2017 is a special year in the bilateral relation between Romania and Japan. The Romanian-Japanese bilateral ties are almost 100 years old. Also, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the twinning between Yokohama and Constanța, as well as 10 years since Romania’s accession to the EU.

Romania and Japan are witnessing an increased dialogue and cooperation not only political or economic fields, but also in culture, music, sports, education etc. and with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in sight, we expect that they will further intensify.

People to people contacts, academic and cultural exchanges are instrumental in bringing our countries closer together, so I am glad to see that the Japan-Romanian Music Society contributes, every year, through the events it organizes, such as the Romanian International Music Competition, to the development of the cultural exchanges and to promoting Romania in Japan.

Romania enjoys international recognition in the field of music. The George Enescu Festival, which has Zubin Metha as Honorary President and VLADIMIR JUROWSKI as Artistic Director, brings on the musical stages of Bucharest world class artists and orchestras.
At the same time, George Enescu International Music Competition and Contest is one of the biggest in Europe and in the last years the Japanese contestants have obtained great results (a finalist in the piano section). With a repertoire of music festivals and contest and other cultural acclaimed events (such as the Sibiu International Theatre Festival), I am sure that music and culture lovers will have a lovely cultural experience in Romania.

Ambassador of Romania