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BJFS NEWS

BJBFS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

On Tuesday, 15th May 2018, the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Japan Business and Friendship Society (BJBFS) held its annual general meeting at Al Arayedh Majlis located in Sugayah in order to approve the directors and financial reports and to elect a new board for the coming period 2018-2019.

Mr. Nasser Mohamed Jameel Al Arayedh started the meeting with a minute of silence for the soul of the deceased President of BJBFS, Mr. Mubarak Kanoo, may God bless his soul. AL Arayedh conveyed his thanks and appreciation to the previous board members for their great efforts towards the society.

The financial and the directors report was discussed, whereas the main points of discussion were The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) has been awarded the "Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2017" by Japan's Foreign Ministry for its efforts in developing and strengthening the economic and social relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan. This is the first certificate granted to a Bahraini-Japanese organization in the history of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The new board of directors for the next two years are: Nasser Mohamed Jameel Al Arayedh, Qais Hatem Zu'bi, Takashi Sasaki, Masanori Ozeki, Katsuyuki Kitagoshi, Jassim Isa Al Shirawi, Ibrahim Abdullah Talib, Yoshiyuki Koik and Anoop Kewalram.

The members then discussed some issues related to the society and its activities and stressed their keenness to support the new board of directors and their aspirations for further progress and prosperity. Finally, Mr. Nasser Al-Arayedh thanked all the members for their continued support and encourage the Board of Directors to continue to fulfil the objectives of the society for the benefit both countries.

THE RESULTS OF JAPANESE EXPLORATION IN THE ARCHEOLOGY OF BAHRAIN

On Wednesday, 7th February 2018, Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society held a cultural seminar titled "The Results of Japanese Exploration in the Archeology of Bahrain" at the Westin Bahrain City Center.

Dr. Takeshi Gotoh, Secretary of the Tokyo National Museum of Japan, reviewed the history of Dilmun civilization based on the findings from archaeological excavations and studies carried out by the Japanese archaeological excavation team in the Kingdom of Bahrain more than two years ago in Wadi Al-Sail and some other areas, And the Islamic era through the inscriptions, seals and artifacts. Dr. Gotoh noted that the existence of at least a thousand hills in Wadi Al-Sail was dated to the period between 2200 and 2050 BC to the early Dilmun period. The work is still in progress with the support of the Government of Japan and Bahrain Culture and Antiquities Authority until 2020.

Mr. Nasser Al-Arayedh, Chairman of the Society, expressed his deep gratitude to the State institutions, members and guests for their continuous support to the activities of the society as well as the Japanese archaeological excavation team for their efforts in discovering the history of our ancient homeland. The event was attended by members of the society and representatives from the Capital Governorate, Bahrain Culture and Antiquities Authority and the Japanese Embassy. The event also attracted a large number of guests from Bahrain, Japan and the United States to learn about the history of the Dilmun civilization.

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VAT CONFERENCE

Bahrain Japan Business and Friendship society organized a VAT conference on Thursday, 19th Oct 2017 at Diplomat Hotel, presented by Mr. Phillipe Norre, Tax Partner, KPMG. In the presence of HE Mr. Kiyoshi Asco, Ambassador of Japan, delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Capital Governorate, Board of Directors and members of the society and a number of guests from various Bahraini and Japanese companies based in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


Mr. Philippe Norre presented a presentation on VAT, which he spoke about the expected time of implementation of the system and the percentage of goods to be taxed, such as smoking products, alcohol, precious jewelry, hotels, luxury cars and others. He also showed the impact of the decision on the government, companies and the community in the near and long term.


On this occasion, Mr. Nasser Mohammed Jameel Al Arayed, Vice President of the society, thanked Mr. Phillipe Norre for his acceptance of the invitation and his participation in raising the awareness of Bahraini and Japanese companies regarding value added tax in the hope that this activity will contribute to the readiness of companies to deal with tax and their impact on the business community.
 

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JAPAN'S FOREIGN MINISTRY GRANTED BJBFS ITS FIRST APPRECIATION CERTIFICATE

The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) has been awarded the "Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2017" by Japan's Foreign Ministry. Japanese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Kiyoshi Asako has read out the letter of Mr. Fumio Kishida, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan in a special ceremony held at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel this October.

The Commendations certificate is awarded to individuals and groups for their outstanding achievements, and it is the first certificate granted to a Bahraini-Japanese organization in the Kingdom of Bahrain. BJBFS earned this honor in appreciation for its efforts in strengthening relations between the two friendly states in the fields of trade, culture, events organization which helps in gathering the people of both sides and in making friends between the nations. The society, represented by its board of directors, aims to organize events and activities in various fields to reinforce cooperation between the two friendly states and their people, with the support of the Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The society's Deputy President, Mr. Nasser Mohammed Jamil Al-Arayyedh, on behalf of the society's board and all members, extends sincerest congratulations to HM. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and to HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and to HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, marking this achievement by the Kingdom of Bahrain, wishing further progress and prosperity for our precious Kingdom.

It is worth mentioning that BJBFS was founded in 2008 by leading businessmen from Bahrain and Japan and presided by Mr. Mubarak Jassim Kanoo along with Mr. Nasser Al-Arayyedh as Deputy President and the Honorary President Shaikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. The Society has been organizing ongoing events in the interest of the Government of Bahrain, guided by its wise leadership in consolidating relations between countries and making the Kingdom of Bahrain the ideal country for investors and expatriates.
 

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BOARD MEETING - OCTOBER 4, 2017

Board Members of Bahrain Japan Business & Friendship society (BJBFS) held the periodic meeting on 4th October 2017 chaired by Mr. Nasser M. J. AlArayedh and attended by board members Mr. Qays Al Zu'bi the treasurer, Mr. Takashi Sasaki the Secretary General, Mr. Katsuyuki Kitagoshi, Mr. Yoshiyuki Koike, and Mr. Jassim AlShirawi, in order to discuss society’s programs and activities which seeks to build friendship between both countries’ members.

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BAHRAIN JAPAN BUSINESS AND FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY SEMINAR

Bahrain Japan Business & Friendship society held a Seminar and hosted Mr. Yasuyuki Kumon, Executive Advisor for the Middle East, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (DIFC Branch - Dubai) titled: Recent Business Environment of the Middle East in Japanese perspective.


Mr. Kumon has presented the changes in the Business environment compared to previous years and the current situation in the GCC and Middle East. He pointed out to the main factors influencing the business environment from Japanese perspective, whereas the main factor is the low prices of the oil which significantly affected the Middle East economy. He also mentioned some solutions and provided analysis and vision of the future economic situation.


Mr. Nasser MJ AlArayedh the deputy president of BJBFS welcomed the guests on behalf of Mr. Mubarak Kanoo the president, and spoke about the importance of addressing such topics and presenting them to businessmen and those who are interested in commercial and economic affairs in order to make sound future decisions that serve the business and economic environment in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the possibility of developing effective solutions and alternatives in the Business sector.


The event was held on 11 May 2017 at the Diplomat Radisson Blu, and was attended by the Japanese Ambassador HE Mr. Kiyoshi Asako and a delegation from the EDB and businessmen from Kingdom of Bahrain and the Gulf as well as BJBFS members & guests.
 

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BJBFS NETWORKING DINNER - SBI PHARMACEUTICALS PRESENTATION

The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society (BJBFS) organized a presentation by Dr. Riyadh Najeeb Rehani, Director, Executive Office, SBI Pharmaceuticals, Japan who gave an informative presentation on A Japanese Pharmaceutical product could be the Miracle drug. He gave an overview of the 5 ALA (Amino Levulonic Acid) discovered by Dr. Tanaka of Japan. A Brief presentation was also given by Prof. Ziad Al Naeb and Prod. Abdul Hadi of Arabian Gulf University on the experiments performed on the product.

The event was held at Imari Restaurant in The Domain Hotel last 23rd March 2017. Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Deputy President and on behalf of the Mr Mubarak Kanoo, President, welcomed the BJBFS members, government dignitaries and friends of the society. The event was also attended by H.E. Ms. Aysha Buaneq, Undersecretary, Ministry of Health, H.E. Mr. Karim al Shaker and H.E. Dr. Dhafer Al Umran.

A token of appreciation was presented by the BJBFS to Dr. Riyadh Najeeb Rehani.
 

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BJBFS HONOURED WINNER OF ''MOTHER'S DAY'' THEMED IKEBANA AT BIGS

The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) honoured the winner of Ikebana Flower arrangement special award on Mother’s Day at the Bahrain Garden Club’s (BGC) premises on March 11, 2017 at a special prize distribution ceremony held for winners of Bahrain International Garden Show 2017.

A presentation was held at the BGC clubhouse and prizes were given away. On behalf of BJBFS, Mr. Ebrahim Talib, Deputy Chief Executive of Bapco and Eng. Rehan Ahmed gave away the prize to the winner Ms. Sara Al Sharif. The BJBFS sponsors an annual prize at BIGS and the theme is built around a popular Japanese aspect of landscaping, gardening or flower arrangement. Present at the occasion were dignitaries, representatives of the Japanese Embassy, Board members of Bahrain Garden Club and winners.

Photo show Mr. Ebrahim Talib giving away the award to the Winner of BIGS 2017 in Special Ikebana Category

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JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL BY EMBASSY OF JAPAN & BACA

The Embassy of Japan and Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) organised the Japanese Film Festival 2016, which took place in the auditorium of the National Museum, Manama.

Famous Japanese films were screened on 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd March 2016 from 7pm. The films were voiced in Japanese and subtitled in English. On 2nd March, “The Apology King” was screened. Other movies screened included: “Dancing Karate Kid” on 9th March,“High Kick Angels” on 16th March and “Kanzaburo - the movie” on 23rd March 2016.

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BAHRAINI-JAPANESE TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION DISCUSSED

Information Minister Ali bin Mohammed Al Rumaihi received the Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Asako at a meeting on 22nd May 2016. Ways were discussed of boosting bilateral relations in the information field by exchanging technical experience in developing audio-visual and electronic broadcasting. Mr. Al Rumaihi praised historic ties binding our two nations on the basis of mutual respect, friendship and common interests, all of which promote national and international peace, harmony and security and foster the intercultural exchange of ideas and expertise.

The Minister also lauded the historic visit of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to Tokyo in April 2012. This visit emphasised the importance of bolstering cooperation in technical and other fields. His Excellency also hailed Japan’s contribution to setting up manydevelopmental, environmental and educational projects.

Ambassador Asako thanked the Minister for his efforts to consolidate relations of friendship and cooperation between our countries,especially in the fields of information and technology.

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JGC TALK HIGHLIGHTS FRIENDSHIP WITH BAHRAIN

The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society (BJBFS) organised an event with Mr. Daisuke Umayabashi, General Manager of JGC Corporation Saudi Arabia/ Bahrain and Sales & Managing Director of JGC Arabia. Mr. Umayabashi spoke on “JGC’s Friendship to the Kingdom of Bahrain” .

The event was hosted by BJBFS President, Mr Mubarak Kanoo at Kanoo Guest House on 2nd May 2016. Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Deputy President welcomed the Honorary Guest, Government Dignitaries, BJBFS members and friends of the Society. Present were H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Asako – Japanese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, H.E. Dr. Dhafer Al Umran and H.E. Mr. Karim Al Shaker from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A token of appreciation was presented by the society to Mr. Daisuke Umayabashi.

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EMBASSY OF JAPAN & SHAIKH EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED AL KHALIFA CENTER FOR CULTURE AND RESEARCH ORGANISED VIOLIN CONCERT, "SPRING CONCERT - SAKURA"

The Embassy of Japan and the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centerfor Culture and Research organised the Spring Concert “SAKURA” (Cherry Blossom) which was held in the Auditorium at the Center in Muharraq on 29th February 2016 at 8pm. The concert was one of the events offered in the Spring of Culture 2016 Festival organised under the patronage of Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA).
H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Asako, Ambassador of Japan, gave the Opening Address. The audience was welcomed and the two extremely talented Japanese performers, Ms. Mika Nishimura, violinist, and Ms. Mina Iwahashi, pianist, were introduced on stage. Sakura, the cherry blossom, is the symbolic flower of the spring season in Japan. Spring is the season of new beginnings, gentle and sweet. The musical programme included famous Japanese melodies as gentle as the cheery blossom, as well as traditional tunes of Bahrain for an audience that packed the auditorium. The audience was mesmerised by the soft, gentle moving music performed on the classical violin.

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About the artists:
Ms. Mika Nishimura
was born in Fukuoka, Japan. Started learning to play violin from age 4. She
graduated Keio University in Faculty of Policy Management while studying violin. Prior to education
abroad, she debuted as the soloist with a concert in Tokyo. Starting from 2006, she has been travelling extensively, thanks to her musical talent. She travelled to Madrid, Spain to study in “Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia” in the violin class of Maestro Zakhar Bron. After getting Full Scholarship from the Albeniz Foundation, she studied in a music school under supervision of Prof. Irina Svetlova, Mika participated in many concerts in the framework of the Conservatory, where she studied including a concert tour in Swaziland and Brazil.
Mika Nishimura received the 1st prize in 22nd Young Musician International Competition “ Young Soloist Prize,“Citta di Barletta”.She performed in the “Gifu Liszt Ferenc” International Music Festival which took place in Gifu Saramanka Hall, she performed as a soloist with the “Housei OB” Symphony Orchestra , Chamber Music Society of Colombo in Sri Lanka. She has performed in Madrid and Tokyo and also with the New Budapest Quartet which took place in Tokyo. She was in a promotion video in the Baby TV classic programme. She has participated in master classes with Liana Isakadze , Prof. Viktor Pikayzen, Prof. Zakhar Bron, Prof. Ana Chumachenco, Nikolaj Znaider. She is currently on the visiting faculty of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Mumbai, India.

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Ms. Mina Iwahashi has lived in Russia for four years, where she studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She studied piano solo under Dr. Tatiana Zagarovskaya, chamber music with Ms. Inga Dzektser and accompaniment with Professors Tatiana Voskresenskaya and Sergei Yryvayev. It was there that her music career was greatly influenced by collaborating with several Russian professors, conductors, singers and violin and cello classes.

After completing a post-graduate certificate at the Conservatory, Mina Iwahashi had the opportunity to perform a number of chamber duo concerts in Russia with a member of the Leningrad Philharmonic. She also taught to students chamber music in the 18th music school in St, Peterusburg. She passed and completion of spring course at L’Academie de Musique Française in Kyoto, Japan in the class of very famous pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. She participated in summer training sessions in the class of Professor Emeritus of “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris Dominique Geoffroy. Her mainly repertory are Russian and French music. For the past three years, Mina Iwahashi taught at the Hong Kong Japanese Primary School. She studied Philosophy of Music at Keio University in Tokyo.

She also taught music and played the piano in Tokyo for 5 years. Although Ms. Iwahashi specializes in piano, she can accompany with all instruments. She feels that her strength lies in her ability to instruct music technique and performing as an accompanist, too. In Japan, she has taught a lot of students from 3 years old to college ages and adults. Her many students have passed the music school and win in the competition. She was also taught piano and lecture for college students.

She earned a diploma from the International Piano duo competition in Tokyo in 2003. She also have a diploma of International Music from the Chamber music competition from Bulgaria in 2000. In 2014 She came to Kingdom of Bahrain as music and piano teacher and has performed concerts. She organized many school concerts in Russia, Japan, Hong Kong and Bahrain. She plays and organize many concerts in Bahrain, too. One of her piano solo concert in the Japanese Ambassador’s residence, she performed in front of the many foreign ambassadors, Bahrain’s ministers and celebrities, and was richly praised. She was awarded a certificate for her piano solo concert under the auspices of the Bahrain-Japan Business Friendship Society.She was also listed in the newspapers in Bahrain and Japan.

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MINI VIOLIN CONCERT AT H.E. MR. KIYOSHI ASAKO'S RESIDENCE

A mini violin concert was organised at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Mr Kiyoshi Asako, on 3rd March 2016. The concert was performed by the accomplished violinist Ms. Mika Nishimura and Ms Mina Iwahashi, the talented pianist who has conducted numerous solo performances both here in Bahrain and overseas. Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society (BJBFS) Board members, members of the Bahraini community and staff of the Japanese Embassy attended the event. Ms Iwahashi performed famous musical pieces, which were greatly applauded by the enthusiastic audience.

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PRESENTATION BY H.E. MR. KIYOSHI ASAKO

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The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society (BJBFS) organised an event where H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Asako, Ambassador of Japan, was the Guest Speaker. His Excellency spoke on “Preserving, Expanding and Deepening our Friendly Relations between Japan and Bahrain.” The event was hosted by BJBFS President, Mr. Mubarak Kanoo at the Kanoo Guest House on 8th March 2016. Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Deputy President of the Society, welcomed the BJBFS members, government dignitaries and friends of the Society. He introduced the Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Asako.
The Ambassador gave an overview of the history of bilateral economic relationship, based on mutual friendship, between the two brotherly countries. His Excellency also talked about Japan’s dependence on energy from the Middle East, and in particular the long history of relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan. Japan is the fourth largest partner in terms of imports after China, USA and UAE. Japan imports petrochemical and aluminium products, as well as seafood from Bahrain. His Excellency also stated that from 31st January to 9th February 2016, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Tamkeen organised a ‘KAIZEN’ (‘Improvement’) seminar for inclusion in the development of Bahraini Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The Government of Japan and the Ministry of Health in Bahrain have also started to discuss medical cooperation between the two countries by dispatching Japanese Medical Experts to Bahrain and also a collaborative initiative in which Governmental Officials from Bahrain will participate in a Medical Device Seminar in Japan. His Excellency highlighted the recent visits between the two countries, which were of major importance. These included the royal visit to Japan by H.M. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in 2012 and H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in 2013. There was a reciprocal visit to Bahrain by H.E. Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, in 2013.
His Excellency mentioned that the recent economic situation has not affected the keenness of Japanese companies to invest and operate in the Gulf countries,including Bahrain, which is a hub for many Japanese companies in this region. In conclusion, His Excellency gave valuable suggestions in furthering the bilateral relations between the two countries.
The event was also attended by H.E. Dr. Dhafer Al Umran and H.E. Mr. Karim Al Shaker, both from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A token of appreciation was presented by the BJBFS Board Members to H.E Mr. Kiyoshi Asako. The event was followed by dinner.

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BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL GARDEN SHOW (BIGS) - 2016

Under the patronage of His Majesty, King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain and the support of Her Royal Highness, Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of the King of Bahrain and President of the Consultative Council of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development, the Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) was held from 25th - 28th February, 2016 at the Bahrain International
Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Since its establishment in 2004, the Bahrain International Garden Show has become a platform for experts and enthusiasts to showcase their expertise and further their knowledge with the latest best practices in the industry. It is also an occasion for potential investors to seek profitable agricultural investment opportunities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In addition, it raises general agricultural and horticultural awareness in the wider local community.
BJBFS participated in BIGS by supporting the activities of Bahrain Garden Club (BGC) and presented trophies to the selected winners.

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BJBFS promotes  beauty of Ikebana

For some years now, the BJBFS has actively promoted the appreciation of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement through competition at the BIGS. In Japan, flower arrangements are used as decorations on a level with paintings and other art objects. This highly stylised art form promotes the belief that nature and humanity are brought together in the floral arrangement. Ikebana is creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. Its heart is the beauty resulting from colour combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the meaning latent in the total form of the arrangement. Ikebana is an art, in the same sense that painting and sculpture are arts. It has a recorded history; it is backed up by articulate theories; and it is concerned with creativity. To learn Ikebana or know more, contact the Bahrain Garden Club.

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Presentation of Trophy to Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) - 2016 Winners

Mr. Ebrahim Talib, Deputy Chief Executive of Bapco, represented BJBFS in awarding of the trophies to the winners of the Bahrain International Garden Show 2016 competition. The ceremony was held at the Bahrain Garden Club premises on 19th March 2016. Present at the occasion were H.E. Mr. Simon Martin, British Ambassador, representatives of the Japanese Embassy and Board members of Bahrain
Garden Club.
The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society Award for Ikebana Floral Arrangement in the Special Occasion Category for “Mother’s Day” was also awarded on this occasion.

OAPEC DELEGATES VISIT GPIC

Delegates of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) visited Bahrain to take part in a conference on development in the refining and petrochemical industry. While in Bahrain, the delegates visited the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) and were received by General Manager of Manufacturing, Mr. Fadhel Al Ansari, along with members of the Executive Management.

Mr. Al Ansari conveyed to the visitors the greetings of GPIC President, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery. He said that the visit would allow them to get acquainted with the nature of the company's work and view its state-of-the-art facilities. The visitors were briefed on the company's business and strategy as well as operation and production processes and exports. They were also told about GPIC's most important achievements and awards, the high quality of its products, and how it implements the latest and best global standards in the areas of safety, quality and environmental preservation. The guests were briefed on the carbon dioxide recovery plant at GPIC, the first of its kind in the Middle East, which is contributing significantly to the reduction of harmful emissions. They were told about the training programmes and activities of the Academy of Leadership and Learning and the e-Learning Centre. They also heard about the GPIC's provision of practical training for students of universities and institutions as well as the graduate academic programmes. The visiting delegation praised the modern mode of education and advanced training and said that such programmes offered within GPIC confirm the importance they place on staff training and their desire to provide them with the latest technology and knowledge.

The visiting delegation went on a tour of the complex and saw several environmental projects, including the Princess Sabeeka Aromatic Plants Garden, the Herbs and Medicinal Plants Garden, the Charity Fish Farm and the Bird Sanctuary. The delegation thanked GPIC President, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, and members of the Executive Management for the reception and hospitality. They said that they had witnessed amazing development ofthe industry in Bahrain in general and the Gulf in particular. They said the unique environmental projects set up within  the industrial complex underline the commitment and orientation towards a clean industry. They also praised the world class health and safety standards established by the company in their production process which have earned the company an enviable reputation not just in the Arab world but globally. The conference was held in Bahrain from 17-19 April and was attended by representatives of several industrial companies from GCC countries.

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BAHRAINI-JAPANESE RELATIONS DISCUSSED

Honorary President of the Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society, Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Khalifa Al Khalifa received the Deputy Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain, Daisuke Yamamoto with members of the Society.

He praised the outstanding relations between Bahrain and Japan and discussed ways of bolstering these relationships, mainly in the economic field. He also extended condolences to the Japanese leadership and the families of the victims of the earthquake whick struck Kyushu Island, southwest Japan, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

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AROUND THE WORLD IN A CUPPA TEA!

The Bahrain Garden Club recently hosted an event about Tea-Drinking Customs from Around the World. It was an exploration of the many legends, the brewing and serving traditions associated with tea. Everybody has heard of the delicacy and the meditative purity of the Japanese Tea Ceremony of course. In Japan, tea is an important part of the food culture.

According to Japanese legend, the Indian Prince Dharma left his homeland for China, to preach Buddhism. He vowed not to sleep during his nine year mission. Towards the end of his mission, however, the exhausted Bodi Dharma fell asleep. Upon awakening, he was so disgusted with himself, he tore off his eyelids, to ensure that they would never inadvertently close again. The place where he threw them on the ground produced enchanted (tea) shrubs with leaves having the power to keep eyelids open.

Even though, the diversity of tea in Japan is quite big, when someone mention the word “Tea” without specifying the type, the reference is to Green Tea. The ceremony of tea is known here as “Matcha,” which consists of serving green tea to a small group of people in one of those popular teahouses.

For those who want to live the real tea experience take a flight to Tokyo and embrace the chance to visit one of the popular tearooms.

At the “Tea Around The World” get-together, guests were treated to a culturally rich display of tea-making and tea trends in countries as diverse as Morocco, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, China, Russia and even a proper British cuppa! There was a demonstration of the Japanese Tea which was showcased by Mr. Amer Zeitoun, Managing Partner of MAKI and Friend of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS). MAKI participated in presentation and sampling of their special high quality Gyokuro green and home-green tea cookies.

BJBFS was more than happy to contribute by way of displaying its banners to promote the Japanese Cuisine section.

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RECEPTION HOSTED BY H.E. KIYOSHI ASAKO - AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN IN HONOUR OF THE BAHRAIN-JAPAN BUSINESS & FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY (BJBFS)

On Sunday, May 17th, 2015, H.E. Kiyoshi Asako – Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain, hosted a Dinner Reception at his residence, in honour of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS).

The Event Schedule included H.E. Ambassador greeting and delivering a warm welcome speech to welcome BJBFS Members followed by a Buffet-Style Dinner.

H.E. Karim Al Shakar – Former Undersecretary for International Relations at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain attended.

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer Al-Umran - Assistant Undersecretary for GCC and Western Countries Affairs at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain also attended and shared some warm words about the Society and its achievements.

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BJBFS MEETS WITH H.E. TAKASHI UTO AND H.E. HIROTAKA ISHIKAWA AND DISCUSSES STRENGTHENING OF BAHRAIN-JAPAN RELATIONS

BJBFS meets with H.E. Takashi Uto and H.E. Hirotaka Ishikawa and discusses strengthening of Bahrain-Japan relations

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Mr. Mubarak Kanoo – President of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) and BOARD Members met with H.E. Takahashi Uto - Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of the House of Councilors and with H.E. Hirotaka Ishikawa - Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry of Defence and Member, House of Councilors, on the side-lines of their visit to The Kingdom of Bahrain.

The meeting took place at The Gulf Hotel and discussions were about ways to strengthen Bahrain-Japan relations.

Attendees included BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Mr. AbdulKarim J. Al-Sayed, Mr. Jassim Al Shirawi, H.E. Kiyoshi Asako - Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Daisuke Yamamoto - Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Miyakawa from Embassy of Japan and Mr. Yoshinori Takeda - Principal Deputy Director Second Middle East Divison Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Ms. Nancy Khedouri - Head of BJBFS Administration and Member of The Foreign Affairs, Defence & National Security Committee at The Shura (Consultative) Council.

THE WELCOME DINNER RECEPTION HOSTED IN HONOUR OF INCOMING AMBASSADOR - H.E. KIYOSHI ASAKO & MRS SAYAKA ASAKO

Mr. Mubarak Kanoo - President of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) - hosted a Dinner Reception at Kanoo Guest House, Mahooz area, in honour of H.E. Kiyoshi Asako - the Incoming Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain and his Wife, Mrs Sayaka Asako.

Attendees included Ministry of Foreign Affairs Officials - H.E. Ambassador Karim AlShakar - UnderSecretary for International Affairs and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer Al Umran - Assistant Undersecretary for GCC and Western Countries Affairs, Kanoo Family Members, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, BJBFS BOARD members, Heads of Committees, Members and Friends of the Society, Embassy of Japan Officials and Representatives from the Japan Self-Defense Force.

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REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ENVIRONMENT VISIT JAPAN

  

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Representatives from The Supreme Council for Environment visited Japan to participate in The International Conference For Disaster Risk Reduction which took place between the dates of March 14th until 18th, 2015.

Mr. Merza Salman Khalaf, Director, Environmental Assesment & Control Directorate at The Supreme Council For Environment was one of the participants and shared the interesting information re. Sendai Declaration.

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Sendai Declaration

  1. We, the Heard of State and Government, Minister and Delegates participating in the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, have gathered from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City of Miyagi Prefecture in Japan, which has demonstrated a vibrant recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Recognizing the increasing impact of disasters and their complexity in many parts of the world, we declare our determination to enhance our efforts to strengthen disaster risk reduction to reduce disaster losses of lives and assets worldwide.
  2.  We value the important role played by the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters during the past ten years. Having completed the assessment and review of and considered the experience gained under its implementation, hereby adopt the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. We are strongly committed to the implementation of the new framework as the guide to enhance our efforts for the future.
  3. We call all stakeholders to action, aware that the realization of the new framework depends on our unceasing and tireless collective efforts to make the world safer from the risk of disasters in the decades to come for the benefit of the present and future generations.
  4. We thank the people and the Government of Japan as well as the City of Sendai for hosting the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and extend our appreciation to Japan for its commitment to advancing disaster risk reduction in the global development agenda.

THE BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL GARDEN SHOW (BIGS) 2015

H.R.H. Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty and President of The Supreme Council for Women (S.C.W.) inaugurated the Eleventh event of The Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS).

Royal Family Members, High-Ranking Government Officials, Leading Businessmen and Ambassadors attended the inaugural ceremony lending the necessary glitter and glint.

the Theme for this year\'s Garden Show was "Agricultural Training for Sustainable Harvest", organized by The National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD), in collaboration with Tamkeen and United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO).

More than one hundred and forty five organizations participated.

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FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM BOARD MEMBER MR. TAKUYA FURUYA

Dear Mr. Kanoo and all the BJBFS Members,

Having spent over Ten years in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Gulf region, I've been assigned to head Nomura Korea this time. I'd like to convey my sincere gratitude and appreciation for all your support and hard work, particularly to Mr. Mubarak Kanoo, Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, and Ms. Nancy Khedouri for their respective roles within the Society. The achievements and success of the Society is highly respected and admired. I'm very proud of being a Member of the Founding Committee and the experiences that I've shared with you.

I still clearly remember the day when H.E. Ambassador Takeshi Kondo phoned me and invited Nomura to establish the Society. HIs aspiration and foresight has proved to be right with the Society's exellent track record. I had little idea how the Society would evolve into what we ee now, which I must admit was due to my lack of  vision in those days. I'd also like to mention the generous support by the succeeding Ambassadors, H.E. Shigeki Sumi, and H.E. Kiyoshi Asako, to develop the Society. I was highly encouraged by them during my tenure with the Society.

Being a BOARD Member in charge of The Educational Committee, I have so many fond memories of the activities with the BJBFS. Some of them include the BJBF's official visit to Japan and Nomura's association with Japanese Language Education in Bahrain with two donations of Japanese books to The National Library at The Isa Cultural Centre, the first donation in 2011 coincided with the 40th Anniversary of Bilateral and Diplomatic Relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan. Dr. Saburo Matsui's Special Seminar under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro, then the Minister of Industry and Commerce, (currently Advisor to His Majesty for Economic Affairs) and the Gold Japanese Lacquer 'Makie' Exhibition at The Bahrain National Museum. One of the main highlights was my appearance as Guest Speaker last year at the Seminar co-organized by the BJBFS and The Bahrain Economic Society.

Without the BJBF's extensive support and cooperation, I believe that none of these events would have been so successful. My experience to the wonderful support that I received was a collective effort by the Members, which will remain in my memory along with the activities themselves.

Mr. Masanori Ozeki, President ,Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. (c) is my successor and I'd really appreciate your support towards him. With the BOARD's approval he's pleased to succeed as a Board member and continue to run The Educational Committee.

Taking this opportunity, I'd like to wish The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society and all the Members continued success with their endeavours.

Sincerely,

Takuya Furuya

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BJBFS President - Mr. Mubarak Kanoo presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Takuya Furuya

FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM BOARD MEMBER MR. YUSUKE SEKIGUCHI

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be associated with the Society for seven years. It was an enriching experience that I will never forget. My journey in the Association was not done alone, I was accompanied by a team of dynamic individuals, to whom I would like to convey my gratitude.

I wish the very best for The Bahrain-Japan business and friendship Society (BJBFS), in fulfilling its Noble dream of strengthening friendly relations and understanding between the People of Bahrain and Japan.

My sincere appreciation for all members for their aggressive activities to BJBFS and warm-hearted hospitality extended to me. It will remain in my memory forever.

I will spend my retired life in Japan with my lovely grandsons/daughter and will enjoy the country life including gardening.

I wish all the very best for further BJBFS success and wish good health and a prosperous future for all the Members.

Thank you and Good bye,

Yusuke Sekiguchi

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BJBFS President - Mr. Mubarak Kanoo presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Yusuke Sekiguchi

THE BAHRAIN-JAPAN FRIENDSHIP GARDEN INAUGURATED BY H.R.H PRINCESS SABEEKA

    

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H.R.H. Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty and President of The Supreme Council for Women (S.C.W.), inaugurated The Bahrain-Japan Friendship Garden at Al Areen Park, Kingdom of Bahrain on February 18th, 2015.

The idea of this project originated out of the historic visit of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to Japan during April 2012. Almost immediately, Japanese and Local Companies were assigned to start this ambitious project and capture the beauty and elegance that had been enjoyed by His Majesty when he was toured around the exquisite Japanese Gardens.

The location of the 4,000 sq. mtr. Al- Areen Japanese Garden, was selected in such a way that it benefited Bahraini Citizens and exposed them to the magnificent splendor of the Japanese Culture and History.

Japanese Gardens are fascinating for many reasons. With their alluring combination of art, architecture, science, engineering, history, philosophy and horticulture, they capture the very essence of flawlessness. The Japanese Garden tradition goes back to the period when advanced methods of rice production were first introduced to Japan, around the Third Century.

Entering a Japanese Garden allows one to return to an environment in which people find peace and harmony, away from the rapid pace of modern life. All elements are so precisely balanced that they create a feeling of serenity.

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Points of Interest while touring around the Japanese Garden

The Landscape of the large Japanese Garden includes a Pond which allows visitors to view the Garden while strolling around the Pond, walking on a garden path.

The design includes a bamboo fence that divides th garden into separate areas and there is a Japanese Entrance Gate Niwamon originally used as a refined entrance for Tea Gardens. There also is a Yukimi Stone-Lantern, which is believed to be at its greatest beauty when it captures snow. The Japanese Garden path design Nobedan is a typical design used in Tea Gardens. The Waiting Room Machiai is frequently used in Japanese Tea Gardens where the invited guests can sit and wait until the Tea Master has prepared the Tea Ceremony. Guests may wash their hands in the Hand Wash Basin Set Tsukubai, before attending the Tea Ceremony. A wooden deck is used in a Japanes Garden for drinking tea in open air, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the garden.

The design also includes Turtle Island and Crane Island as Turtles and Cranes are symbols of longevity in Japanes tradition. Curved red bridges known as Taikobashi are used to connect islands and it is of a beautiful shape and colour. Multi-stroried Stone Towers Tasoto Jusansonoto are used for ornamental reasons only and placed at hilly sections in a Japansese garden. The Japanese Gate Toril in Japanese Gardens outside Japan is used as a symbol of Japan. Suhama is a shore design which refers to the natural shaped shore created by a water current.

The landscape also includes a model representing the respective Maps of The Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan.

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THE JAPANESE POP CULTURE FESTIVAL 2014

The Embassy of Japan in The Kingdom of Bahrain introduced the Japanese Lifestyle and Culture and warmly extended an invitation to BJBFS Members & Friends of the Society to attend this event at The Auditorium of The National Museum, Manama area, where Japanese films were screened on November 26th and December 11th, 2014 from 20:00 hrs. The Films were voiced in Japanese and subtitled in English.

A Workshop by Japanese & Bahraini CG Artists was be held on December 3rd, 2014 from 20:00 hrs. Working Language was Arabic with Consecutive Interpretation into Japanese.

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BJBFS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) (NON-ELECTION YEAR)

BJBFS Members were invited to attend The Annual General Meeting (AGM) (Non-Election Year) of which took place on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 20:30 hrs. Kanoo Guest House, Mahooz area.

The Agenda included approval of Minutes of 2013 AGM, President's Report, Auditor's Report, approval of Audited Accounts for Year Ending December 31st, 2013 and appointment of PKF Auditors for Year 2015.

On behalf of Mr. Mubarak Kanoo - President of the Society, the Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh briefed Members re. the progress of the Society. The Chairman's Report and Auditor's Report were read and activities of the Society were discussed as well as many other matters.

Attendees included H.E. Ambassador Karim AlShakar - UnderSecretary for International Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Representative from Ministry of Social Development, BJBFS BOARD Members and other Members of the Society.

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THE ARAB-ASIA BUSINESS PARNERSHIP SUMMIT 2014

   

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The Arab-Asia Business Summit took place on December 10th, 2014 at The Exhibition Centre, Seef district.

The Organizers updated BJBFS that there was about ten companies participating from Japan and that Nikkei Asian Review, a leading business weekly of Asia published by Japanese media conglomerate Nikkei Inc. had agreed to host a session on Japan and that Mr. Takehiko Koyanagi, Publisher of Nikkei Asian Review would be the star attraction of Japanese delegation.

The Organizers requested the support of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society to invite its Members to participate in the networking session.

Shura Council Member and Head of BJBFS Administration - Ms. Nancy Khedouri was invited to participate as a Panelist and share discussions about Bahrain-Japan relations and the role of BJBFS.

Mr. Roy Mathew, Executive Director, Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit and his team are thanked for organizing such an important Conference & Exhibition.

HIGHLIGHTS OF BJBFS BOARD MEETINGS

  

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THE 81ST BIRTHDAY RECEPTION OF EMPEROR AKIHITO OF JAPAN

Ambassador of Japan - H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Asako & Mrs. Sayaka Asako had the pleasure to welcome BJBFS Members and Friends of the Society along with Diplomats and VIPs, to the Reception marking the 81st Birthday of Emperor Akihito of Japan.

This Reception was hosted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 19:00 hrs. at Al Ghazal Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Guest of Honour H.H. Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa along with Ministry of Foreign Affairs representatives and other Ministers, Ambassadors to the Kingdom of Bahrain gathered to cut the cake in celebration.

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FAREWELL RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF H.E. SHIGEKI SUMI & MRS TOMOKO SUMI HOSTED BY THE BAHRAIN-JAPAN BUSINESS & FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY (BJBFS)

BJBFS President - Mr. Mubarak Kanoo hosted a Farewell Dinner Reception at Kanoo Guest House - Mahooz area , on September 15th, 2014 in honour of Out-going Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain - H.E. Shigeki Sumi and  Mrs Tomoko sumi. Attendees included BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser AlArayedh, BOARD Members, Heads of Committees, Members of the Society, Representatives from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The United Nations.

Speeches were delivered by Mr. Mubarak Kanoo, Mr. Nasser AlArayedh, H.E. Ambassador Karim Al Shakar - Undersecretary for International Relations at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer Al Umran - Ambassador, Bilateral Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by a Farewell speech to the Society by H.E. Shigeki Sumi.

A Token of Appreciation was presented from BJBFS to the Out-Going Ambassador towards his support to the Society and his efforts in strengthening diplomatic relations between The Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan.

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PIANO RECITAL HOSTED AT RESIDENCE OF H.E. SHIGEKI SUMI & MRS TOMOKO SUMI

On September 3rd, 2014 H.E. Shigeki Sumi & Mrs Tomoko hosted a Piano Recital at their residence in Saar area. Talented Pianist Ms. Mina Iwahashi performed.

Ms. Mina Iwahashi studied piano from the age of five. She lived in Russia for four years, where she studied at The St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She studied piano under Dr. Tatiana Zagarovskaya, Chamber Music with Ms. Inga Dzektser and accompaniment with  Professors Tatiana Voskresenskaya and Sergei Yryvayev. It was there her music career was greatly influenced by collaborating with several Russian professors, conductors, singers, violin and cello classes.

After completing a Post-Graduate Certificate at the Conservatory, Ms. Iwanashi had the opportunity to perform a number of Chamber duo concerts in Russia with a member of The Leningrad Philharmonic. She also taught to students Chamber Music in the 18th Music School in St. Petersburg.

For the past three years, Ms. Iwanashi taight at The Hong Kong Japanese Primary School. She studied Philosophy of Music at Keio University in Tokyo. She also taught music and played the piano in Tokyo for five years.

Although Ms. Iwanashi specializes in piano, she can accompany with all instruments. She feels that her strength lies in her ability to instruct music technique and performing as an accompanist, too. She earned a Diploma of International Music from The Chamber Music Competition from Bulgaria in 2000. She also has a Diploma from The International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo in 2003.

Ms. Mina Iwanashi is currently a Music teacher at The Japanese School of Bahrain.

(From Right - H.E. shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan to The Kindom of Bahrain, Mr. Mubarak Kanoo - BJBFS President and Ms. Nancy Khedouri - Head of BJBFS Administration)

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(From Left - H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry & Commerce of The Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Mubarak Kanoo - BJBFS President, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer Al Umran - Ambassador, Bilateral Relations at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Bahrain, H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain)

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H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain welcomes his Guests

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Talented Pianist Ms. Mina Iwahashi performing. The Traditional Thobe Al-Nashil worn by her was a gift from H.R.H. Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa - Wife of His Majesty King Hamad & President of The Supreme Council for Women (S.C.W.)

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JAPAN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (JISA) DELEGATION

The Economic Development Board of Bahrain (EDB) recently signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) at the EDB Headquarters in Seef district.

The signing was part of activities of the visiting Japanese Business Delegation in the Kingdom. The Memorandum aims to strengthen cooperation between both sides to enhance bilateral relations and exchange of technical information in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in the two countries. It will also provide the necessary framework for the development and follow-up on projects and joint activities between both sides.

The signing of the Memorandum comes after H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa - Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, First Deputy Premier and EDB chairman and the accompanying Business Delegation visit to Japan in March last year.

The visit resulted in signing a series of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) that aimed to promote economic cooperation and encourage joint investments between the two countries. Many MoUs and Agreements were signed between Ministries, Institutions and Private Sector Companies during that visit, to enhance cooperation in the Education and Training, Oil and Gas, Financial Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics and others Sectors.

H.E. Kamal Ahmed - Minister of Transportation of The Kingdom of Bahrain and EDB Acting Chief Executive expressed that, "We consider this as another step towards enhancing the economic ties and bilateral relations between the two countries. Japan is one of our most important trading and investment partners globally. We realize how important Bahrain is to Japanese businesses across various sectors, as it is the ideal destination located in the heart of the $1.6 trillion GCC market. The Kingdom is a gateway to doing business in the GCC for Japanese and international companies. It has one of the most efficient and skilled local workforce in the region that are able to speak both Arabic and English, in addition to the low cost of doing business it offers to all investors."

JISA Vice-Chairman H.E. Toshio Shimada expressed. "This is an exciting opportunity, and we are looking forward to working closely witht he EDB on future collaborative projects, which will promote business between Japan and Bahrain. The ICT Sector is one that is constantly growing globally, and the GCC market, which is expected to grow even further to reach $2trn by 2020, is an attractive area whereby investors can take advantage of the ICT Sector, and the growing demands of the population. Bahrain in particular, offers interested investors many advantages, and with the support of the EDB, companies will be able to set up in an open and competitive market."

The Japanese Delegation also organized a seminar on the ICT Sector in Japan at The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) premises. The seminar, which was attended by representatives from the Bahraini and Japanese Business Leaders, was held to give an overview on the ICT Sector, as well as to encourage Japanese companies to invest in The Kingdom of Bahrain. It also gave an insight on the most prominent technological solutions, products and services for Japanese companies in this Sector. The Japanese Delegation also visited Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO), The e-Government Authority and Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), as part of their business tour in The Kingdom of Bahrain.

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DR. FARKHANDA SHAMIM'S VISIT TO JAPAN

Dr. Farkhanda Shamim, a friend of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS), graduated from The Doctorate Program of The Graduate School of International Development (GSID) at Nagoya (NU) in 2007 and starting her academic career from The University of Toronto and The Ryerson University at Toronto in Canada. Later, she moved to Bahrain where she is serving TheCollege of Business at The University of Bahrain in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Economics and Islamic Finance and Head of The Department Accreditation Committee to coordinate departmental activities in acquiring accreditation from AACSB by 2016.

Dr. Shamim has authored several research articles published in quality journals. At present, she is writing "Islamic Finance: A New Paradigm in Development Finance" in the book entitled, "Globalization and Development" edited by Professor Otsubo Shigeru of GSID and published by Routledge.

Recently, she visited Japan to participate in a seminar titled "Understanding Islamic Microfinance (IMF): Concept, Motive & Impact" which was scheduled on July 17th, 2014 at GSID, NU. In the seminar, the basic concept of Islamic Finance, its history, current developments, and its applications in the Microfinance Sector were introduced to the audience. The differences between Islamic Finance and Conventional Finance were also explored. Then, key Islamic Financial products/models that have been used for Microfinance were explained. In this context, Dr. Shamim presented the case study of The Family Bank of Bahrain as an Islamic Microfinance model.

The Seminar was facilitated by Professor Shinkai Naoko in which the graduate students and professors of GSID participated. After the seminar, they invited Dr. Shamim for a dinner where they continued their discussion about Islamic Finance industry in Bahrain.

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BJBFS BIDS FAREWELL TO MR. HIROYUKI MITSUI - COMMERCIAL ATTACHE AT THE EMBASSY OF JAPAN

BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh welcomed at his Majlis in Segaiya area, Mr. Hiroyuki Mitsui - Commercial Attache at The Embassy of Japan to bid him farewell and to thank him for his efforts to help strengthen bilateral relations between The Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan, during the time he served at The Embassy of Japan in The Kingdom of Bahrain. BJBFS looks forward to his successor continuing in the same steps.

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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2014

World Environment Day is an annual event celebrated by BJBFS which highlights our individual and social responsibilities in making this world a safer place for our future generations.

BJBFS celebrated World Environment Day 2014 at The New Millenium School. This years\' theme was about "Small Islands & Climatic Change." The event was under the gracious Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Hisham bin AbdulRahman Al Khalifa - Governor of The Capital Governorate.

The Programme included a presentation on World Environment Day by Miss Sana Ahmed, followed by the Welcome Address by BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh and a speech by Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli - Director & Regional Representative from United Nations Education Programme (UNEP) West Asia, Bahrain.

There was another presentation on World Environment Day, "The Day of Action", by Engg. Rehan Ahmed - Head, Waste Disposal Unit, Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain.

Chief Guest - H.E. Dr. Mohammed Mubarak bin Diana - Chief Executive Officer, Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain delivered the closing remarks.

Tokens of Appreciation were presented to the participants and then the event concluded with refreshments being served.

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SIXTH FOLLOW-UP MEETING WITH H.E. DR. HASSAN FAKHRO - MINISTER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE

H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry and Commerce chaired the Sixth follow-up meeting on June 11th, 2014 with the Delegates who were part of His Majesty's Delegation to Japan, during the Historic Visit of April 2012.

During the meeting, H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro commended the efforts undertaken by H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain, in bolstering bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries. H.E. also praised national companies, institutions, businessmen and investoors for the same.

In the absence of Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh - BJBFS Deputy President, Head of BJBFS Administration - Ms. Nancy Khedouri briefed H.E. as to the updates from the Society, further to the previous Follow-up meeting.

Other discussions and updates by the Delegates with H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro were about the recent developments and activities at the Government level and Private Sector level.

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FAREWELL RECEPTION HOSTED BY EMBASSY OF JAPAN IN HONOUR OF H.E. SHIGEKI SUMI & MRS TOMOKO SUMI

On September 24th, 2014, The Embassy of Japan in The Kingdom of Bahrain hosted a Reception at The Ritz Carlton Hotel to bid farewell to Out-going Ambassador H.E. Shigeki Sumi & Mrs Tomoko Sumi.

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FAREWELL LUNCHEON ON HONOR OF OUT-GOING AMBASSADOR HOSTED BY BJBFS HONORARY MEMBER - HIS HIGHNESS SHAIKH KHALIFA BIN ALI AL KHALIFA

On September 21st, 2014, BJBFS Honorary Member - His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa warmly hosted a Luncheon at Primavera Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel to bid farewell to Out-going Ambassador H.E. Shigeki Sumi & Mrs Tomoko Sumi.

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MEETING WITH H.E. SHAIKH KHALID BIN AHMED AL KHALIFA MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS - KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

BJBFS BOARD Members met with H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Bahrain on June 25th, 2014 at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs premises.

Discussions were about Bahrain-Japan relations and the progress of BJBFS to-date and its future plans.

BJBFS BOARD Members were delighted to know as to how impressed H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was with the progress of the Society as one of the leading Societies in The Kingdom of Bahrain.

A Token of Appreciation from BJBFS was presented to H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Minister of foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Bahrain by BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, towards his contrinued support and cooperation.

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JAPANESE SPRING TIME IN MANAMA

Two well-attended garden parties saw the Japanese community and key Japanese connections in Bahrain enjoy a sunny day surrounded by greenery. The first party was held on March 22nd, 2014 at the residence of Japanese Ambassador H.E. Shigeki Sumi in Budaiya area and he and his wife Tomoko Sumi played gracious hosts to guests who represented the Who’s Who of Bahrain.

The second party was hosted by the BJBFS at the exceptionally pretty Princess Sabeeka Park in Awali area on April 11th, 2014. Traditional Bahraini and japanese cuisine was served and this garden party was well-attended by BJBFS Members, corporate guests and many friends of the Society, who enjoyed the traditional Bahraini music playing in the background ‘Al-Jerbha’ and enjoyed taking photos with the beautiful Falcons of Bahrain. Special Thanks to the sponsors of this garden party Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) and MAKI Fine Contemporary Fusion Japanese Cuisine for enhancing the success of the event.

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Garden Party 1

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Garden Party 2

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BJBFS TROPHY PRESENTED TO THE WINNER OF IKEBANA CATEGORY AT BIGS 2014

BJBFS President - Mr. Mubarak Kanoo deputized BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh to present BJBFS Trophy to the winner of the Ikebana Category of The Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) 2014 which was under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The winner Mrs Faiqa Al Awadhi was presented with the Trophy on March 29th, 2014 at The Bahrain Garden Club, located in Juffair area.

Attendees included representatives from The Supreme Council for Women, BJBFS Members and Friends of the Society and Members of The BahrainGarden Club.

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THE OPENING RECEPTION FOR MAKIE - THE BEAUTY OF GOLD JAPANES LACQUER

This event was under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa – Minister of Culture and was exhibited at The Bahrain National Museum Hall 1.

March 2nd, 2014 marked the Opening Night and there was a total number of approximately seventy exhibits. The Programme included Opening Speeches delivered by H.E. Shigeki Sumi - The Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Rashad Faraj - Director of The National Museum, Ministry of Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain, Ms. Natsuo Miyashita - Art Historian, Chairperson of Makie Art Exhibition Organizers, Japan and this was followed by a Demonstration by a Makie Artisan - Mr. Akira Sugimura. Makie Artisan Mr. Takashi Wakamiya was also present at the Opening Reception.

Attendees included BJBFS Members & Friends of the Society as well as other VIPS and high-ranking officials and H.E. Shigeki Sumi was delighted with what he described as a “record-breaking” attendance as approximately over 300 attendees attended this Opening night and he thanked BJBFS for their efforts in promoting the event in sending out circulars and reminders.

A Dinner Buffet was serverd, catered by Café “Lilou.”

Another Demonstration by Makie Artisan Akira Sugimura took place the following day on March 3rd, 2014 from 09:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at The Bahrain National Museum (Hall 1), whereby five students from The Japanese School of Bahrain and some Japanese residents of Bahrain also participated in this demonstration, for those of whose family and friends were interested to attend.

The Makie Exhibition was exhibited in The Kingdom of Bahrain from March 3rd, 2014 until April 6th, 2014.

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SEMINAR ON JAPANESE ECONOMIC EXPERIENCE AND THE FUTURE OF JAPAN-GULF RELATIONS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON BAHRAIN-JAPAN RELATIONS

This event was held at The Gilgamesh Ballroom at The Golden Tulip Hotel on February 26th, 2014 was co-organized with The Bahrain Economic Society who extended an invitation to Japanese Member – Mr. Takuya Furuya - Chairman & CEO Middle East & Africa President Nomura Investment Banking (Middle East) B.S.C. (c) – Bahrain, to be Guest-Speaker for its second Seminar of 2014.

The topic of the Seminar was about, “ Japanese economic experience and the future of Japan-Gulf relations with an emphasis on Bahrain-Japan relations.”

Attendees included H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer Al Umran – Director of Bilateral Relations at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain, BJBFS Members and Friends of the Society, Members from The Bahrain Economic Society and Special Thanks to Mr. Ken Umishima – Japanese Language Teacher at The University of Bahrain whose class attended this Seminar and found it to be most informative and benefitial.

Special Thanks to the Sponsors of the Event – The Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund (NBJFF) and MAKI Fine Contemporary Fusion Japanese Cuisine.

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ADDITIONAL BOOKS FOR THE JAPANESE CORNER AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY DONATED BY THE NOMURA BAHRAIN-JAPAN FRIENDSHIP FUND

On March 18th, 2014, The Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund (NBJFF) donated additional books to The Japanese Corner at The National Library at Isa Cultural Centre. The event commenced at 10:00 a.m. at the UN Publications & Foreign Collection Hall (in front of the Japanese corner) (1F),

Mr. Takuya Furuya – Chairman of The Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund (NBJFF) presented the catalogue to Dr. Khaldoon Ali Abahusain - Executive Director of Isa Cultural Centre and this presentation was followed by taking of Commemorative photographs to mark the occasion.

Attendees included H.E. Shigeki Sumi – Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain, BJBFS BOARD Members, Members and Friends of the Society, representatives from Isa Cultural Centre – Dr. Mansoor Sarhan and Dr. Khaldoon Ali Abahusain, NOMURA and Embassy officials.

The total number of books are four hundred, ranging from a variety of topics, for members of the Public to enjoy and benefit from.

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PARTICIPATION OF BJBFS CORPORATE MEMBERS AT THE GULF INDUSTRY FAIR 2014 AT THE BAHRAIN EXHIBITION & CONVENTION CENTRE (BIECC)

There were many participants at The Gulf Industry Fair 2014. This event was officially inaugurated by H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa - Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Bahrain at 10 a.m. on 4th April 2014. It is understood that in all, around 125 companies participated in the Fair, held at The Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC)

Gulf Membrane & Coating Co. Bader Group of Companies

Gulf Membrane & Coating Industries W.L.L. (G.M.C.I.), established in 1994, is an industry leading manufacturer of waterproofing membrane and construction chemicals. GMCI commenced commercial production in 1995, with a wide range of advanced technology waterproofing products conforming to international quality and safety standards. Within the initial period of two years, GMCI had gained an excellent reputation in quality and service hence, strengthened its position in local and international markets. Our R&D team, continuously strive to improve existing products and suggest suitable alternatives. This reflects in the vast client base GMCI has developed in a short period of time, both in the local and the international markets. We maintain quality standards that continually challenge the industry norms, which help us in providing our clients with a superior grade product and an unmatched performance.

GMCI is an ISO 9001 2008 certified manufacturer accredited by TUV Middle East. GMCI is supported by the Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) and is a member of the Bader Group of Companies. The management team is headed by Mr. Fareed Bader, who is an Engineer by profession with several years of experience in the field of waterproofing. Mr. Bader was awarded in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurship during 2011 by Bahrain Development Bank.

GMCI is in a process of continuously improving its products and adding to its wide range port folio. Products are manufactured to international standards and exported to 25 countries across GCC, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Far East countries. Our Clients list in Bahrain includes A.E.Al Nooh, GPZ, Chapo Bahrain, Abdulnabi Commercial Center, Yousif Hassan Ali &Sons, AA Nass Contracting and other major contractors and traders in Bahrain.

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GOLD WOLF RACING

This event took place on December 20th, 2014 at The Bahrain International Circuit.

Gold Wolf Racing is the only Japanese racing team in Macau entered to the Series.

The Team started the entry from last year’s MRF Challenge (F2000) and entered to the MRF F1600 Series (National Championship) and were the first overseas team to enter the Indian National Formula Series. They are the only race team to enter both summer (F1600) and winter (F2000) series.

In F1600 Series, the team won 5 races out of 9 races, which ranked 2nd overall. In the last winter season, our driver, Yudai Jinkawa won 1 race and recorded the fastest lap time in the final race which resulted in various attractions.

This year, they had Yudai as their No.1 driver, with Shinya Michimi and Kotaro Akurai to challenge in this Season.

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BJBFS PRES & DEPUTY PRES RECEIVE A BOOK ENTITLED, ARABIC MOTTAINAI - SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS FROM DR. MAJEED SAFAR JASIM - ASST PROFESSOR, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DEPT AT UNIVERSITY OF BAHRAIN

Dr. Majeed Safar Jasim - Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department at The University of Bahrain, presented BJBFS President & Deputy President with a copy of his book entitled, “Arabic Mottainai – Sustainable Environmental Ethics."

The purpose of the book is to increase environmental awareness and improve cultural ties between Arabic countries and Japan. The author benefited from a scholarship visit via Japan Foundation in which he learned about “Mottainai” that conveys a sense of regret concerning waste. The chapters of the book covers climate change, air pollution, water pollution, green economy and environmental education.

Dr. Majeed Safar Jasim was welcomed by BJBFS President – Mr. Mubarak Kanoo at his office in Manama area and by BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh at his Majlis in Segaiya area.

(From Right – BJBFS President – Mr. Mubarak Kanoo welcomes Dr. Majeed Safar Jasim at his office to receive a copy of his book)

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(From Right - Dr. Majeed Safar Jasim presenting a copy of his book to BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh)

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JAPANESE TECHNOLOGIES FOR WATER ENVIRONMENT & SEWERAGE WORKSHOP

This event was held on January 20th, 2014 under the Patronage of of H.E. Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf, Minister of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain at The Hisham Al-Shehabi Auditorium at The Bahrain Society of Engineer, Juffair area.

H.E. Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf - Minister of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain

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Organizers of the event were The Ministry of Works (MOW), The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism (MLIT) of Japan, The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) and The Embassy of Japan.

On the sidelines of this event, BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh met with H.E. Toru Doi - Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to discuss ways to further bolster ties between Bahrain & Japan and presented him with a copy of BJBFS Commemorative Book marking the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations.

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BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh presents H.E. Toru Doi with BJBFS Commemorative Book

(From Left – H.E. Shigeki Sumi – Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer Al Umran - Director of Bilateral Relations at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain, BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, H.E. Toru Doi - Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan).

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The Programme of the Event from 09:00 a.m. until approx. 13:00 hrs. included an Opening Session with Opening address by H.E. Engg. Essam bin Abdullah Khalaf, Minister of Works, Welcome address by H.E. Mr. Toru Doi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Welcome address by H.E. Mr. Shigeki Sumi, Ambassador of Japan and Welcome address by Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Deputy President of The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society.

H.E. Toru Doi Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan

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H.E. Shigeki Sumi Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain

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Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh BJBFS Deputy President

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The Opening Session was followed by a Presentation by Mr. Ebrahim Hassan Al Hawaj, Director of Sanitary Engineering Operation and Maintenance at The Ministry of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain about Sewerage and the Sewage Treatment System in Tubli Bay, followed by a Presentation by Japanese Companies & Experts from the Visiting Delegation Companies: The MLIT, IDEA Consultants, Inc., Hayamizu Gumi, Ebara Corporation, Swing Corporation and Yokogawa Electric Corporation.

Presentation by Mr. Ebrahim Hassan Al Hawaj - Director of Sanitary Engineering Operation and Maintenance at The Ministry of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain

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There was a Question & Answer session followed by one to one meetings and Lunch sponsored by Verandah Restaurant.

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80TH BIRTHDAY RECEPTION OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR OF JAPAN

To celebrate the upcoming Birthday of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito on December 23rd, 2013, H.E. shigeki Sumi - ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Bahrain hosted a reception at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel on December 10th, 2013 to celebrate the 80th Birthday of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito.

Guest of Honour H.H. Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa along with H.E. Dr. Hassan Abdullah Fakhro - Minister of Industry & Commerce and Ministry of Foreign Affairs representatives and other Ministers, Ambassadors to the Kingdom of Bahrain gathered to cut the cake in celebration.

Approximately 350 distinguished guests attended this event which was greatly enjoyed.

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H.E. DR. HASSAN FAKHRO MINISTER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE WELCOMES JAPAN EXTERNAL TRADE ORGANIZATION (JETRO) DELEGATION

H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry and Commerce welcomed a Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) business delegation representing major Japanese companies with the Director of the Dubai office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) - Mr. Yasuaki Uchino. Attendees also included H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Hiroyuki Mitsui - Second Secretary and Commercial Attache at Embassy, BOARD Member of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) - Mr. Othman Sharif, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Ms. Nancy Khedouri - Head of BJBFS Administration and Ms. Eman Al Doseri - Assistant Undersecretary for Foreign Trade.

Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro confirmed Government and Ministry were keen and interested to enhance and develop Bahrain\'s economic relations with various countries of the world, and put appropriate promotional programmes that ensure attracting regional and global investments to the country.

The Minister welcomed the delegation confirming the importance of industrial and economic relation, noting that "the bilateral trade in 2011 was estimated at $3.7bn (non-oil trade: $610m) with oil Exports to Japan in 2011 of $3.1bn, non-oil exports to Japan (including re-exports) in 2011 were $22.6m and Bahrain imports from Japan in 2011 were valued at $587m."

The Minister noted, "The positive results and bilateral relation developments during the visit of His Majesty the King to the Japan last April which formed a new turning point in bilateral relations that reflected positively on these relations and contributed to grow impressively." The Minister also mentioned, "The visits recently done by businessmen delegations to Bahrain of which the visit of Japan Cooperation Centre for the Middle East \'JCCME\' delegation and Business Seminar on \'Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvement\' that was held in  Bahrain on October 10th, 2012, the visit of Mr. Toshio Motoya of APA Group during the period October 23rd - 27th 2012, in addition to BJBFS\'s organisaiton of the Seminar for Professor Emeritus Dr. Saburo Matsui on \'Modernisation and Industrial Development of Japan\' on November 4th, 2012."

In this context, the Minister highlighted the importance of the Japanese investments and business activities in Bahrain and their value-added contribution to the economy in several strategic and economic fields; including energy, financial services, manufacturing SME\'s and trade. H.E. Dr. Fakhro affirmed, "Japanese Investors can benefit from the open investment environment in Bahrain, use Bahrain as a regional center for Japanese companies, benefit from Bahrain-US Free Trade Agreement, encouraging the setting up of branches of the specialized Japanese factories as well as small and medium industries SME\'s in Bahrain and benefitting from the incentives and opportunities available in Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP)."

H.E. Dr. Fakhro reviewed the considerable efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in order to translate leadership and Government\'s directives to promote investment opportunities offered by Bahrain for investors whether from within or outside Bahrain especially with great facilities and welcoming investment climate to work and live in Bahrain, as Bahrain has become the first destination for many of these investment and holds several high-level large-scale industrial, trade and service projects.

From their part, the Japanese delegation said that they are pleased to visit Bahrain, expressing their admiration for the advanced steps pursued by the Kingdom of Bahrain in advancement of the economic sector and attraction of large capital investment through unique industrial and financial projects that reinforces Bahrain\'s leading financial and economic position.

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THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 6TH GLOBAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SHIP FOR WORLD YOUTH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (SWYAA) 2012

Arad Fort

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Bahrain had the privilege of hosting the 6th Global Assembly of the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA) 2012, which was organized by the General Organization for Youth & Sports (GOYS), in cooperation with the SWYAA, Bahrain. It was held under the Patronage of the President of the Supreme Council for Youth & Sports (SCYS), H.H. Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and it took place from October 4th to 8th, with more than 120 participants from all over the globe.

The first day marked the opening ceremony which was held at Arad Fort and it was also attended by SCYS First Deputy Chairman H.H. Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Dr. Fatima Al Balooshi - Minister of Social Development and other leading figures. H.H. Shaikh Nasser inaugurated the assembly and he addressed the audience by emphasizing the importance of such programs in promoting Bahrain Youth and developing their leadership skills which can allow then in building more bridges with their peers around the world. He also appreciated the Japanese Government initiative in founding such programs that have benefited many Youth and was thankful for entrusting Bahrain to host this international event. He described the assembly as a unique opportunity that brings Youth from all over the world together and fosters the values of cooperation, understanding, intercultural dialogue and tolerance between people.

H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan thanked the Government and the People of Bahrain for hosting SWYAA 2012, while praising the strong bilateral relations and thanked H.H. Shaikh Nasser for patronizing the ceremony. The ceremony also featured a documentary film which highlighted Bahrain's ancient civilizations and history.

Tokens of appreciation were presented by H.H. Shaikh Nasser to Ms. Tomoko Okawara - President, International Youth Exchange Organization, Japan and to Mr. Toshio Kuzuman - Director, International Youth Exchange Affairs. The Participants were taken to the Bahrain National Museum and to a party that celebrated Traditional Heritage. Visits to several historic and iconic locations in Bahrain and several communal activities were also included in their agenda.

SWYAA is a comprehensive naming for all the alumni associations established by the past participants  of the Ship for World Youth (SWY) programme. Each country has an association, founded for the purpose of continuing the spirit that was fostered through the SWY program. The main activities of the SWYAA includes, but is not limited to, updating contact information for members, planing and managing post-programme activities such as those that contribute to society in their country, strengthening ties with Japanese Embassies and the Government of Japan, as well as supporting future participants of the programme.

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H.H. Shaikh Nasser presents a Token of Appreciation to Ms. Tomoko Okawara - President, International Youth Exchange Organization, Japan

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H.H Shaikh Nasser presents a Token of Appreciation to Mr. Toshio Kuzuman - Director, International Youth Exchange Affairs

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EXHIBITION ENTITLED, "FROM A CULTURE OF VIOLENCE TO A CULTURE OF PEACE," UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF H.E. SHAIKH KHALID BIN AHMED AL KHALIFA - MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MARCH 12TH, 2013

Bahrain was the first in the Middle East to have hosted an Exhibition to promote peace and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The Exhibition entitled, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace," consisted of photographs and has been shown in 29 countries since it was first launched in 2007. It was co-organized by The Bahrain Centre for Strategic, international and Energy Studies, SokaGakki International (SGI), International campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and Inter Press Services (IPS). The Exhibition was opened at The Bahrain National Museum, under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Minister of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Embassy of Japan and the Government of Bahrain.

A Press Conference was held before the event.

H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Minister of Foreign Affairs inaugurates the Ceremony

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A memento for Shaikh Khalid

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H.E. Shigeki Sumi delivering a speech

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Ambassador Dhafer Al Umran delivering a speech

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BJBFS DINNER RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF JAPANESE COMMUNITY OF BAHRAIN

On March 4th, 2013, BJBFS President - Mr. Mubarak Kanoo hosted a Dinner Reception at Kanoo guest House, Mahooz area in honour of Japanese Community of Bahrain. Attendees included H.E. Shigeki Sumi and Mrs Tomoko Sumi, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Head of BJBFS Events & Culture Committee - Mr. Nabeel AbdulRahman Ajoor, BOARD Members and Head of Committees, BJBFS Members, EMbassy Officials and members from the Japanese community of Bahrain.

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BJBFS PARTICIPATION AT BIGS 2013

HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim AlKhalifa greets H.E. Shigeki Sumi and BJBFS representatives

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BJBFS display of a Traditional Japanese House & Garden

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BJBFS participated in The Bahrain International Garden Show 2013 which was under the Patronage of His Majesty and it was with the Honorary presence of HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty and President of The Supreme Council for Women (SCW). This year's theme was "Investing in Agriculture."

BJBFS participated with a display marking Traditional Japanese House and Garden which was designed by Mr. Dipl.-ing. Kai Miethig and Ms. Birke Radke-Doepper. Special thanks to main Sponsor Toyota Motor Corporation. Special thanks is also extended to Hujairi Garden for contributing towards material required for the display.

BJBFS also participated by way of its annual contribution of a Trophy in the name of the Society to be awarded by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa to the Winner of a respective Category.

From Right - Mr. Yusuke Sekiguchi, Head of Youth Committee - Mr. Anoop Kewalram, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, H.E. Shigeki Sumi & Mrs Tomoko Sumi, Head of Events & Culture Committee - Mr. Nabeel Ajoor and Mr. Kai Meithig

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From Left - Mr. Yusuke Sekiguchi, Head of Events & Culture Committee - Mr. Nabeel Ajoor, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Head of Energy & Environment Committee - Mr. Jassim Al Shirawi, Head of Youth Committee - Mr. Anoop Kewalram and Mr. Kai Meithig

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DELEGATION FROM BAHRAIN CUSTOMS AFFAIRS VISITED JAPAN

Under the leadership of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the president of Bahrain Customs, a delegation of Customs Affairs, visited Japan last December in order to attend the 68th session of the General Policy Committee of World Customs Organization (WCO), which was held in the city of Kyoto from 3-5 December 2012.

Bahrain participates in these sessions  as a member representing the North of Africa, Near and Middle East (MENA) Region.

On the sidelines of attending the session President of Bahrain Customs met with Mr. Mitsutaka Inagaki the Director General of Japan Customs and Tarriff Bureau, where the two sides exchanged cordial talks and ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in customs field.

On this occasion, the President of Bahrain Customs presented the Bahrain Customs shield to the President of Japanese customs, in appreciation of what the delegation received of the warm reception and hospitality.

Japanese customs organized a dinner in honor of the participating delegations presence by the Mayor of Kyoto City, who welcomed the guests and expressed his happiness to choose Kyoto to hold his important meeting and wished them a pleasant stay and success in their tasks.

H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa at the session

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Mayor of Kyoto WCO Members

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Delegation with Director-General of Japan's Customs

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World Customs Organization

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Bahraini Delegates welcomed by Mayor of Kyoto

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A PIANO & VIOLIN MUSICAL RECITAL AT RESIDENCE OF H.E. SHIGEKI SUMI

This musical recital was held on February 11th, 2013 at residence of H.E. Shigeki Sumi. The event, to introduce Japanese lifestyle and culture, was attended by H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry & Commerce, H.E. Karim Al Shakar - Undersecretary for International  Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bahrain, U.S. Fifth Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral John W. Miller, Ambassadors, BJBFS President - Mr. Mubarak Kanoo, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, BJBFS BOARD Members and other Members as well as leading and distinguished dignitaries.

The audience were fascinated with the choice of music played by the Japanese performers, Ms. Chie Ishizuka (Violin), Ms. Midori Kanbayashi (Piano) and were especially enthralled by the performance of the young nine-year old Japanese violinist - Ms. Mana Ishizuka, daughter of Ms. Chie Ishizuka.

Musical Performance Program included:

(1) Mozart Violin Sonata k301 (Piano & Violin)

(2) Mozart Violin concert No.4 k218 first movement (Piano & Violin)

(3) Sibelius "The fir" op.75-5the (Piano solo)

(4) Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 (Piano & Violin)

(5) Koichi Kishi Dragon (Piano solo)

(6) Tamezo Narita Song of the Seashore (Piano & Violin)

(7) Teiichi Okano My. Country Home (Piano & Violin)

(8) Fritz Kreisler La Gitana (Piano & Violin)

(9) Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 (Piano & Violin)

(10) Thaïs Méditation (Piano & Violin)

(11) Sarasate Zigeunerweisen op.20 (Piano & Violin)

Ambassador H.E. Shigeki Sumi with the pianist & violinists

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H.E. Shigeki Sumi & Mrs Tomoko Sumi

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From Left - Mr. Qays Al-Zu'bi, Vice-Admiral John W. Miller, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Wife of Ambassador of Brunei, Ms. Nancy Khedouri, Mr. Nabeel Ajoor and Mrs Karina Al-Zu'bi

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From Left - Ms. Nancy Khedouri, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Mr. Nabeel Ajoor and Mr. AbdulRahman Jum'a

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From Right - Mr. Fouad Kanoo, Mr. & Mrs Abdullah Jum'a

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AN EXHIBITION ORGANIZED BY MINISTRY OF CLUTURE & EMBASSY OF JAPAN. THE DOLLS OF JAPAN - SHAPES OF PRAYER, EMBODIMENTS OF LOVE

This Exhibition was Officially inaugurated of February 10th, 2013 at The Bahrain National Museum - Gallery 1 and would exhibit until March 2nd, 2013. This Exhibition was brought by The Japan Foundation. In order to enhance the understanding of Japanese arts and culture through the visual arts, the Foundation collaborates with overseas museums on a wide range of exhibitions from traditional to contemporary arts. The Foundation also organizes travelling exhibits of paintings, ceramics, crafts, prints and photographs that make their way around the world.

The Dolls of Japan Exhibition helped to introduce Japan's representative dolls. In Japan, dolls have been a part of everyday life since ancient times. Japanese dolls reflect the customs of Japan and the aspirations of its people, possess distinctive regional attributes and over the centuries have developed in many diverse forms. Dolls also provide a showcase for traditional Japanese craft products, such as textiles.

Attendees included VIPs and many more visitors who appreciated the various aspects of Japanese culture.

H.E. Shaikha Mai, H.E. Shigeki Sumi & Mrs. Tomoko Sumi with other guests at the inauguration

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From Left - Mr. Yusuke Sekiguchi, Mrs Mayumi and Mr. Kurihara

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From Left - H.E. Nejib Friji, H.E. Shaikh Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa - Minister of Culture, Wife of Palestinian Ambassador, Mrs Yasmeen Ahmed, Mr. Rehan Ahmed, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Mr. Yusuke Sekiguchi and Ms. Nancy Khedouri

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From Left - Mr. Faizan Ahmed, Mrs Yasmeen Ahmed, Mr. Rehan Ahmed and Mr. Anoop Kewalram

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Some of the exhibits on display

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FIVE BAHRAINI YOUNG LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA GROUP STUDY PROGRAM 2013 IN JAPAN

Japan Foundation invited the Kingdom of Bahrain to participate in the Middle East and North Africa Group Study Program which was held in Japan from 3rd - 12th February 2013. The ten days program included a number of exchange programs with Japanese leaders and youths, lectures, discussions, workshops and local visits under the theme "Redesigning a community and society through creative solutions to social issues". The delegation also visited Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture and Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture and had an overview on Japan's running efforts to restore the country from the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster hit the areas in March 2011.

The invitation from Japan foundation to the Kingdom of Bahrain resulted from the follow-up of His Majesty King Hamad Al Khalifa's historic visit to Japan in April 2012 and celebrating the 40th anniversary  of starting bilateral relations with Japan. the visit was toward fulfilling His Majesty's vision to encourage Bahraini young leaders to learn from Japan experiences and knowledge in various fields.

The aims of this group study program were to consider and learn about redesigning communities and society for a better life through exchanges with a rising generatin of Japanese leaders who are tackling social issues by making various types of connections. while Japan is striving to rebuild its communities and around the affected area by the earthquake and the tsunami, our nations in the Gulf also are making continuous efforts to improve the communities. It is very important for both nations Bahrain and Japan to share creative solutions and ideas on social issues to present an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of different kinds of solutions, and to have firsthand experience in the way Japanese society works through seminars, workshops and field trips to provincial cities.

The delegation consisted of five Bahrainis; Dr. Ahmed Bucheeri as a leader, Salman AlDosary, Ahmed AlAnsari, Amal AlBinali and Layla AlBalushi. The leaders came from various backgrounds that fit the program requirements such as academic, government, media relevant workers, NGO or NPO workers, and social. The Japan foundation is Japan's public institution dedicated to sharing Japanese culture and language with people throughout the world. The Japan Foundation supports Japanese studies overseas and promotes intellectual exchange between Japan and other countries by presenting diverse aspects of Japanese culture and creates platforms of communication and understanding between the peoples of the world and Japan.

From left (front): Dr. Ahmed Bucheeri, Salman AlDosari, Ahmed AlAnsari

From left (back): Amal AlBinali, Layla AlBalushi

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Attending one of the seminars

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Conversation with refugees from Fukushima's nuclear disaster

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A visit to a refugee camp in Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture

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Participating in one of the workshops

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At the Press Conference

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SBI PHARMACEUTICALS TO SET UP JOINT VENTURE IN BAHRAIN

BJBFS President - Mr. Mubarak Kanoo and BOARD Members hosted a lunch in honour of SBI Pharmaceuticals

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SBI Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. is a joint venture company founded by SBI Holdings, Inc. and COSMO OIL Co., Ltd. for the development and manufacturing of products containing 5-ALA which is an abbreviation for 5-Aminolevulinic Acid. 5-ALA is an amino acid found in animals and plants. It is an ingredient for hemoglobin in blood and chlorophyll. It is very important for energy generation in living bodies. 5-ALA is contained in many foods that we eat daily. In particular, red wine and foods such as Brussels sprouts, white radish, tea, and vinegar all are rich in 5-ALA.

The purpose of SBI Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. is to provide %-ALA-based products in the fields of medicine cosmetics, and health foods (dietary supplements). Its main business overview is the development and manufacturing of medicines, cosmetics, and health foods (dietary supplements) containing 5-ALA (5-Aminolevulinic Acid).

Historically, 5-ALA has been produced by chemical synthesis methods. The chemical synthesis method is labor intensive and time-consuming resulting in very high production cost. Therefore, the use of 5-ALA has been limited to specialized areas of medicine. However, after many years of research and development, COSMO OIL Co., Ltd. developed a unique and patented process for the mass production of 5-ALA. Cosmo Oil's new low cost method has allowed for the use of 5-ALA in a wide range of applications within the healthcare industry.

5-ALA has growth promoting effects in plants. Many farmers use 5-ALA for cultivation of vegetables, etc. In animals, 5-ALA is involved in production of hemoglobin in blood. Further, studies have revealed that 5-ALA plays a role in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the critical unit of currency responsible for intracellular energy generation. Therefore, 5-ALA has a positive effect in energy generation in animals.

Applied use of 5-ALA is possible in various fields ranging from the field of cosmetics for anti-aging to the field of health food (dietary supplements) for the improvement of anemia, metabolic syndrome, etc. and the field of medicine for intraoperative diagnosis of brain tumors, cancer diagnosis, etc. Recent studies have revealed that 5-ALA is also involved in the removal of free radicals and the improvement of immunity. The potential of 5-ALA is expected to expand.

SBI Pharmaceuticals continues to focus on the role of 5-ALA (5-Aminolevulinic Acid) in living bodies and is conducting research and development of 5-ALA-based products. The teamat SBI Pharmaceuticals has spent many years researching and developing 5-ALA to produce a safe and effective compound that can be used in a wide variety of applications.

SBI Pharmaceuticals is conducting research and development for the purpose of utilizing 5-ALA in the following fields:

Medicine business       : Applied use of 5-ALA for "cancer cell identification" and "cancer diagnosis,"

Cosmetics business   : Development of cosmetics/skin-care products containing "5-ALA" as a moisture component for anti-aging,

Health Food business: 5-ALA-based healthfood (dietary supplements).

In order to expand the potential of 5-ALA, SBI Pharmaceuticals is conducting research and development in our laboratory in KOBE Biomedical Innovation Cluster research laboratories across Japan. the head office of SBI Pharmaceuticals is engaged in planning and development of innovative products based on our research and development activities, product control, and operational management. SBI Pharmaceuticals seeks cooperation with value added partners from various fields to develop new business.

During His Majesty's historic visit to Tokyo, SBI Pharmaceuticals issued its Overseas Regulatory Announcement on April 13th, 2013 about its Agreement with the Government of Bahrain for the Promotion of te 5-ALA Business, aiming to continue to explore the potential of a wide range of 5-ALA's clinical applications, starting with a joint clinical trial with Bahrain Defence Force Royal Medical Services Military Hospital and that  it identifies Bahrain as its drug research and development base in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and will also look at the option of expanding its business operations into the neighboring countries. The agreement also mentioned that SBI Pharmaceuticals will continue to make utmost efforts in performing research and development of 5-ALA-based drugs with the aim of serving to protect the health of as many people as possible not only to Japan, but also around the world.

SBI Pharmaceuticals officially acquired a permit of opening a representative office on October 9th, 2012. The opening of a Bahrain Representative Office will enhance closer relationship with Bahrain which will be a hub for SBI Pharmaceuticals for the research and development of pharmaceuticals in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).

On January 13th The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SBI Corporation to begin conducting clinical studies on diabetic patients in Bahrain after initial studies showed the efficacy of its new product on lowering blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. The medicinal product has been licensed in some global markets, including the Kingdom of Bahrain. The MoU was signed by the AGU's Chancellor Dr. Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohaly and on behalf of the Japanese firm by Mr. Yoshitako Kitao who was accompanied by the company Vice President Mr. Satovomi Kawata and the company's Vice President for Research and Development affairs Dr. Riyadh Najib Al-Rihani and the company's board of Directors member Mr. Sinji Yamaguchi.

Dr. Al-Ohaly welcomed the research cooperation in the area of medicinal drugs development and modern technologies with the Japanese firm in order to examine the efficiency of the medical compound in  remedying diabetes in order to later move on the phase of production and to put the product for sale in local markets. He emphasized that the Japanese company owns advanced medical drug processing technologies which help patients heal from various endemic diseases in the region including diabetes. Dr. Al-Ohaly stressed the importance of this cooperation mentioning that it will have its positive impact on Bahrain and GCC states in developing scientific research techniques. He also pointed out that this cooperation with one of the largest medical drug manufacturing corporations emanates from the University's research and scientific progress and accomplishments over the past few years and opens new scope for scientific cooperation with giant international companies and this positions the AGU amongst world-class universities.

SBI Corporation's President, Mr. Yoshihika Kitao said that he was delighted to cooperate with the AGU in conducting medical research studies on diabetic patients in Bahrain. The AGU has been very carefully chosen by the Japanese medicinal products manufacturing company in order to supercise the research study. This research study is part of a series of medical research studies currently being conducted in the U.S.A., Europe and Japan in order to examine the product's fitness to diagnose and remedy various diseases.

HIS MAJESTY RECEIVES MR. YOSHITAKA KITAO, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF JAPANESE SBI PHARMACEUTICALS HOLDING INCORPORATION

On January 15th, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received at Al Sakhir Palace, Mr. Yoshitaka Kitao - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Japanese SBI Pharmaceuticals Holdings Incorporation, along with his accompanying delegation, on visit to Bahrain

His Majesty welcomed the Japanese delegation, praising the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries and peoples. He affirmed the Kingdom's keen interest to develop these relations in all fields in general and in financial, investment, cultural and scientific fields in particular.

His Majesty praised the important role of such visits between businessmen and economic figures. He highlighted the private sector's input in reinforcing mutual cooperation through establishing joint investment projects that would increase the volume of commercial exchanges between the two countries and affirmed Bahrain's flexible investment environment and laws that contribute in attracting major international companies, banks and institutions to make Bahrain their home.

His Majesty also pointed out that his recent visit to Japan and his meetings with His Majesty the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Prime Minister resulted in signing numerous agreements that contribute in supporting the Bahraini-Japanese relations and reinforce fields of cooperation in all fields. His Majesty wished the Japanese Delegation success in reinforcing commercial and investment cooperation between Bahrain and Japan.

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VISIT OF MR. TOSHIO MOTOYA OWNER & FOUNDER OF APA GROUP, JAPAN

The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) hosted a Breakfast Business Meeting at Les Palmes Room at The Sheraton Hotel, in honour of the visit of Mr. Toshio Motoya - Owner & Founder of APA Group.

Attendees included H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan, Mrs Fumiko Motoya - wife of Mr. Toshio Motoya, Mr. Asanobu Yamamoto - Advisor to Mr. Motoya, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, BOARD Members, Heads of Committees, Members of the Society and other leading Bahraini businessmen.

Welcome remarks were delivered by Mr. Nasser AlArayedh and solid Bahrain-Japan ties were praised. General discussions took place re. investment opportunities in The Kingdom of Bahrain. Mr. Motoya lauded Bahrain's investment climate and expressed admiration for the couontry being an ideal gateway to the Gulf Region.

A Souvenir Gift was presented to Mr. & Mrs. Motoya on the occasion of their first visit to Bahrain.

Business Breakfast meeting hosted by BJBFS in honour of Mr. Toshio Motoya. Attendees included H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan - Ambassador of The Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan, BJBFS BOARD Members and Heads of Committees, along with leading Bahraini Businessmen

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Presentation of Token of Appreciation by BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh to Mr. Toshio Motoya. From Left - Mr. AbdulHussain Dewani, Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani, H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan - Ambassador of The Kingdom  of Bahrain to Japan, Mr. Masanobu Yamamoto - Advisor to Mr. Toshio  Motoya, Mr. Khalid Al Moayyed, Mr. Nabeel Ajoor - Head of BJBFS Events & Culture Committee, Mr. Toshio Motoya, Mr. Yusuke Sekiguchi, Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh - BJBFS Deputy President, Mrs Fumiko Motoya - wife of Mr. Toshio Motoya , Mr. Jawad Al Hawaj, Mr. Jassim Al Shirawi - Head of BJBFS Energy & Environment Committee, Mr. Qays Al-Zu'bi - BJBFS Treasurer and Mr. Aref Hijris

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Presentation of a Souvenir gift to Mrs Fumiko Motoya - wife of Mr. Toshio Motoya. From Right - Mr. Jawad Al Hawaj, Mr. Aref Hijris, Mr. Jassim Al Shirawi - Head of BJBFS Energy & Environment Committee, Mr. Qays Al-Zu'bi - BJBFS Treasurer, Mr. Yusuke Sekiguchi, Mrs Fumiko Motoya, BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Mr. Toshio Motoya, Mr. Nabeel Ajoor - Head of BJBFS Events & Culture Committee and Mr. Masanobu Yamamoto - Advisor to Mr. Toshio Motoya

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BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh bids farewell to Mr. Toshio Motoya and wishes him a smooth journey back to Japan, looking forward to welcoming him again in the near future

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BJBFS is thankful to H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro - Chairman of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) for hosting a Business Breakfast at BCCI premises wher BCCI BOARD Members attended, to welcome Mr. & Mrs Motoya and their Advisor. A presentation was conducted by Shaikh Saqer bin Salman Al Khalifa - Manager, Investor Relations at Economic Development Board (EDB).

Presentation of Token of Appreciation by H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro - Chairman of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) to Mr. Toshio Motoya. From Left - Shaikh Saqer bin Salman Al Khalifa - Manager,  Investor Relations at Economic Development Board (EDB), Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh - BJBFS Deputy President, Mr. Jawad Al Hawaj, H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan - Ambassador of The Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan, H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan of The Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Toshio Motoya, H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro Mrs Fumiko Motoya, Mr. Masanobu Yamamoto, Mr. Othman Sharif, Mr. Nabeel Ajoor - Head of BJBFS Events & Culture Committee, Mr. Khalid Al Merbati, Mr. Nancy Khedouri - Member of Shura Council & Head of BJBFS Administration and Mr. Nabeel Al Mahmood

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Mr Toshio Motoya explaining to H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro - Chairman of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) about APA Hotel chains on a map outlining existing and future project, in the presence of BCCI officials and other attendees. From Right - Mr. Jawad Al Hawaj, Mr. Othman Sharif, H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro, Mrs Fumiko Motoya, Mr. Masanobu Yamamoto, Mr. Toshio Motoya, Mr. Khalid Al Merbati and H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan - Ambassador of The Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan.

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HIGH-LIGHTS OF BJBFS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) (NON-ELECTION YEAR)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) non-election year took place on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 20:30 hrs. at The Ambassador Hall on the Mezzanine Floor at The Reagency Intercontinental Hotel, Manama.

It was a non-election year and on behalf or Mr. Mubarak Kanoo - President of the Society, the Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh briefed Members re. the progress of the Society, especially the recent Delegation to Tokyo, headed by His Majesty.

The Chairman's Report and Auditor's Report were read and activities of the Society were discussed as well as many other matters. Attendees included H.E. Ambassador Karim AlShakar - UnderSecretary for International Affairs and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer AlUmran - in charge of bilateral relations at Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and BJBFS BOARD Members and other Members of the Society and those who were nominated as as Proxy.

BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh briefing Members re. the progress of the Society, especially the recent Delegation to Tokyo, headed by His Majesty

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Auditor's Report read by a representative from PKF Auditors, while BJBFS Members and Ministry Officials look on

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BJBFS Members at the AGM

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BJBFS Members in full concentration and attentively listening to the Chairman's Report read aloud by BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh

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Open Discussions by BJBFS Members & Ministry officials

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Mr. AbdulKarim J. Al-Sayed - Head of the BJBFS Business Development Committee participating in the open discussion

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LUNCH HOSTED BY BJBFS HONORARY MEMBER H.H. SHAIKH KHALIFA BIN ALI BIN KHALIFA BIN SALMAN AL KHALIFA

H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali bin Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa upon arrival with H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Abdulkarim J. Al-Sayed - Head of BJBFS Business Development Committee and other attendees

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Presentation of Token of Appreciation by BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh to BJBFS Honorary Member - H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali bin Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, in the presence of H.E. Shigeki Sumi - Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Nabeel Ajoor - Head of BJBFS Events & Culture Committee

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BJBFS Honorary Member - H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali bin Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa delivering warm words of welcome to the guests

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BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh delivering warm words of thanks on behalf of all the attendees, to H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali bin Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

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Lunch hosted by H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali bin Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa in honour of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS)

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LUNCH HOSTED BY BJBFS HONORARY MEMBER H.H. SHAIKH KHALIFA BIN ALI BIN KHALIFA BIN SALMAN AL KHALIFA IN HONOUR OF THE BAHRAIN-JAPAN BUSINESS & FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY

BJBFS Honorary Member H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa hosted a Lunch at Primavera Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Spa, in honour of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS).

Welcome words were delivered by H.H. and discussions took place about the role of the Society and further ways to help enhance bilateral ties. A "Thank-You" statement on behalf of all the attendees was delivered by the BJBFS Deputy - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, followed-by a presentation of a Token of Appreciation to H.H. for his hospitality and warm welcome and continued support to the Society.

Everyone was impressed with how fluently H.H. spoke in Japanese language and his interest in Japan and its rich culture.

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H.H. SHAIKH SALMAN BIN KHALIFA BIN SALMAN AL KHALIFA ATTENDS 79TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS OF THE JAPANESE EMPEROR HIS MAJESTY AKIHITO

H.H. Shaikh Salman with BJBFS BOARD Members and guests at the 79th birthday celebrations of Japanese Emperor H.M. Akihito

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CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION IN JAPAN

H.E. Jameel Humaidan - Minister of Labour, along with H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro - Chairman of The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and H.E. Othman Sharif, along with other participants from Bahrain, participated at a Conference in Japan.

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PARALLEL NIPPON EXHIBITION AT THE BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM

This Exhibition was about Contemporary Japanese Architecture from 1996 until 2006.

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BJBFS Youth Committee Arranges for School Visit to The Bahrain National Museum

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GULF MEMBRANE & COATING CO.

Gulf Membrane & Coating Industries W.L.L. (G.M.C.I.), established in 1994, is an industry leading manufacturer of waterproofing membrane and construction chemicals. GMCI commenced commercial production in 1995, with a wide range of advanced technology waterproofing products conforming to international quality and safety standards. Within the initial period of two years, GMCI had gained an excellent reputation in quality and service hence, strengthened its position in local and international markets. Our R&D team, continuously strive to improve existing products and suggest suitable alternatives. This reflects in the vast client base GMCI has developed in a short period of time, both in the local and the international markets. We maintain quality standards that continually challenge the industry norms, which help us in providing our clients with a superior grade product and an unmatched performance.

GMCI is an ISO 9001 2008 certified manufacturer accredited by TUV Middle East. GMCI is supported by the Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) and is a member of the Bader Group of Companies. The management team is headed by Mr. Fareed Bader, who is an Engineer by profession with several years of experience in the field of waterproofing. Mr. Bader was awarded in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurship during 2011 by Bahrain Development Bank.

GMCI is in a process of continuously improving its products and adding to its wide range port folio. Products are manufactured to international standards and exported to 25 countries across GCC, Middlea East, Africa, Asia and Far East countries. Our Clients list in Bahrain includes A.E. Al Nooh, GPZ, Chapo Bahrain, Abdulnabi Commercial Center, Yousif Hassan Ali & Sons, AA Nass Contracting and other major contractors and traders in Bahrain.

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PARTICIPATION OF SOME BJBFS CORPORATE MEMBERS AT THE GULF INDUSTRY FAIR 2012 AT THE BAHRAIN EXHIBITION & CONVENTION CENTRE (BIECC)

There were many participants at The Gulf Industry Fair 2012. This event was officially inaugurated by H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa - Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Bahrain at 10 a.m. on February 7th, 2012. It is understood that in all, 105 companies participated in the Fair, held at The Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC).

Mohammed Jalal & Sons W.L.L.

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Mohammed Jalal & Sons W.L.L., Engineering & Technology Division took pride in participating at The Gulf Industry Fair 2012 from February 7th - 9th, 2012.

We feel extremely honored and privileged that H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa - Prime Minister of Bahrain, visited our stall in the presence of our Group Managing Director - Mr. Jalal and our General Manager - Mr. Nevin Megchiani. The Prime Minister took keen interest in understading the products being represented by our Engineering & Technology Division.

The entire staff of Engineering & Technology Division is proud to mention that our Group Managing Director - Mr. Jalal graced our stall with his valuable presence during the inauguration of the Fair, together with our General Manager - Mr. Nevin Megchiani.

Mohammed Jalal & Sons W.L.L. Stall No. 1B 68 was well equipped with various industrial products represented by the Construction & Industrial Equipment Department, Oil Field Department and Specialized Vehicle Department. The list of products displayed in the stall were as follows:

  • IR Breaker model: IR40BS, S/N: CZ07J00053.
  • IR Stationery Compressor model: BD4/270P/3, S/N: ITR0046368.
  • IR Walk Behind Roller model: DX-500E, S/N: NH0266.
  • IR Compactor model: BX80, S/N: JG1316.
  • IR Vertical Grinder model: 88V60P107M-EU.
  • IR Angle Grinder model: G2A120PP74.
  • DEMAG Chain Hoist 500 KG model: DC-COM 5-500,S/N: 93115474.
  • IR Rotary Air Compressor model: UP5-15-10, S/N: 2192119.
  • Hand Held Metal Detectors
  • Drain valve CTD 11B
  • Automatic drain valve LDV1000
  • Emerson Wireless Pressure Transmitter, Model 3015S2CD2A2E11X5AWA3WK1M5
  • Emerson Wireless Temperature Transmitter, Model 648DX1D1NAWA3WK1M5XA
  • Emerson Wireless Multi-Input Temperature Transmitter, Model 848TX
  • Emerson Wireless Network Gateay, Model 1420A2A3A4N5 (Serial No. 0662525)
  • Emerson CSI 2130 vibration analyzer with accessories with (table 2ft X 3ft)
  • We are thankful to some of our Principal companies who attended the Fair, they are:
  • Demag Cranes & Components: Mr. Raman Handa, Mr. Vishnu Upadhyay
  • Bauer kompressoren : Ms. Therese Heijboer
  • Trident Pneumatics Pvt Ltd : Mr. Jeokash

We are pleased to receive a positive response from many visitors, who took keen interest in knowing the details about various products represented by the E&T Division and we shall follow-up all the relevant enquiries in the days ahead.

We look forward to participate in The Gulf Industry Fair on regular basis in the years ahead.

More information about participants at The Gulf Industry Fair 2012. The National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA)

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The National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) took part as a strategic partner in The Guld Industry Fair 2012, with representation by The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO).

BAPCO, one of the major oil companies under NOGA, took part in the event with several international delegations and prominent personalities in the industry, including those from the domestic scene, and major presence. The participating companies included those from major industrial sectors like aluminum, energy, environmental protection, industrial processes, manufacturing, security and industrial safety, ports and logistics, free zones, iron and alloys and industrial training.

Bahrain Government is keen to host such international conferences and exhibitions and continue to embrace major industrial forums in The Kingdom of Bahrain, to under the current global economic situation. The popularity of Bahrain as a destination for international trade events and conferences translates into the safety orientations of Bahrain's economic and investment sectors. These are great opportunities to inform the world on industrial development and investment fields available in the region in general and the Kingdom of Bahrain in particular. The participation of BAPCO was met with  applause from broad sections of the gathering, which included pioneers in this important international event.

The NOGA participation through BAPCO as the largest Oil company in the Kingdom of Bahrain among 100 exhibiting companies from more than 21 countries and representatives from many world institutions, companies and other international bodies from the Energy Industry reflects the vitality of the industrial infrastructure and diversity industroal growth in the Middle East and the Gulf in general and the Kingdom of Bahrain in particular.

In addition to the desire to reflect the progress reached by the Company, show its diverse projects and contribute to increase the competitiveness of its products through the use of modern technology, such participation is an excellent opportunity for BAPCO to be present alongside specialized companies in the profession of business services for Gulf's Industrial sector. The event held at a time when the demand is increasing for countries in the region to expand industrial infrastructure, to further the diversification of their economies.

 

UPDATED REPORT FROM THE EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN IN JAPAN

  1. During the period from January 22nd to 27th, 2011, H.E. Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah AlKhalifa, Minister of Interior of Bahrain, visited Japan on an official visit during which H.E. did the following activities:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: To pay a courtesy call on State Secretary, H.E. Mr. Yutaka Banno, and exchange views on public safety and regional security.

    Fire and Disaster Management Agency, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Telecommunications of Japan: To collect information on the Civil Defence System of Japan.

    National Research Center for Fire and Disaster: To learn about the state-of-the-art technology, of the Fire Disaster Management in Japan.

    National Police Academy: To learn about training of the Japanese policemen and their educational facilities and to exchange views on Police and Security activities of each country and the region.

    Tokyo Metropolitan Police traffic Control Center: To learn about the Japanese Traffic Control System.

    Akasaka-Mitsuke Police Box: To learn about the Japanese community-based Police Box System and its management.

    National Public Safety Commission: To exchange views on public safety and regional security.

    Luncheon with Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Mr. Hisashi Tokunaga: To exchange views on the domestic and regional affairs and deepen bilateral relationship.

  2. During the period from 2nd to 3rd June 2011, H.E. ambassador Karim Ibrahim AlShekar - Under Secretary of International Affairs at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA - Bahrain) and Mr. Hussain Mohammed Jassim - Counsellor at MOFA Bahrain, visited Japan in respect to the invitation of MOFA - Japan, to attend the meeting, covering the follow-up of the Millenium Development Goals.
  3. During the earthquake crisis that hit the Tohoku area in japan and for the Embassy to keep the Bahrainis residing in Japan safe, the Embassy took different measures in order to help the Bahrainis living in the affected areas, such as:
  • Urgent calls to the Bahraini nationals living in Japan and registered at its database to ensure their safety.
  • Coordination with the Information Studies and Research Department at MOFA - Bahrain in order to put announcements on the Bahraini TV and different newspapers. Thanks to these announcements, many Bahrainis who were visiting Japan for business of tourism contacted the Embassy directly and confirmed their safety.
  • After all the necessary consultation and coordination, it was decided to evacuate all the Bahraini citizens living in Japan, who wished to leave the country.

 

(From Left to Right - H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan, H.E. Mr. Saeed Al Nowais - Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) to Japan, H.E. Mr. Naoto Kan - the Former Prime Minister of Japan and H.E. Dr. AbdulAziz Turkistani - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Japan, at a Dinner Reception on August 2nd, 2011, organized by H.E. Mr. Naoto Kan, in honor of their Excellencies the Arab Ambassadors to Japan.)

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EVENTS

The Events & Culture Commitee present the Society's First Trophy to The Bahrain Garden Club Chairman on the occasion of The Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS), 2011.

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Presentation of Token of Appreciation to Embassy of Japan official - Mr. Yukio Ishibiki and meeting with his successor - Mr. Hiroyuki Mitsui - Commercial Attache.

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Dinner at Residence of Former Ambassador - H.E. Hideo Sato, in honour of BJBFS BOARD Members & HEADS of respective BJBFS Committees for Years 2011 - 2013

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Visit to embassy of Japan to convey condolences and support to The Peaople of Japan, after the catastrophic events that struck Japan (Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Power Plant explosions).

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) & EXTRA-ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (EGM).

BOARD Members for Years 2011 - 2013 were elected and the Society also approved at the EGM the change of name from;

The Bahrain-Japan Friendship Society (BJFS)

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The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society (BJBFS)

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DINNER RECEPTION

This event was held at The Golden Tulip Hotel, Bahrain, prior to the First Bahrain-Japan Business Forum, which extended an opportunity to BJBFS Members to interact with Members of the Delegation from Japan.

Tokens of Appreciation were presented to Mr. Fumiaki Toya - Director-General for International Trade Policy, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI) and Mr. Hiroaki Ishii - Executive Vice-President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

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MESSAGE FROM JAPANESE LANGUAGE TEACHER MR. KEN UMISHIMA

University of Bahrain / English Department

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I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about Japanese Language Education in Bahrain. A Japanese language teaching programme was established in Bahrain in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund in order to promote an overseas Japanese language education network and develop bilateral exchanges between Bahrain and Japan.

The Japanese Language Courses are open to members of the public and everyone is welcome to join. Each year, the Directorate for Adult Education offers Japanese Language courses, the new courses commence every October and continue until May the following year. The courses will continue at a higher level next semester. The courses are conducted on weekdays during the evening time. For example, Level One (Year 2010-2011) is as follows:

Sunday: 18:30 hrs ~ 20:20 hrs

Monday: 18:30 hrs ~ 20:20 hrs

The cost is only BD 20 per year, this is a registration fee. There are no tuition fees because these courses are co-sponsored by Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund.

If anybody is interested in joining this course then please contact the Ministry of Education during working hours and register your name, on the following contact numbers:

Tel. no.: 1787 8692

Tel. no.: 1787 8693

I look forward to seeing you in the classroom next semester!

I also teach Japanese Language courses at The University of Bahrain.Students at this University, have the opportunity to study Japanese Language, as an elective course for basic learners. At present the schedule is as follows:

Sunday and Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:00 hrs ~ 10:50 hrs

Sunday and Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00 hrs ~ 11:50 hrs

If you are a student at The University of Bahrain, and if interested to learn Japanese, you are most welcome to join my course.

UPDATE FROM BTMU

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) participation at a seminar, organized by the Economic Development Board (EDB), Japan. This executive luncheon was held at Ark Hills Club in Tokyo, Japan on November 29th, 2010. Mr. Chu Cakata - BTMU Regional Head for the Middle East attended as a Guest Speaker. His presentation was about doing business in Bahrain and some of its advantages. The attendees were from Japanese companies that are interested in establishing business in the Middle East.

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FOLLOW-UP MEETINGS WITH H.E. DR. HASSAN FAKHRO MINISTER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE

FOLLOW-UP MEETINGS WITH H.E. DR. HASSAN FAKHRO MINISTER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE

Since The Bahraini Business Delegation returned from Tokyo, progressive and regular follow-up meetings have been taking place at the office of H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakho – Minister of Industry & Commerce. The dynamic efforts of H.E. to ensure progressive results after the recent Forum in Tokyo is very much impressive and appreciated.

Discussions at the follow-up meetings were about the latest developments re. Japanese Organizations setting-up in The Kingdom of Bahrain, the set-up of a Technology Centre, ways to strengthen successful business-matching between Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), visits of Japanese officials and Delegations to Bahrain and also the formation of a joint Business-Council in due course.

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AFTER RETURN OF DELEGATION, BJBFS 'THANK-YOU' LETTER PRESENTED TO H.E. SHAIKH KHALID BIN AHMED AL KHALIFA ROYAL COURT MINISTER

AFTER RETURN OF DELEGATION, BJBFS “THANK-YOU” LETTER PRESENTED TO H.E. SHAIKH KHALID BIN AHMED AL KHALIFA ROYAL COURT MINISTER

BJBFS President – Mr. Mubarak Kanoo presented a “Thank-You” letter to H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Royal Court Minister for the kind attention of H.R.M., towards his support to BJBFS Delegation members, who were part of the historical Visit to Tokyo during April, 2012.

H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Royal Court Minister conveyed greetings of H.R.M. and praised the role of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS), in helping to strengthen bilateral relations and pledge full-support to the Society’s requirements to continue being the driving-force to further enhance business development.

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VISIT TO JGC CORPORATION

VISIT TO JGC CORPORATION

Chariman Emeritus – Mr. Yoshihiro Shighehisa and the JGC Corporation team warmly welcomed The Bahrain Business Delegation and delivered an interesting presentation about the history of their Organization and their projects to-date. Interesting information was also shared re. hydroponics.

A Lunchon was hosted in honour of the Delegation’s visit.

Mr. Yoshihiro Shighehisa also heads The Japan-Bahrain Economic Cooperation Association (JBECA) – the counter-part of BJBFS.

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VISIT TO JFE ENGINEERING

VISIT TO JFE ENGINEERING

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VISIT TO MITAKA KOHKI

VISIT TO MITAKA KOHKI

H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro – Minister of Industry & Commerce, Headed The Bahraini Business Delegation during their tour of Mitaka Kohki Company in Yokohama, during the Official Visit of H.R.M. King Hamad to Tokyo. Also present were Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry(BCCI) Chairman – H.E. Dr Essam Fakhro and Deputy President of The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh.

Mitaka Kohki is a Solar Energy technology firm that also manufactures optical lenses and 3-D screens used in industry, medicine and space fields. The Delegation met with the Japanese inventor and company president Mr. Katsushige Nakamura and Engineer Mr. Yasuaki P. Kohama. Mr. Nakamura gave a presentation on the company’s activities in Solar Energy use and manufacturing optical lenses. H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro praised the outstanding technical expertise achieved by the company in Solar Energy and Space Researches fields, stressing Bahrain’s keenness to cooperate in this area and share the know-how in the use of Solar Energy. The visit continued on to JFE Engineering to learn more about Solar Energy techniques.

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SPECIAL SEMINAR BY DR. SABURO MATSUI - PROFESSOR EMERITUS FROM KYOTO UNIVERSITY

  

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BJBFS PRESENTS THE FIRST UNITY QUILT PATCH FOR AWA QUILT PROJECT

On January 6th, 2013, BJBFS was honoured to have been the FIRST organization in Bahrain to present the American Women Association (AWA) with the FIRST quilt patch towards its "Unity Quilt" project. 

The presentation took place at Majlis of BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh and was of size 25" x 25".  This project is approved by The Ministry of Social Development, which will later be displayed at The Bahrain National Museum to indicate the spirit of Unity in Bahrain enjoyed by Bahrainis and non-Bahrainis.

 

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THE JAPAN COOPERATION CENTRE FOR MIDDLE EAST (JCCME) BUSINESS SEMINAR

This Event was under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry & Commerce and H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro - Chairman of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

JCCME Business Delegation conducted informative presentatiions to the audience.

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HIGH-LIGHTS OF BJBFS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) - NON-ELECTION YEAR

BJBFS Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Non-Election Year was held at The Regency Intercontinental Hotel - Ambassador\'s Hall. It was a non-election year and on behalf of Mr. Mubarak Kanoo - President of the Society, the Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh briefed Members re. the progress of the Society, especially the recent Delegation to Tokyo, headed by H.R.M. The Chairman’s Report and Auditor’s Report were read and activities of the Society were discussed as well as many other matters. Attendees included H.E. Ambassador Karim AlShakar – UnderSecretary for International Affairs and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer AlUmran – in-charge of bilateral relations at Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and BJBFS BOARD Members and other Members of the Society and those who were nominated as a Proxy.

Discussions took place as to how the Society can progress further to enhance bilateral relations between The Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan.

OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU JAPAN

This Commemorative event was organized by The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS), to mark the One Year Anniversary of the catastrophic disasters which struck Japan last year, was held in collaboration with The Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture & Research – Muharraq area.

Tokens of Appreciation were presented to Sponsor of the event – Mohammed Jalal & Sons and also to all the Guest-Speakers and those who supported the Presentations screened during the Event:

  • Mr. Anwar Khalaf - Bahrain Petroleum Co. B.S.C. ©

  • Mr. Rehan Ahmed - Head, Waste Disposal Unit, Directorate of Environmental Control, Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment & Wildlife Bahrain

  • Ms. Nujood AlMahmood

  • Mr. Yousif Yaqoub Lori

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EMBASSY OF JAPAN RECEPTION OF RECOVERY FROM GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE

This Event was hosted by Embassy of Japan at The Golden Tulip Hotel and Guest-Speaker was H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain.

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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CELEBRATED BY BJBFS

Chief-Guest for the event was Mr. Jassim Al Shirawi - General Manager National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) and other Guest-Speakers included Mr. Rehan Ahmed - Head Waste Disposal Unit Directorate of Environmental Control Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment & Wildlife, Bahrain, Ms. Sana Ahmed - Bahrain Resident & Student at George Mason University, Virginia U.S.A. and Mr. Sayed Mohammed Reza - Student at Quality Education School.

Special Thanks from BJBFS to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who although was not present in the audience, his Special Message on the occasion, was delivered on his behalf, by Mr. Peter Grohmann – UN Resident Coordinator.  UN attendees also included Mr. Nejib Friji - Director of UN Information Centre for Gulf Countries, Mr. Ahmed Mukhtar - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Expert, Mrs Marie Daher - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Information Officer.

Present also were Mr. Babu Kewalram - Chairman of Quality Education School, Dr. Ravi Warrier-  School Principal along with Teachers and Students, BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, Head of Events & Culture Committee – Mr. Nabeel Ajoor and other BJBFS Members and Friends of the Society.

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RESONANCE EXHIBITION BY MR. TATSUO YAMAMOTO AT LA FONTAINE CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

BJBFS co-sponsored this event at La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art. Special “Thanks” is conveyed to BJBFS Sponsors – Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company B.S.C. © (GPIC), Bahrain National Gas Company (BANAGAS), Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO) and E.K. Kanoo Co. W.L.L, who generously contributed and made the event possible.

The Exhibition titled, “Resonance” by Japanese artist and architect - Mr. Tatsuo Yamamoto, was based on the concept of bamboo groves and reeds in the wetlands, where invisible winds and vibrations in the surrounding air, cause branches and leaves to shake. Nature becomes the instrument and creates , as light and shadow intertwine.  The Exhibition comprised of installation sculptures and furniture and on the Opening Night, two very well-known Japanese drummers animated the evening and caused the artworks to vibrate.

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GARDEN PARTY HOSTED BY AMBASSADOR SHIGEKI SUMI & MRS TOMOKO SUMI

On March 13th, 2013, H.E. Shigeki Sumi and Mrs Tomoko Sumi hosted a Garden Party at their residence. Attendees included BJBFS Members and members from the Japanese community of Bahrain.

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THE BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL GARDEN SHOW (BIGS) 2012

  

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INAUGURATION OF NEW FUSO SHOWROOM OF ZAYANI MOTORS CO. W.L.L.

H.E. Shigeki Sumi – Japanese Ambassador was invited to inaugurate the new Fuso Showroom of Zayani Motors Co. W.L.L. who also kindly extended invites to all BJBFS Members and Friends of the Society.

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BJBFS DINNER RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF H.E. SHIGEKI SUMI

This event was hosted at Kanoo Guest House – Mahooz area.

Attendees included H.E. Shaikh Hisham AbdulRahman AlKhalifa – Governor of the Capital Governorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Officials – H.E. Karim AlShakar – UnderSecretary, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Dhafer AlUmran – Asst. Undersecretary, BJBFS Members & Friends of the Society.

H.E. Shigeki Sumi was presented with an Honorary Membership Certificate and Mr. Faisal AlMahroos was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation, in recognition towards his support of the Society.

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BJBFS VISIT TO H.R.H. CROWN PRINCE SALMAN HAMAD ALKHALIFA AT ALZAHAR PALACE

BJBFS President – Mr. Mubarak Kanoo, BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh, along with other BOARD Members & respective HEADS of BJBFS Committees, had the honour to meet H.R.H. Crown Prince Salman Hamad Al-Khalifa and discuss the progress of the Society and further ways to enhance bilateral relations.

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BJBFS COURTESY VISIT TO NEW JAPANESE AMBASSADOR - H.E. SHIGEKI SUMI

 

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BJBFS PRESENTATION OF NEWSLETTER ISSUE # III TO H.E. SHIGEKI SUMI

 

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BJBFS VVIP ATTENDANCE AT A FOOTBALL MATCH BETWEEN BAHRAIN & JAPAN AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM

 

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FAREWELL DINNER RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF H.E. HIDEO SATO

Token of Appeciation Presented to H.E. Hideo Sato

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Presentation of Token of Appreciation From BJBFS TO H.E. Hideo Sato

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Certificate of Commendation Presented by H.E. Hideo Sato to BJBFS

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Token of Appreciation From H.E. Hideo Sato to The BJBFS

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Group Photo at the Farewell Dinner Reception in Honour of H.E. Hideo Sato

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COURTESY VISIT TO THE BAHRAIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY (BCCI)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between BJFS Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

The Signing Ceremony took place on Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at BCCI premises – Bait AlTijjar  building, located in Seef District area and this MOU will help to further strengthen bilateral relations.

BJFS visit to H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro – Chairman of The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), to discuss strengthening of bilateral relations, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Business Council set-up and forthcoming Forums.

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OTHER EVENTS

Friendly Football match in Bahrain.

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IAI-JUTSU (the technique of IAI-JUTSU) is one of Samurai’s fighting techniques using Japanese swords, which was established at the end of The Warring States Period (16th century).

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The Japanese Film Festival, 2011

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BAHRAIN NATIONAL DAY RECEPTION IN TOKYO, JAPAN

This was held on December 15th, 2010 at The Peacock Room at The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo and  approximately 800 guests attended.

(From Right – H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan – Ambassador of Bahrain to Japan, Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto – State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Embassy official – Mr. Ahmed Teraifie and EDB Japan  Office Representative - Mr. Kazuo Imahira).

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ACTIVITIES OF THE EMBASSY OF BAHRAIN IN JAPAN & THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD (EDB), JAPAN OFFICE

Mr. Kazuo Imahira – EDB Japan office, delivering a speech at a Seminar in Nagoya, Japan during September, 2010.

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H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan – Ambassador of The Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan, having a pleasant talk with a participant during a Seminar in Tokyo, Japan during November, 2010.

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H.E. Dr.Khalil Hassan – Ambassador of The Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan, delivering an address of  welcome at a Seminar in Fukuoka, Japan during December, 2010.

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VISIT TO JAPAN BY H.E. LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SHAIKH RASHID ALKHALIFA - MINISTER OF INTERIOR

Meeting with H.E. Nobuyasu Kubo - Commissioner of The Fire and Disaster Management Agency, Japan.

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Meeting with H.E. Yukata Banno - Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

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Meeting with H.E. Takaharu Ando - Commissioner General of The National Police Agency.

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Meeting with H.E. Hisashi Tokunaga -Parliamentary Vice - Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Meeting with Mr. Misao Takahashi - President of The National Police Academy.

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Meeting with H.E. Kansei Nakano - Minister & Chairman of The National Public Safety Commission.

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THE FIRST BAHRAIN-JAPAN BUSINESS FORUM

A Dinner Reception  was held at The Golden Tulip Hotel, Bahrain, prior to The First Bahrain-Japan Business Forum, which extended an opportunity to BJFS Members to interact with Members of the Delegation from Japan.

Tokens of Appreciation were presented to Mr. Fumiaki Toya – Director-General for International Trade Policy, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI) and Mr. Hiroaki Ishii – Executive Vice-President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

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The First Bahrain-Japan Business Forum took place at The Golden Tulip Hotel, Bahrain, on February 2nd, 2011.

The main organizers of this event were Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). This Event was under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry & Commerce, who delivered the opening remarks, followed by H.E. Hideo Sato - Ambassador of Japan to The Kingdom of Bahrain. The Delegation from Japan included representatives from leading Japanese Organizations and the First Session of the Forum’s  Programme included various Presentations from METI and other Japanese entities such as, AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), SMRJ (Organization for Small &
Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan), MEDINET Co. Ltd., (Bio-venture technology-oriented company) and FERROTEC CO., Ltd. (Advanced technologyoriented <solar panel-related> company) and futher introductions of business proposals by Delegation member companies.
The Second Session of the Programme included one-on-one meetings between Bahraini attendees and the participating Japanese companies, followed by a Networking Luncheon.

It was a successful event and the approximate total number of attendees was 150 from leading Bahraini Organizations such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Industry & Commerce, BCCI, BAPCO, NOGA, BAFCO, GPIC, MUMTALAKAT, TAMKEEN, EDB and many others. BJFS thanks Embassy of Japan for its continued support and hopes that this Forum will be the first of many more to come, to result in joint business-ventures between The Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan.
 

HIGHLIGHTS OF BJBFS EVENTS 2011

The Japanese Autumn Festival held at The Japanese School – Saar area.

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Visit of Mr. Taku from Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), to carry out a research. His visit included meetings with EDB Bahrain office, Bahrain Logistics, Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) and General Organization of Sea Ports.

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Presentation of First issue of The BJFS Newsletter to H.E. Hideo Sato – Ambassador of Japan, at Embassy premises.

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INAUGURATION OF A JAPANESE CORNER AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between bjfs & Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (bci).

The Signing Ceremony took place on Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at BCCI premises – Bait AlTijjar  building, located in Seef District area and this MOU will help to further strengthen bilateral relations.

BJFS visit to H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro – Chairman of The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), to discuss strengthening of bilateral relations, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Business Council set-up and forthcoming Forums.

The official inauguration ceremony of The Japanese Corner at The National Library, located at Isa Cultural Centre, took place on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010. The event was under the Patronage of H.H. Shaikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Al Khalifa – Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Isa Cultural Centre.

The books were sponsored by Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund and included books on  Japanese culture and language, martial arts, cooking, politics, economics, history and literature. This event enhanced the Society’s efforts to encourage readers and researchers to benefit from the various fields of knowledge and to learn more about interesting Japanese culture.

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HIGHLIGHT OF BJBFS EVENTS

H.E. Hideo Sato - Ambassador of Japan, hosted a Dinner Reception for BJFS and a Power-Point Presentation about the Delegation to Japan was conducted by Deputy-President – Mr. Nasser AlArayedh.

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Visit of H.E. Hideo Sato – Ambassador of Japan to Shaikh Isa Cultural Centre.

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BJFS visit to Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) & Tree-Planting.

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Conference by Japan Foundation entitled, “Balancing Industrial Development & the Environment: making the best use of local knowledge and indigenous practices,” in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, under the Patronage of Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment & Wildlife.

Seminar Programme included lecture by Prof. Ryo Fukikura from the Faculty of Humanities and Environment, Hosei University, Lecture by Dr. Hiroshi Nawata - Associate Professor of Research Institute for Humanities and Nature & other Guest- Speakers also participated.

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Inauguration of a new Japanese restaurant – “Sushi 101 New Asian Cuisine,” by Minister of Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs - H.E. Jum’a Al-Ka’abi, Ambassador of Japan – H.E. Hideo Sato & The BJFS.

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BJFS participation in Cyberdyne Inc., Seminar at Daiwa Securities, Ltd.

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Visit of H.E. Mrs Sato to Al-Jasra Handicraft Centre with Shaikha Wafa’a Al-Khalifa and BJBFS Head of Events & Culture Committee – Mr. Nabeel Ajoor.

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Koh-do Demonstration (Japanese art of appreciating incense) and a comparison with Bahraini incense known as “bukhoor.”

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BJBFS participation with an “Ikebana” at The Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS), which secured a prize.

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Presentation of BIGS 2010 Award to Embassy of Japan & The BJBFS at Embassy premises by Shaikha Maram Al-Khalifa.

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Visit to The Japanese School of Bahrain.

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Reception in honour Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum (JCCP) Officials participating in Petrotech Exhibition, held at Majlis of Deputy President – Mr. Nasser AlArayedh.

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The Japanese Film Festival , held at The Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Centre for Culture & Research.

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Presentation of token of appreciation to Shaikha Mai Al-Khalifa, towards her support of The Japanese Film Festival.

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Visit of Professor Hisashi Ishitani to Bahrain and his lecture to BJFS Members and Guests on, “Renewable Energy & Efficiency.” A Luncheon was hosted by President of The BJFS – Mr. Mubarak Kanoo at Kanoo Guest House – Al-Mahooz area.

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Visit of Mr. Hiroki Matsumoto - Managing Director & Mr. Kotaro Kodama – Executive Director of The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) - Dubai office & MENA Region. A dinner was hosted in their honour at Kanoo Guest House – Al-Mahooz area.

Guest-speaker was Mr. Kotaro Kodama and he briefed attendees on “Bilateral Economic Relationship between Bahrain and Japan & JETRO’s activities.”

JETRO officials also had the opportunity to meet with H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro – Minister of Industry & Commerce, H.E. Dr. Dhafer Al-Umran - Director of Bilateral Relations at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Trevor Stokes – Executive Director of Business Development at The Economic Development Board (E.D.B.) & Mr. Talal Al-Zain – Chief Executive Officer at Mumtalakat. 

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BJFS DELEGATION TO JAPAN DURING NOVEMBER 2009

Prior to BJBFS delegation to Japan, Embassy officials conducted a Guidance Session and briefed Delegation travelling to Japan about the country and its culture.

Delegation visited Private & Public Sector Organizations.
Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI).

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Japan Cooperation Centre for the Middle East (JCCME).

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Yokogawa.

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JGC Corporation.

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Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

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The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU).

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

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A Welcome Reception by The BJFS, hosted in collaboration with the Embassy of Bahrain in Japan, held at The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo.

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Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

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Sumitomo Corporation.

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Nomura Holdings, Inc

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Visit to Former Prime Minister of Japan – H.E. Yasuo Fukuda.

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The Japan-Bahrain Parliamentary Friendship League.

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Keidanren.

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Toyota Motor Corporation in Nagoya.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF EVENTS

Official Inauguration of the Society at the Gulf Hotel – Awal Ballroom, under the Patronage of Minister of Foreign Affairs – H.E. Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.

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Celebrating the establishment of the Society at residence of Former Ambassador – H.E. Takeshi Kondo and the First Meeting with the Founding Members of the Society at his residence.

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The Second Meeting of the Founding Members of the Society at Kanoo Guest House – Al-Mahooz area.

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Visit of Former Prime Minister of Japan – H.E. Yasuo Fukuda.

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The Presentation of the First Brochure of the Society and the screening of the Japanese film “Sanjuro” at the residence of Former Ambassador – H.E. Takeshi Kondo.

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Visit of Professor from Japan – Dr. Haruo Shimada.

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Visit of the Training Squadron of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force Musical Band & Martial Arts performance and presentation of Japanese traditional drums (wadaiko).

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The Bahrain-Japan Business Families Reception at Kanoo Guest House in Saar area.

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Visit of official from Economic Development Board (E.D.B.) Japan office – Mr. Kazuo Imahira.

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Reception at Kanoo Guest House – Al-Mahooz area to bid farewell to Former Ambassador H.E. Takeshi Kondo.

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BJFS in collaboration with La Fontaine, promoted “Dream Time Japanese Takht” (Arabic Music).

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Visit to the office of Minister of Oil & Gas Affairs – H.E. AbdulHussain Ali Mirza.

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Visit to office of Minister of Commerce & Industry – H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro.

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Visit of Japanese Professor Emeritus from the University of Tokyo and Director of New Energy Promotion Council – Dr. Hisashi Ishitani and his lecture entitled, “Policy and Measures for Energy Conservation and Promotion of Renewable Energy in Japan ” at The Bahrain Society of Engineering.

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A luncheon hosted in honour of Professor Ishitani at Kanoo Guest House – Al-Mahooz area.

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PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN - H.E. SHINZO ABE VISITS THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received at Sakhir Palace in the presence of H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa - Prime Minister of Bahrain, the Japanese Prime Minister - H.E. Shinzo Abe on the occasion of his visit to Bahrain as part of a regional tour. His Majesty welcomed the Japanese Prime Minister, hailing strong and ever-growing bilateral relations. He stressed that the visit represents an opportunity to further cement ties between the two friendly countries and boost cooperation mainly in the trade, economic, investment, cultural and scientific fields.

His Majesty asked the Japanese Premier to convey his greetings to Japan's Emperor Akihito and his best wishes to him of continuous good health and happiness and more progress and prosperity to the Japanese people.

His Majesty lauded the advanced level of bilateral relations and cooperation, stressing Bahrain's keenness to further bolster them in various fields. He also praised Japan's support to Bahrain in all measures taken to preserve its security and stability as well as the safety of its people. He streesed that Japan's stance reflects deep-rooted relations between both countries and the pioneering role played by Japan in fostering international peace and stability.

His Majesty lauded the role of the official talks held between H.R.H. the Prime Minister and his Japanese counterpart in reinforcing bilateral relations mainly in the political and security fields. He also hailed the major role of the private sector in promoting bilateralcooperation, pointing out that the favourable investment climate provided by Bahrain has contributed to luring major international companies and banking institutions. His Majesty hailed the Memoranda of Understanding signed by both countries, underlining their role in promoting bilateral cooperation mainly in the agricultural, health and security fields. He also praised the successful Japanese experience in the economic, industrial and trade fields, commending the key role played by the Japanese community in the kingdom's comprehensive development march.

His Majesty discussed with the Japanese Prime Minister the latest reguinal and international developments and issues of common interest. Both leaders stressed the importance of boosting peace and stability all over the world.

In tribute to his efforts in bolstering bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation, His Majesty awarded the Japanese Prime Minister with the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa Medal First Class. He also awarded the Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain - H.E. Shigeki Sumi with the Bahrain Medal First Class, in appreciation of his contributions to solidifying bilateral ties.

His Majesty held a lunch banquet in honour of the Japanese Prime Minister. He also met Japanese businessmen accompanying the Premiar and discussed witht hem ways of bolstering bilateral relations in the trade and economic fields.

His Majesty stressed Bahrain's keenness to promote investments with Japan, taking price in Bahrain's achievements in the economic and trade fields.

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RED CARPET WELCOME FOR JAPANESE PREMIER

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The Kindom of Bahrain rolled out the red carpet for the Japanese Prime Minister- H.E. Shinzo Abe who arrived on a two-day historic visit. His Royal Highness Prime minister Prince Khalifa bin salman Al-Khalifa received his counterpart at Gudaibiya Palace, where an official reception was held for the Japanese Premier.

H.R.H. the Premier and the H.E. Shinzo Abe then held talks and discussed bilateral relations bonding the Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan. H.R.H. Shinzo Abe, commending Japan for supporting regional security and stability and backing the reform process in Bahrain. He hailed strong relations in all fields, describing solid bilateral ties as a model to emulate for relations based on mutual respect and resolve to achieve joint interests. H.R.H. the Premier pointed out the challenges confronting the GCC member states, which impacted their development process and shared that. "The GCC governments have succeeded in overcoming the challenges and embarking on further development achievements to enhance citizens' standards of living."

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his delight at visiting Bahrain to expand the scope of cooperation in all fields and stressed the importance of the visits to Japan by His Majesty the King and H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa - Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.

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SIGNING OF MoUs AND PRESS CONFERENCE

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H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa - Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Bahrain and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan held a Press Conference for the Japanese media, during which the results of the meeting were discussed.

H.R.H. the Premier stressed Bahrain - Japan talks have focused on boosting bilateral cooperation to achieve common interests and means to support and strengthen political, economic and security cooperation between the two countries for the promotion of maintaining the region's security and stability, and expressed thanks and appreciation for the Japanese Prime Minister for his visit that will allow a new dimension for the bilateral relations.

On his part, Japanese Prime Minister - H.E. Shinzo Abe expressed delight in visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain, as the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit Bahrain and also expressed contentment in the  growing relationships in all areas between the two countries, stressing the importance of the bilateral talks held with H.R.H. the Prime Minister. H.E. Shinzo Abe expressed his country's aspiration to establish a full partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain, noting the importance of security, trade and food cooperation that was agreed upon during the session of talks. He added that his country seeks Bahrain's support for the GCC-Japan relations, as Bahrain was chairing the current session of Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States, and holding strategic dialogue between Japan and the GCC countries at the ministerial level.

FOUR AGREEMENTS SIGNED

A. Statement of Cooperation between the Japan Financial Intelligence Center of the National Public Safety Commission of Japan and Ministry of Interior Financial Intelligence Directorate, Kingdom of Bahrain concerning the Exchange of Financial Intelligence related to Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.

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B. MoU between the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan and the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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C. MoU between Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and the Agriculture Affairs, Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Kingdom of Bahrain.

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D. Clinical Study Agreement between SBI Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. and King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH).

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H.R.H.PRINCE KHALIFA BIN SALMAN AL KHALIFA - PRIME MINISTER OF THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN HOSTS A DINNER BANQUET IN HONOUR OF H.E. SHINZO ABE - PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN

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At the official dinner hosted by H.R.H. Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salan Al Khalifa, the first dessert course was a selection of fresh fruits specially flown in from Japan - grapes, pears and melons. They were served to celebrate the resumption of fruit and vegetable exports from Japan to Bahrain. Bahrain is the first GCC country to recognize that such produce, the import of which had been suspended by the GCC after Fukushima, were safe when sourced from other parts of Japan and poses no threat. It also acknowledges that Japan has strict checks and an advanced system to ensure that no risks are taken.

The official Japanese spokespersons were quick to praise Bahrain's forward-looking move and called it an encouraging sign that would hopefully be emulated by other GCC countries too.

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THE BAHRAIN-JAPAN BUSINESS FORUM AT THE RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL

Under the directives of H.R.H. Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and in the Presence of H.E. Shinzo Abe - Prime Minister of Japan, a Bahrain-Japan Business Forum was held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Al Ghazal Ballroom. The Business Forum was organized by H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry and Commerce.

Prior to the Forum, a private meeting took place between H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro,  H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro - Chairman of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh. Present also were Ambassadors H.E. Shigeki Sumi and H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan. BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh embraced the opportunity to present H.E. Shinzo Abe witha copy of the Society's Commemorative Book marking the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations and a Commemorative Coin.

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The Opening Speeches at the Forum were delivered by H.E. Dr. Hassan FAkhro and H.E. Shinzo Abe. Other key-note speakers were H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro, Mr. Nasser AL Arayedh and H.E. Yoshihiro Shigehisa - Chairman of Japan-Bahrain Economic Cooperation Association (JBECA).

Presentations were conducted by Mr. Yousif Al Khan from The Economic Development Board (EDB) - Bahrain and by Mr. Osama Al Orrayedh - Ministry of Industry & Commerce. Attendees included a large number of businessmen and businesswomen.

At the opening of the Forum, H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry an Commerce welcomed the Japanese Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation, asserting that the business sector in Bahrain is looking forward to his visit to the Kingdom in order to open up new horizons of trade, commercial, industrial, services and investment cooperation with friendly Japan. He expressed admiration and appreciation of Japan's advanced experience in all fields, particularly the economic ones.

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H.E.Dr. Hassan Fakhro added that the advanced level of bilateral trade relations was the fruitful outcome of the two countries' Leadership constant interest to bolster them regularly, citing the visits of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier to Japan and the current visit of H.E. Shinzo Abe to the Kingdom.

The Japanese Prime Minister delivered a statement in which he affirmed the solidity of the deep-rooted economic relations bonding the two countries, noting that the first shipment of crude oul was sent to his country from Bahrain in the 1930s. He added that about twenty Japanese companies are currently operating in Bahrain, which, he said, is a good indicator that the Forum will be suitable opportunity to consolidate joint economic activities in the trade, industrial, service and investment fields.

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On his part, H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro - Chairman of BCCI, affirmed that bolstering bilateral relation was a good achievement for the private sector in both countries, noting that the BCCI is looking forward to taking advantage of Japan's experience in building the economy, especially regarding small and medium-sized enterprises.

BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh welcomed the visit of H.E. Shinzo Abe and his accompanying Delegation. He wished H.E. Shinzo Abe further success after having introduced his special policy, famously known as "ABENOMICS" which has helped push economic growth up in Japan, through the challenges and expressed that no doubt, by his determination to fix the economy, he is definitely on the path of being a transformational figure in Japanese history.

BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh further mentioned that the Society has deep-rooted relations with Japanese Companies and with the Japanese Community of Bahrain and the exchange of visiting Delegations between the two countries has strengthened these ties, especially the Official Delegation of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, during his Historic visit to Japan during April 2012, marking forty distinguished Years of Diplomatic relations. He also shared that it was a successful trip in which Memoranda of  Understanding were signed and that the trip also included a Business Forum, which was followed-by an Exhibition about Bahrain, with fruitful interaction between the Japanese and Bahraini attendees of this event, which resulted in an increase in the number of visiting Business Delegations from Japan and an increase in the number of Japanese Companies interested to set-up regional offices in The Kingdom of Bahrain.

Furthermore, Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh recalled that the recent visit of H.R.H. Crown Prince and First Deputy Premier - Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, to Japan during April of this year, witnessed many more Memoranda of Understanding signed between the two countries.

Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh stressed the fact that these high-ranking visits have clearly helped boost the business relationship in a dramatic way and that the visit of H.E. Shinzo Abe was of a great importance,  to help accomplish the general objective of the two countries of enhancing bilateral ties in all fields and specifically, the Society's main objective of building increased business relationship and friendship.

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Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh shared that the Japanese Community of Bahrain was approximately two hundred and fifty residents and that they have interacted well with the Bahraini Community and that the Society looked forward to this total number increasing. He further expressed that the Japanese Community are known to be friendly, disciplined and hardworking.

BJBFS Deputy President - Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh encouraged Japanese education to be offered more to Bahrainis, as Bahrain was witnessing an increased interest by Bahrainis for Japanese education and training and in order to reach our mutual objective in enhancing a closer relationship, he encouraged Japanese educational institutions and Training Centres to be set-up, to promote more cultural and educational awareness between Bahrainis and Japanese students, even perhaps by Business Student Exchanges, to understand more about each other's respective economies from a young age.

Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh expressed how happy Bahrain was to have the presence of leading Japanese Companies and how their long-standing commitment to Bahrain and to their projects was respected and how it warmed the heart to hear their praise towards the support extended by the Government of Bahrain and the encouragement they have received to set-up their reguinal offices. Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh concluded his speech by thanking Bahrain's Leadership for their dedication and continued efforts to strengthen bilateral relations and encouraged the audience to embrace the opportunity of the Forum to interact and explore areas of cooperation in various sectors to hopefully continue to build upon the existing business relationship between Bahrain and Japan and that he looked forward with great enthusiasm, to future visits of H.E. Shinzo Abe and his accompanying Delegation, to witness the fruits of the visit saying that he hoped the Society's motto, "Business Through Friendship," continues to intensify relations between the two countries.

H.E. Yoshihiro Shigehisa - Chairman of Japan-Bahrain Economic Cooperation Association (JBECA) also shared warm words about the unique friendship and long-standing relations shared between Japan and The Kingdom of Bahrain and about the importance of the GCC region.

After the speeches, H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro presented H.E. Shinzo Abe with a Commemorative gift.

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JAPANESE PREMIER MEETS VICE ADMIRAL MILLER - COMMANDER OF THE U.S. FIFTH FLEET

Japanese Premier H.E. Shinzo Abe met with Vice Admiral Miller - Vice-Admiral John W. Miller - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Commander, U.S. FIFTH Fleet, Commander, Combined Maritime Forces, discussing plans of Japan to deploy its P3C maritime reconnaissance aircraft used for surveillance activities to Bahrain.

The P3C aircraft are currently based at Japan's overseas base in DJibouti which are being used by its maritime Self-Defence force for its anti-piracy mission off the Coast of Somalia to step up the fight against Sea Piracy.

The Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry Press Secretary Ms. Kuni Sato stated during a Press Conference at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Spa that, "It was discussed at the meeting to expand the level of surveillance to counter piracy in the Arabian Gulf and a request was made to send the P3C."

A CULTURAL VISIT TO THE BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM

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H.E. shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa - Minister for Culture received at Bahrain National Museum Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. She voiced interest in developing relations with Japan mainly in the cultural field, stressing that the modern history of Bahrain and Japan has known a remarkable progress in terms of cultural exchange between both countries.

On his part, the Japanese Premier stressed the need to open new channels for bilateral cooperation, expressing happiness about learning about Bahrain's cutlure and heritage displayed at the museum.

The Japanese Prime Minister toured the museum and got informed about its valuable content which recounts Bahrain's history of around seven thousand years.

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JAPAN'S PREMIER TRAVELS ON HIS ONWARD JOURNEY...

After two days packed with intensive meetings, H.E. Shinzo Abe had to travel on his onward journey and The Kingdom of Bahrain looks forward to welcoming him again in the not too distant future...

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UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN...

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HRH CROWN PRINCE SALMAN BIN HAMAD AL KHALIFA HEADS DELEGATION FOR ROYAL VISIT TO JAPAN

The Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Emperor Akihito meets His Royal Highness Crown Prince & First Deputy Premier, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain

 

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince & First Deputy Premier, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain and Japanese Crown Prince His Imperial Highness Prince Naruhito meet in Tokyo

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HRH CROWN PRINCE SALMAN IS GREETED BY DELEGATION MEMBERS

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VISIT OF HRH CROWN PRINCE SALMAN TO TOKYO SETS NEW GOALS FOR BAHRAIN AND JAPAN

 

Warm relations: HRH Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa greets Japanese Foreign Minister - H.E. Fumio Kishida

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At the meeting between HRH Crown Prince Salman and the Japanese Foreign Minister - H.E. Fumio Kishida are (from left): Political and Economic Adviser to HRH the Crown Prince's Court - Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro - Chairman of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), H.E. Kamal Ahmed - Minister of Transportation and Acting CEO of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Minister of Foreign Affairs

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HRH Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa leads his Ministerial team in talks with the Japanese Foreign Minister - H.E. Fumio Kishida and his team

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KINGDOM INKS THIRTEEN MEMORANDA OF UNDASTANDING TO PROMOTE BETTER BUSINESS TIES

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Above & Below: HRH Crown Prince Salman meets leading Japanese businessmen at an official reception in Tokyo

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Thirteen Memoranda of Understanding and agreements to strengthen cooperation were signed between ministries, organisations and private sector companies in the fields of healthcare and pharmaceuticals, education and training, oil and gas and financial services amongst others. Apart from HRH Prince Salman, who is also the Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB), the delegation included representatives of the EDB, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and Mumtalakat as well as a few delegates nominated by the very active Bahrain - Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS).

The delegation visited the cities of Osaka and Tokyo. Transport minister and Acting Chief Executive of the EDB, H.E. Kamal Ahmed, said, "We are delighted at the success of the delegation's visit to Japan. Bahrain and Japan have long shared a profitable economic partnership and today's announcement pay testimony to the benefits that both our countries can gain from working together."

H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro, Chairman of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and one of the members of the delegation, said, "We are very happy to announce such a wide range of economic agreements across a number of sectors that play an important role in both our economies. We look forward to developing these relationships in the future. The Chamber will take the initiative and build on the positive results yielded by the visits and activate the business councils with India and Japan in particular."

H.E. Dr. Essam Fakhro paid tribute to HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa for his unrelenting efforts to promote Bahrain's economic and trade relations and project its investment opportunity to the business world, mentioning that, "These visits will contribute to promoting Bahrain's investment credentials, strong assets and business-friendly environment" and also stressing the importance of building on the positive resultsof the visits to bolster Bahrain's competitiveness and promote its place on the intenational investment map.

Bahrain and Japan have a close diplomatic relationship and strong economic and trade connections, dating back to 1932. Japan is one of Bahrain's major trading partners and Bahrain is also home to a number of major Japanese companies including Nomura Securities, Toyota Training Centre, Yokogawa, Daiwa Securities, Yamato Kogyo and SBI Pharmaceuticals.

 

H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain signs an MoU with H.E. Yasutaka Moriguchi - Vice Minister, Ministry of Education, Sports, Science & Technology

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H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain signs an MoU with H.E. Hirobumi Kawano - President, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation

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Mumtalakat CEO Mr. Mahmood Kooheji signs an MoU with Mr. Yoshitaka Kitao - Chairman & CEO of Japanese SBI Pharmaceuticals Holdings Incorporation

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An MoU signed between Mr. Yoshitaka Kitao - Chairman and CEO of Japanese SBI Pharmaceuticals Holdings Incorporation and Mr. Adnan Mahmood Al Balooshi - Deputy General Manager, Banking Services, Bahrain Development Bank

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Chairman of Deeko Bahrain and BJBFS Member - Mr. Abdulhussain Dewani exchanges an MoU with Mr. Yoshitaka Kitao - Chairman and CEO of Japanese SBI Pharmaceuticals Holdings Incorporation

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Bahraini and Japanese counterparts signing respective MoUs

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B2B SUCCESS BETWEEN BAHRAINI AND JAPANESE COUNTER-PARTS

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HRH PRINCE SALMAN TAKES THE SCENIC BULLET-TRAIN RIDE TO TOKYO

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HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister took a scenic train journey from Kyoto to Tokyo by the famed Japanese Bullet Train service (Shinkansen) after concluding a working visit to Kyoto. The train journey was a rare departure from the more structured and formal travel and the delegation as well as delighted Japanese co-passengers were charmed by the ease and the knowledgeable informality of HRH Crown Prince Salman.

Upon arrival in Tokyo, HRH Crown Prince Salman was received by the officials of the Japanese government. The Tokyo schedule was packed with meetings, the first being a visit to  His Imperial Majesty Akihito - Emperor of Japan. This meeting focused on relations between Bahrain and Japan, which are based on mutual respect, reinforced by visits and connections across political, economic, and cultural sectors.

HRH Prince Salman also conducted a series of meetings focusing on bilateral political, diplomatic and economic relations between Bahrain and Japan.

HRH Prince Salman also met with Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito - Crown Prince of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe - the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida - Foreign Minister of Japan, H.E. Toshimitsu Motegi - Minister of Economy, Trade Industry for Japan.

In addition, the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) hosted a business lunch which was attended by the official Bahraini delegation accompanying HRH and the presidents of several major Japanese companies also attended.

 

Japanese government officials and Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain - H.E. Shigeki Sumi greet HRH Crown Prince Salman upon his arrival in Tokyo

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OFFICIAL RECEPTION IN TOKYO FOR HRH CROWN PRINCE SALMAN AND DELEGATION

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H.E. Kamal Ahmed - Bahrain's Minister of Transportation & Acting Head of the EDB

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H.E. Isshu Sugawara - State Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry, Japan

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H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan

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HRH CROWN PRINCE SALMAN VISITS CULTURAL & HISTORIC PLACES IN JAPAN

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THE HISTORIC VISIT OF H.R.M. TOKYO DURING APRIL 2012

PRIOR TO THE TRIP TO TOKYO

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HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS MAJESTY’S HISTORIC TRIP TO TOKYO

HIS MAJESTY MEETS EMPEROR AKIHITO & CROWN PRINCE NARUHITO

H.R.M. King Hamad met with His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito and reaffirmed the distinguished friendly relations between The Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan. H.R.M. also discussed how Bahrain is proud to have such historical ties that link it to Japan and that it is keen to strengthen them. Emperor Akihito praised the freedom that Bahrain enjoys and its rapid achievements and success in political, economic and educational fields.

A Luncheon Banquet was hosted by Emperor Akihito in honour of H.R.M.

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HIS MAJESTY MEETS H.E. YOSHIHIKO NODA – PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN

H.R.M King Hamad held talks with H.E. Yoshihiko Noda – Prime Minister of Japan. Cooperation in the sector of artificial satellites was discussed, with Bahrain hoping to benefit from the Japanese know-how. The Japanese Premier reaffirmed Japan’s keenness to promote bilateral relations with The Kingdom of Bahrain, stressing the Kingdom’s pivotal position as a strategic hub in the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain was also hailed for embarking on a serious process of comprehensive reforms.

H.R.M and the Japanese Premier attended the signing of Memoranda of Understanding and H.R.M. later attended a Dinner Banquet, hosted by H.E. Yoshihiko Noda.

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HIS MAJESTY VISITS THE DIET BUILDING (JAPAN’S PARLIAMENT)

H.R.M. visited The Japanese Parliament and held a meeting with the Japanese Parliament Speaker – Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi and his Deputy and H.R.M. asserted Japan’s global status in the economic, financial, commercial and political fields, in addition to its technological and industrial development. H.R.M. also mentioned that his visit aimed to strengthen historical ties with Japan and that his recent meeting with Emperor Akihito was fruitful.

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HIS MAJESTY MEETS FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN & THE JAPAN-BAHRAIN PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP LEAGUE

H.R.M. met with Former Japanese Prime Minister – H.E. Yasuo Fukuda who played a pivotal role as one of the Founders of The Japan-Bahrain Parliamentary Friendship Committee. H.R.M. affirmed his appreciation towards efforts exerted by H.E. Yasuo Fukuda to bolster the outstanding bilateral ties which aimed at constantly opening up new horizons of joint collaboration.

H.R.M. also met with Members of The Japan-Bahrain Parliamentary Friendship League, headed by Mr. Tsutomu Takebe, who delivered a speech and voiced deep respect for H.RM. for his reform steps to promote Parliamentary work in Bahrain and achieve national reconciliation.

Members from The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) and The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) were honoured to be part of the highprofile Bahrain Business Delegation, to Tokyo.

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THE AKASAKA PALACE RECEPTION

H.R.M King Hamad hosted a Reception Ceremony at The Imperial Akasaka Palace in honour of Japanese Crown Prince Naruhiro. His Majesty’s accompanying Delegation, Senior Japanese Officials, businessmena and econominc, financial and banking keyfigures also attended.

H.R.M. King Hamad delivered a speech during the ceremony in which he described his visit to Japan as an opportunity to convey greetings and appreciation from the People of Bahrain and to emphasize strong ties bonding the two nations. Quoting from the Speech, “The civilisation, history and culture of the People of Japan have enriched human civilization, they have contributed and will continue to contribute to international economic and cultural advancement. Our cooperation with friendly Japan has many foundations, both are archipelagos. Bahrain is the only Arab country in the Arab world that shares this geographical feature with Japan and both are dependant on seas and ports to trade and interace with the world, as trade brings about civilization. It is worth mentioning that Japan is the second largest importer of Bahrini export products and Japanese products are the largest Bahraini imports.” Furthermore, H.R.M. said that, “We have signed a number of bilateral agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Japan in political consultation, defence cooperation, industry and energy.”

While briefing the distinguished guests at the Reception about Bahrain, H.R.M. said, “Our country depends on national construction of economy, security, social development, justice, tolerance and coexistence. We respect international agreements and the role of international institutions.”

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THE JAPAN-BAHRAIN BUSINESS FORUM

This event was well-organized and a great success. The full-house audience were captivated by the various informative presentations delivered by Japanese and Bahraini officials to help strengthen bilateral ties.

The Japan-Bahrain Business Forum was under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro – Minister of Industry & Commerce, Bahrain whose great effort to ensure that the event was well-organized resulted in everyone commending how successful it was. The fullhouse audience were captivated by the various informative presentations delivered by Japanese and Bahraini officials to help strengthen bilateral ties. Key-note Speaker was H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro who delivered a speech to enhance bilateral relations in the Trade Sector.

During his speech, H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro is quoted as having mentioned that, “Bahrain will further boost its strong trade and economic ties with Japan. We are determined to enhance our trade and economic relationship with Japan, a relationship which goes back to 1934, with the discovery of oil and the first oil shipment that was sent to Japan. Today Japan is one of Bahrain\'s top trade partners, with a trade volume in excess of $1.2 billion.” H.E. further mentioned that, "It is an honour, and great pleasure to be accompanying His Majesty King Hamad during this important visit to this great country of Japan, a visit which culminates various high-level exchanges that have taken place between the two countries, and is a reflection of the importance with which Bahrain views the development of its relationship with Japan.”

"Japanese companies are active in the Bahrain economy in the financial, trade and manufacturing sectors, and have also been engaged in work in the petrochemicals field, gas, telecommunications and a number of large-scale industrial projects.” "With us are many leading Bahrain businessmen with substantial trade relations with Japan, who are here to do even more business.”

H.E. also added that, "Japan\'s assistance and involvement in developing industrial clusters downstream of our core primary producers, such as aluminium, steel, fibreglass and petrochemicals, would enable small and medium producers of secondary and finished products, and the Bahrain International Investment Park to expand and develop new products, and also would encourage more producers to establish new infrastructure facilities.” “Bahrain is also a major international and regional banking and financial services centre, and whilst Japanese financial institutions are present in the market, there is great opportunity for existing institutions to expand their presence, and for new banks to set up a base in Bahrain, to take advantage of mega projects that are either underway or planned for the future.”

H.E. Dr. Fakhro also mentioned that, "We also look forward to the Japanese expertise in our development of housing needs, social welfare, cultural endeavours and educational and vocational programmes, in particular the possible development of the King Hamad University for Science and Technology with an associated digital library would benefit enormously from Japanese experience.” "We could also benefit from the outstanding Japanese abilities in the field of an export development centre, as the Bahrain government, through the Industry and Commerce Ministry, is now in the process of considering the establishment of an export development centre," H.E. added.

In his speech, H.E. also emphasized that, “The signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two sides will be a platform on which to undertake new joint initiatives, and for Bahrain to gain from Japanese experience, in particular in support of the development of small and medium-sized enterprises through various programmes. The Industry and Commerce Ministry contributes to the strengthening of trade relations between the two nations, being focused on continuous improvement of the industrial, commercial, exhibitions and trade environment, making it easier for Japanese companies to gain access to the potential markets in the region.”

BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh also delivered a speech in which he spoke about the role of the Society in strengthening bilateral ties between The Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan. He mentioned that, “the main objective of our Society and its respective Committees is to encourage and strengthen bilateral relations in all areas and especially the Business sector, as our name implies. The Society’s Members consist of leading Bahraini and Japanese companies that play a vital role in the economy. The Society is a place to network, a place to build your business and a place to learn from experiences of others and their success. We provide support and assistance for our Members, through our

numerous activities which are mentioned and covered in our Website and Newsletters and hope that you have time to look through it. Bahrain is known as the Gateway to the Gulf and we, as The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS, hope to be your Gateway to Bahrain.”

BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh also briefed the audience that, “In November 2009, the Society arranged its First Business Delegation to Japan, to build a stronger relationship between it and the Japanese Government and Private sector. The visit was a great success and we thank Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Cooperation Center for Middle East (JCCME), Keidanren and many others of the Private sector, for their support and warm welcome.” He further added that, “The fruits of this visit came during 2011, when Bahrain hosted The First Bahrain-Japan Business Forum. The main Organizers of this event were METI and JETRO and it was under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro - Minister of Industry & Commerce.”

BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh emphasized that, “Today. building on the success of previous Forums and visiting Delegations, today’s Forum which appears to be the largest, shows the enthusiasm of all Participants to do business with each other and BJBFS is here to guide and help you achieve your objectives.” He concluded by mentioning that, “… this year marks a very special occasion – the 40th Anniversary of Bilateral Relations between The Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan. A close relationship that has become stronger and stronger through the years. We hope that today’s interaction and regular visits will give all an opportunity to gain from this relationship and do more business.”

Other Key-Note Speakers from Japan added to the importance of strengthening bilateral relations.

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THE BAHRAIN EXHIBITON AT THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, TOKYO

This event was hosted immediately after the FORUM where all the participants attended and enjoyed fruitful net-working at the Luncheon.

Speaking at the Opening of The Bahrain Exhibition, H.E Dr. Hassan Fakhro mentioned that, “His Majesty\'s visit together with The Bahrain-Japan Economic Forum and The Exhibition as supporting events, mark the beginning of a focused effort to showcase what Bahrain has to offer Japanese businesses and how Bahrain can help in the recovery process by providing a strategic base from which to expand Japanese exports, or to exhibit Japanese products and services into the region, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

H.E. further added that, “Whilst there are a number of Japanese companies already active in the Bahrain economy in the financial, trade and manufacturing sectors, and some have also been engaged in work in the petrochemicals field, gas, telecommunications and a number of large-scale industrial projects; it is true to say that this is not truly reflective of the extent of our trade flow, and the depth of the Bahrain Japan relationship.”

BJBFS Deputy President – Mr. Nasser Al Arayedh shared a few words of thanks on behalf of the BJBFS Delegates and presented Tokens of Appreciation to H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro – Minister of Industry & Commerce, H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan - Bahrain’s Ambassador to Tokyo and other Coordinators of the event, to thank them for organizing such a successful event.

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BJBFS SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) WITH ITS COUNTER-PART
THE JAPAN-BAHRAIN ECONOMIC COOPERATION ASSOCIATION (JBECA)
AT THE JAPAN-BAHRAIN ECONOMIC FORUM, TOKYO

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THE BAHRAIN BUSINESS DELEGATION

Members from The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) and The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) were honoured to be part of the highprofile Bahrain Business Delegation, to Tokyo.

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