Our Activities (July 2009)
Ambassador Urabe Congratulates Takeda Ireland on the Integration of their Two Plants
Ambassador Urabe attended the reception at Takeda Ireland on 17th July, where he congratulated Takeda Ireland on the integration of their two plants and the extension of their business. The Ambassador expressed his wish for further development of the company, continued support from IDA and for stronger ties between Japan and Ireland. The Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney gave the opening speech and expressed her appreciation for the contributions of Takeda Ireland through their production of curative drugs. She also emphasised the importance of further investment in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland.
(Photo1: from left, Ambassador Urabe, Minister for Health and Children Ms. Mary Harney, Mr. Inkyo, General Manger of Takeda, Photo2: Ambassador Urabe giving speech)
Presentation Ceremony of the Ambassador's Commendation to Mr. Richard Ryan
The presentation ceremony of the Ambassador's Commendation to Mr. Richard Ryan took place at the Embassy of Japan in Ireland on July 15, in recognition of the many years he has contributed to the development of the friendship between Japan and Ireland through the promotion of business and cultural relations. Mr. Ryan lived and worked in Tokyo as Director of the IDA (Industrial Development Agency) Japan Office, and after returning to Ireland, assumed the chairmanship of the IJA (Ireland Japan Association). At the ceremony, attended by members of Mr. Ryan's family and friends, Ambassador Urabe presented the commendation and in his speech he expressed his sincere gratitude to Mr. Ryan for his long-time contribution to Japan-Ireland relations.
2009 JET Programme Pre-Departure Orientation and Farewell Reception
On July 11, a pre-departure orientation and farewell reception were held for the 2009 JET Programme participants from Ireland at the Ambassador’s residence in Dublin. The JET Programme, which started 23 years ago, enables Japanese local authorities to employ young foreign people for the purpose of improving foreign language education as well as promoting international exchange at the community level throughout Japan. There are 48 Irish participants in the JET Programme this year. They are to be placed across Japan to live and work as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs), and also as Irish “Cultural Ambassadors". At the farewell reception, Mr. Art Lee gave a wonderful performance of Taiko, which greatly inspired the participants' curiosity about Japanese culture.