Further boost to Qatar-Japan ties Oct 22, 2019 0 1123 12345 QNATokyoThe Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani arrived in Tokyo on Monday to participate in the enthronement ceremony of HM Emperor Naruhito of Japan.Upon arrival at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), the Amir was received by Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Japan Seiichi Otsuka, Secretary-General of Japan-Qatar Parliamentary Friendship Association Tadahiko Ito, Ambassador of Qatar to Japan HE Hassan bin Mohammed Rafi al Emadi and members of the Qatari embassy. Amir’s participation in the enthronement of HM Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday will further affirm strong relations between Qatar and Japan.The Qatari-Japanese relations are characterised by their historical depth and development year after year, as well as being based on strong friendship, mutual cooperation, respect and trust between the two countries. Over the years, these relations have been characterised by close and fruitful cooperation, and economic exchanges have become the backbone of these relations for more than four decades.Diplomatic relations between the two countries was established in 1972 with the focus on the economic field. However, over the following years the areas of cooperation expended to include more sectors. Japan is an important trading partner of Qatar, as it is one of the largest energy importers, while Qatar is currently the fourth in the world as Japan’s largest supplier of energy resources, especially natural gas. In 2017, Qatari exports to Japan amounted to about QR42.12 billion, while imports amounted to about QR5.75 billion.Giant Japanese companies are contributing to Qatar’s vital infrastructure projects, particularly those related to Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and projects such as Hamad International Airport, Qatar Metro, power generation and water desalination facilities.On April 30, Japan entered a new era that has not been seen in 200 years, after Japanese Emperor Akihito ended his reign by abdicating his throne to his eldest son, Prince Naruhito, who is now the country’s 126th emperor.Japan has completed its preparations to celebrate this unprecedented historic occasion. The new emperor, dressed in a formal imperial attire, will take up a luxurious platform called the Takamikura, the name of the throne, where he will cast his oath of office. RELATED ARTICLES 10 food outlets penalised for violations: MME Oct 22, 2019 0 1337 Widam set to open huge slaughterhouse in 2020 Oct 22, 2019 0 1639 MoTC accredits Qatar’s first maritime training centre Oct 22, 2019 0 863 60,000 Qataris visit Germany every year, says envoy CATHERINE W GICHUKI Doha About 60,000 Qataris visit Germany every year, Germany’s Ambassador to Qatar HE Hans-Udo Muzel has said. “Every year, there are about 60,000 Qatari visitors to Germany. We know this from the .. Sheikha Moza witnesses QSTP’s 10th anniversary celebration HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, joined the ‘Catalyzing The Future’ celebration of Qatar Science & Technology Park’s 10th anniversary, to mark a decade of cutting edge applied research, .. Cityscape Qatar to open today The eighth edition of Cityscape Qatar is all set to be inaugurated under the patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani on Tuesday. The three-day Cityscape ..