Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson: cultural ties, uniting us with Japan, are getting stronger


2018 10 16


Culture Minister Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson met with the new Japanese ambassador to Lithuania, Shiro Yamasaki. 

The Minister congratulated the ambassador on his appointment in Lithuania and thanked the Japanese embassy for their long-term contribution to strengthening cultural ties with Lithuania. According to L. Ruokytė-Jonsson, bilateral cooperation is currently particularly successful and intensive. The Japanese government provides significant assistance to the Lithuanian culture on the scheme of providing cultural assistance and various funds of Japan, cultural agencies, programs of the Ministry of Science and Education.

The program to encourage translation from Lithuanian into Japanese was discussed on the meeting; in 2020, it is planned to commemorate the anniversary of the consul of Japan Chiune Sugihara, who worked in Kaunas in 1939-1940. The politicians agreed to cooperate in the projects, dedicated to this event.

During the meeting Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson and Shiro Yamasaki also discussed the importance of the biggest festival of Japanese culture in the Baltic countries “Now Japan”; which is presenting to the Lithuanian public a wide range of Japanese culture. On October 19–28, at the DesignArt 2018 event in Tokyo, the organizers of the festival plan to implement the program “Lithuania: Creative & Contemporary”, during which the traditions of the intangible Lithuanian heritage, reflecting Lithuania in design and architecture, will be presented.

The Minister of Culture noted that the partnership with Japan is being strengthened not only in Vilnius. This week the delegation of Hiratsuka educational institutions will visit the Ministry of Culture; the city actively cooperates with Kaunas and Alytus.