First Meeting of Organizing Committee of the Japan-Indonesia Friendship Year
July 31, 2007
- On July 25 (Wed), the first meeting of the Organizing Committee
of the Japan-Indonesia Friendship Year was held at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Tokyo, with a view to conducting various events to promote exchanges
between Japan and Indonesia in wide-ranging fields, designating 2008, the
fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between
the two countries, as the Japan-Indonesia Friendship Year.
- Consequently, the Committee, comprising about 70 organizations as committee
members, was officially launched. Selected as Honorary Advisor was
Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and as Chairman Mr. Makoto Okitsu,
Co-Chairman, Japan-Indonesia Economic Committee (Chairman, Teijin Limited),
as Acting Chairman Mr. Tohru Tsuji, Co-Chairman, Japan-Indonesia Economic
Committee (Chairman, Member of the Board, Marubeni Corporation), as Advisors
Mr. Taku Yamasaki, Member of the House of Representatives (Chairman, Japan-Indonesia
Parliamentarians’ League), Mr. Yasuo Fukuda (Chairman, Japan-Indonesia
Association), Mr. Fujio Mitarai, Chairman, Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business
Federation of Economic Organizations), Mr. Nobuo Yamaguchi, Chairman, Japan
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Masamitsu Sakurai, Chairman, Japan
Association of Corporate Executives, and Mr. Mikio Sasaki, Chairman, Japan
Foreign Trade Council, Inc., and as Special Adviser Dr. Jusuf Anwar, Indonesian
Ambassador to Japan.
- At the meeting, also decided on were the regulations of the Organizing
Committee, the theme of Friendship Year events (“Towards the Next Half
Century”), standards for certifying events, logo, etc.
- In November 2006 when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited Japan as a State Guest, the two leaders issued a Joint Statement “Strategic Partnership for a Peaceful and Prosperous Future,” in which they agreed to promote a variety of commemorating events in 2008 with the aims of broadening and deepening exchanges and cross-generation mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries towards the next half century.
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