Venue and date of opening:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade, June 14, 2022
Exhibition opened by: Nikola Selaković, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Zoran Đorđević, Acting Director of the Post of Serbia and Takahiko Katsumata, Ambassador of Japan to Serbia
Organisation: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Diplomatic Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
Public Announcement: Announcement poster
At the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia on June 14, 2022, 140 years of friendship between Serbia and Japan was marked by the exhibition of archival documents from the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Archives of Yugoslavia and with the promotion of the special edition of stamps. Nikola Selaković Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia addressed the audience as well as Director of " Pošte Srbije" Zoran Djordjević and the Ambassador of Japan Takahito Katsumata. Minister Selaković pointed out that in 2022 the date of the first diplomatic correspondence between King Milan Obrenović and Japanese Emperor Meiji 1882 is marked and that there are not many states in the world that could be proud of the contacts and cooperation that Serbia and Japan had by the end of the 19 century and the beginning of the 20 century, as we can. Ha said that today, cooperation between two countries is successful in many fields with excellent mutual relations of the officials and intensive and open political dialogue and that Serbia recently hosted high Japanese officials, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono and that Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić attended the inauguration of the Japanese Emperor Naruhito. Minister Selaković pointed out that the Japanese and Serbian people were close during the hard times reminding us of the fact that the Japanese Ambassador was a one of the rare officials who stayed in Belgrade for all 78 days during NATO aggression and that the Serbian people supported Japan after the disastrous earthquake that had struck Japan 2011. The Director of "Pošte Srbije” Zoran Djordjević presented the special edition of the post office stamps edited for this occasion and in that way contributed to this important jubilee. The Ambassador of Japan Takahiko Katsumato emphasized that the friendship between Serbia and Japan has developed in a good direction, mentioning that in the last years the political dialogue has improved as well as diplomatic cooperation and economy-business relations.
Numerous persons were present at the opening, those who contributed to strengthening relations between Serbia and Japan through their work such as Dragan Stojković "Piksi" Ivan Mrkić former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Japan as well as Professor Ljiljana Marković.