Message from Ambassador Atsumi

I arrived in Jamaica on December 19, 2022, and officially began my duties as Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica on January 13, 2023, when I presented my credentials to His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.
I had previously worked at the IMF in Washington, D.C., where I was in charge of Jamaica. At that time, I stayed in Jamaica for about three weeks for consultations with Jamaican Government and Jamaican Central Bank. I have also worked for the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank), covering all Latin American countries, including Jamaica. I feel a strong destiny with Jamaica now since I am serving as Ambassador to Jamaica.
There have been many exchanges between Japan and Jamaica through music, sports, the JET program and JOCV dispatches, etc. In addition, Tottori Prefecture and Westmoreland Prefecture have a sister city relationship. As a leader of CARICOM, Jamaica has a strong presence in the international community and is an important country for Japanese diplomacy. As the same island nation, we share many common issues such as the environment and disaster prevention.
In addition, Prime Minister Abe visited Jamaica in 2015. Prime Minister Holness visited Japan in 2019. And in July 2021, Foreign Minister Motegi became the first Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Jamaica.
I would like to make every effort to further deepen the relationship between Japan and Jamaica, that is, J-J Partnership, by building on these dignitary visits and cultural exchanges. I look forward to your continued support.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Jamaica 
Yasuhiro Atsumi