His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito and H.E. Mr. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of the United Mexican States, to Assume the Honorary Presidency of the 400th Anniversary of Exchange between Japan and Mexico
July 1, 2009
- Japan and Mexico celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Exchange between
Japan and Mexico from 2009 to 2010. Given the importance of Japan-Mexico
relations as well as the significance of this Anniversary, His Imperial
Highness Crown Prince Naruhito has assumed the Honorary Presidency on the
Japanese side, and H.E. Mr. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of the United
Mexican States, has assumed the Honorary Presidency on the Mexican side.
- In the year 1609, Rodrigo de Vivero, after finishing his term of office
as Governor of the Philippines, was en route back to Acapulco, Mexico (referred
to as New Spain at the time) when he became shipwrecked in the town of Onjuku
in Chiba Prefecture. As a result of the rescue efforts of the residents
of the town, the lives of 317 of the 373 passengers were saved. The following
year, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu provided Vivero with a ship and allowed him
to return to present-day Mexico. In consideration of this history of exchange,
leaders of both Japan and Mexico agreed at the 2008 Japan-Mexico Summit
Meeting to further exchange between the two countries from 2009 to 2010.
- During the 400th Anniversary of Exchange between Japan and Mexico, both countries introduce their countries to each other in a wide range of areas such as culture, history, and the economy. The Executive Committees have already been formed in both countries and, under both governments and these Executive Committees, preparations are being made in both the public and private sectors. It is expected that along with the holding of the 400th Anniversary of Exchange between Japan and Mexico, mutual understanding between citizens of both countries will be deepened and friendly relations will be further developed based on the strategic partnership between these two countries.