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Date of publication: Jan 22, 2018

Nenad Glisic

Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Serbia
www.tokyo.mfa.gov.rs/jpn

Date of birth: April 11, 1958

Hometown: Belgrade

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 9 (as of December 2017)

Nenad Glisic
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

In 1967, the James Bond movie, “You Only Live Twice,” was released. Besides being a superb political thriller it demonstrated the beauty, with Tokyo, Himeji Castle and Gunkanjima, and tradition (sumo tournament) of Japan, as well as the economic rise of the nation in the form of the Toyota 2000GT sports car. Also, the memory of the beautiful Japanese actress Mie Hama beside Sean Connery still remains vivid.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

“Do good and good will come to you” because it has proven to be true. Also, hang on to your beliefs and do not waver, for it shows that you have a strong and stable character. People will respect you even if they don’t always agree with you. Listen to others, there is always something you can learn.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

Working my way up the diplomatic ladder to the senior post of ambassador of my country in Japan. This had an emotional impact, as I left Japan long ago as a student and returned many years later as a chief of mission.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

To further enhance our bilateral relations in all aspects, promote high-level visits, attract Japanese investment and expand tourist, educational and cultural exchanges. To promote my country in Japan keeping in mind that it is a small country in Europe that went through many changes. My goal is to continue to serve my country as best as I can and maybe write a book when I retire.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

Learn something new about Japan every day and explore as much as you can and your life here will be all the more pleasant. Try to absorb some Japanese philosophy that can be applied to work, such as dedication, and also to the everyday challenges in life, such as patience, endurance to the constant threat of natural disasters and the strong will to rebuild even after tragedies occur.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018