Masaki Noke, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt. My first
visit to Egypt was 35 years ago, and I was very
impressed by its long history and vibrant society. I
have visited Egypt several times after that, and every
time was fascinated by its charm.
Egypt is the most populated Arab country, and is the
political, intellectual, and cultural center of the Arab
world, and plays a key role in the Middle East peace
process. Egypt will also chair the African Union (AU) in
2019. Furthermore, Egypt is now undergoing significant
economic and social changes. It is a great honor for me
to serve as the Ambassador of Japan at such a time.
Regarding bilateral relations, unique large-scale
cooperation projects such as the introduction of
Japanese-style education to Egyptian schools, and the
construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is
underway. In the economic field, the current challenges
are to encourage Japanese companies to expand their
businesses to the Egyptian market with enormous
potential, as well as fostering momentum for
public-private partnership including the infrastructure
sector. I will strive to enhance cooperation and
exchange at all levels.
I will also make effort to strengthen interpersonal
exchanges between Japan and Egypt, as we are currently
seeing Japanese tourists returning to Egypt after the
number dropped in 2011, and as Japan will host the Tokyo
Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
In Egypt, over 1,000 Japanese residents are playing
active roles in various fields and are underpinning
bilateral relations between the two countries. I will
support them, as well as Japanese visitors to Egypt, so
that their times in Egypt would be safe and fruitful, by
providing information on safety among others.
As the Ambassador of Japan, I am committed to
collaborate with all related parties to enhance
bilateral relations, and would appreciate your support
and cooperation. Thank you.
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan to