Cuba and Japan—Affection and Friendship to Japan


H.E. Mr. Marcos Fermin Rodriguez Costa
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Japan
At the beginning of October, after four wonderful and inspiring years, my wife Rosa Maria and I have left Japan to assume new responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cuba. It is always with great excitement that we, as diplomats, start our missions abroad, and it is with profound sorrow that we left. Such are the very feelings of ours after leaving Japan.

Therefore, it is not a surprise that Japan came close to our hearts. We have spent four memorable years in which we have visited many places in Japan and we have discovered the greatness of this beautiful country, its unique nature and its magnificent cultural identity.

One of the many memories I have experienced, is seeing how much closer historical relations have become between our countries. I happily confirm that during these years, Cuba and Japan have significantly strengthened bilateral exchanges in all sectors. Maturity and diversity which have been achieved in our relations are based on the mutual interests of both countries and are complemented by the natural sympathy between Cubans and Japanese, allowing us to interact in a unique way.

In 2014, we had the great honor to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the first Japanese visit to Cuba by Samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga. This special occasion allows a broad exchange between our peoples in politics, business, culture, tourism, sports and many other areas.

Furthermore, the recent exchange of high level visits by the First Vice-President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez to Japan and the historical first visit to Cuba by H.E Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, both in 2016, marked the beginning of a qualitatively higher stage in our relations and showed the priority given by both countries to bilateral exchanges.

This is an occasion for me to thank all of our friends in Japan for their excellent cooperation and joint work on helping to strength the historical ties between our countries. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight that I have been touched by the sincerity, kindness, and hospitality of the Japanese people.

Finally, I remain confident that the future of these relations will be as bright as the sun that shines in our countries, which are geographically distant, but very close in affection and friendship.

With my very best regards.

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