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Date of publication: Mar 5, 2018

Carlos Miguel Pereira

Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba
misiones.minrex.gob.cu/japon

Date of birth: Nov. 2, 1966

Hometown: Havana

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1.5 (as of January 2018)

Carlos Miguel Pereira
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I had the opportunity to experience Japan for the first time in 2001 when I accompanied the former minister of foreign affairs of Cuba on his official visit. It was celebrating the first political dialogue between both foreign ministers and also served as preparation for the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's, second visit to Japan in 2003.

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

There is a quote by our national hero, Jose Marti, that I've always had as a guide, “To act is the best way to speak.” I strive to fulfill it; to ensure that ideas and goals come true. I also believe that the behavior of people must be consistent with their words.

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

I feel satisfaction for having contributed modestly, but actively while remaining committed to Cuban diplomacy, in correspondence with the values, culture and history of the country that I represent. I wish to continue achieving this in Japan, a country admired and respected by Cubans, and with which we are united by a friendship of more than 400 years.

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

As a representative of Cuba, I intend to contribute to the deepening of the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between both nations. Our country attaches high priority to its bilateral ties with Japan, and progress is currently being made to increase trade, cultural, scientific, academic and sports cooperation, among other things.

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

I believe that all those who have the opportunity to visit Japan, or to work and live in it, should consider it an adventure to approach with simultaneous enthusiasm and seriousness. Any sense of bewilderment for the enigmas of their culture and society is erased when the wonders of their history and everyday reality are revealed to us.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018