Ministry of Culture will offer to establish position of cultural attaché in Japan

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2021 05 27

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The Ministry of Culture will submit a draft ruling to the government proposing to establish the position of the Cultural Attaché of the Republic of Lithuania in the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Japan.

It was also be suggested for the positions of the Cultural Attaché of the Republic of Lithuania in the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Kaliningrad (Russian Federation) and the Cultural Heritage Attaché of the Republic of Lithuania in the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Russian Federation to be abolished.

According to the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys, Japan is not only a strategic partner of the EU and the capital of diplomacy in the Eastern hemisphere which will be the focus of the world this year as the host of the Olympics, but also one of the most significant and vital art markets in the world, which is why consistent efforts to strengthen relations with this country are highly important.

“Japan is seen as a reliable and constructive partner not only by Lithuania’s politicians and businesspeople but also by people in culture. After all, we have already achieved valuable results in this field: starting from the activities of Chiune Sugihara – which have linked the two countries forever – and their promotion and ending with the partnerships dedicated to the programme Kaunas – the European Capital of Culture 2022. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Japan. In this overall context of shared visions and cultural exchanges, we see the activities of the cultural attaché of Lithuania in Japan as an important long-term advantage”, Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys said.

In order to increase the effectiveness of the currently existing network of cultural attachés, it will also be suggested for the government to abolish two positions of cultural attachés in Russia. There are currently three positions of cultural attachés in this country: the cultural attaché position in the Russian Federation, the cultural heritage attaché position in the Russian Federation, and the cultural attaché position in the Consulate General in Kaliningrad. Since such a distribution of the cultural attaché network is not effective, it is proposed to leave one position in this country: that of cultural attaché in the Russian Federation. Abolishment of two positions and establishment of one new cultural attaché position in Japan would not require additional funds from the state budget.