Celebration in Kansai region of the 120th years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Panama and Japan.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Panama in Kobe with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in Japan celebrated a dinner event in commemoration of the 120th years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Panama and Japan.

At the beginning of the meeting, everyone held a moment of silence for the victims of the Noto peninsula earthquake.

Following this and with the presence of more than 40 shipping companies from Western Japan the event continued with a promotional video of the Panama Maritime Authority praising the relationship of Panama with Osaka and Kobe.

Subsequently, Mr., Victor Almengor, Consul General of Panama in Kobe gave a speech in Japanese highlighting the importance of Western Japan and specially the Kansai region to Panama and listing a series of cooperative activities and agreements between entities of Panama and Kansai during the past four years.

H.E. Tsutomo Himeno, Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Kansai expressed that Japan has “a friendly and strong relationship with Panama”.

Finally, H.E. Carlos Pere, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan said in his speech “The ties between the two countries have flourished in various fields, and trade and investment have played an important role in strengthening the economic cooperation between our two countries”.

The toast was delivered by Hiroyuki Matsushita, chairman and CEO of SWIFT XI and former racing driver and grandson of the late Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic Corporation who expressed their experience with Panama and wished many more years of prosperity for both countries.

The event included a cultural presentation about the “diablitos sucios” culture in Panama, the Panamanian national dress worn by the Ambassador’s and Consul General’s wives and a tourism promotional video from Visiting Panama

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On behalf of our country, we are pleased to Welcome you to the Website of The Consulate of Panama, in Kobe Japan.

It is an honor to serve as Consul General of this office which has its consular jurisdiction over the Fukui, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu regions.

We are located in the second metropolitan region of Japan and in one of the largest shipping centers of the world. Furthermore, we supervise and work together as a team with the office of the Panama Maritime Authority located in the city of Imabari, which is a sister city of Panama city.

Our office essentially provides Maritime and Consular Services along with the promotion of the Panamanian culture and the enhancement of the trade and academic relationships between Panama and the people, companies and institutions of western Japan.

This site aims to provide general information about our country, the Panama Merchant Marine along with other consular and cultural services that our office provides within western Japan, giving you a better understanding of the role and functions of our Office.