Japanese Ambassador Sends a Message to Cambodians on the Birthday of Emperor of Japan

Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia, H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi sent here yesterday a message to the Cambodian people on the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

"It is my greatest pleasure to be sending this message to the Cambodian people on the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. On Dec. 23, His Majesty Emperor Akihito will turn 85 years old. I am pleased to be able to inform you all that Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, are both in good health and are active in performing their official duties," wrote the ambassador in his message released to the media by the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh.

According to H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi, this year marks the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Cambodia. In terms of diplomatic events, Japan started the year with the establishment of the Consular Office in Siem Reap and, during the year, there have been frequent VIP visits between both countries. These have included exchanges of the visits between both Foreign Ministers. Also, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen visited Japan to attend the tenth Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting in October. All in all, it has been quite a fruitful year for diplomatic relations.

Regarding economic relations between Japan and Cambodia, he continued, it is pleasing to see that an increasing number of private Japanese companies are actively operating here and contributing to the economic growth of Cambodia.

"As to people to people exchange, I am pleased that more and more Cambodian tourists recently visit Japan. The number of tourist has increased from 3,000 in 2010 to 18,000 in 2017, and the growing trend continued this year. I would be grateful if you would choose Japan as next destination to visit," he said.

"On this occasion, I would like to remind you that this year marks the 30th anniversary of His Majesty the Emperor's accession to the throne and is also the last occasion for Japanese people to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty Akihito as Emperor. His Majesty will abdicate on April 30 next year and His Imperial Highness, the Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend the throne on May 1. The 30 years of His Majesty's reign have overlapped with the period that started when the peace was pursued and has continued to the present day, and all the positive development we are currently witnessing in Cambodia. His Majesty's reign also covers the period in which the bonds between Japan and Cambodia have been expanded and strengthened significantly," he stressed.

H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi also took the opportunity to extend best wishes to the Cambodians. "On the Emperor's birthday, and as we approach the New Year, my wishes are for further friendship between Japan and Cambodia and for good health and happiness of the people of Cambodia," he said.

Currently, Japan is one of the biggest foreign donors for Cambodia's development and a potential investment and trade partner of Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press