ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Japan enjoy exemplary relations which can further be enhanced with the increase in people to people contacts and exchanges of business, cultural and political delegations between the two countries.
This was stated by Pakistan's Ambassador to Japan Farukh Amil during an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan on Monday.
Pakistan's Ambassador to Japan said there is great potential for expansion of trade between Pakistan and Japan.
Discussing various facets of Pak-Japan relations, he said approximately twelve thousand Pakistani expatriates have been living in Japan and contributing positively in the economy of the land of the rising sun.Of these, around one thousand eight hundred reside in Tokyo Metropolitan area alone.
Farukh Amil said these Pakistanis send valuable foreign exchange worth millions of dollars to the home country each year.
Regarding the role of Pakistan embassy in Japan, he said the embassy organizes a number of functions and events on regular basis to provide Pakistani expatriates a forum to share and enjoy their cultural activities.
He said soon a mango festival would be organized in which Pakistani mangoes of different varieties will be showcased.
He said last year the Pakistan embassy was successful in facilitating the entry of Pakistani mangoes into Aeon, which is one of the largest food retailers in Japan.
Ambassador Farukh Amil said realizing the importance of promoting soft image of Pakistan in this East Asian nation, Pakistan embassy has increased its public diplomacy and outreach activities, especially towards the Japanese youth. Pakistani culture, folk music, dance, travel wonders, architecture, TV shows and other facets of the soft power are being highlighted in Japan. All these activities are aimed at dispelling the wrong impressions and perceptions about Pakistan.
He said in collaboration with various Pakistani private institutions, the embassy also organizes cultural delegations from Pakistan to Japan. The ambassador to Japan said the volume of trade between the two countries is not up to the level of the strong bonds of friendship existing between these two forward looking nations.
He said efforts need to be increased to significantly enhance the bilateral trade.
He said Yamaha Japan recently established a plant in Karachi and started production of its latest Yamaha motorcycles in order to cater to the Pakistani market demand and requirements. Besides, Japanese cars are quite popular in Pakistan and Tokyo can also set up additional auto plants in our country to export these products to Africa, Middle East and other regions of the world.
Farukh Amil said situation of law and order has remarkably improved in recent years and foreign investors are more willing to invest in various projects in Pakistan.
He said top level Pakistani officials regularly visit Japan as part of warm relations between Pakistan and Japan.
The visit of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar this year was aimed at further increasing ties in finance and trade sectors.
He said a group of Pakistani senators attended the IPU conference in Japan and met with Japanese law makers and parliamentarians on the sidelines of the conference. They also exchanged views on how to strengthen democracy in Pakistan.
Ambassador Farukh Amil said embassy organized a series of colorful events to mark the Independence Day of Pakistan this year in a befitting and impressive manner, which saw the participation of a number of expatriate Pakistanis who displayed great enthusiasm for this day.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."