Japan’s national holiday marked in Baku

By: Amina Nazarli

Japanese embassy in Azerbaijan has organized an official reception to mark the 81st birth anniversary of Emperor Akihito.

The event brought together Azerbaijani state and government officials, MPs, ambassadors of foreign countries to Baku, as well as public figures.

Addressing the event, Ambassador Tsuguo Takahashi said under Japan`s present constitution, the Emperor is the “symbol of the state and the unity of the people”, and his birthday is marked as a national holiday in the country.

Touching upon the Azerbaijan-Japan relations, the diplomat said high level reciprocal visits contribute to developing the cooperation on all fronts, and the bilateral relations deepen and strengthen.

Takahashi expressed confidence that the bilateral ties between the two countries would be expanded even further.

Azerbaijani Education Minister Mikayil Jabbarov, in turn, congratulated the Japanese people on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev.

He said the Azerbaijan-Japan relationship had been developing steadily. Jabbarov expressed confidence that relations between the two countries would continue to expand and strengthen.

Japan recognized the independence of Azerbaijan on December 28, 1991. The diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Japan were established in September 1992.

Azerbaijan and Japan cooperate in different fields and have very strong political relations. Economic cooperation between the two countries plays an important role in the development of our relations based on mutual respect, interest and friendship.