Ambassador Fujiwara's Welcome Greeting

2020/8/21
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My name is Masaya Fujiwara and I arrived in Jamaica on the 4th of August 2020.  On the 21st of August I presented my credentials to his excellency the most honorable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica, and thereafter officially commenced duties as Ambassador of Japan in Jamaica.
 
While this is my first time working in Jamaica, having listened to the music of Bob Marley during my school days, I feel an affinity for this beloved country.  One my arrival day, I saw from the sky, the beautiful green island floating on the Caribbean Sea, exactly well suited to its Arawakan (Tainos) name “Xaymaca”, the “Land of Wood and Water”:.  Indeed, I am truly honoured to be working towards deepening the friendship between Japan and Jamaica going forward.
 
Japan and Jamaica have interacted with each other through music, sports, the JET Programme and other exchanges.  In addition, Tottori prefecture in Japan and the parish of Westmoreland have also established a sister city relationship.  Jamaica, which has been playing a leading role of CARICOM, is an important partner as well for Japanese Diplomacy.  As Japan is also an island country, we have many common issues when it comes to the environment and disaster prevention.  It is my desire to continue intensifying the established cooperation that our two countries share.
 
Fortunately, at the highest level of discussions between our leaders, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Jamaica in 2015 and Prime Minister Andrew Holness in turn visited Japan in 2019 hence, a display of our favourable relationship.
 
Though recently, the world has been facing a pandemic with a new strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19), I am confident that our nations will rebound and overcome.  Likewise, I will put in my efforts towards developing our cooperation and mutual exchanges thus enabling the further strengthening of the bilateral and friendly relations between Japan and Jamaica.  Towards that end, I appreciate your continued support.
 
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Jamaica
Masaya Fujiwara