Highlights from the official message of the Czech Republic’s Ambassador to Japan, Martin Tomčo:

The excellent relations between the Czech Republic and Japan have a long-standing historical foundation; in recent years, the joint statement toward a strategic partnership between the two countries signed by our prime ministers in 2003 has become their milestone. Besides the Embassy in Tokyo, the Czech Republic is expanding its network of honorary consulates in Japan, recently opening a consulate in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. Yet contacts between people are the most important prerequisites for a good relationship. Seven associations of Japanese-Czech friendship, the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, and the Group of Friends of the Czech Republic in the Japanese Diet, consisting of 39 members of both chambers of the Diet, are all strengthening great relationships. Thanks to the Department of Czech Studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, dozens of students learn the Czech language annually and thousands of others study Czech in various courses. Hundreds of Japanese study at universities in the Czech Republic, especially focusing on classical music, but also medicine and the Czech language. I believe that the cooperation of our countries will continue to flourish in all areas. As a well-known Japanese proverb says, there is no long journey with a friend.

Ambassador Tomčo’s full message and more leadership insights from the Embassy of Japan in the Czech Republic; JETRO Praha (Prague); CzechInvest; the Association for Foreign Investment; Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics; and HiLase Center can be found at: