Japan-Ireland Relations

September 1, 2016

1. The 60th anniversary year

(1) 2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland.
(2) On 2 March 1957, the Ambassador of Japan to the U.K. sent a note to the Ambassador of Ireland to the U.K. proposing to set up diplomatic missions at minister level, and on 5 March 1957 the Ambassador of Ireland to the U.K. sent a reply to the Ambassador of Japan to the U.K. accepting the proposal.
(3) A series of events are being planned to commemorate this milestone, as well as to deepen the existing cordial relationship between the two countries.

2. Official logo

Official logo

(1) The official logo commemorating the 60th anniversary was decided as shown above. The logo will be provided to various events related to commemoration of the 60th anniversary throughout 2017.
(2) The logo with the sun representing Japan and the harp representing Ireland equally combined demonstrates solidarity between the two countries. The combination of cherry blossoms and shamrocks on the pillar of the harp represents the Irish welcome to the Japanese culture. Also, the Irish harp leaning against the sun indicates support by Japan towards Ireland.
(3) Organizers of events recognized as “commemorative events of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland” will be entitled to use the title “Commemorative event of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland” and the logo in their publicity materials and others.


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