Poland and Japan—60 Years of Diplomatic Relations


H.E. Mr. Jacek Izydorczyk
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Japan
It is my pleasure to address the readers of JAPAN and the WORLD. Although my assignment started only four months ago, Japan has always been close to my heart. I fully agree with the writer Mrs. Keiko Kawasoe, who wrote in her book that the world loves Japan, and the friendliest country to Japan is Poland. Like many young Poles, I have always been fascinated by the Japanese martial arts, kendo in particular, as well as Japanese culture and tradition. With a PhD in law, I received a government scholarship to study at Kyushu University in 2005, returning to Poland on March 29, 2007.

Exactly 10 years later, on March 29th 2017 I left Poland, this time as the ambassador of the Republic of Poland. This is a special year as the two countries celebrate the 60th anniversary of restoration of diplomatic relations. To underline this occasion, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski, visited Japan from May 18th to the 20th. During the visit, the ministers of foreign affairs of Poland and Japan signed an “action plan” for the implementation of a strategic partnership, declared in 2015.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the restoration of Polish-Japanese diplomatic relations this year, and in preparation for the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Polish-Japanese official relations in 2019, numerous events will be held in Poland and in Japan.

I would like to seize this opportunity to warmly invite you to visit Poland, the motherland of Copernicus, Fryderyk Chopin, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Andrzej Wajda, and of people fascinated by the Japanese culture and spirit. Starting from July 3, LOT Polish Airlines increased the number of direct flight connections between Warsaw and Tokyo to four times a week. My motherland is a beautiful and very safe country, as is Japan, so please feel welcome to visit Poland!

For more information about Poland, please visit the official website: www.tokio.msz.gov.pl.

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