The Emperor’s Birthday is a national holiday in Japan and is celebrated on the day of birth of the current emperor. Currently it’s celebrated on December 23, the birthday of Emperor Akihito, who was born in 1933.
‘The relationship between Romania and Japan is very important, in particular from the viewpoint of developing the economic dimension, the interest of the Nippon companies in our country being on an ascending trend,’ the Deputy Prime minister Ana Birchall writes on her Facebook page.
Considering that Japan is celebrating on 23 December its National Day, the Romanian Deputy PM voices her trust that the bilateral relationship will continue to develop and deepen, “and the spirit of friendship between Romania and Japan will last in the next centuries, too.”
“Japan is the largest Asian investor in Romania, yet the capitalisation of the economic dimension’s potential with strategic features between Romania and Japan means a higher presence of the Japanese businesses in Romania. Happy National Day, Japan, and many happy years to our relation!”, Birchall stressed.
On December 11 a.c. took place, in Bucharest, the reception organized by E.S. Mr.Ambassador Hitoshi Noda on the occasion of the National Day of Japan. At the event they took part in political and cultural personalities from Romania, including: Mrs. Deputy Prime Minister Ana Birchall, Theodor Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgian Pop, President of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Japan, George Ciamba, Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Viorel Ilie, Minister for Relations with the Parliament, Mrs. Ecaterina Andronescu, Minister of National Education, Alexandru Petrescu, Minister of Communications and Society Informational, Mr. Emil Constantinescu, former President of Romania, persons from the working apparatus of the Romanian Government, body representatives diplomatically accredited in Bucharest, the business environment, the cultural environment, the media, in total about 360 people.
The ceremony began with the intonation of national debates of Japan and Romania in the interpretation of Ms. Ato Kawara, soprano at the National Opera in Cluj-Napoca, and continued with E.S. Mister. Ambassador Hitoshi Noda and Deputy Prime Minister Ana Birchall, and the toast was uttered by E.S. Mister. Theodor Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.
His Majesty the Emperor of Japan will abdicate next year on April 30, and from May 1 will be crowned His Imperial Highness Prince Naruhito. This year was the last time Japan’s National Day was celebrated in December.