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Filomeno Alexio da Cruz

Embassy of East Timor

Date of birth: Feb. 11

Hometown: Dili, East Timor

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of April 2019)

Filomeno Alexio da Cruz
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I find Japan to be a country and its people proud of being Japanese. Hardworking people with solid discipline. A developed country with a strong presence in the region and in the world. the Japanese are a respectful and kind people. Japan is a resilient country built through centuries of history.

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

“To live is to share.” As human beings, we coexist. Nobody exists without the existence of others. Life is a gift given to be shared and by sharing, life becomes fully meaningful for mankind and all beings of the universe. The talents and resources of individuals, groups, nations, countries or states, are assets to be invested for mutual benefit, and better serving the wellbeing and oneness of mankind.

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

As ambassador of Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste to Japan, I am happy to offer some contribution to deepening the friendship and elevation of the relationship between East Timor and Japan because I fully believe that all borders, (physical, cultural, religion, level of development, etc.) exist between people, countries or states not to separate, but to connect and to vinculate everyone to create new synergies, better serve each other, and to create a better world for all.

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

During my time in japan, my only goal is to pursue the mission of deepening the friendship between East Timor and Japan. In life, while alive, my goal is to do the best to better serving others. To achieve those goals, respect, sincerity and stay open to learning; being optimistic and proactive in effective communication and partnering have always been the right way.

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

Regardless where you are living and working, fight for excellence, look beyond the horizon, be proud of being yourself, live in peace and harmony, and be kind to all the people surrounding you, but never disconnect from your roots.

Last updated: Apr 22, 2019