As part of the Japan week 2021, the first Judo Dojo Center in Bhutan was inaugurated in the capital on 9 October .
Judo Dojo is the first sports facility in Bhutan built and supported by the Government of Japan under the cultural grant assistance.
The Japan week was formally launched on 22 October 2006 in Thimphu during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Japan.
Since then, the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi has been organizing the Japan Week in Bhutan annually, except in 2020 when it could not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, Satoshi Suzuki, said the Government of Japan has steady continued its support to Bhutan in the areas of social and economic development.
“Bhutan and Japan signed several projects such as the projects for human resources development scholarship which contributes to the empowerment of young Bhutanese civil servants and economic and social development program which provides health and medical equipment to several hospitals,” he said.
In addition he said they also extended support in grant assistant for grass root human security projects to support destitute women in Thimphu.
The ambassador further said that in December last year, the inauguration ceremony of projects for reconstruction of the bridges on primary national highways in Trongsa was witness by the Minister for Ministry of Works and Human Settlement.
“Human resources development is also an important subject in the field of people to people exchanges Japan invariably continues to accept Bhutanese young students and trainees through various schemes such the government scholarship program for students and Asia Kakehashi project,” he said.
Although the situation is not favorable yet, for us to make full fledge the exchanges between the two nations, Japan supports the young Bhutanese people in achieving high level human resources development skills and continues to contribute to the national development of Bhutan through those who have gained skills and experiences in Japan.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Tandi Dorji, graced the opening ceremony for the Japan week.
Lyonpo said that since 2006, the annual Japan week has provided opportunities for the people of Bhutan to get an insight into the Japanese rich and diverse culture through various activities. Through such events, people of Bhutan get the better understanding of Japan’s rich, history and culture.
Lyonpo added that Bhutan and Japan enjoys strong bonds of friendship and cooperation both between the people of our two countries and between the Royal Family of Bhutan and the Imperial Family of Japan.
The week is an occasion to celebrate the close bond of friendship between the peoples of our two countries. “I am confident that this will contribute towards further strengthening the excellent bonds of friendship understanding and cooperation between our two countries,” added Lyonpo.
“Under the leadership of His Majesty The King, Bhutan has managed the Covid-19 situation very well. Bhutan is deeply appreciated of the various support the Japan has provided to us in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Lyonpo further said that Bhutan has vaccinated 65.2 percent of the total the population for the Covid-19 and the vaccination campaign is ongoing.
“I would like to convey a deep appreciation to the Government and the People of Japan for the generous assistance that Bhutan has received from Japan over many years.
“Japan has made immense contributions to Bhutan’s socioeconomic development. We remain deeply appreciated of Japan assistance and contributions and the assurance of its continued support even after we graduate from the LDC category,” the foreign affairs minister said.
Meanwhile, the Japan week 2021 has a series of virtual activities, such as screening of Japanese films, recitation of Japanese poetry, judo demonstration and workshops with schools in Thimphu.