The 4th Japan-Baltic Seminar
~The Baltic States and Japan through media~

December 2011

The year 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of New Diplomatic Relations between Japan and the Baltic States.
In 1990, the Baltic States proclaimed its independence. History shows that the media has played an important role in the movements for democracy, as seen in the case for the Baltic States, and also in the Arab Spring. Therefore, as the closing event for this memorial year, the 4th Japan-Baltic Seminar invites journalists from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. They will explain the situation of journalism in their countries and their views on the world.

We welcome your active participation in the Seminar.

The Seminar is open to the public and welcomes people of any and every backgrounds. For those who are interested, please register your participation via Fax (03-3507-9771) or E-mail ( under the title “Japan-Baltic Seminar application” with necessary information (Your Name, Titile/Position, Organization, Address, Telephone, Fax and E-mail. )


"The Baltic States and Japan through media"


(1) The role of media that changes the world: Independence of the Baltic States and Arab Spring: Democracy and media"
(2) The Baltic States and Japan

(Please refer to the attached document for more information on the themes.)

Date and Time:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, from 13:30 to 17:00


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
In coordination with The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ)


Yurakucho Denki North Building 20F
Yurakucho 1-7-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0006

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Mr. Raimo POOM, Political Editor, Eesti Paevalehet Newspaper
Mr.Indrek TREUFELDT, Journalist, Estonian Public Broadcasting

Mr. Sandijs SEMJONOVS, Journalist, TV3 (investigative TV program “Nothing Personal”)
Mr. Didzis MELKIS, International News Editor, Dienas bizness

Mr. Gintaras SARAFINAS, Chief Editor, Veidas


Mr. Tomohiko TANIGUCHI, Professor by Special Invitation, Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management


13:30-13:40 Opening Remarks (by MOFA and FCCJ(tbc))
13:40-14:25 Session 1:
The role of media that changes the world
(Presentations by 3 speakers of each Baltic country)
14:25-14:35 Comment by Japanese side
14:35-15:05 Free discussion:
Among all the speakers and Q&A from the floor
15:05-15:20 Coffee Break
15:20-16:05 Session 2:
The Baltic States and Japan
(Presentations by 3 speakers of each Baltic country)
16:05-16:15 Comment by Japanese side
16:15-17:00 Free discussion:
Among all the speakers and Q&A from the floor
17:00-18:00 Reception hosted by MOFA


English/Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

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