A Contribution Letter by Ambassador Kohno for Panorama


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Greetings from Ambassador Masaharu Kohno


  Welcome to the webpage of the Embassy of Japan to the Republic of Albania. I presented a letter of credence to President Topi on 28 September 2011.


    During the recent years Japan and Albania have maintained good bilateral relations, and I expect that the rapprochement will continue to develop further in the future. This year the government of Japan for the first time held ‘Japanese Cultural Week in Albania’ highlighted by a concert and movie shows in February and in May provided hospitals in 14 cities in Albania with emergency medical equipments. In November the Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Haxinasto visited Japan for Japan-Albania foreign ministers’ meeting and saw recovery of Japan after the earthquake and tsunami.


    Upon the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, the people of Japan received encouragements and support for the victims of the disaster from Albania. I hearby as a representative of Japan express deep respect and gratitude to the government and the people of Albania.


     Albania is catching more attention as an attractive destination for Japanese tourists, and in some parts of the country Japanese tourists are often seen. Popularity of Albania as a travel destination for the Japanese is thought to increase more in the future. As Ambassador I claw my way not only to strengthen the bilateral relations but also to further exchange between the two nations and finally would like to express gratitude for understanding and coperation to the people of Albania.
Thank you.



December 2011

Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Albania

Masaharu Kohno



1. Embassy of Japan in Italy covers Albania.

 Ambassador's Curriculum


     Address:  Via Quintino Sella, 60, 00187 Roma, Italia

     Tel:  (+39) 06 487 991

     Fax: (+39) 06 487 3316


     Opening hours

     Office hours            Monday  - Friday     09:15~13:15     &  14:15~17:00     except   Holidays

     Consular Section   Monday -  Friday     09:30~12:45     &  14:15~16:30     except   Holidays


2.  Honorary Consul General of Japan in Tirana

     Mr. Avni PONARI
     SIGAL Holding, Blv. Zog I, Nr 1, Tirna, Albania
     Phone: +355 4 2253407
     Fax: +355 4 2233308

3. Japan-Albania Relations

     Official web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

     Japan-Albania Foreign Ministers' Meeting November 21, 2011



4. Japan's Economic Assistance to Albania 【as of May 2014】

     Japan's Official Development Assistance to Albania amounts 25.278 billion yen in total, or approximately 179 million EUR (Exchange rate 1EUR=141JPY, as of May 2014)

     Grant Assistance: 4.98 billion yen

     Yen Loans: 18.092 billion yen

     Technical Cooperation: 2.206 billion yen


5. Topics

Visit of Ambassador Kohno to Albania
A Contribution Letter by Ambassador Kohno for Panorama
Opportunities of study in Japan (Scholarships 2014)

     Ambassador Kohno's article was published in the Albanian newspaper Panorama
     Japan-China Relations at a Crossroads by Koichiro Gemba, Foreign Minister of Japan Published in the International Herald Tribune on Nov. 21, 2012
     Foreign Policy (
The Senkaku Islands, The Issue of Takeshima, Japan's Northern Territories etc.)

     Multiple entry visa
     Cerimonia di commemorazione del primo anniversario del Grande Terremoto del Giappone Orientale (2012)

     "Japanese Culture week"in Albania (2011)
     Project for Rehabilitation of the Preza Elementary School
     Signing Ceremony for Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project
     Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nishimura’s visit to Albania
     Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project


6. Visa

    For details click here.