Our Consular Team

Our consular office located in the city of Kobe is integrated by a team of local staff that are fluent in Japanese, English, Spanish and Filipino language.

Our office is divided by the following sections:

  • Consular section: This section undertakes general affairs, passports, and consular services.
  • Merchant Marine Section: This section provides vessel and mortgage registration services along with the support for any related service provided to vessels registered at the Panamanian Merchant Marine.
  • Seafarers section: This section undertakes the issuance of crew license documentation and endorsement for seafarers enrolled in vessels registered at our merchant marine.

Furthermore, our office oversees the operation of the International Maritime office of the Panama Maritime Authority located in the city of Imabari, named SEGUMAR IMABARI (Segumar comes from the acronym “Seguridad Maritima” which in Spanish means Maritime safety).

Our Consul General

Our Consulate General of the Republic of Panama in Kobe is currently undergoing transitions in light of the recent presidential election held on May 5th. The incoming government of the elected president, H.E. José Raúl Mulino, will assume office on July 1st and, consequently, the appointment of the new Consul General.

SECOND SECRETARY OF DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR CAREER

Miss Any Lam Chong L., a Panamanian with Chinese heritage, is consular officer at the Consulate of Panama in Kobe since May 2024.

Her professional career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama dates back to 2009, where she has served in various capacities including the Directorate of Administration and Finance, Directorate of International Cooperation, Directorate of International Legal Affairs and Treaties, PROPANAMA, and Directorate of International Organizations and Conferences.

In 2014, she was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the Panama Trade Development Office in Beijing, China, coinciding with the growth of commercial ties between Panama and China, leading to the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2017, during her tenure. She became the first Chargé D’affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in the People’s Republic of China, Beijing, subsequently assuming the roles of Economic Counselor and Head of Consular Affairs until 2019.

In 2021, she was appointed Director of the Pavilion of the Republic of Panama at Expo 2020 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, until May 2022, strengthening trade relations not only with the United Arab Emirates but also with other countries in the Middle East and Asia. After her role in Dubai, she was posted in the Permanent Mission of Panama in Rome as Deputy Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD, and WFP.

Miss Chong’s academic background and language proficiency open up opportunities for communication and networking across various regions and cultures. With a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Peking University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Business from Florida State University, she is proficient in Spanish, English, Mandarin (learned at National Taiwan Normal University), Cantonese, with a basic understanding of French and Italian.

Our Embassy

H.E. Carlos Pere Aguirre
Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan

Our Embassy is located in the city of Tokyo, Japan.

The history of the diplomatic relationship between the Republic of Panama and Japan dates back to January 1904 with the formal establishment of diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

For more information about our Embassy in Tokyo, please access the following link:

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Welcome

The Panama Canal

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.