of the bilateral relations between Japan and Qatar for the year 2015, citing the visit of H.H. the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to Japan in February as well as the high-level people to people exchanges which reflect on stronger bilateral ties binding the two countries. He expressed his hope for the bilateral ties to witness further progress in various fields under a comprehensive partnership. Besides, the Ambassador announced the launching of a documentary movie entitled ‘Beyond Tsunami: Sanma and Qatar’, which will be screened simultaneously in Tokyo and Doha, showing the people’s efforts in recovering from the disastrous aftermaths of Tsunami 2011with the support of Qatar.
|Listening to the Qatari and Japanese National Anthems||Qatari and Japanese flag Cake-Cutting Ceremony|
|Ambassador Shingo Tsuda delivering remarks||IKEBANA|
|Enjoying Japanese food “Washoku”||Invitees enjoying freshly prepared“SUSHI”prepared by Chef|
|Looking into the pictures of their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress||Wife of Ambassador Tsuda Shinko with the wives of other heads of diplomatic missions|
November 30, The Exchange of Diplomatic Notes regarding the Entry into Force of the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the State of Qatar for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income
- On November 30, 2015, the diplomatic notes was exchanged in Doha, the State of Qatar, between the Embassy of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar (Department of Asian Affairs) for “the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the State of Qatar for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income” (signed on February 20, 2015) in order to entry into force.
- The Agreement will come in effect on December 30, 2015 (the thirtieth day after the date of exchange of diplomatic notes).
- The notes were exchanged between Mr. Shingo Tsuda, Ambassador of Japan to the State of Qatar and H.E. Mr. Khalid Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al-Hamar, Director of the Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the Ministry.
|Ambassador Tsuda, and H.E. Mr. Khalid Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al-Hamar, Director of the Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, exchanged diplomatic notes|
May 11-13, Visit of Mayor of Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture, and delegation of Qatar Friendship Fund
On May 11-13, Mr. Yoshiaki Suda, Mayor of Onagawa town and delegation of Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF) visited Qatar upon the invitation from the Government of Qatar. On May 12, Mayor Suda made a speech as one of the panelists in the session of “Human Development Issues and Human Security” of the 15th Doha Forum which took place in Doha. In his speech, Mayor Suda expressed his gratitude to the Government of Qatar’s support to build “Maskar”, a multifunctional fish processing facility, through QFF project. And on May 13, Mayor Suda and the delegation of QFF paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Tsuda and briefed on the projects of QFF.
|Mr. Suda, Mayor of Onagawa Town, made a speech as one of the panelists||Booth introducing the projects of Qatar Friendship Fund|
|Ambassador Tsuda received Mr. Suda and delegation of Qatar Friendship Fund|
The 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (the 13th Congress) was held in Doha with more than 4,000 participants from 149 countries. This conference is convened every five year and it is the biggest conference organized by the United Nations in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. From Japan, H.E. Mr. Kotaro ONO, Prosecutor-General, Head of Japanese delegation, attended this conference. In this conference, it has been decided that Japan would host the next conference (the 14th Congress) in 2020.
|H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar was the Chair of the 13th UN Crime Congress||Meeting between H.E. Mr. Ono and H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani|
H.E. Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of the Administrative Control & Transparency Authority and H.E. Mr. Motoi Sasaki, Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, co-chaired the 3rd Seminar on Infrastructure Projects in Qatar in which about 100 people from Japan and Qatar participated. Ambassador Tsuda stated that Qatar and Japan have been maintaining excellent relations over the years. He expected that this co-chaired seminar would be significant step in widening the path of cooperation in various projects and would positively stimulate for further cooperation in both public and private sectors between the two countries.
|H.E. Ambassador Tsuda giving a speech||H.E. Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah and H.E. Mr. Motoi Sasaki co-chairing the 3rd Seminar on Infrastructure Projects in Qatar|
The Embassy of Japan hosted the opening of the Japan's Hokkaido Food Fair at the Ambassador’s residence in cooperation with the Hokkaido Bureau of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan. Ambassador Tsuda introduced various fascinating aspects of Hokkaido, which attracts tourists from around the world through year. He also highlighted the excellent relations between Japan and Qatar over the years, and the importance to enhance the bilateral cooperation between both countries especially in agriculture sector.
|Guests viewed the sightseeing brochures at Hokkaido Food Fair||Guests briefed on Hokkaido food products|
|Guests enjoyed tasting the various dishes of Hokkaido|
On January 29, Onagawa town delegation visited Qatar headed by Mr. Youetsu ISHIMORI, Vice-Chairman of Onagawa Fish Market Buyers’ Association, composed of 7 members including Mr. Shizuo SUZUKI, President of Onawaga Revival Support Network, Mr. Michimasa MATSUSHIMA, Director-General of Onawaga Revival Support Network. The delegation, with Ambassador Tsuda, paid a separated courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (President of Japan-Qatar Friendship Association) and H.E. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Foreign Minister's Assistant for International Cooperation. During the meetings, Mr. Ishimori handed an official letter from the Mayor of Onagawa town in which he conveyed the gratitude from Onagawa town and explained about the recovery process there. Mr. Ishimori also thanked the Qatari side on behalf of the people of Onagawa for its support to provide “Maskar”, a multi-functional fish processing facility with refrigerator/freezer, through the Qatar Friendship Fund.
|Mr. Ishimori handed an official letter from Mayor of Onagawa town and gifts to H.E. Mr. Attiyah.||Onagawa delegation at a meeting with H.E. Mr. Attiyah.|
|Mr. Ishimori handed an official letter from Mayor of Onagawa and an appreciation letter of Onagawa town to Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF), to H.E. Sheikh Mohamed, Foreign Minister’s Assistant.||Onagawa delegation at a meeting with Foreign Minister’s Assistant.|
Ceremony of Conferment of the 2013 Autumn Imperial Decorations on a former local employee of the Embassy of Japan
On January 12th, the Ceremony of Conferment of the 2013 Autumn Imperial Decorations on Mr. Vijay Kumar Sharma, a former local employee (Indian national) of the Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar took place at the Ambassador’s residence. Mr. Sharma was employed between 1981 and 2013, and was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays, in recognition of his significant contributions to enhance the relationship between Japan and the State of Qatar. Mr. Sharma’s family members were present at the ceremony. Mr. Sharma was given the order and patent of the decoration by Ambassador Tsuda.
|Mr. Sharma received the decoration from Ambassador Tsuda.||Family Member of Mr. Sharma also attended.|
On 10 December 2012, Ambassador Tsuda hosted at his Residence a reception to celebrate the 80th birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. The reception was attended by H.E. Mr. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, and H.E. Mr. Ahmed Bin Amer Mohammad Al-Humaidi, Minister of Environment (the guest of honour) as well as nearly 260 distinguished guests from various government and private sectors, diplomatic corps and Japanese community. Ambassador Tsuda, during his speech, stressed the importance of diversifying the current bilateral relationship. (Details of Ambassador’s speech can be found Here)
|The Qatari and Japanese Anthems are played||Ambassador Tsuda delivers the speech.|
|Cake-Cutting Ceremony with H.E. Mr. Abdullah Al-Attiyah and H.E. Mr. Mohammad Al-Humaidi||Invitees enjoyed Japanese cuisine.|
|Invitees also enjoyed Sushi||Ms. Mayumi Narita, Medalist of the Paralympic Games, attended the reception.|
On November 25, Ambassador Tsuda had an audience with H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, where he presented his credentials. Ambassador Tsuda talked with H.H. Sheikh Tamim about bilateral relations.