Thursday, January 24, 2008

Relations between Nepal and Japan

1899 - Ekai Kawaguchi became the first Japanese Buddhist monk to visit Nepal. 1902 - Eight Nepalese students were dispatched to Japan from Nepal. (Many events were held to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2002) 1956 - 1956 Establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Nepal.
1975 - Ms. Junko Tabei, a member of the Japanese women's Everest expedition team, successfully reached the summit of Sagarmatha on May 16, 1975. Ms. Tabei, being the first woman in the world to scale Sagarmatha, was enthusiastically praised by people all around the world for her brilliant achievement in a year that was designated international women's year. 1989 - 1989 Matsumoto (Nagano Prefecture) and Kathmandu became sister cities. (The landscape of Matsumoto Valley with Hida mountains in the background looked like Kathmandu Valley, and Kathmandu offered a sister city relationship)
1994 - The opening of Kansai International Airport started the first direct flights between Japan and Nepal.
1998 - Prime Minister Koirala, visits Japan as the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Nepal.
1999 - Trade with Japan
Exports: 230 million rupee (fabric, garment, carpet) ('98)
Imports: 2.3 billion rupee (car, machinery) ('98)
2000 - Prime Minister Mori became the first Prime Minister of Japan to visit Nepal. 2002 - Ms. Tamae Watanabe (63*) succeeded in climbing to the top of Sagarmatha on May 16, 2002. She is the oldest woman in the world to reach the top successfully. 2006 - A Japanese team performed on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Nepal-Japan Diplomatic relations in Kathmandu, Nepal. 2006 - 50th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Nepal. 2007 - Japanese national Yuka Matsuo is beginning her two-year-long world cycle tour from Nepal. There have also been exchanges of VIP visits, promotion of Promotion of Understanding, Scholarships and Technical Training, Sister-city Relations, Promotion of Cultural Exchanges and exchange of economic.

Source: http://www.np.emb-japan.go.jp/history/ekai.html

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