[ Editor: Institute for Industrial Research  22nd December 2022 ]

13th December 2022  Student Visit to the Embassy of Latvia and the Delegation of the EU to Japan

Date: 13th December 2022 
Visiting places: Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Japan and Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Coordinator: Prof Holger Bungsche, KGU
Number of participants: 14

The event was finally conducted in Tokyo in 2022, after being held online for the past two years due to COVID-19. We were also honoured to visit the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Japan again.

At the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Japan, the guests were welcomed by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Zigmārs Zilgalvis, the Counsellor Mr. Andzejs Kasevskis, and other diplomats.

First, there was an introduction to Latvia's history and geography, as well as the country's current social situation, including population, language, and ethnicity. As a country that borders Russia, the diplomats also discussed their views on Russia's invasion of Ukraine. There was plenty of time for discussion with the diplomats, and the students actively exchanged their views.

At the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, Ms. Nevena Mateeva, First Secretary of the Trade Section, briefly presented the 'European Green Deal' and gave a lecture on the Circular Economy, which is the key to the policy.  She also spoke about measures to counter the dependence of Europe on Russia for energy.

Mr. Richard Kelner, Academic Cooperation Officer, Political, Press and Information Section introduced Erasmus+, the EU's education grant programme, which enables Japanese students to study in Europe with scholarships from the EU.

Many of the students commented that it was a precious experience for them to have the opportunity to talk to ambassadors and diplomats and to ask questions directly at the embassies, which they are usually not able to visit on their own.