President Salome Zourabichvili met with the Governor of Tokyo, Mrs. Yuriko Koike, and discussed with her the development of political, economic, cultural, sports, and touristic relations between Japan and Georgia. The President thanked Japan for its support of Georgia’s territorial integrity and spoke about the tense situation in Georgia’s occupied territories, noting that support and assistance from all partners carries significant importance for Georgia.
The discussion also focused on strengthening economic ties, with President Zourabichvili emphasizing that Georgia is a good location for transit flights and if authorities work with this strategy, the Georgian economy will be strengthened through air connections. The sides also discussed the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with the Governor briefing the President on the readiness process for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and stressing the exceptional success of Georgian athletes in strength athletics.
The President expressed hope that Georgian athletes will successfully compete during the Olympic Games.The sides discussed ways of deepening the current relations in tourism and, as emphasized by the Governor of Tokyo, raising awareness of Georgia in Japan is necessary to deepen the relations even further. Processes are taking place to achieve this and it should be noted that Georgian history is already being taught in Japanese schools.
“I believe that the next generation will be even more aware of Georgia,” said the Governor.
President Zourabichvili thanked Governor Koike for her activities and noted that those were clear evidence of support for Georgia’s economic and cultural directions and would promote mutual understanding amongst people.
“We attach high importance to cultural relations and the fact that Georgian culture is represented at the Tokyo Games. We can show many things to the population of Tokyo, from wine and gastronomy to Georgian ballet,” said President Zourabichvili.