Greetings from Ambassador

2022/1/6



I am SHINADA Teruhiko, Ambassador of Japan to Barbados.
 
First of all, on behalf of the Government of Japan, I wish to express our sincere respect and admiration of the historical step taken by Barbados on November 30, 2021, when it transitioned to a republic under the leadership of Prime Minister, The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley. During my tenure as the first resident Ambassador of Japan to Barbados, it has been the most impressive event to date. Congratulation, Barbados!

Upon the commencement of this new journey, I would like to assure Barbados that Japan intends to continue its long and established partnership with Barbados since our countries share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, and respect of human rights.

Since its establishment in 2016, my Embassy has focused its efforts on bringing the people of our two countries closer in order to propel our bilateral partnership towards the future.
Several young Barbadians were offered the opportunity to participate in the annual Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme and the Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT), and are currently enjoying their experience in Japan.
Barbadian athletes participated in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games last year, and exhibited excellent performances in the spirit of sportsmanship.
It is encouraging that, in spite of the current unfavourable circumstances caused by COVID-19, we have been able to continue these integral exchanges.

Japan continues to make financial and in-kind contributions to Barbados in areas such as the supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, Coastal Zone Management, Renewal Energy and UNESCO World Heritage Strategy. In addition, Japan has dispatched a Japanese expert to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to enhance its capacity of disaster risk management in Barbados and other Caribbean states.

It is my sincere hope that Japan and Barbados, the world’s newest republic, will continue to promote long-lasting and friendly relations.
I remain grateful for the cooperation and support given by the citizens and Government of Barbados for that aim.

January, 2022
SHINADA Teruhiko
Ambassador of Japan to Barbados