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A Mexican Navy training ship will call at four Japanese ports later this month to celebrate the 400th anniversary of friendship between the two countries, Mexican Ambassador to Japan Miguel Ruiz-Cabanas Izquierdo said, shrugging off concerns about the global flu epidemic that may have originated in his country.

The Cuauhtemoc left the port of Acapulco on Feb. 15 and will call at Osaka, Yokohama, Tokyo and Onjuku, Chiba Prefecture, where 317 passengers from a wrecked Mexican vessel were rescued by local fishermen in September 1609.

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