Message from Ambassador of Japan to NATO
My name is Makita SHIMOKAWA, and have been assigned to the Ambassador of Japan to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
NATO is composed of 29 member nations, with the primary mission of “collective defence,” ”crisis management,” and “co-operative security,” marking its 70 the anniversary since the foundation in April this year. It is expected that the 30th member will be acceded within this year.
Japan is NATO’s partner country, with the longest relations as a non-NATO partner, and engaged in wide-raging cooperation at political and working levels.
Japan is geographically remote from NATO, but shares with NATO common values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, as well as strategic interests. I am certain that Japan and NATO will together contribute to the peace and stability of the international community as immensely valuable endeavours for both Japan as well as NATO members and partners.
In July last year, the Mission of Japan to NATO was established, and I will readily proceed with further tangible cooperation between Japan and NATO, including cyber-defence, maritime security, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. I also wish to promote awareness in Japan as to how meaningful NATO’s activities are.
I would appreciate the support and encouragement from all of you.
September 2019, in Brussels