The Japanese Imperial Family’s state visit proved an excellent time to bridge the relationship between both countries, which will celebrate the 150th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations next year. Mutual interest at all levels is evident at each meeting on the schedule prepared, both in the institutional sphere, as well as in economic, commercial, scientific, and cultural areas.

The trip’s success was also reinforced by the seven bilateral agreements that were signed during the state visit. These include an accord regarding the “Working Holidays” Sporadic Work Activities and Holiday Programme, and seven Memorandums on Cooperation regarding sport, economy and industry, medical research, tourism, and culture.