Greetings from Ambassador
My name is SHINADA Teruhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Barbados.
More than four years have passed since I assumed this post as the first resident Ambassador of Japan to Barbados. The opening of the Embassy of Japan in Barbados in 2016 was a concrete gesture by Japan to stress the importance of overall relations between our two countries.
The Embassy of Japan has been focusing its efforts on strengthening cultural, sports and person-to-person exchange and public relations in order for Barbadian citizens to know more about Japan and feel closer to it. It is also important to intensify our collaboration in the areas, such as global environmental issues, renewable energy and disaster risk management.
It is encouraging that more and more Barbadians have been travelling to Japan in recent years, including participants to JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme, MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship as well as Training Programmes of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed to this year. The decision of postponement was unavoidable due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. However, Japan is determined to give its best efforts to make the games successful. Host town of Barbados in the Olympic Games, Nanyo-city, remains eager to welcome the Barbadian athletes with maximum hospitality in coming summer.
My tenure is dedicated to bringing the citizens of our two countries closer in order to propel the bilateral partnership towards the future. It is my sincere hope that Japan and Barbados will continue to even more promote long-lasting and friendly relations. I remain grateful for the cooperation and support given by the Government and citizens of Barbados for that aim.
Ambassador of Japan to Barbados