Japan makes every effort to Olympic Games and Tokyo Paralympics, postponed one year due to covid-19, be held from July 23 “with guarantees and security”, as stated on Tuesday by the Japanese ambassador in Madrid, Kenji Hiramatsu.
In his public message on the occasion of the 61st birthday of Emperor Naruhito, which is celebrated this time without the traditional reception due to the pandemic, Hiramatsu said that Japan “faces with optimism” this 2021, thinking that “it will be a year of recovery in health and economics“.
Five months before the Olympics, which are “one of the key events of this year,” Hiramatsu stressed that his country “makes every effort” so that they can develop “with guarantees and security.” “I hope that our athletes, both Japanese and Spanish, can reap great triumphs,” he said.
The celebration of the Tokyo Olympics has not been without controversy. A few days ago the president of the Japanese Organizing Committee, Yoshiro Mori, 83, resigned after saying that holding meetings with women was difficult because they talked “too much”. Mori, who was prime minister decades ago, has been succeeded in the Organizing Committee by precisely a woman, the Olympic medalist Seiko Hashimoto, who was born days before the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964 competed between 1984 and 1994 in four winter Olympics as speed skater and track biking in the summer races between 1988 and 1996.
In addition to showing his faith in the celebration of the Olympic Games, Hiramatsu highlighted the work done to strengthen bilateral relations and contribution of Japanese companies based in Spain to the fight against covid-19. Spanish subsidiaries of Japanese companies such as Toyota, Nissan, Omron, Bridgestone, Sun Chemical, Fujitsu or Tokio Marine, among others, donated masks, gave their fleets of vehicles to transport health personnel, worked to ensure the supply of food, manufactured respirators , ceded intellectual property rights to patents or participated in an insurance fund to protect health workers engaged in the battle against this pandemic.
He also trusted him development of bilateral relations as corresponds to “two full democracies that share fundamental principles and values”, in attracting Japanese companies and investments and in supporting Spanish companies to be present in the archipelago.
Witness of the mutual interest between Japan and Spain as was evident by the cultural summers and autumns of Japan, in an ‘online’ version last year, he affirmed that he will continue working on “what unites us and we like” such as gastronomy, anime , cinema or contemporary art. “We trust that the vaccination process (against covid-19) will allow us to position ourselves in a dynamic of progressive opening,” he concluded.