Congratulatory Message by H.E. Mr. NASHIDA Kazuya, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand, on the occasion of His Majesty the Emperor’s Birthday

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        It is with great pleasure and honor to celebrate His Majesty the Emperor’s 64th birthday today. Taking this opportunity, I would like to congratulate His Majesty’s birthday as  well as the longstanding and strong ties between the Imperial family of Japan and the Royal Family of Thailand. 

        Japan and Thailand have enjoyed a long history of exchange. We have deepened our friendship by working together to overcome many challenges, such as natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for warm sympathy and donations from the people of Thailand after the Noto Peninsula earthquake that occurred on January 1 this year. 

        The year 2024 is a commemorative year for Japan-Thailand relations. It marks the 70th anniversary of the first Official Development Assistance (ODA) from Japan to Thailand and the establishment of JETRO and Japanese Chambers of Commerce in Bangkok. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of JICA and the Japan Foundation Thailand Office. For more than half a century, Japan and Thailand have been building up multifaceted and multi-layered cooperation in diverse economic, cultural, and social fields, from the leadership level to the grassroots level. I would like to further deepen the friendship between our two countries to the next level through an “all-Japan” effort. 

        Last year, the number of Thai tourists who visited Japan reached 1 million, ranking 6th in the world and 1st among ASEAN countries. This year, we hope that even more people will visit Japan and further increase their interest in Japan. Although the number of Japanese tourists to Thailand has not yet recovered, we hope that the visa waiver granted to Japanese business travelers for short-term travel will further increase trade and investment between the two countries. 

        My assignment as Ambassador, which has been more than four years, will soon come to an end, however, I will continue to work hard to foster a strong relationship between Japan and Thailand. The future of Japan-Thailand relations lies in a relationship of "co-creation," in which we think together and create new things together. We would like to stimulate exchanges among the younger generation to pass on the bond of being equal partners to the next generation. The possibilities for growth and cooperation between Japan and Thailand are boundless, and I sincerely hope that our two countries will work hand in hand for further development
NASHIDA Kazuya, 
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Thailand