Farewell reception (16 August 2013)
The Embassy of Japan held a farewell reception for Ambassador Sano.
The total number of guests exceeded 200, mainly Danish government
officials, business leaders, diplomatic corps, experts, Japanese
people in Denmark and so on. Ambassador Sano expressed his sincere
gratitude for his 3 years as Japanese ambassador to Denmark,
especially for the Danish support after the great earthquake.
Celebration of Skagen’s 600th years jubilee (28 June 2013)
A delegation from Wakayama prefecture visited Frederikshavn
to attend the celebration of Skagen’s 600th years jubilee.
Through this event they and Ambassador Sano strengthened the
mutual tie between the 2 municipalities, and it was a precious
opportunity to deepen the network between representatives from
other sister cities with Frederikshavn, such as from Sweden,
Norway, Germany, China and Greenland.
Manga artist, Osamu Tezuka Exhibition (8 May 2013)
Ambassador Sano attended the opening ceremony
for the Osamu Tezuka Exhibition at Storm P Museum
in Frederiksberg. The many participants like the dean
of an animation professional college in Jutland, staff
related to art museums, the press, and costume-players
made the ceremony lively. This event exhibited Tezuka’s
best-sellers such as Astro Boy, Phoenix and Buddha,
and short films of those. It was a great opportunity to
become acquianted with Osamu Tezuka.
Cherry Tree Planting at the Headquarter of Lundbeck (29 April 2013)
Ambassador Sano attended a Cherry Tree Planting Ceremony
to celebrate the strong business partnership between
Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Lundbeck. Mr. Iwamoto, President of
Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Mr. Wolf, CEO of Lundbeck and the Ambassador
planted young Cherry trees while wishing for further growth in the
economic relationship between Denmark and Japan under the two fluttering
national flags. Later, at the HQ of Lundbeck, 50 dancers
of the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Awa dancing group performed a traditional
Awa dance for the workers of Lundbeck.
The 6th Sakura Festival in Copenhagen (27 April 2013)
The 6th Sakura Festival was held in Copenhagen, and Japan’s Ambassador
Sano held a speech at the opening. Because of the unusually cold spring
the cherry trees were not yet blooming, but the weather was warm
and the sun was shining. Therefore an even greater number of people than last
year enjoyed this opportunity of experiencing Japanese culture such as Japanese
drums, martial arts performances, green tea and J-pop.
Especially the visit of 44 awa dancers from Otsuka Pharmaceutical drew attention
and was even covered by a local TV station. Please click here for more details.
Visit to Sugihara House and the Center for Asian Studies
of Vytautas Magnus University (27 March, 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited Sugihara House and the center for Asian studies
of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Head of centre, Dr.
Aurelijus Zykas explained about the Lithuanian interest in Japan and the study of Japan
in Lithuania. Ambassador Sano explained about the relationship between Japan and Europe,
including Lithuania, and also had a fruitful discussion with Dr. aurelijus Zykas concerning the
direction of future studies of Japan in Lithuania.
Visit to Latvia Gas, the Natural Gas Store Facility (26 March, 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited Latvia Gas, a huge natural gas
storing facility in Incukalns, Latvia. Head of International
Department, Dr. Andra Jesinska explained aboutthe facility and how
natural gas is supplied in Latvia. Ambassador Sano
explained about the current energy situation in Japan and had a
discussion about the future probability of Russia supplying Latvia
with natural gas in the future.
Visit to Nord-pool (25 March, 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited Nord-pool in Oslo, Norway. Head of
Communications, Ms. Stina Johansen explained about Nord-pool and
its system. Ambassador Sano explained about power grids in
Japan and had a fruitful discussion with Ms. Stina Johansen about the future of power supply system
Visit to STATOIL (25 March, 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited STATOIL in Oslo, Norway.
Manager of Hywind Japan, Mr. Geirr Haarr and others explained about
a research project between Japanese universities and companies
concerning floating off-shore wind turbine power systems in Japan
and a project regarding carbon dioxide storage. Ambassador Sano
explained about the current plan for a power system revolution in Japan
and had a fruitful discussion with Mr. Geirr Haarr about power systems in general and
the possibility of having floating off-shore wind turbine power
systems in Japan in the future.
Discussion with Mayor, Mr.Carsten Rasmussen of Naestved (13 March, 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited Naestved city as it is a friendship-city
with Narita city of Chiba prefecture in Japan in the field of social
welfare, and had a discussion with the Mayor, Mr.Carsten Rasmussen.
Topics during the discussion included interaction plans between the two
cities whose friendship-city relationship will turn 10 years in 2013,
and the exchnge of welfare technologies.
After the visit to the mayor, the Ambassador also visited a job training
center for physically challenged persons, The Employment and Activity
Centre for people with different handicaps. The visit provided an opportunity
to talk with the users of the centre while they wre learning how to operate machinery and function in a working environment.
It also gave the opportunity to see how the staff assists the users individually.
Visit to Skovgårdsskolen in Copenhagen. (12 March 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited an elementary school,
Skovgårdsskolen, located at Charlottenlund in central
Copenhagen. Ambassador Sano and the headmaster, Mr. Niels
Munch-Andersen, exchanged information on various
fields such as specialities of the schools, actual school
curriculums, management of schools and Danish educational
systems. After the discussion, Ambassador Sano attended
the English and gymnastics classes of English of sixth graders and presentations
about dinasour, and saw students learning eagerly.
It was a fruitful visit to see the forefront of the Danish education.
After this visit the Embassy received lots of lovely and cute
drawings about Japan from 1st grade pupils.
Lecture at Copenhagen University (9 March 2013)
Ambassador Sano attended the workshop ‘‘Remembering
Fukushima - Renewable Energy Technologies: Possible Collaboration
Between Denmark and Japan’’ at Copenhagen University. Ambassador Sano
gave a lecture about Japan’s energy policy and the potential of
renewable energy in Japan. Ambassador Sano actively discussed with
attendees after the lecture.
Visit to Energinet.dk (6 March 2013)
Energinet.dk is a state-owned transmission system
operator in Denmark. Their control centre had been one of
the places Ambassador Sano wanted to visit. They have built
the grid that exchanges energy over some of the North
European countries. The headquarters in Fredericia has a
control centre which is the core of electricity control.
They operate here in this control room to optimise an
efficient and stable supply chain. Ambassador: " I think
there are quite a few things Japan can learn from them."
Visit to Danahoj care centre (6 March 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited Danahoj care centre in Aalborg
and was able to have a meeting with staff and residents.
Denmark is thought to be one of the most sophisticated
welfare-countries. Though it is true that their welfare policies are
well designed, with this experience, the dignity of the residents was
highly respected in their operation. Care-takers are in a position not
to control but to make the most of their autonomy and give support, if necessary.
After the meeting with the staff, Ambassador Sano was given an opportunity
to visit a room of Mr. Nielsen who is one of the residents of the facility.
His room, decorated by nice furniture and books which he selected on his own,
was literally his home.
Opening event of “Bow-Wow-Learning from Utzon” (5 March 2013)
Utzon Centre was built to memorize Mr. Jørn Utzon, the world-famous
architect, known for designing Sydney Opera House. On 5th March, they
hosted an opening event of the exhibition “Bow-Wow-Learning from Utzon”
featuring a Japanese architect unit called Atelier Bow-Wow. Ambassador
Sano was honored to have an opportunity to give a speech there. The two
Japanese, Mr. Yoshiharu and Ms. Momoyo Kaijima have become famous for
their unique architectures while engaged in education and research at
university. It is great that we Japanese have such globally competent
creators. And I do hope that the cultural exchange between our two
countries will be much more energized taking this opportunity.
Visit to Grundfos (5 March 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited the headquarters of Grundfos, one of the
world’s largest pump manufacturers. The shape standing in the large
hilly area of Bjerringbro was so impressive. Mr. Jørgen Bjelskou,
Director of Public Affairs explained their business status and worldwide
strategies. It has already been more than 25 years since Grundfos
established operations in Japan and it seems quite successful.
This is one of the best practices for the business relationship
between Japan and Denmark. After the meeting, Mr. Flemming Ebbesen
Jensen showed their pump factory that was sitting beside the headquarters.
They were trying to not only attain unique technologies and high
quality but also make all operations as efficient as possible,
which attitude can get across to so called Japanese way.
Visit to DTU (15 February 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
in Lyngby. Professor Kristian Elmholdt Stubkjaer and others
explained the research about power system and project
(EcoGrid EU, Edison) on the move in Bornholm island.
Ambassador Sano explained the current plan of the power
system revolution in Japan and had a fruitful discussion
about power system and the possibility of renewable energy
in Japan for the future.
Study Circle “The Ainu People and their English Missionary”
by Professor Kirsten Refsing (30 January 2013)
Inviting Professor Kirsten Refsing at Copenhagen University
Department of Regional and Cross-Cultural Studies as a main
speaker, a study circle with the subject of “The Ainu People
and their English Missionary” was held at Japan’s Ambassador
Mr. Sano’s residence. Although the theme of the lecture was not
a story well-known in this land of Denmark, the history of Ainu
and the English Missionary must have been intriguing especially
for audience from Denmark which holds Greenland as its
self-governing dominion. In the study circle, audience from
various fields such as local media, scholars and even students
majoring in Japanese participated, and their Q and A session and
the time for social net-working became very vibrant and fruitful
with their eager attitudes to the topic.
New Years Reception (25 January 2013)
Embassy of Japan held a New Year’s Reception at
Japan’s Ambassador Sano’s residence. The total number
of guests to the ceremony amounted to 150, mainly from
Japanese members of the Japanese Association in Denmark.
The ceremony commenced with Koto performance played by
Tomoko Kawahara and following New Year’s toast speech
of Ambassador Sano. In the soft sunlight of winter,
the sociable atmosphere in the hall provided opportunities
to cultivate and strengthen friendships of participants
dwelling in various places in Denmark.
Ambassador Sano’s visit to Starzen Europe (21 January 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited Starzen Europe ApS in Vejle,
on 21 January 2013. Starzen Europe is a meat export company,
exporting from Denmark and other EU countries to Japan.
Managing Director, Mr. Masao Uzurahashi explained the situation
of meat exports from Denmark to Japan and views were exchanged
for meat exports after the Japan-EU economic partnership program
Ambassador Sano visited Vestas. (21 January 2013)
Vestas is a universal wind power company.
Mr. Ditlev Engel, Chief Executive Officer explained
the company's global marketing strategy including
for Japan. Ambassador Sano explained the situation
and potential of wind energy market in Japan and
open-mindedly exchanged views on renewable energy.
Ambassador Sano attended the New Years Reception
(20 January 2013)
On 20th January, Ambassador Toshio Sano attended
the New Year’s Reception hosted by Japanese Association
in Denmark. Over 80 guests were able to who enjoy the
Japanese national anthem played on Koto (Japanese
traditional musical instrument) by Ms.Tomoko Kawahara,
a children’s chorus, ‘’Mochitsuki’’ (Making rice cakes)
and ‘’Fukuwarai’’(Japanese traditional puzzle). The occasion
gave rise to cultivating exchange and celebrating the New Year.
Ambassador Sano visited Sølund Nursery Center.
(16 January 2013)
Ambassador Sano visited Sølund Nursery Center
which is the biggest nursery center in Copenhagen.
The centre manager Mr. Jan Nybo Jensen explained about
the Danish welfare policy and the outline of Sølund.
Also about the demography of Copenhagen city, how to
improve efficiency, and the plans for “The New Sølund”
which is supposed to open in 2018. Ambassador had a very
fruitful discussion about the difference of the welfare
system in the two countries and what Japan can learn from
Denmark. After that Ambassador Sano had a visit to the rooms
where the residents are living and experienced the life
of nursing home residents.
The Celebration of the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.
(16 November 2012)
On 16th November, Ambassador Toshio Sano
hosted a reception celebrating the birthday of His
Majesty, the Emperor of Japan. Over 220 distinguished
guests who have all been involved in enhancing Japan-
Denmark relations attended there. The ceremony started
with the Japanese national anthem played on Koto (Japanese
traditional musical instrument) by Ms.Tomoko Kawahara.
Thereafter, a speech and a toast were held by Ambassador Sano.
To read the speech by Ambassador Sano, please click here.
Ambassador Sano visited Sorø town.
(11 October 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited Sorø town, which has a
friendship city agreement with Wakuya town in
Northeast Japan. Ambassador Sano had a fruitful
discussion with the Mayor, Mr. Hansen especially about
the Danish welfare system, the working conditions
of nursing care workers and the current and future
plans between two towns.
Ambassador Sano visited Den Lille Skole in Copenhagen.
(26 September 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited Den Lille Skole in Copenhagen.
Ms. Laila Andersen, who is principal, showed a school assembly
and some classes. And then she explained about her school,
especially how the democracy is cultivated during the process of
Danish education. Ambassador Sano had a very fruitful discussion
about the education system in Denmark and Japan.
Ambassador Sano visited Borup Hoejskole.
(19 September 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited Borup Hoejskole to learn about
the Danish model for life long learning. He met with the
principal, Mr. Joern Wendelbo and discussed the similarities
and differences of the educational systems in
the two countries.
Ambassador Sano visited Gladsaxe Gymnasium.
(13 September 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited Gladsaxe Gymnasium
which is located in northern Sjælland. The principal,
Ms. Eva Krarup Steensen, explained about the gymnasium
and the general Danish education system. The ambassador
then visited some of the classes. Ambassador Sano
had a fruitful discussion about the Danish identity,
which is cultivated through the education.
Visit to DTU（14 August 2012）
Ambassador Sano visited Technical University of Denmark(DTU)
in Lyngby. Provost Henrik C. Wegner and others explained
the research about sustainable energy, nuclear safety and
energy project (PowerLab). Ambassador Sano explained about
‘’options for energy and the environment in Japan’’ and had a
fruitful discussion about energy for the future.
A delegation led by the Governor of Wakayama Prefecture
(1 July 2012)
A delegation from Wakayama prefecture including the Governor, Mr.
Nisaka visited Frederikshavn to honor Mr. Johannes Knudsen,
who passed away while helping Japanese fishermen off the coast
of Wakayama. The delegation put flowers on his grave, visited his
old home and Bangsbo museum. At the museum there is a permanent
corner devoted to Mr. Knudsen's memory. The delegation had a
fruitful discussion with the Mayor, Mr. Lars M. Møller about the
future relationship between the two regions.
Ambassador Sano visited Kyocera Unimerco (14 June 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited Kyocera Unimerco Group A/S located
in Sund. Kyocera Unimerco is a universal industrial
machinery and tool company. Mr. Kenneth Iversen, CEO
and President and Mr. Jorgen Bylov, Group CEO explained
about the production process for several machineries and tools.
He also talked about the office environment which is unique
to the success of Kyocera Unimerco. Ambassador Sano had a fruitful
discussion concerning its management strategy after the economic
crisis in EU with them.
Ambassador Sano visited Danfoss A/S (13 June 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited Danfoss A/S located in Nordborg.
Danfoss is a universal energy company. Mr. Nis Storgaard,
Executive Vice President who worked in Japan, explained
the company's global marketing strategy in Asia, including Japan.
Ambassador Sano explained that investing in Japan is not
only big potential but also a low risk, because Japan is a gateway
Ambassador Sano visited Danfoss Universe A/S (13 June 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited Danfoss Universe A/S located in Nordborg.
Danfoss Universe is a scientific amusement park founded in 2005.
Children are able to have scientific knowledge by having fun in
the park with different amusing experiments. Ms. Pia Bech Mathiesen,
Managing Director and CEO explained about the facilities in the park.
Ambassador Sano had a fruitful discussion about science education
in the cradle with her.
Ambassador Sano visited ECCO A/S (13 June 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited ECCO A/S located in Bredebro.
ECCO is a universal shoes company and well-known in Japan.
Mr. Jacob Møller Hansen, Head of department design center
demonstrated the design and production process of various
shoes in the factory. Mr. Steen Frentz Laursen,Vice president -
group communication explained about the marketing strategy in
Asia, including Japan.
Photo by Hasse Ferrold.
The tastes of Japanese culture, Noh and Tea-ceremony
(8 June 2012)
The famous komparu Noh-player Mr. Sakura Ujin visited Denmark
and gave a performance at the residence. Mr. Willy Flindt, acclaimed stage
director explained about Noh and afterwards the audience could enjoy
Visit to Naval Warfare School, Royal Danish Navy
(1 June 2012)
Ambassador has visited Naval Warfare School, Royal Danish
Navy in Frederikshavn on 1 June 2012 and looked sea rescue
training and training in the conscription period. His Royal Highness Crown
Prince Frederik has also studied here before.
Picture on the far right by Asanka Pramod
Ambassador Sano, the Mayor of Culture and Leisure.
Ms Pia Allerslev opened the 5th Copenhagen Sakura Festival
(28-29 April 2012)
Ambassador Sano gave a speech at the opening ceremony
of the 5th Copenhagen Sakura Festival in Langelinie Park.
The festival is to celebrate the flowering of the 200 cherry trees
donated by Mr. Seiichi Takaki, President of Andersen Bakery
in 2005 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of
H. C. Andersen’s birthday. The festival was visited by more
than 14.000 guests despite some rain on Saturday. On Sunday,
the weather was sunny and many people enjoyed a picnic under
the flowering cherry trees.
Left photo by Mr. Hasse Ferrold
The mission of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) led
by co-chairmen of Committee on Europe visited Denmark
（13 April 2012）
They had a fruitful meeting with Minister Mr. Martin Lidegaard
(Minister for Climate, Energy and Construction)
over the future cooperation in energy and climate field since Denmark
is a leading country in renewable energies and Japan in energy-saving.
For lunch, Mr. Thomas Bustrup, Deputy Director General of DI (Danish Industry)
hosted networking lunch with Danish compnies. Also they had a courtesy visit to
Minister Ms. Margrethe Vestager (Minister of Economics and the Interior)
where they discussed further support for the Japan-EU EPA
(Economic Partnership Agreement) and the economic
cooperation between Japan and Denmark in general.
Ambassador Sano’s visit to Arla Foods (11 April 2012)
Ambassador Sano visited the Arla Foods factory in Slagelse
on 11 April 2012. Arla Foods is the largest dairy company in
Denmark, and supplies different kinds of dairy products to not
only Denmark but also the United Kingdom, the Netherlands
and Sweden. The factory is the biggest milk producing company
in Arla,and Ambassador Sano exchanged ideas on ‘green growth’
and other topics.
Lecture by Asger Rojle Christensen and the screening
of a Documentary “Can you see Our Lights?
First Festival after the Tsunami” (27 March 2012)
At Ordrupgaard Museum, Ambassador Sano has made an
opening remark for the lecture/documentary screening
event organized by the embassy. Mr. Asger Rojle Christensen
(DR online news editor) made a lecture based on his recent
visit to Japan and discussed in detail about the challenges
facing the local municipalities one year after the Earthquake.
Following the lecture, the NHK documentary has been shown.
The documentary focused on the people living in the badly
affected area from the Tsunami and the process of planning
and making it happen their favorite local summer festival,
despite the numerous challenges lying ahead. Close to 70
Danish and Japanese people came by and listened to the
lecture and the documentary very seriously.
Lecture by Ms. Takako Bundgaard（20 March 2012）
Ms. Takako Bundgaard made a short lecture on “Social Welfare
in Denmark, the current situation and the challenges:
Recommendation to Japan” at the ambassador's residence.
Among the participants on the day were a number of Japanese
researchers, UN staffs, and students who were seriously
engaged in listening to the thought provoking lecture.
The Commemoration of the One Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami(12 March 2012)
On 12th March, Japanese Ambassador Toshio Sano hosted a reception commemorating the one year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
The over 300 distinguished guests who have all been involved in helping Japan included H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik, Mr. Børge Dahl, President of the Supreme Court, Ms. Margrethe Vestager, Minister for Economics and the Interior, Mr. Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Former Prime Minister, Mr. Uffe Ellemann Jensen, Former Foreign Minister, Ms. Grethe Rostbøll, Former Minister for Culture, and Permanent Secretaries from several ministries.
The ceremony started with a beautiful recital by the Copenhagen Chamber Choir Camerata and was followed by the lighting of a candle by H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik. Thereafter, speeches were held by Ambassador Sano, Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Mr. Martin Lidegaard who spoke on behalf of the Danish government.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the cause of aiding Japan.
To read the speech by Ambassador Sano, please click here.
To read the speech by Mr. Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, please click here.
To read the speech by Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Former Prime Minister please click here.
To read the articles in Berlingske, please click here.
To read the articles in Jyllandsposten, please click here.
H.R.H Crown Prince Frederik lit a candle for the victims
Speech by Ambassador Sano
Speech by H.E.Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the Former Prime Minister
Speech by H.E.Mr. Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building
Recital by the Copenhagen Chamber Choir Camerata
The Commemoration of the One Year Anniversary
of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
(TV 2 News, 11 March 2012)
Ambassador Sano briefed TV 2 News on the current situation
in Japan, and especially about the process of reconstruction
following the one year anniversary of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Visit to Anjo and Wakayama(16 January-17 January 2012)
On 16th January, Ambassador Sano visited Anjo City in Aichi Prefecture,
which is a Friendship City of the city of Kolding. Here he met
Mr. Gaku Kamiya, the Mayor of the City and visited Denpark,
a Denmark-inspired theme park which opened in 1997.
After visiting Anjo City, he travelled to Wakayama Prefecture
where he met Mr. Yoshinobu Nisaka, the Governor of Wakayama.
Wakayama has a special relationship with Frederikshavn in Jutland.
On 17th January, he visited the towns of Hidaka and Mihama in
Wakayama Prefecture. It was close to here that Mr. Johannes Knudsen,
Chief Marine Engineer on the Danish registered ship, “Ellen Maersk”,
lost his life trying to save Japanese fishermen from drowning in
the sea in February 1957. Since then, the people in the two towns
have had a strong relationship with Frederikshavn and last year
Hidaka High School and Frederikshavn Gymnasium established
a friendship agreement.
Ambassador Sano held a lecture about Denmark for 80 students at
Hidaka High School and he met the Vice Mayor of Hidaka, the Chairman
of the Hidaka Town Parliament and the Mayor of Mihama.
Ambassador Sano paid his respects to Mr Johannes Knudsen by laying
bouquets of marigolds (morgenfruer), which were Mr. Knudsen’s favourite
flowers, at his memorial stone in the Takui district in Hidaka and at
the bronze statue of Mr. Knudsen in Hinomisaki Park.
Photo 1 Photo 2
Ambassador Sano's visit to Oksbøl Training Area
in the western part of Jutland
(6 January 2012)
Photo 1 Ambassador meets Brigadier General Michael A. Lollesgaard.
Photo 2 Ambassador Sano at the pre-deployment training facilities
for International Missions.
Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Visit to the North Jylland region (Aalborg, Skagen, Frederikshavn)
(14-16 November 2011)
From 14-16 November, Ambassador Sano visited small
and medium companies in Skagen which have direct trade ties with foreign
partners. Ambassador also met with specialist in robotics at the
University of Aalborg. Towards the end of his visit, he made a visit
to Mr. Johannes Knudsen’s grave situated in the suburbs of
Photo 1 Visit to the local ship (for fishery) building company
Photo 2 Visit to the research laboratory which conducts series
of experiments with Geminoid (humanoid robot which was build in
cooperation with Prof. Ishiguro from Osaka University)
Photo 3 Visit to Mr. Johannes Knudsen’s cemetery
Particpated in the opening of Handi-Art 2011 Twin-Towns (24 August 2011)
Ambassador Sano participated in the opening ceremony of the
exhibition Handi-Art 2011 Twin-Towns in Næstved. A delegation from
Næstved's twin town Narita in Japan also participated.
You can spend much time at the exhibition.
Visiting the World Scout Jamboree 2011 in Kristianstad, Sweden
(28-29 July 2011)
Ambassador Sano visited the opening ceremony of the 22nd World Scout
Jamboree on 28 and 29 July in Kristianstad, Sweden. The theme for the
Jamboree is 'simply scouting.' The next Jamboree will be in Japan and
in the Japanese camp were almost 1000 scouts who had come from Japan.
The pictures show the Japanese camp.
Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Visit to the Faroe Islands (20-22 June 2011)
Ambassador Sano visited the Faroe Islands on a programme arranged
by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
Photo 1 50,000 people live in the harsh climate of the Faroe Islands where they
have strived to maintain their own traditions. They have their own
language and developed their own culture.
Photo 2 We watched the Faroese Ring Dance, which strengthens
the solidarity of the people of the islands. The Prime Minister
of the Faroe Islands gave background information.
Photo 3 The main industry of the islands is fisheries and this provides
a lot of jobs.
Accompanying Crown Prince Frederik on his visit to Japan (14 June 2011)
Ambassador Sano accompanied Crown Prince Frederik on his visit to the
afflicted area and the city Higashimatsushima. The children in the pictures
are from Akaiminami Nursery School and Hamashi Elementary School in
"I just pray that the reconstruction will be as soon as possible".
Visit to Egmont Højskolen in Hou (3 June 2011)
This Højskole is famous for the fact that people with disabilities
study together with the other students. More than several hundred
Japanese students have already studies here. Mr. Yutaka Kataoka, a
Japanese teacher at the school, is planning to invite people with
disabilities and their helpers from the areas affected by the Great East
Japan Earthquake to the school for 6 months next year.
The opening of “Sculpture by the sea” (2 June 2011)
Ambassador Sano attended the opening of the exhibition “Sculpture
by the sea” in Aarhus on 2 June. The concept was introduced from
Australia and HRH Crown Princess Mary made a speech at the opening.
The exhibition shows the works of artists from many countries including
the works of 4 Japanese artists. It continues until 3 July.
Speech at Green Technology Tour 2011 in Lolland (1 June 2011)
Ambassador Sano gave a lecture on Damage and its Impact over Japanese
economy after the disaster and outlook of energy policy in Japan for
environment related companies at Green Technology Tour 2011 in Lolland.
Attending Japanese Cultural Evening （5 May 2011）
Ambassador Sano attended the Japanese Cultural evening held by Teatret
OM in Ringkøbing. The ambassador had a good time enjoying Japanese
Dance, Japanese Drums, Japanese Lion-dance and Japanese food, sushi.
Attending the Andersen Award 2011（2 April 2011）
The Andersen Park at Funabashi received the Andersen Award 2011.
The Hans Christian Andersen house for children in Odense, Fyrtøjet,
has had an active relationship with Andersen Park and through these
meaningfull events I anticipate an increasingly active cultural exchange.
Prof. Takagi's lecture on Kana at Ordrupgaard Museum (25 March 2011)
25 March Ambassador Sano introduced Prof. Takagi at the lecture on
Kana at Ordrupgaard Museum and attended the lecture.
Attending the 12th Matsumae Cup (Judo) (19 February 2011)
19 February Ambassador Sano attended the 12th Matsumae Cup held
in Helsingør. The young participants from Japan, from Tokai University
and International Budo University, fought well. I wish them good luck in
Concert with Hokkaido Farmer's Orchestra and Silkeborg Chamber
Orchestra (13 February 2011)
13 Februray 2011 Hokkaido Farmer's Orchestra held a joint concert
with Silkeborg Chamber Orchestra in Silkeborg. There has long been
an exchange between Hokkaido and Jutland through agriculture and
hopefully, this unique event will further deepen the relationship.
Present at the concert was, apart from the ambassador, also the
mayor of Silkeborg.
Visit to CareWare 2011 (12 February 2011)
On 12th February, Ambassador Sano visited CareWare 2011 in
Aarhus which was an exhibition of welfare technology with the
theme, "health at home". He looked around a number of
booths, including those of Japanese companies from Osaka, and
tried some of the technologies for himself like a shoe measuring
device and an arm support system.
Ambassador Sano's comments: "It's interesting to see the
difference between Japanese and Danish companies in as far as the
Japanese companies introduce mainly new technologies while the
Danish companies focus more on convenience, efficiency and
design of devices which have already been put into use."
New Years Reception (13 January 2011)
Pictures from the New Years Reception at the Residence
13 January 2011.