CARICOM and Japan Share 20 year Relationship
In 2014, CARICOM Member States will observe “Japan-CARICOM Friendship Year”, marking two (2) decades since the first Japan-CARICOM Consultation in 1993.
This year will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of established diplomatic relations between Japan and Jamaica and Japan and Trinidad & Tobago.
Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Hirofumi Murabayashi says however that Japan and the Commonwealth of Dominica have long enjoyed and benefited from friendly relations.
Throughout the coming year, commemorative events will be held in Japan and CARICOM Member countries, to enhance Japan-CARICOM relations in diverse fields including culture, trade and tourism.
The logo for Friendship Year, which portrays partnership between the origami crane and the heliconia flower, will be used as the official symbol of “Japan-CARICOM Friendship Year 2014”.
According to Mr. Murabayashi, the origami crane is iconic to Japan and promotes strong cultural representation; the heliconia flower is exotic and colourful like territories of CARICOM.
Mr. Murabayashi added he looks forward to the continuation of “such efforts of cooperation and friendship between Dominica and Japan.