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Hasan Murat Mercan

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey

Date of birth: Jan. 14, 1959

Hometown: Eskisehir, Turkey

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1 (As of April 2018)

Hasan Murat Mercan
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I first came to Japan in 2009 when I was chairman of the Turkish parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. Japan is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world that also has a rich history and culture. Japanese society has managed to keep its own culture and traditions while achieving rapid development. I am glad to state that the Japanese and Turkish peoples have very strong bonds.

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

My motto in life is, “In search of the truth.” I chose this because it gives me an immense sense of happiness and satisfaction to live my life while searching for the truth. This motto has been my guide throughout my whole career and life.

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

My proudest achievement has always been to be in the service of people or humanity at large. I have been trying to serve people throughout my whole career; this has been the case from when I was teaching at university, during my political career and now as the Turkish ambassador to Japan.

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

My goal as ambassador is to further develop the already existing close bilateral relations to even new heights in every field. I attach special importance to the fields of culture, the economy, trade, infrastructure, as well as science and technology. Turkish-Japanese cooperation with developing countries, especially in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia is important. I will mainly focus on energy, agriculture and tourism, among other areas.

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

Be frank, be candid, be open and be hardworking! For non-Japanese, Japan is one of many foreign countries that one might enjoy living and working in. I am sure foreigners will bring back a lot of nice, personal memories and experiences to their hometowns.
I hope Mount Fuji will reveal its full glory and beauty while visitors are in Japan, since this might create a mutual bond between Japan and them.

Last updated: May 24, 2018